2016 Score Football cards kick off Panini’s NFL exclusive


2016 Score Football Base

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Score Football marks a new era for the gridiron side of the hobby. It’s the start of Panini’s exclusive in the sport, the last of the major American leagues to do so. Intended as a far-reaching product, it’s not so much on the expensive side. Rather, it’s about kicking the new football card season off, introducing new rookies and delivering a big checklist.

The hobby side of 2016 Score Football follows a jumbo pack format with three autographs and either a fourth signed card or something with memorabilia per ten-pack box.

Base Set

2016 Score Football Gem Masters

With 440 cards, the 2016 Score Football base set is on the bigger side for the sport. A total of 330 veterans are joined by 110 rookies. For first-year players, these are their first fully licensed NFL cards. Panini has a Contenders and Prizm Draft Picks coming out before Score, but they’re college-themed sets. Collectors will find several rookie cards per pack.

Like past years, parallels are plentiful as well, landing two per pack. Gem Masters is the rarest of the bunch, numbered one-of-one. Printing plates are a case hit.


2016 Score Football All-American Jumbos Gold

Going with the jumbo theme, the over-sized hobby packs have a lot of inserts — four per pack. While they might not bring a lot of value on the secondary market, they expand the overall checklist and offer other angles to chase for those who are so inclined.

Among these basic inserts is All-Americans, which delves into recent college standouts. No Fly Zone gives some rare attention to defensive backs. Signal Callers highlight top quarterbacks.

Inserts come with several parallels including Red, Green, Gold and Black.

Each 2016 Score Football blaster box comes with a Rookie Helmet or Veteran Helmet card. These have a manufactured patch and aren’t found in any other packs or boxes.


2016 Score Football Inscriptions

Traditionally, Score Football offers an early and deep list of autographs of recent draft picks. This set looks to be no different. That means a mix of marquee players as well as some rookies on the bubble of making a legitimate go of it in the NFL. Rookie Signatures have a full slate of parallels including Scorecard, Showcase, Gold Zone, Artist’s Proof, Red Zone, First Down, End Zone, Gem Masters and Printing Plates.

Inscriptions, which is one of the oldest autograph lines in football, returns. These and Score Signatures bring some veteran content to the autograph side. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Marcus Mariotta are among those confirmed for the product.

Dual Draft Signatures pair autographs of players from the same draft class.

Memorabilia Cards

2016 Score Football Triple Jerseys

2016 Score Football memorabilia cards take a multi-swatch approach for a couple of inserts. Triple Jerseys have three jersey pieces from teammates. Prime parallels with premium swatches are numbered to 10.

Team 8’s is the same basic concept only with eight swatches. These are done in a double-sided format with four pieces on the front and four on the back.

It’s not all multi-player memorabilia cards, though. Jumbo Jerseys come with an over-sized swatch. Prime versions with premium swatches are numbered to 10 or less.

2016 Score Football at a glance:

Packs per box: 10 (jumbo hobby), 24 (retail)
Cards per pack: 40 (jumbo hobby), 12 (retail)
Boxes per case: 12 (jumbo hobby), 20 (retail)
Set size: 440 cards
Release date: April 27, 2016

What to expect in a jumbo hobby box:

  • Autographs – 3
  • Additional Autographs and Memorabilia Cards – 1
  • Inserts – 40
  • Parallels – 20

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. Robert 13 February, 2016 at 05:36

    Is this considered Panini’s “flagship” football set or is there another Panini brand that claims the title of flagship?

    I collect Topps factory sets each year as the only NFL football cards I collect outside of cert autos of local college players who go to the NFL. I’m certainly not going to be collecting a logo-less Topps factory set if they go that route after losing exclusivity.

    • Ryan Cracknell 15 February, 2016 at 11:16

      There doesn’t seem to be a definitive flagship release for Panini football. Some would go with Score as it’s similar in a lot of ways to Topps. Others may say Prizm. And others may think of others still.

      From what I understand, Topps is done with football after their final 2015 products release. After that, it’s digital cards only for the sport.

