Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: Click here

Packs per box: 6 (all cards from box in gallery below)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
18 of 200 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Veteran base cards – J.J.Watt, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Matt Jones, Tyrod Taylor, Alston Jeffery

Rookie Cards (12) – Hunter Henry, Keenan Reynolds, Jeff Driskel, DeMarcus Robinson, Cody Kessler, C.J. Prosise, Vernon Butler, William Jackson III, Artie Burns, Kelvin Taylor, Robert Nkemdiche, Maliek Collins

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Panini Instant NFL All-Rookie Team sets include bonus autographs

The NFL’s top rookies — and their autographs — are available now via Panini Instant. 

Panini America has a 24-card All-Rookie Team set showcasing top rookies from this past season and each set will include a bonus autograph card from one of a few notable names.

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Gallery: Panini grabs NFL rookies’ graphs at Collegiate Bowl event


The NFL’s rookie class of 2016 is mostly in the offseason now but that doesn’t mean their action when it comes to cardboard is over.

In fact, 13 top guys have been busy signing for Panini America the last two days during the “NFLPA Rookie Closeout” as part of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl‘s festivities. The rookies on hand for the event are catching up on signing for upcoming brands such as 2016 National Treasures, Flawless, Encased and Plates & Patches as well as recently released brands like Donruss Optic.

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Panini teases start of short-prints list in 2016 Panini Contenders football


Who’s an SP in 2016 Panini Contenders?

One day after its official release, Panini America has begun teasing who’s tougher than you might think — and some of the biggest names in the rookie class have some of the rarer regular Rookie Tickets of the bunch.

>>> Checklist & gallery for 2016 Panini Contenders football cards.

Keep reading for a rundown of who’s rarer … so far.

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Panini Instant gives collectors more NBA & NFL options on Black Friday


Panini Instant collectors have some Black Friday cards to chase, too.

Panini America‘s real-time card platform will have a pair of options for collectors beginning at 2 p.m. Central on Friday.

One is a more traditional made-to-order card set and the other includes autographs.

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First Buzz: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards


What: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards
Arrives: Dec. 14
Box basics: One autograph card per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini’s Donruss football gets Optichromed with a hobby box that’s set to deliver a rookie in every pack along with plenty of inserts and parallels.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Trevor Siemian is Denver Broncos’ starter — with just two Rookie Cards


It’s not been pretty on the quarterback front for the Denver Broncos in 2016 with the exit of a legend, Peyton Manning, the exit of his long-term understudy, Brock Osweiler, and the preseason messes of Mark Sanchez.

But there is a highlight with the arrival of Trevor Siemian in the starting spot in Denver.

No, really.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Black Gold college football cards

2016pnblackgoldcollegFBFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

The box: 2016 Panini Black Gold college football cards
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 2
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 10
Base set completion: 
0 of 89 (0 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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Some Panini America NSCC packs will include on-card autos from top NFL rookies, Hall of Famers

panini-america-2016-national-nflpa-rookie-premiere-next-day-derrick-henryThe new greats and the past greats are both part of the forthcoming Panini America promo card packs that will be available at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

On-card autographs from this year’s rookie class and the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class will be stamped and included in the wrapper redemption packs, according to a company announcement released on Thursday.

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Gallery: 2016 Donruss Elite football cards

2016-donruss-elite-auto-gallery-a-60After a year on the bench, Panini America has revived the Elite brand with a new wave of new looks for the brand best known for its foilboard.

Since its arrival yesterday, collectors have been finding plenty of on-card ink, plenty of new looks and some EPIX-styled looks that the Elite brand hasn’t seen before on a checklist that includes stars from the past and present as well as the new crop of NFL rookies.

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Classics football cards

2016-panini-classics-football-auto-gallery-11Take a simple array of variation types to enhance a 1980s-inspired design for a checklist loaded with past, present and future greats and then add in some autographs, buybacks and other surprises for a bargain price and you get 2016 Panini Classics.

The retro-inspired modern release arrived today with an autograph in every 14-pack box and a memorabilia in every other box.

