2016 Panini Classics Football Card Details


2016 Panini Classics Football isn’t for those who want wild designs or even a modern feel. While the product is very much in the present, it also has a foot in the past with a simpler configuration that isn’t loaded with autographs and memorabilia. They’re in there, but at lower rates than most other Panini products.

2016 Panini Classics Football Header

Hobby boxes promise one signed card.

The 2016 Panini Classics Football base set has 300 cards. While not the most comprehensive, it’s bigger than many when you don’t factor in that they’re all regular base cards. Veterans, rookies and retired players are all on the checklist. Variation short prints and several parallels are also inserted.

Autographs come in a few combinations with signers coming in a similar mix to the base set with current players, prospects and legends. Among them are Significant Signatures and Classic Combos Signatures (/49 or less), which highlight retired stars.

Each 20-box case has at a signed buyback that has an on-card autograph.

Memorabilia isn’t a huge focus of 2016 Panini Classics Football, but it is present in the form of such inserts as Classic Material, Canton Collections Swatches and Sunday Stars Swatches.

2016 Panini Classics Football at a glance:

Packs per box: 14
Cards per pack: 10
Boxes per case: 20
Set size: 300 cards
Release date: May 25, 2016

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Rookie Cards – 14


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


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 11 March, 2016 at 17:24

    I like the look of this set, a clean design with action photos. Since it isn’t auto/memorabilia heavy, boxes should be affordable, another plus for a team collector (and trader) like me. Color me interested….

  2. Jordan L 11 March, 2016 at 19:33

    I’m actually interested. Hoping not too many retired players in the checklist and we get to see some guys who usually don’t make the typical 100-150 card sets.

  3. Kerry Orton 11 March, 2016 at 23:18

    I agree with the clean design comment. If someone wants bells and whistles, let them go to a carnival. I do not collect football but may start if this becomes the trend – classic look with good paper stock.

  4. kenneth spoden 15 June, 2016 at 11:26

    the cards look to be vintage,i like the design,with the autograph,nice looking cards.

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