2016 Donruss Elite Football Details


2016 Donruss Elite Football looks to be changing things up. A brand that’s long been known for its heavy use of foil — and not always the colorful kind — it looks to be shifting more to a rainbow approach.

Hobby boxes have three hits including a pair of autographs.

For the base set, the design has a little more life to it than a lot of earlier Elite releases. Parallels take not only a color approach but use patterns as well. Panini hasn’t given full details on the size of the base set or how big the parallel rainbow is.

2016 Donruss Elite Football autographs are led by Pen Pals. These are signed on-card by members of the 2016 draft class. They come in a few different combinations and styles including multi-signature cards. Triple autographs land at least one per 12-box case. Colored ink versions are short prints.

Passing the Torch Autographs (/25) return with a signature on each side of the card.

Turn of the Century Autographs take on the same patterned parallels as the base set with several colors including Orange and Gold.

Memorabilia cards in 2016 Donruss Elite Football feature some familiar names like Epic Materials, Throwback Threads and Prime Numbers. In addition to Prime and Super Prime parallels, some have autographed versions as well. Prime Numbers Signatures come numbered to 9.

2016 Donruss Elite Football at a glance:

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 100 cards (without short prints), 200 cards (with short prints)
Release date: June 29, 2016

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Pen Pals Autographs – 1
  • Additional Autographs – 1
  • Memorabilia Cards – 1

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

These images are mock-ups to give an idea of what to expect. It also explains why Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are pictured with the rookie logo. The final checklist will include 2016 rookies.


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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  1. IamNotaRobot 22 April, 2016 at 11:21

    Elite had become tired looking and needed a change and it looks like Panini realized this. I’m interested to see the final product.

  2. DEEEEZ 22 April, 2016 at 11:25

    you sure its elite ?
    looks like spx to me!
    remember when elite was a “elite” football product now its like any other other panini product

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