2018 Football Cards Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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If you collect cards, there’s a lot of information to keep track of. 2018 football cards release dates, checklists, easy price guide access and set information are all here and just a click away.

2018 Football Cards

Below is a full 2018 football cards release calendar and related set information. Upcoming releases are at the top, arranged by release date.

Once sets are out, they’ll be found by clicking on a tab at the top (sorted alphabetically).

Bookmark this page and check back regular as this calendar will be updated regularly with new sets, price guide access and additional information. Basically, it’s a hub for all you need in one convenient place for those collecting or even just curious about 2018 football cards.

2018 Football Cards: What’s In Store?

For the third consecutive year, Panini holds the exclusive NFL and NFLPA licenses. This means that they’re the only company that can use NFL logos and trademarks. It also means they’re the only company that can picture current players in any sort quantity.

Panini holds a similar exclusive with virtually every major college. That means both full college football releases as well as some NFL sets where players are pictured in their school uniforms. This is particularly prevalent in early 2018 football card releases for rookies where the release date is before or immediately following the draft.

Just because Panini has exclusives doesn’t mean other companies aren’t producing football cards. Leaf and SAGE both have a small portfolio of draft sets that highlight the year’s rookies. These are often heavy on autographs.

Heading into the season, quarterbacks play a key role when it comes to 2018 football cards and RCs. These include Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson. Saquon Barkley, the second overall pick by the New York Giants, is also popular as far as early Rookie Cards go.

We’ve also got a similar calendar and information for 2017 football card releases.

Upcoming Products

Upcoming 2018 Football Card Release Dates and Product Information

Release dates are subject to change (and often do).


2018 Playoff Football

Release Date: November 21, 2018

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2018 Immaculate Collection Football

Release Date: November 23, 2018

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2018 Rookies & Stars Football

Release Date: November 26, 2018

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2018 Panini Rookies and Stars Football Base Gold




2018 Panini Obsidian Football

Release Date: December 5, 2018

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2018 Panini Obsidian Football Base Electric Etch Orange




2018 Panini Playbook Football

Release Date: December 12, 2018

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2018 Panini Playbook Football Base Baker Mayfield




2018 Donruss Optic Football

Release Date: December 19, 2018

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2018 Donruss Optic Football Base




2018 Panini Contenders Football

Release Date: December 26, 2018

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2018 Panini Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Autograph Barkley




2018 Panini Limited Football

Release Date: January 11, 2019

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2018 Panini Limited Football Base




2018 Panini One Football

Release Date: January 23, 2019

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2018 Panini Plates & Patches Football

Release Date: February 6, 2019

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2018 Panini Plates and Patches Football Full Coverage



Already Released

2018 Football Cards Archive

Here’s a list of 2018 baseball card sets that have already been released. They’re arranged alphabetically.


2018 Absolute Football

Release Date: September 5, 2018

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2018 Panini Absolute Football Clay Matthews




2018 Certified Football

Release Date: July 25, 2018

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2018 Panini Certified Football Tom Brady






2018 Elite Football

Release Date: June 27, 2018

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2018 Elite Football Jimmy Garoppolo




2018 Elite Draft Picks Football

Release Date: April 6, 2018

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2018 Immaculate Collegiate Football

Release Date: July 27, 2018

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2018 Leaf Football

Release Date: March 23, 2018

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2018 Leaf Flash Football

Release Date: August 21, 2018

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2018 Leaf Greatest Hits Football

Release Date: May 30, 2018

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2018 Leaf Greatest Hits Football Valiant Josh Rosen Red




2018 Leaf Metal Draft Football

Release Date: April 6, 2018

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2018 Leaf Metal US Army All-American Football

Release Date: June 8, 2018

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2018 Leaf Trinity Football

Release Date: September 14, 2018

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2018 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football

Release Date: May 25, 2018

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2018 Leaf Valiant Football

Release Date: July 13, 2018

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2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football

Release Date: April 20, 2018

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2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football Season Ticket




2018 Panini Elements Football

Release Date: August 1, 2018

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2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Football

Release Date: September 26, 2018

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2018 Panini Gold Standard Football

Release Date: July 11, 2018

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2018 Panini Illusions Football

Release Date: October 3, 2018

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2018 Panini Illusions James Washington




2018 Panini Impeccable Football

Release Date: October 10, 2018

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2018 Panini Impeccable Football Masterstrokes Barry Sanders




2018 Panini Instant Football

Release Date: March 9, 2018

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2018 Panini Day Kickoff Football

Release Date: October 3, 2018

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2018 Panini Day Kickoff Football Base Odell Beckham Jr




2018 Panini Luminance Football

Release Date: June 6, 2018

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2018 Panini Majestic Football

Release Date: May 9, 2018

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2018 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Football

Release Date: August 22, 2018

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2018 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Football College Silhouette Signatures




2018 Panini NFL Stickers

Release Date: July 10, 2018

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2018 Panini Origins Football

Release Date: August 22, 2018

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2018 Panini Origins Football Derek Carr




2018 Panini Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Box Set

Release Date: March 9, 2018

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2018 Panini Phoenix Football

Release Date: October 17, 2018

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2018 Panini Prestige Football

Release Date: June 6, 2018

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2018 Panini Prestige Football Josh Rosen RC




2018 Panini Prizm Football

Release Date: October 26, 2018

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2018 Panini Prizm Football Baker Mayfield RC




2018 Panini Spectra Football

Release Date: September 12, 2018

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2018 Panini Spectra Football JJ Watt




2018 Panini Unparalleled Football

Release Date: August 15, 2018

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2018 Panini Unparalleled Football Sam Bradford




2018 Panini Xr Football

Release Date: September 19, 2018

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2018 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Football

Release Date: March 2, 2018

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2018 Score Football

Release Date: April 25, 2018

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2018 Score Football Base Carson Wentz




2018 Upper Deck CFL Football

Release Date: August 22, 2018

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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.

16 comments

    • Ryan Cracknell 25 May, 2018 at 10:28

      @Richard – 2018 Donruss hasn’t been announced yet. If/when it does, we’ll have something up on it.

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 June, 2018 at 20:48

      @Don — Nothing has been announced as to if or when Prestige is being released this year.

    • Ryan Cracknell 8 June, 2018 at 19:07

      @Matt – Not at the moment but I’ll look into it. Looks like a possible retail-only product.

    • Ryan Cracknell 21 August, 2018 at 11:54

      @Abdallah – Neither have been formally announced yet. When they are, they will be added.

    • Ryan Cracknell 11 September, 2018 at 11:48

      @Darrell — They’re not. Panini holds the exclusive NFL license. Bowman and Stadium Club are both made by Topps.

    • Ryan Cracknell 22 October, 2018 at 20:39

      @Bkirby — They’ve got Optic Rated Rookie Preview Autographs coming in 2018 Playoff Football so guessing we’ll be hearing about the full release soon.

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