2018 Panini Encased Football Highlights On-Card Autographs, Inscriptions and a Graded Card Per Box


2018 Panini Encased Football marks the third year for the autograph-heavy brand. Once again, one of those autographs in each box comes already graded by BGS. Boxes also include a second autograph and a pair of memorabilia cards.

2018 Panini Encased Football Overview

Since Encased began in 2016, some distinct elements have emerged in the brand beyond just the graded card. Designs emphasize white space. In many areas, images are black and white portraits, evoking a souped-up Studio vibe.

First-year players make up the checklist for a lot of the autographs in 2018 Panini Encased Football. Both Rookie Endorsements and Rookie Notable Signatures come with on-card autographs. Endorsements is one of the places to find black and white images while Notable Signatures uses full-body shots.

2018 Panini Encased Football Rookie Endorsements

In both instances, base versions are numbered to 50 or less while parallels come in Sapphire (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less), Emerald (/5 or less), and Diamond (1/1). A limited number of cards in both also come with inscriptions.

2018 Panini Encased Football Rookie Notable Signatures

On the autographed memorabilia side, Rookie Dual Swatches Signatures (/50 or less) kick things off. Besides a similar assortment of parallels, some of these also come inscribed with additional notes alongside the signature.

Rookie Cap Patch Autographs (/50 or less) use pieces of hats worn by rookies. Parallels here include Sapphire (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less), Emerald (/5 or less), and Diamond (1/1).

2018 Panini Encased Football isn’t just rookie autographs. Reserve Signatures (/50 or less) has a mix of veteran and retired players, all with on-card ink. Sapphire (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less), Emerald (/5 or less), and Diamond (1/1) parallels join the base versions.

The Hall of Fame Material Signatures (/25 or less) checklist is dedicated to players inducted into Canton. Collectors can also find Legendary Swatch Signatures.

2018 Panini Encased Football Hall of Fame Patch Autograph

Among the memorabilia inserts in 2018 Panini Encased Football is Rookie Quad Memorabilia (/75 or less). These have Sapphire (/25), Gold (/10), Emerald (/5) and Diamond (1/1) versions as well.

2018 Panini Encased Football Rookie Quad Memorabilia

Encased does have a base set as well. They land one per box. Parallels include Sapphire (/25), Gold (/10) Emerald (/5) and Diamond (1/1).

2018 Panini Encased Football Base

2018 Panini Encased Football at a glance:

Cards per pack: 5
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 8
Set size: TBA
Release date: February 13, 2018

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Graded Autographs – 1
• Additional Autographs – 1
• Memorabilia Cards – 2


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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