Sports Card Release Calendar: 12/17/21

Collectors looking to do some pre-holiday ripping or add a fresh box of cards to their holiday wish list will have some options over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s a look at several new products that –at least for now–are scheduled to arrive soon.


2021 Bowman Inception Baseball

After a multi-year hiatus, the Bowman brand is getting the Inception treatment.  It’s a one pack per box product with seven prospect cards per pack. Two will carry autographs and there will also be one parallel.  

Boxes are selling online for $160-$180.

2021 Panini Impeccable Football

Releases featuring this year’s rookies in their NFL uniforms are finally starting to arrive and Impeccable will offer some more higher end cards of the ’21 draftees. Look for five autographs and three base or parallel cards per per hobby box, on average.

Boxes are currently selling for around $1,500 on eBay.


2021 Topps Dynasty Baseball

The postseason high end brand has one encased card that will either be an autographed relic or a cut signature. All cards in 2021 Dynasty are numbered to 10 or less.

The current cheapest box price is about $450.

2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey  (UPDATE: DELAYED UNTIL DEC. 30)

Want something to open that isn’t that pricey?  MVP arrives with an old school price point of around $50 per box.  Each Hobby box has 20 packs with eight cards per pack.  of those 160 cards, at least 50 will be inserts. The base set is 200 cards.  Don’t look for autographs here, but there’s plenty of other stuff to keep you busy if you don’t live for big hits.


2021 Panini Elite Extra Edition and Flawless Baseball

Panini looks to offer a couple of baseball products just barely in time for Christmas with the release of Elite Extra Edition and Flawless Baseball. 

Elite Extra is a long-running prospect-oriented product. Each box has five packs of five cards with eight (yes, eight) autographs and two memorabilia cards.  Players form the Dominican Prospect League are again  featured here.

Flawless offers ten cards per box with seven autographs, two memorabilia cards and one gem card at a price of $1,800-$2,200 per box, depending on the retailer. There’s also a First Off The Line version with exclusive content.

2021 Panini Illusions Football

There will be a fresh football product arriving Christmas Eve, too. Each Hobby box of 2021 Illusions will have ten packs of five cards, with 16 boxes per case.

Look for three autographs, along with two memorabilia cards, five parallels and ten acetate inserts and parallels.  Blaster boxes are coming, too, but Hobby boxes are being offered right now via pre-sale at around $465-$475.

Among the other products dur to arrive:  2021 Panini Contenders Baseball (12/17); Panini Immaculate UFC (12/21); Donruss Soccer (12/22); Donruss Road to Qatar (12/22), Topps NHL Stickers (12/22) and Leaf Art of Sport (12/23).

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for over 35 years and a collector for even longer than that, he’s usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected]

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