2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football details

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2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football Tie Dye Prizm

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For the second consecutive year, Prizm is getting the pre-draft treatment. 2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football maintains the chromium style the brand is known for but focuses solely on the college game rather than the NFL. The result is many early cards of players slated for the 2016 draft and the incoming rookie class.

And while the shine might be the driving force for many, the number of autographs per box has more than doubled over last year’s Prizm Draft.

Base Set

2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football Base

Like other Panini products over the past couple of years with the “Draft” name, the focus is on the NCAA and the company’s near exclusive with the college market (basically every major school except Notre Dame). But the 2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football base set isn’t limited to recent graduates and players who declared for the 2016 draft. Pros are also featured, albeit with throwback images from their school days.

Since we’re talking Prizm, there are plenty of parallels labelled Prizms. Included are Camo (/199), Purple Flash (/99), Tie Dye (/49), Red, White and Blue (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5) and Black Finite (1/1).

Autographs

2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football All American Autographs

Autographs get more of a focus in 2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football. When the line debuted in 2015, boxes came with a pair of signed cards. That number jumps to five here.

Look for the majority of them to have a similar look to the base set with numbering to 199 or less. Other signed inserts include All-American Autographs, Alumnus and Team Trademark Autographs. Team Trademarks is focused on 2016 rookies. Signatures from veteran and retired players can be found in the All-American and Alumnus sets.

Inserts

2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football Die-Cut Mariotta

The product has a few basic inserts as well. Stained Glass returns, falling two per box. Football Die-Cut and Helmet Die-Cut inserts are both inserted one per box.

2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football at a glance:

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 12
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 250 cards
Release date: April 13, 2016

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 5
  • Stained Glass Inserts – 2
  • Football Die-Cut Insert – 1
  • Helmet Die-Cut Insert – 1

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

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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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8 comments

  1. David H 11 February, 2016 at 08:56

    So, I’m giving up collecting football cards from this day forward. I’m sick of the cheap sticker autographs and people who think that there’s nothing wrong with an athlete signing a sheet of stickers and mailing them to a company and having someone stick them on a card!! How pathetic!!

  2. IamNotARobot 11 February, 2016 at 09:53

    I think the Prizm products would look so much better with less of the funky design and more of the background photo on the card, ala Topps Chrome. Make the borders as funky as you like, Panini, but include more of the field in the pictures.

    That’s just my two cents worth.

  3. Kerry 11 February, 2016 at 13:41

    I completely agree with IamNotARobot. It looks more like a comic book than a collectible football card. I have no problem with sticker autos as I imagine companies would need to charge even more for the cards if the signer was expected to be in person.

  4. Todd younkins 21 May, 2016 at 16:36

    Opened over 7 boxes of this product and love it other than I can’t complete the set. Can someone let me know if there is cards that don’t exist. Can you help me finish it. Thank you

  5. Ronnie 10 January, 2017 at 03:53

    Card 148 jacoby Brissett is missing and jQB from Alabama card number 198 Jake Coker is missing from set.. all I’ve heard is Panini didn’t release them

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