First Buzz: 2017 Panini National Treasures football cards

What: 2017 Panini National Treasures football cards
Arrives: March 7
Box basics: Three autographs and three memorabilia cards per eight-card box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America’s highly collected high-end brand returns with an array of big hits from the NFL’s past as well as the biggest names of the NFL at present. (Click on the card up top for a closer view.)

Keep reading for more info as well as a gallery of early images.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss Optic NFL cards (Special Edition blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Donruss Optic NFL (SE blaster)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
11 of 100 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Marshawn Lynch, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffrey, Jordan Matthews, Carlos Hyde, Tavon Austin, Doug Baldwin

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Select football cards

What: 2017 Panini Select football cards
Arrives: Feb. 21
Box basics: Two autographs and one memorabilia card per 12-pack box (12 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: Once again, the colorful rainbow and prime memorabilia cards that Select is known for return to the gridiron with more than one insert card per pack — and the first cards of 2018 NFL Draft hopefuls, too.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Plates & Patches football cards

 2017 Panini Plates & Patches football cards
Arrives: Feb. 7
Box basics: One autograph, one memorabilia card and one printing plate per five-card box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Plates & Patches is back with two hits and a printing plate in every single box and there’s more to be found beyond that. Oh, and there will be autographed printing plates found one per case.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Limited football cards

What: 2017 Panini Limited football cards
Arrives: Jan. 10
Box basics: Two autographs and one memorabilia card per three-pack box (15 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Limited returns with an emphasis on young stars with cards spotlighting draft night — Draft Day Signature Booklets with pieces of the jersey that the player held on stage — and more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Donruss Optic football cards (updated)

What: 2017 Donruss Optic football cards
Arrives: Dec. 13
Box basics: One autograph per 20-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Optic takes to the gridiron with a familiar look for 2017 Donruss NFL fans and a familiar format for those who ripped into this brand hard last season.

Keep reading for more info as well as some early images.

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NFL Notables: Six rookies to watch after Week 1 … Hunt, Watt & more

There were surprises and new arrivals on the NFL rookie front — and that’s just Week 1.

Six newcomers stepped up with none perhaps more surprising the Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt, who helped the Chiefs pull off a dominating 42-27 win over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Thursday night. He had 17 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown — and seven catches for 133 yards and a 75-yard score. Not bad for a third-rounder out of Toledo.

As you should already know from last week, he already appears on more than 450 different cards with nearly 300 of those being certified autos. He’s got 15 RCs so far by the standard (non-insert) definition and nearly 140 memorabilia cards and is found in most 2017 releases — just like most of our other notables from Sunday.

Who made the cut? Keep reading.

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Need an Instant sleeper for NFL Draft cardboard? Panini’s Purple rookies set just might reign …

Panini America‘s Instant platform will be the star of the cardboard world tonight as the NFL Draft’s selections will be showcased in real time.

There will be cards — with parallels — for the first-rounders all sold separately as singles, but there’s one way to get the No. 1 pick — Myles Garrett — along with all of the draft-day surprises and maybe even some of those “name” guys that slide a bit.

How? Keep reading.

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