2020 Panini Chronicles Racing Brings Lots of New Brands to NASCAR


Racing cards don’t have nearly the same number of releases as other sports like baseball and football. Since the earliest days of their NASCAR line, Panini has kept things tight in regards to the brands they’ve used. 2020 Panini Chronicles Racing opens that up wide, including lots of lines under the one umbrella.

Not only does every box draw from several brands and different styles of cards, but there are also three autographs and one memorabilia card per hobby box.

2020 Panini Chronicles Racing Overview

Variety is the key to every release under the Chronicles name, not just in racing. What does that look like here, though? More than a dozen Panini lines make the cut, each with their own look and angle. Besides more traditional types of cards, some use foil or chromium. 2020 Panini Chronicles Racing brands include:

  • Ascension
  • Cornerstones
  • Crusade
  • Illusions
  • Limited
  • Phoenix
  • Select
  • Score
  • Spectra
  • Status
  • Titan
  • Unparalleled

For many of these, it’s the brand’s first lap in NASCAR.

2020 Panini Chronicles Racing Spectra

Besides lots of different styles, additional parallels expand the Chronicles checklist even further.

There’s also a Chronicles base set that’s 40 cards.

Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

On-card autographs are a key part of the premium inserts in Chronicles. In all, there are a dozen different signature sets. Chronicles Autographs and Score Autographs take a more traditional approach. Phoenix Autographs bring in the Chromium (as well as colorful parallels) and Cornerstones Materials Signatures are among the autograph memorabilia sets.

Prime Jumbo doesn’t have ink but these cards do have massive pieces of patches. These are all numbered to 2 or less, although racers are featured on several parallels with different patch types.

2020 Panini Chronicles Racing Prime Jumbo

Cornerstones Reserve Materials has multiple swatches, bringing in a variety of memorabilia including fire suits, gloves, sheet metal and tires.

2020 Panini Chronicles Racing at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8, Blaster – 5
Packs per box: Hobby – 6, Blaster – 4
Boxes per case: Hobby – 16
Set size: 40 cards
Release date: August 7, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 3
  • Memorabilia Cards – 1
  • Spectra – 2
  • Opti-Chrome – 12
  • Holographic – 12

What to expect in a blaster box:

  • Autographs or Memorabilia Cards – 1


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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