2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Brings Brand Back to Hobby


2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football offers a diverse cross section of card types. It’s one of those sets that sits in several spheres. Autographs and memorabilia cards are in every hobby box and there are plenty of inserts and parallels to go around as well.

After a couple of years of being primarily a retail release, Rookies & Stars makes the jump back to a hobby configuration.

2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Base Set Basics

The base set totals 200 cards. The checklist splits evenly between veterans and rookies. First-year players land approximately two per pack.

2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Base

Parallels for both at the hobby level include Orange (/99), True Blue (/49), Red & Blue (/35), Gold (/10), Black and Blue (/5), Printing Plates (1/1) and Platinum (1/1).

2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Red and Blue

Autographs, Memorabilia Cards and Other Inserts

Autographs and memorabilia cards are both two per hobby box.

Among them is the rookie-centric Dress for Success (/99). The signature relics are exclusive to hobby and have 99 copies or less. Parallels include Prime (/25 or less) and Laundry Tag (1/1).

2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Dress for Success

Statistical Standouts Signatures (/99 or less) also combine autographs and memorabilia. Instead of rookies, these feature current and past players.

Rookie Longevity Signatures adapt the base design to include autographs. Hobby parallels are available in Orange (/99 or less), Blue (/75 or less), Purple (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less), Green (/5 or less), Printing Plates (1/1) and Platinum (1/1).

New in 2019 Rookies & Stars Football are Big Time memorabilia cards. These get their name for their somewhat oversized swatches. Prime and Premium versions are also available. High Octane Memorabilia is also new to Rookies & Stars.

Of the 24 other inserts in each hobby box, two use opti-chrome stock similar to Prizm and Optic. Themes include Airborne, Crusade, Great American Heroes and Stellar Rookies. All get the rainbow treatment with Red (/75), Pink (/50), Purple (/35), Orange (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Printing Plate (1/1) and Black (1/1) parallels. Select cards in these sets also have autographs that are numbered to 25 or less.

2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 10
Packs per box: Hobby – 6
Boxes per case: Hobby – 14
Set size: 200 cards
Release date: December 2, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Memorabilia Cards – 2
  • Chromium Inserts – 2
  • Additional Inserts – 22
  • Parallels – 5

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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