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Gallery: Signing scenes at NFLPA Rookie Premiere (updated)

The NFLPA Rookie Premiere is here and that means more than 40 newly drafted NFL players are already signing, signing and signing some more before donning their pro uniforms for trading cards.

Among those who have signed so far is Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, who just might have the most-dynamic autograph of the bunch.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Score football cards (blaster box)

2016scoreFBblaster.jpgFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

The box: 2016 Score football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

2016-score-Kenyan-DrakePacks per box:
Cards per pack: 11
Cards in this box: 132
Base set completion: 
88 of 440 (20 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards: Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Julio Jones.

Rookie Cards (33) – Notables include Jared Goff, Connor Cook, Will Fuller, Kenyan Drake, Paxton Lynch, Braxton Miller.

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Three newly drafted quarterbacks grace new Sports Illustrated covers in their NFL uniforms for first time

ChimQ1qW4AAmKWO.jpg-largeThe SI Cover Jinx is on. (Just kidding.)

Three notable quarterbacks taken in this year’s NFL Draft will be found in their new uniforms on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated in a series of solo covers.

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Real-time recap: Buzz’s take on 2016 NFL Draft picks’ cardboard potential


Jared Goff is your No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and Panini America has revealed his first football card online to be found on its Gridiron digital card app soon.

Buzz will add all players drafted to this thread as the first round goes on just so you can see them all in one spot on samples of their real cardboard already available.

Buzz also will offer his take on the player’s place, too, in a real-time recap.

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SAGE Autographed will pack at least 25 autographs per hobby box

The headline says it all for 2016 SAGE Autographed football cards.

SAGE revealed on Tuesday that it is “adding broader content” while noting that all of the base cards are now printed on premium stock and that there will be 24 standard autographed cards and at least one dual autographed card in every box of this hobby-only brand set to arrive on May 25.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Trinity football cards

 2016 Leaf Trinity football cards
Arrives: Late May
Box basics: Five autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers “the introduction of Clear technology autographed cards with the goal of improving the overall card grade quality for its customers” in this one while including the biggest autographs from players in the NFL Draft. It’s also the final Leaf draft picks release of the year.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football (blaster box)

2016pncontendersdraftFBblasterFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

2016-panini-contenders-draft-mariotaThe box: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 42
Base set completion: 
8 of 100 (8 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards: Travis Benjamin, Amari Cooper, Cam Newton, DeAndre Hopkins, Drew Brees, Larry Fitzgerald, Kam Chancellor, Marcus Mariota (small box so all cards are listed)

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Prestige football cards

 2016 Panini Prestige football cards
Arrives: June 8
Box basics: Four autographs per four-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Prestige arrives packing 40 cards and an autograph per pack with NFL rookies in action photography and their new pro teams listed.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2016 SAGE HIT High Series football cards + checklist

Axx-GoffJ-HLAFC2What: 2016 SAGE HIT High Series football cards
Arrives: Late March
Box basics: 12 autographs per 18-pack box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Packing plenty of ink and some big names, the second series of SAGE HIT arrives later this month (and on the heels of the recently released first wave) with many of the players you’ll be seeing on draft day and perhaps some guys you won’t see on cardboard anywhere else.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gallery: 2016 Leaf Metal Draft football cards


Today may be Pro Day for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but Urban Meyer‘s top stars are already being found somewhere else besides the NFL.

They’re on eBay and on 2016 Leaf Metal Draft football cards after the brand arrived this week packing five autographs per box.

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Panini America signs Paxton Lynch & reveals 2016 Score football design

panini-america-2016-score-football-paxton-lynch-blog1Panini America announced on Friday that it has signed former Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch to an autograph and card deal in advance of the NFL Draft while also unveiling a design for the 2016 Score release.

He’ll appear on product packaging for Panini’s NFL and collegiate releases as well.

“Paxton is one of the most exciting players in this year’s draft and, as a result, his presence in our complete roster of 2016 physical and digital NFL/NFLPA trading card products is critical,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO, in a prepared release. “We’re excited to be working with him – not just during his rookie season but for many years to come.”

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