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New Releases for the week of March 4 – 8, 2019

Here is the breakdown of releases this week.


2019 Panini Donruss Baseball
2018-19 Panini Select Basketball
2018 Panini Encased Football

My take

2019 Panini Donruss Baseball

If you scoped out the sell sheet you will see the push to share that the checklist is deep and it includes… you guessed it, Vladimir Guerrero…

With the 2019 Rookie Class shaping up to be the deepest in recent memory, there will be plenty of sought-after Rated Rookies with a talent level to match their demand.

2019 Panini Donruss Baseball Sell Sheet

I am digging some of the inserts, like the Retro 1985, and Dominators. Will I be digging into it, maybe a box. I will definitely be waiting for the Optic version and man I hope my wallet can take it.

2018-19 Panini Select Basketball

I got three of the First Off the Line (Product Review) flavor of this and it was Select, always impressive with the shiny finish, confused by the three tiers, but overall, love the color parallels as much as the next guy.

Collect the top rookies from the 2018 NBA Draft Class!
Look for the following tiers: Base (#’d/199), Purple (#’d/99),
Tie-Dye (#’d/25), Gold (#’d/10), and Black (one-of-one).
Tie-Dye, Gold, and Black all feature prime swatches of jersey!

2018-19 Panini Select Basketball Sell Sheet

If you are a big fan of this rookie class with or without Luka Doncic, get in now and take your shot here and I hope you hit big or at the very least, you enjoy the rip.

2018 Panini Encased Football

This set is intriguing to me with the slabbed graded cards.

From a curiosity standpoint, I wonder …

  1. How much are we paying for the grading service as the consumer?
  2. Is this impacting the turnaround on grading of consumer cards?

Encased returns for 2018 and is loaded with all the best rookies and
legends the NFL has to offer, find 2 autographs (one graded) and
two memorabilia cards per box on average.

2018 Panini Encased Football Sell Sheet

Then after wondering all this I think… I am not the target audience for this one. I do enjoy watching the breaks and watching the grades coming out of this stuff, hoping to see that rare black label 10/10. I hope that they all come with subgrades, but I am sure they won’t.

Even though it isn’t for me, I hope that if you take a shot at it in a break or personal box, you get that big rookie from this years’ rookie crop, Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, and others of course.