Sports Card Release Calendar: 8/20/21

Baseball collectors will have plenty of new products to consider between now and the end of the month, but there are a few others, too.  Here’s a roundup of what’s coming:


2021 Panini Elements Football

A mix of on-card autographs, patches and metal are what’s inside this product.  Each box contains a single five card pack that will hold, on average:

– 1 Base or Rookie Metal card
– 1 Base or Rookie Metal Parallel
– 1 On-Card Metal Autograph
– 1 Other Auto
– 1 Memorabilia card

Boxes are currently selling on eBay for around $350.

2020-21 Panini Spectra Basketball

One of the higher end releases, Spectra packs four packs per hobby box with four cards per pack.  Each box will hold four autographs and four parallel cards (one of each per pack).  Color Blast inserts will be among the big money chase cards.

There’s a First Off The Line version with exclusive Rookie Patch autos.  They’re selling online now for around $2,000 per box.

2021 Panini Immaculate Baseball

Panini takes one of its high-end lines to the diamond with Immaculate Baseball, which offers four autographs and two memorabilia cards per box. 

Legends Material includes swatches of game-used gear from past greats. Rookie Patch Autographs and signatures on unique materials like clear acetate and eye-black are among the other selling points.

There’s a First Off the Line version here, too, with two pink FOTL exclusive autos along with the four additional autograph or memorabilia cards.  Standard boxes are online for around $400.

2021 Topps Chrome Baseball

Yes, there are a ton of different products releasing on 8/20.

Hobby boxes of 2021 Chrome will have 24 packs with four cards in each while Jumbos will carry 13 including a guaranteed Refractor parallel. Hobby boxes have two autographs while Jumbos carry five signed cards. 

The Rookie Autographs will have a bunch of different parallel options.  The four insert sets–Future Stars, Beisbol and 1986 Topps Baseball –will also have autographed versions. 

Blaster boxes arrived early.  You can check pricing for all configurations on eBay here.


2021 Panini Certified Football

The long-running Certified brand returns just ahead of the start of the NFL season with:

– 1 Freshman Fabrics Signature
– 1 Additional Autograph
– 2 Memorabilia
– 10 Inserts
– 2 Rookies Or Rookie Parallels

The lowest online prices for regular boxes right now is around $350 with the FOTL versions about $150 higher.


2020-21 Donruss Optic Basketball

Pushed back to a post-season release, Donruss Optic puts a shiny spin on the regular Donruss product. Each box has 20 packs with four cards per pack.  Each box, on average, holds one autograph and 20 inserts or parallels.

Rated Rookie Autographs are on-card with numerous parallels in the works. 

The 200 card base set comes with a ton of parallels as well including the new Photon versions that will be scarce, according to Panini.

Hobby boxes are running $750-$850 online and there are other configurations as well.

Also among the products set for release:  2021 Topps Pro Debut Baseball (8/25); WWE Topps NXT (8/25) and Leaf Pearl Hockey (8/27). 

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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