  2. IamNotARobot 14 February, 2016 at 13:30

    I like the Teammates triple jersey cards. Being a team collector, I like to score multiple piece memorabilia for my team. The Team 8’s are cool for the same reason, however, it’s hard to display cards with swatches on both sides of the card. Last years Score was a fun box break, I hope this year is the same. Looks good so far!

  3. Larry 15 February, 2016 at 13:16

    Panini is going to need to do something EXTREMELY new and innovative if they want any business from me. Each year they come out with the same old boring cards, it’s tiresome.

  4. Mike Pereira 15 February, 2016 at 18:34

    Surprised the last couple of years with Score. It use to be down there with products like HIT or SAGE but they’ve really upped the quality. Last year had some really good action shots and you got a bang for a buck. They tend to produce way too much with the base in those jumbo packs with 100 cards in each. But it’s becoming a nice cheap set with cards of guys you might not get in other stuff. This is the product where you should be finding undrafted or late round guys not in highend products.

  5. IAmNotaRobot 6 May, 2016 at 09:47

    I recently opened a box of Score and it was a fun break. There is a variety of numbered inserts, some great photography and enough interesting insert sets to satisfy most collectors. Boxes are almost twice as expensive as last year, but contain 4 hits (at least three autos) as opposed to one. I like the jumbo packs too. Overall, I’m pleased with the product and look forward to find all the different variations of my team.

  6. Will 15 May, 2016 at 15:00

    I need to know the difference if two things…

    What is the difference between Jumbo and non Jumbo cards

    What is the difference between Prime Relic’s and non Prime.

  7. Mike Duchscherer 21 May, 2016 at 14:28

    The Only difference in Jumbo and non-jumbo is how many cards come in a pack. The difference between Prime swatch and Non- Prime swatch is easy defined by how nice the piece of jersey is . Prime swatches will likely be multi colored or have a piece of a players name plate , or laundry tag piece. Non – Prime is usually one color basic jersey piece . Hope this helps!!!

  8. Eddie 26 May, 2016 at 08:21

    Plenty of nice inserts but Not 1 autograph! Out of twelve packs and over 100 cards not 1 autograph. .. kinda upset but did get one stitch helmet of a rookie from my home town Memphis :)

    • Ryan Cracknell 26 May, 2016 at 08:29

      Sounds like retail packs. Autographs and memorabilia cards are 1:24 packs total, I believe so significantly tougher.

  9. Will 30 May, 2016 at 08:31

    Thank u on the prime but I didn’t understand the jumbo one can u explain a little bit more please…

  10. Jordan 3 June, 2016 at 13:20

    Will there be a way to buy just the base factory set? I’ve collected the Topps Factory set in the past and would like to buy Score’s 440 base card set.

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 June, 2016 at 11:25

      There hasn’t been anything announced regarding factory sets as of yet.

  11. Victor Ray 8 June, 2016 at 22:58

    The parallel cards are red, green ,gold, black, which color is most common? Which color is rare ?? What are the odds of getting certain color parallel cards?!

  12. casey peterson 13 June, 2016 at 01:53

    I have purchased many of your 2016 Pannini score football cards. And I believe that their are at least 3 different sets yet a bit unsure so please send me an email to explain the details of your collection of these cards. I really would appreciate it if you could email me the details or better yet the checklist. kcdawn3@gmail.com Please do not respond to say you have received this message. I would like an email to explain what I have asked. Thank you

  13. Brian 3 November, 2016 at 16:31

    I purchased a couple of packs from our local target and got these thick blank cards in a couple of them. What’s the deal with these “inserts?”

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 November, 2016 at 16:04

      They’re often referred to as decoys. The purpose is to try and dissuade people from feeling packs for ones with thicker cards like relics.

  14. jesse 30 November, 2016 at 21:10

    why would they get rid of the best company out there! I just always looked forward to finding sp’s and ssp’s what do i do now is there anything close? but prizm is no topps chrome i still cant believe chrome is gone i’m lost dont know what to do…

  15. Victor Nunez 22 December, 2016 at 23:15

    Im a little disappointed with this jumbo box. Out of the whole box i did not get one Dallas cowboys card or raiders.

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