2018 Panini Honors Football Reimagines the Past with an Autographed Chromium Twist


2018 Panini Honors Football cards go in a few directions, much of which includes autographs. In addition to Honors-branded content, there are updates to 2018 Score and 2018 Classics, but with an opti-chrome twist. Buyback autographs also bring plenty of variety in their own right.

Each 2018 Panini Honors Football hobby box has four cards, two of which are autographs. Virtually every card in the product have 99 copies or less. The lone exception are special buyback cards.

2018 Panini Honors Football Base Set Basics

The 2018 Panini Honors Football base set is a small one, coming in at just 32 cards. That’s one for every NFL team. Regular versions are numbered to 99.

Parallels include Gold (/75), Blue (/25), Orange (/10), Red (/5) and Black (1/1).

The same general design is used for Honors Base Signatures (/99 or less). Parallels fall in line with the main set as far as colors and maximum quantities go.

2018 Panini Honors Football Base Signatures Blue

Update Cards

Both 2018 Score and Panini Classics Football have no shortage of rookies. However, the sets came out too early to include NFL uniforms and team info for first-year players.

2018 Panini Honors Football Classics Update Blue

Honors includes update cards for both sets, although they’re done on opti-chrome stock similar to the Prizm and Donruss Optic lines. The checklists are limited to 30 top rookies.

Similar to the main set, base versions for update cards have 99 copies each. Classics parallels are Green (/75), Gold (/25), Red (/15), Orange (/10), Blue (/5) and Black (1/1).

On the Score side, parallels are available in Gold Zone (/50), Artist’s Proof (/35), Red Zone (/20), First Down (/10), End Zone (/6) and Gem Masters (1/1).

Both have autographs as well with similar parallel tiers.

Additional Autographs

Score Update Autographs go back through the brand’s history and imagine alternate cards that might have been — this time on chromium stock. These include 1989 Score Barry Sanders, 1990 Score Emmitt Smith, 2000 Score Preview Tom Brady and 2001 Score Drew Brees. These are on the rare side, numbered to 25 or less.

2018 Panini Honors Football 1989 Score Tribute

Recollection Collection cards return. These are original cards that have since had an on-card autograph added to them. All come hand-numbered as well.

2018 Panini Honors Football Recollection Collection

Collectors can also find Originals. These are past football cards that come already graded. According to Panini, more than 100 of these will be included across the entire 2018 Honors Football production run.

2018 Panini Honors Football at a glance:

Cards per pack: 4
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 10
Set size: 32 cards
Release date: April 17, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Base Cards, Updates and Parallels – 2 total

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.


  1. Jordan L 14 February, 2019 at 10:39

    Hey Ryan, what are your thoughts on this being called a 2018 release when it’s scheduled to come out the same day as 2019 Contenders Draft Picks, comes out over a month past the start of the new NFL year (March 13), 2 months after the Super Bowl, and really, in Q2 of 2019. Can any of these cards be considered a rookie card?

    • Ryan Cracknell 14 February, 2019 at 10:51

      @Jordan – All sports have pretty much moved to 12-month release calendars that extend past the end of the playing seasons. These will be Rookie Cards. As for Contenders, that can be seen as a college release, so a little different but I hear what you’re saying.

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