2021 Football Cards Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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The 2021 football cards season is going to have plenty of releases, cover lots of themes and price levels that look at the sport in different ways. Whether you’re looking for release dates, checklists, easy price guide access, set information and more, you’ll find it here. Use this page for easy access to everything you need over the course of the year.

Below is a full 2021 football cards release calendar and related set information. Upcoming sets are first, arranged by release date.

Once a product is out, it’ll be found by clicking on a tab at the top (sorted alphabetically).

Bookmark this page and check back regularly. This calendar will be updated frequently with new sets, price guide links and additional information. It’s a hub for all you need in one convenient place for those collecting or even just curious about 2021 football cards.

2021 Football Cards: What to Expect

Panini continues to hold exclusive rights to both the NFL and most NCAA schools. As a result, they’re the only company you’ll see football cards from using logos and trademarks.

However, there are options beyond this. Leaf and SAGE continue to produce draft-themed sets. Onyx and the resurrected Wild Card have joined in as well this year.

Topps partnered with Trevor Lawrence to produce a special set that was sold as an online-exclusive.

As far as rookies go, it’s a big year for quarterbacks. Lawrence is the clear cut player to watch heading into the season. But there’s also Trey Lance, Zach Wilson and Mac Jones, among others at the position.

Upcoming Products

Upcoming 2021 Football Card Release Dates and Product Information

Release dates are subject to change (and often do). Unless noted, the ones shown here reflect hobby. Retail dates for certain products can vary. 

New products will be added as they’re announced. If it’s not here, a product hasn’t been formally announced and we do not know if/when it will be coming out.

2021 Panini National Treasures Football

Release Date: May 4, 2022

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2021 Panini Prizm Football

Release Date: June 3, 2022

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2021 Panini Obsidian Football

Release Date: June 10, 2022

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2021 Panini Flawless Football

Release Date: June 15, 2022

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2021 Panini Contenders Optic Football

Release Date: June 22, 2022

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2021 Panini Chronicles Football

Release Date: July 8, 2022

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2021 Donruss Optic Football

Release Date: July 20, 2022

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2021 Select Football

Release Date: July 27, 2022

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2021 Upper Deck CFL Football

Release Date: TBA

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2021 SP Game Used CFL Football

Release Date: TBA

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Already Released

2021 Football Cards Archive

Here’s where you’ll find a list of 2021 football cards that are already out. Sets are arranged alphabetically.


2021-22 Bowman University Football

Release Date: April 27, 2022

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2021 Clearly Donruss Football

Release Date: April 1, 2022

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2021 Elite Football

Release Date: July 16, 2021

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2021 Donruss Elite Football Razzle Dazzle Russell Wilson

2021 Panini Immaculate Football

Release Date: January 28, 2022

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2021 Immaculate Collegiate Football

Release Date: August 13, 2021

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2021 Leaf Flash Football

Release Date: July 20, 2021

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2021 Leaf Metal Draft Football

Release Date: May 28, 2021

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2021 Leaf Metal Draft Football Base Autographs Mojo

2021 Leaf Trinity Football

Release Date: September 3, 2021

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2021 Leaf Ultimate Clear Quarterbacks

Release Date: April 13, 2021

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2021 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football

Release Date: June 11, 2021

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2021 Leaf Valiant Football

Release Date: February 25, 2022

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2021 Limited Football

Release Date: March 16, 2022

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2021 Panini Limited Football Josh Allen

2021 Onyx Vintage College Football

Release Date: February 4, 2022

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2021 Onyx Vintage Football

Release Date: May 5, 2021

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2021 Panini Black Football

Release Date: September 1, 2021

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2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Football

Release Date: July 2, 2021

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2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Football Trevor Lawrence

2021 Panini Contenders Football

Release Date: March 9, 2022

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2021 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football

Release Date: May 28, 2021

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2021 Panini Elements Football

Release Date: August 18, 2021

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2021 Panini Encased Football

Release Date: April 13, 2022

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2021 Panini Flawless Collegiate Football

Release Date: November 17, 2021

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2021 Panini Illusions Football

Release Date: December 22, 2021

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2021 Panini Impeccable Football

Release Date: December 17, 2021

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2021 Panini Instant Rated Rookie Retro Football

Release Date: April 18, 2022

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2021 Panini Instant Rated Rookie Showcase Football

Release Date: June 28, 2021

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2021 Panini Instant Rated Rookie Showcase Football Kyle Pitts


2021 Panini Luminance Football

Release Date: July 9, 2021

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2021 Panini Mosaic Draft Picks Football

Release Date: June 18, 2021

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2021 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Football

Release Date: October 20, 2021

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2021 Panini One Football

Release Date: April 27, 2022

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2021 Panini Phoenix Football

Release Date: April 22, 2022

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2021 Panini Playbook Football

Release Date: March 11, 2022

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2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football

Release Date: June 11, 2021

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2021 Panini Spectra Football

Release Date: December 8, 2021

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2021 Panini XR Football

Release Date: December 1, 2021

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2021 Playoff Football

Release Date: February 2, 2022

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2021 Pro Set Metal Football

Release Date: October 1, 2021

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2021 Rookies & Stars Football

Release Date: February 9, 2022

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2021 SAGE Aspire Football

Release Date: July 23, 2021

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2021 Topps x Trevor Lawrence

Release Date: April 20, 2021

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2021 Panini Zenith Football

Release Date: December 23, 2021

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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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5 comments

    • Ryan Cracknell 9 March, 2022 at 23:36

      New products will be added as they’re announced. If it’s not here, a product hasn’t been formally announced and we do not know if/when it will be coming out.

  1. Peter Szmola 30 April, 2022 at 20:50

    New to NFL NHL card collecting, what are the series to collect, without buying ever card series. In Australia, we have two card companies with 2-3 releases during the year, but in the USA seems there are heaps more. Panini, Donruss, etc I have a few Panini Score cards from 2021.

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