2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball Has No Shortage of Prospect Autographs
Autographs have become synonymous with Elite Extra Edition. For a number of years, it has been a place to find prospect signatures in bulk. 2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball is no different. Each hobby box, which has just five packs, has a total of eight signed cards. There’s also a pair of memorabilia cards.
2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball Base Set Basics
Although autographs are a big draw for 2018 Elite Extra Edition, there’s a base set that delves into draft picks and prospects. The checklist also includes players from the Dominican Prospect League, which Panini has an exclusive deal with. Base cards are numbered to 999.
Parallels come in ten total levels, mixing between Elite staples Aspirations and Status. Aspirations parallels include Red (/150), Orange (/100), Blue (/75), Tie-Dye (/25), and Gold (1/1). Status Die Cuts come in Red (/99), Emerald (/49), Tie-Dye (/25), and Gold (1/1).
Parallels combine to land two per hobby box.
Autographs and Memorabilia Cards
The main autograph portion of 2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball adopts the base set design and include on-card signatures.
Regular autograph parallels include Emerald (/25 or less), Tie-Dye (/10 or less) and Printing Plates (1/1). On the Aspirations side, there’s Purple (/100 or less), Blue (/50 or less), Tie-Dye (/5 or less) and Gold (1/1). Status Die Cut versions are also inserted in Red (/75 or less), Emerald (/25 or less), Tie-Dye (/5 or less) and Gold (1/1).
Future Thread Silhouettes Autographs (/299 or less) return mixing signatures and memorabilia. These have six different parallels, all numbered to 99 or less. Dual Silhouettes also appear in 2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball.
College Ticket Signatures bring an element from Panini’s Contenders line. Base versions have no more than 99 copies. Holo (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less) and Gold Vinyl (1/1) are the parallels.
The USA Baseball national team appears on the checklist in a few places: National Team Signatures (15U and 18U teams), USA Collegiate Tickets, and USA Collegiate Silhouette Autographs.
Memorabilia cards appear in a variety of forms in 2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball. Among them is Triple Materials (/399), which have three swatches. Parallels come in seven tiers numbered to 149 or less. The four toughest come with Prime swatches.
2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball at a glance:
Cards per pack: 5
Packs per box: 5
Boxes per case: 20
Set size: TBA
Release date: December 5, 2018
What to expect in a hobby box:
• Autographs – 8
• Memorabilia Cards – 2
• Parallels – 2