2016 Panini Prestige Football Card Details


2016 Panini Prestige Football is changing things up. It’s taking a less-with-more approach to hobby boxes. Each has just four packs but they’re all jumbos with 40 cards.

Inside each pack is an autograph, six inserts and ten rookies.

Get a fully sortable 2016 Panini Prestige Football checklist and price guide access.

Base Set

2016 Panini Prestige Football Base

The 2016 Panini Prestige Football base set adopts a full-bleed design that stresses photography. The checklist features 200 veterans and 100 rookie cards. This is the first set of the year to include full draft information. Ten rookies are short prints that combine to land two per case.

Parallels, which fall one per hobby pack, carry the Xtra Points theme. They come in Red, Purple (/100), Gold (/50), Platinum (/25) and Black (/10).


2016 Panini Prestige Football Veteran Signatures

Rookies are featured on the majority of autographs. That said, veterans have a significant presence as well. Of the four signed cards in each 2016 Panini Prestige Football hobby box, one comes from a vet.

Rookie Signaures and Veteran Signatures take on the same general design as the base set. Xtra Points parallels return here in several colors of varying rarity.

Draft Day Signatures come with on-card signatures from key picks attending the 2016 Rookie Premiere. Red and Green Ink versions are short prints.

Additional veteran autographs are included in Banner Season Ink (/50). These focus on the player’s best season to date.


2016 Panini Prestige Football Super Bowl Heroes

Of the 40 cards in each 2016 Panini Prestige Football hobby pack, six are inserts. Banner Season, Blue Chip Recruits, Draft Big Board and NFL Passport are all one per pack.

Super Bowl Heroes (1:2 packs) use micro-etched foil to highlight standout players from the big games of the past through to Super Bowl 50.

NFL Shield cards are inserted one per box. These have die-cut parallels numbered to 25.

Retail Exclusives

2016 Panini Prestige Football does have memorabilia cards but they are limited to retail packs. These sets include Alma Maters Materials, Connections Materials, Hardware Materials, Rising Stars, Shirt Off My Back and Stars of the NFL Materials. All except Rising Stars and Shirt Off My Back also have basic insert versions without swatches.

Retail packs have a few other exclusives as well: Xtra Points Blue parallels, Xtra Points Green parallels (fat packs) and Draft Picks Blue (blasters).

2016 Panini Prestige Football at a glance:

Packs per box: 4
Cards per pack: 40
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 300 cards.
Release date: June 8, 2016

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Rookie Autographs – 3
  • Veteran Autographs – 1
  • All-American Inserts – 1
  • Inside the Numbers Inserts – 1
  • NFL Shield Inserts – 1
  • Team Logo Inserts – 1
  • Draft Picks Inserts – 2
  • Super Bowl Heroes Inserts – 2
  • Banner Season Inserts – 4
  • Blue Chip Recruits Inserts – 4
  • Draft Big Board Inserts – 4
  • NFL Passport Inserts – 4
  • Parallels – 4

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. DanM13 16 March, 2016 at 13:43

    So does this mean retail is disappearing? Or will it be they standard sized cards as opposed to jumbo hobby cards?

    • Ryan Cracknell 16 March, 2016 at 13:51

      Jumbo packs, not the cards themselves. Not sure on retail, but I’m guessing that won’t change.

  2. IamNotARobot 17 March, 2016 at 08:27

    The full bleed photos look very nice. With only four packs, there is still a lot of variety with inserts/parallels. I feel Panini is taking a step in the right direction in their first year of having the exclusive NFL license with this and Classics.

  3. Sean 13 June, 2016 at 20:49

    These 2016 Prestige Xtra Points are amazing. I just got in my first card, a Platinum/25, and I like the print runs of the foilboard, except the purples greens and reds are a little high. I like that there are variation AUTO’s that are SSP. These cards go perfectly with the recent Topps Stadium Club in baseball, and OPC rainbow foilboards in hockey. What would be amazing is if Panini could incorporate the foilboard style into the Classic set, or put some legends into the Prestige Xtra Pt. as Topps Stadium Club mixes in current and former players. It makes for a much more valuable product. Just my two cents.

  4. Bmurda 30 July, 2016 at 00:52

    I’ve bought 4 $20 boxes of these n am very unsatisfied all doubles n not any exclusives I’m going back to score. U always score wit Score

  5. Kevin Woolsey 1 August, 2016 at 11:04

    I’ve bought 3 of the 40 card packs and every one of the inserts was different. I’m looking forward to seeing what they are worth, especially the Ezekiel Elliot and Jared Goff rookie cards. The Elliot is an extra poins card. I haven’t bought any cards in almost 20 years. I’ve noticed cards, especially basketball ball are worth more than the ones I still have that I collected back in the 90s.

  6. Chris Olsen 21 September, 2016 at 13:47

    I just bought the jumbu box with i believe it is 624 cards. Im not sure if i should open it or not. Ive bought the 40 card packs before, 4 of them to be exact and liked the quality of the card. As far as getting valuable cards not so much autographs were no name rookies which i guess is ok. I did finally get a carson wentz rookie on the last pack. For football overall i think these are the best.

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