Here’s What Panini’s First NASCAR Cards Look Like

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2016 Panini Fathers Day 36 Dale Earnhardt Jr Header

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has been more than 18 months since the last licensed NASCAR cards were released. They’re back — officially. The 2016 Panini Father’s Day promo set features the first racing cards since Press Pass went out of business in January, 2015.

And they’re here.

Although the 2016 Panini Father’s Day cards aren’t supposed to release until Friday, some singles started hitting eBay a couple of days earlier. Among them — a trio of racing superstars: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick. They all come towards the end of the veteran portion of the base set, numbers 36-38.

The cards take a portrait approach with the racers in their uniforms and a light, mostly white backdrop.

Panini officially announced the acquisition of the NASCAR license at the 2016 Industry Summit, however they haven’t released a full racing product as of yet. The first is currently scheduled to be 2016 Panini Prizm Racing in July. 2016 Panini Torque Racing follows about a month later. 2016 Panini Certified Racing and 2016 Panini National Treasures Racing wrap up the NASCAR trading card season in the fall.

The 2016 Panini Father’s Day set is aimed primarily as a promotion for hobby shops. Racing is just a small part of the overall multi-sport checklist, which also includes basketball, football, baseball and soccer.

For the racing fans out there, here are the three NASCAR cards in the product.

2016 Panini Father’s Day NASCAR Racing Cards

36 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2016 Panini Fathers Day 36 Dale Earnhardt Jr

37 Danica Patrick

2016 Panini Fathers Day 37 Danica Patrick

38 Kevin Harvick

2016 Panini Fathers Day 38 Kevin Harvick

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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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

  1. Big Mike 17 June, 2016 at 13:31

    From what I just read, it sounds like alot of “Blaster Box” stuff which I am not a fan of. I would rather spend the extra $$ for a Hobby Box & know I’m gonna get something good in it. To me the Torque cards looked more like paintings.

  2. David Hackman 28 September, 2016 at 14:55

    I don’t know of any card shops in the Minneapolis area that handle Racing Cards. There might be a shop in St.Paul. How can I obtain the 3 Father’s Day cards plus any promos of future sets. I have tried to put together a PRIZM set using 24card Target boxes. As you probably know already I am not close after buying 11 boxes. I have many doubles and triples and some quads. I like the cards. Do I have to go online to buy Hobby boxes. Thank you for asking.

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