2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball Day-One Dandies

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2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball Kris Bryant Cleats

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball is one of those products that is big on memorabilia. In many instances, it’s big on big memorabilia.

And while autographs are in abundance as well, it’s the memorabilia that’s going to get much of the attention. When swatches and patches are interesting, it takes some of the pressure off who the player is. For instance, a lot of collectors don’t get too excited about a small and plain jersey swatch unless it’s from a top-tier star or Hall of Famer. But show them something unique from almost any player and it’ll get the proverbial thumbs up.

As a brand, Immaculate has carved out a niche for that. It started in basketball before moving over to baseball and football. The set’s checklist has plenty of pieces that go beyond the basic jersey swatch. They go beyond jerseys — period. Some of the most interesting cards use other pieces of gear. Cleats, batting gloves, fielding gloves and bat barrels are among the rarer and most intriguing hits in the product.

Leading up to the release, Panini provided a glimpse at a handful of cards. And while not every box is going to have a one-of-one jumbo patch or bat barrel, it certainly adds some intrigue.

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball also has lots of autographs, particularly from young players and rookies. It is worth noting that most autographs use stickers, even with the product’s otherwise high-end feel.

So what’s actually being pulled from boxes? We’ve compiled a gallery with some notable early pulls we’ve spotted online as well as some of the more basic cards.

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball Release Day Gallery

If you’ve pulled something cool yourself or in a break, email us an image and we’ll do our best to add it below.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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5 comments

  1. ronfir 28 August, 2015 at 22:42

    Busted one box and half of the cards were players from their college days and they were NOT all time great but players in the minors. I thought this was MLB product not one full of prospects in the minors. MLB players were a base card, a jersey card and a rookie that went on the DL in the middle of the year. Only one box but this product is nothing like last years product when I busted almost three cases. This year will only be this one box.

  2. Tyler Sullivan 28 August, 2015 at 22:45

    The mem cards are awesome, but I can’t understand why Panini uses sticker autos so much, especially in high-end products. It’s a shame to look what they’re doing with football, and they’re going to be the only game in town next year. I think the colored ink in, on stickers nonetheless, in a $200-$300 product is one of the biggest disasters in the history of the industry. Despite being absolutely hideous, you can barely see most. And who in the world is going to pay good money for a neon pink auto and justify it being innovative and worthy of a high-end product. The difference between their basketball issues and their football baffle me. The amount of on-card autos in BK compared to FB is shocking. It’s as if they just mailed in all the FB until they release their high-end, and most of us can’t ever afford anything like Flawless.

  3. Charlie DiPietro 30 August, 2015 at 11:49

    Every product, even the enormously successful products have room for improvement. While Panini’s Immaculate Basketball and Football were developed for a $375 retail price point (consumer demand has driven the retail price point for Immaculate Basketball to about $589), Panini decided to develop Immaculate Baseball for a $185 retail price point. In order to meet this relatively low price point, trade-offs had to be made in the product’s development.

    With these trade-offs in mind, 2015 Immaculate Baseball has some truly amazing hits. The pictures Beckett provided in this post are just a few of them. There aren’t many more Babe Ruth Game Used Jerseys left to cut up for card products. You will have fewer opportunities to pull them from products like Immaculate in the years to come.

    The true test of success for any product is the customer response and what they are willing to pay for a product. Last year’s Immaculate Baseball currently retails at $180 or more. This year’s product is currently retailing very well at $185. Sure, not every box or even every case is a winner. However, the enormously amazing hits are pulled frequently enough to keep people going back for another try.

  4. Keith S 30 August, 2015 at 13:01

    Thank god that Topps has the MLB license and will hopefully for a long time. Their products are far more affordable. I buy the Carew cards on Ebay for the panini products just because I am a Carew collector, but would never buy any other baseball cards that can’t name the team or include a MLB logo on their cards. Just something wrong about that.

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