2019 Panini Encased Football Brings Back a Graded Card Per Box


2019 Panini Encased Football has a couple of hooks including the promise of a BGS-graded card in every hobby box. But the brand brings back some of its other cornerstones including an emphasis on autographs and some of the cleanest designs of the football card season.

2019 Panini Encased Football Rookie Endorsements

Boxes have five total cards. Two of these are autographs (and one of those is the graded card). Memorabilia cards take up another two spots with the final card being either a base card or parallel.

2019 Panini Encased Football Overview

The main base set kicks things off with 100 cards. As with past years, the design has lots of white space and elegant fonts. It’s certainly not busy, going for something a little more elegant. Parallels all have low numbering including Sapphire (/25), Gold (/10), Emerald (/5) and Diamond (1/1). New for the brand are autograph parallels (/20 or less) of select cards.

2019 Panini Encased Football Base

2019 Encased Football puts an emphasis on on-card signatures. Among the themes are HOF Material Signatures, Legendary Signatures and Reserve Signatures. These are also the places where the graded cards come from.

Since Encased made its debut, it has been a product that offers more inscription autographs in several places rather than a one-off insert. Here, they’re found in Rookie Dual Swatch Signatures, Rookie Endorsements (/75 or less), Rookie Notable Signatures (/50 or less), Scripted Signatures and Superscribe Signatures (/50 or less). Some of these also come graded.

Century Collection Autographs (/50 or less) are another new element. Besides the hard signature, these have three memorabilia swatches.

Rather than the usual jersey pieces, Rookie Cap Patch Autographs (/50 or less) have swatch of hats worn by first-year players.

As far as memorabilia cards go, over-sized swatches are a focal point in Substantial Swatches, Substantial Rookie Swatches (/75) and Pro Bowl Jumbo Jerseys (/25 or less). All of these have multiple levels of parallels with premium pieces.

2019 Panini Encased Football Pro Bowl Jumbo

2019 Panini Encased Football cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 5
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 8
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: February 21, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Graded Autographs – 1
  • Additional Autographs – 1
  • Memorabilia Cards – 2
  • Base Cards or Parallels – 1

The full 2019 Panini Encased Football checklist and team set lists will be added as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set’s release.


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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