2018 Panini Immaculate Football Ups the Acetate Ante
2018 Panini Immaculate Football has lots of autographs and memorabilia. That’s a given. It’s something that has been consistent with the brand since it debuted in basketball back in 2012-13 and football a couple of years later. And while there are several similarities to past releases, not everything is the same.
This time around, all on-card autographs are done using acetate, giving them a more distinct feel and look compared to a lot of other autographs, even in the high-end realm.
2018 Panini Immaculate Football Autographs
Rookie Patch Autographs (/99 or less) return with on-card signatures to go with a premium swatch. Besides Gold parallels (/25 or less), these have Platinum Tag and NFL Shield versions, both of which are one-of-ones.
Additional on-card autographs, done on the acetate stock, come with several themes that highlight specific achievements at the game, season and career levels. These include Immaculate Moments Autographs, Immaculate Honors, Immaculate Seasons Signatures, Immaculate Records, Immaculate Careers, Immaculate Rings Signatures, and Immaculate Post Season Signatures. All of these have print runs of 25 and under.
Multi-signed cards are available with two and three autographs. These are also hard-signed directly on the card. They are tough, though, with no more than ten copies each.
Premium Patch Autographs (/99 or less), which are also on-card, go beyond rookies for its checklist. Parallels are similar to the Rookie Patch Autographs, coming in Gold (/10 or less), Platinum (1/1) and NFL Shield (1/1).
Eye Black Jerseys are new for 2018 Panini Immaculate Football. Rather than using regular stickers, autographs on these are done on pieces of eye black. Available for both rookies and vets, no more than 99 of each base version exists. Parallels are extremely tough, with all numbered to 7 or less.
Memorabilia cards have always been an important part of the Immaculate line. For 2018 Panini Immaculate Football, Jersey Numbers, Team Logos and Laundry Tags all return with massive swatches. New Immaculate Shields are part of the checklist this time around as well.
Immaculate HOF Jerseys (/49) take a similar approach, only with gear worn by Canton inductees. Parallels here are in Prime (/25 or less) and Platinum (1/1).
The Immaculate Dual NFL Shields checklist has 60 cards. The one-of-ones each have a full shield from two players.
2018 Panini Immaculate Football kicks off with a main base set of 100 cards. All come numbered to 99 and have a pair of parallels: Gold (/5) and Platinum (1/1).
2018 Panini Immaculate Football at a glance:
Cards per pack: 6
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 6
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: November 7, 2018
What to expect in a hobby box:
• Autographs or Memorabilia Cards – 5 Total
• Base Cards or Parallels – 1