2020 Panini Prizm Baseball Has No Shortage of Color, Exclusives

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Yes, 2020 Panini Prizm Baseball has the brand’s customary rainbow of colors. But it is more than just parallels. Autographs play a key role in hobby boxes and additional inserts — both common and extremely rare — further add to the checklist’s scope and size.

Hobby boxes, which have a dozen packs, include three autographs, 12 inserts and at least a dozen Prizms parallels.

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball Base Set Basics

Several subsets come together to form the 2020 Prizm Baseball base set. Like 2019, the main player cards are split into three tiers. Joining them are five additional themes: Brilliance, Illumination, Instant Impact, Numbers Game and Star Gazing. Put all of these together and it’s a 300-card set.

It also means a lot of parallel potential.

Chasing the Prizm Rainbow

2020 Panini Prizms Baseball Prizms Parallels

Every hobby box promises three types of Prizms: five Red, four Blue and three Silver. But that’s just the start of the rainbow. There are 18 different colors and patterns available in hobby alone. Rare Tiger Stripe and one-of-one Gold Vinyl are both hobby exclusives.

Red-Orange Prizms are also only in hobby, but they’re special to hot boxes that land one per case. Those that find a hot box get 24 of the Red-Orange cards.

1st Off the Line boxes, available through Panini’s promise three Shimmer Prizms not available elsewhere. Each is numbered to 7.

The only place to find Purple Prizms is in blaster boxes (four per box) while Red, White and Blue versions are exclusive to retail multi-packs (three per).

Among the other colors and patterns:

  • Black Finite (retail only)
  • Blue Mojo
  • Blue Wave
  • Burgundy Cracked Ice
  • Carolina Blue (mega boxes)
  • Cosmic Haze (MJH mega boxes)
  • Forest Green Flash
  • Gold
  • Green (blasters and multi-packs only)
  • Lime Green
  • Navy Blue Kaleidoscope
  • Neon Orange
  • Pink (Excell mega box)
  • Power Plaid
  • Red Wave
  • Snake Skin

Donut Circles Prizms are only in retail Quick Pitch boxes. Five different patterned colors combine to land ten per box:

  • Blue Donut Circles
  • Red Donut Circles
  • Bronze Donut Circles
  • Teal Donut Circles
  • White Donut Circles

Autographs and Inserts

The autographs in 2020 Panini Prizm Baseball cover both the major and minor leagues. Themes include Pro Penmanship, Rookie Autographs and Prospect Signatures.  Jasson Dominguez, Wander Franco, Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are among the names on the checklist.

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball Prospect Autographs

Color Blast return to baseball for a second year. There’s also Gems, a new insert set that’s a case hit.

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball Color Blast

Like the base set, autographs and inserts get additional Prizms as well.

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball cards at a glance:

Set size: 300 cards
Release date: May 13, 2020

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball Hobby Boxes

Cards per pack: 12
Packs per box: 12
Boxes per case: 12

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 3
  • Blue Prizms – 4
  • Red Prizms – 5
  • Silver Prizms – 3
  • Inserts – 12

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball 1st Off the Line Boxes

Cards per pack: 12
Packs per box: 12
Boxes per case: 12

What to expect in a FOTL box:

  • Shimmer Autographs – 1
  • Additional Autographs – 2
  • Blue Prizms – 4
  • Red Prizms – 5
  • Shimmer Prizms – 3
  • Silver Prizms – 3
  • Inserts – 12

Blaster Boxes

Cards per pack: 4
Packs per box: 6
Boxes per case: 20

What to expect in a blaster box:

  • Green Prizms – 1
  • Purple Prizms – 4
  • Silver Prizms – 2
  • Inserts – 3

Multi-Packs

Cards per pack: 15
Packs per box: 12
Boxes per case: 20

What to expect in an MJH multi-pack:

  • Red, White and Blue Prizms – 3
  • Silver Prizms – 1
  • Inserts – 1

Excell Mega Boxes

Cards per pack:
Packs per box:
Boxes per case:

What to expect in an Excell Mega box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Carolina Blue Prizms – 4
  • Pink Prizms – 8
  • Silver Prizms – 1
  • Inserts – 6

MJH Mega Boxes

Cards per pack: 4
Packs per box: 10
Boxes per case: 20

What to expect in an MJH mega box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Carolina Blue Prizms – 2
  • Cosmic Haze Prizms – 8
  • Silver Prizms – 1
  • Inserts – 5

Quick Pitch Retail Boxes

Cards per pack: 5
Packs per box: 18
Boxes per case: 20

What to expect in a Quick Pitch retail box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Donut Circle Prizms – 10
  • Silver Prizms – 1
  • Inserts – 9

The full 2020 Panini Prizm Baseball checklist and team set lists will be posted as soon as they’re available. This will likely be shortly before the set comes out.

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Ryan Cracknell

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1 comment

  1. fred 28 February, 2020 at 09:12

    Sooo basically the themes that were inserts last year are now subsets in the base set and there are a ton more parallels to contend with? This sounds like a colorblind person’s nightmare. I get why they want all of the “player collector” types chasing after 20 different kinds of Pete Alonso but there’ll also be 20 kinds of Rougned Odor and that’s what you’re going to keep finding. This doesn’t sound like my idea of fun, sorry.

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