2018 Panini Plates & Patches Football has more happening than just what’s in its name. Despite having just five cards in a box, there’s a fair bit of variety in each. As has been the case in recent years, it leans to the high end with an autograph, memorabilia card and printing plate in each box.
2018 Panini Plates & Patches Football Base Set Basics
Putting together the 200-card 2018 Panini Plates & Patches Football base set is a challenge. For starters, cards come numbered to 99. And with just one base card per box, that’s a lot of ripping. The checklist is a mix of veterans and Rookie Cards.
Action photography remains one of the focal points of Plates & Patches.
Boxes also come with one parallel that has no more than 50 copies. These breakdown to Blue (/50), Purple (/30), Green (/20), Red (/10) and Gold (1/1).
Autographs, Memorabilia Cards and Printing Plates
Among the premium inserts in 2018 Panini Plates & Patches Football are Rookie Patch Autographs. Base versions max out at 99 copies while parallels come in Blue (/50 or less), Green (/20 or less) and Gold (1/1).
While these aren’t on-card signatures, the product does have several other inserts that are hard-signed. Leaps and Bounds (/99 or less) is one of them. Like the base set, these use action images. However, the focus is even more refined with players shown leaping and diving.
Signal Callers (/99 or less) has an all-quarterbacks checklist while All Hall (/99 or less) is dedicated to Canton inductees.
Other autograph themes include Playmakers (/99 or less) and Upper Echelon (/99 or less).
These signature sets all have similar parallel structures that include Blue (/50 or less), Purple (/30 or less), Green (/20 or less), Red (/10 or less) and Gold (1/1).
With ‘Patches’ right there in the set name, it should come as a surprise that premium swatches are among the set’s memorabilia offerings. Full Coverage (/99 or less) has a checklist of 30 players with relics that take up almost the entire front of the card.
Double Coverage (/99 or less) have patches from a pair of teammates.
The one-per-box Printing Plates are all one-of-ones. A small number of these have autographs. In the past, plates have come from a number of Panini football products, not just this one.
2018 Panini Plates & Patches Football at a glance:
Cards per pack: 5
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: TBA
Release date: February 6, 2018
What to expect in a hobby box:
• Autographs – 1
• Memorabilia Cards – 1
• Printing Plates – 1
• Parallels (/50 or less) – 1
• Base Cards – 1