First Look: 2015 Panini Clear Vision

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

An all-new football release, 2015 Panini Clear Vision is all about the acetate and Panini America is going to make some waves in the hobby since it will include the first rookie cards of this year’s freshman class where they are pictured with their pro clubs.

Each three-card pack is expected to deliver one hit that draws from a large pool of rookie, parallel, insert, memorabilia or autograph cards in addition to the debuting glass cards which could be a major hit with collectors once it is released on July 29. It is definitely something that the football card market could embrace as it has some fresh concepts and plenty of ink from big names.

What else is in store for those breaking 2015 Panini Clear Vision? Find out after the jump.

Panini America 2015 Clear Vision Football Joe Montana

Today’s biggest NFL stars are going to make up this product’s all-acetate base set and it will have several scarce parallel versions. Blue (numbered to 99) will be the most common, but the scarcity increasing dramatically with the Red (numbered to 25), Gold (numbered to 10), Green (numbered to 5), and Purple (one-of-one) editions. While the specifics for the rookie content in Clear Vision have not been shared at this time, the odds are good that their parallels will be produced in similar quantities and the rookie cards themselves fall two per box. Additionally, there will be photo variations for veteran (1:inner case) and rookie (4:inner) players that will add to the chase.

The presence of a strong non-memorabilia insert program will not only have strong designs, but they also combine to fall almost once per box. Among the announced concepts were Clarity and Stained Glass cards in addition to Team Vision, which features four players and has a tough one-of-one parallel.

Panini has noted that this product will feature the first NFL shield cards for rookie players and a nine-box inner case of 2015 Panini Clear Vision will contain six memorabilia cards that are numbered to 99 or less plus two prime, tag, or patch cards. Clear Cloth Jerseys and Clear Vision Jumbo Jerseys will both bring collectors large pieces of memorabilia and the latter will be limited to 99 copies or less.

There is also one hard-signed card per inner case and every one of them has a maximum of 50 copies available. Panini has stated that it has focused on the hobby’s most collectible names for this release and there will be at least two types to collect in Clear Vision Signatures and Visionary Signatures.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and a contributor to other Beckett Media publications. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at slaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

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13 comments

  1. Toby Johnson 1 June, 2015 at 20:50

    It’s nice to see Panini eschew the normal variety of foilboard behind their cropped photos for clear acetate. That make all the difference in the world. (I’m being sarcastic.)

    I miss the days of ProSet and Stadium Club’s full-bleed game photos.

  2. Larry 2 June, 2015 at 00:05

    Let’s flood the market with a million different products. Good idea Panini, it’s nice to see your loyalty doesn’t belong to collectors. At least you and topps are showing your true colors. Card collecting is dying and your just helping facilitate that.

  3. James 2 June, 2015 at 01:59

    What a unique idea (rolls eyes) … looks a lot like Topps Hi-Tek, as well as Leaf’s acetate releases.

  4. Jeremy 2 June, 2015 at 08:06

    I actually like these quite a bit. They kinda reminds me of Fleer EX from the mid to late 90’s. I just wish they weren’t such a high price point.

  5. Mike Pereira 2 June, 2015 at 23:17

    I saw on comment section that it was going to be priced at $66. I does seem that Topps and Panini are making alot more low end stuff to get as much money out of you as possible. Seems like they are taking the shotgun approach to service collectors. Just bombard us with as much products as possible and hope that something hits, which is just killing any value of everything.

    That’s why I’m pulling for Leaf and Brian Gray to really start competing with the Panini and Topps. Atleast Brain is an actual collector and seems to be taking in everything people are saying on the forums that need to change.

    1. No more 50,000 case runs –Leaf limiting to 199 case products
    2. No more waste base — All auto products
    3. No more unknown print runs on autos –All auto have a serial print run
    4. No more “event worn” patches– If it’s not game worn it’s not in Leaf
    5. No more sticker autos—Very few sticker autos in Leaf
    6. No more overprice products– Leaf highend is just over $100 instead of Panini Topps $1,000

  6. Brian Welch 3 June, 2015 at 01:14

    Great idea but im going to miss topps,most of panini stuff is to high priced card packs or boxes…

  7. Bart 3 June, 2015 at 09:15

    ENOUGH with the high priced stuff already! We’re not all independently wealthy enough to buy $66 PACKS of cards (dont even get me started on the $500-1K stuff – thats just insane)

  8. Paul Angilly 3 June, 2015 at 12:32

    Mike Pereira – glad to see you got a job as a Leaf PR man, but base does not equal “waste” for true collectors. And 199 cases isn’t really “limited” when there’s only a couple dozen people who would actually want one.

  9. Trey 3 June, 2015 at 14:24

    I remember when the NBA said they chose Panini over Upper Deck because they were going to change the industry. Based on the comments above, it doesn’t appear that they’ve succeeded in doing so. I’d be curious to see how many former Upper Deck, Topps, Fleer, Pacific, Press Pass ….. and so on work for Panini. My guess is a lot based on all the recycled ideas we’re seeing from them.

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