Release Date: 08/01/2018
Box Breakdown: 10 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 18 boxes per case
THE staple set for many collectors early in the NFL season, few can match the popularity and affordability of 2018 Donruss Football. Inserts (headlined by the classic Rated Rookie subset) make this product a blast to break, and it could be argued that it is among Panini’s flagship products. Those buying Hobby boxes can expect an average of one autograph and one memorabilia card per box.
At 400 cards, the 2018 Donruss Football checklist makes some headway into the entire NFL roster, which is great news for those chasing players with few cards in sets. The first 300 cards on the checklist are all of current and former players, with an additional 50 rookie cards and 50 Rated Rookie cards. Break a pack, and you’ll find one rookie card and one Rated Rookie insert in each pack. As far as base parallels are concerned, there are Press Proof die-cut cards in Silver (#/75), Gold (#/25) and Black (1/1). Aqueous Test, Season Stat Line (/400 or less) & Jersey Number (/99 or less) cards provide collectors with even more parallels.
Combining to average an incredible 40 inserts per box, the 2018 Donruss Football inserts meet the preferences of nearly any collector. Ground Force inserts employ images from outer space to show off the top running backs. There is also a 20-card subset to commemorate the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl LII win in The Champ is Here series. Donruss is even going retro, with the 1988 Tribute set bringing back the timeless ’88 Donruss design for today’s standouts and stars. In keeping with the retro design, a similar offering is featured in the 1998 Tribute set as well. Fans of the Game once again returns, highlighted this year by James Caan & Chris Evans, among others.
But wait, there’s more! The insert department at Panini worked around the clock on Donruss 2018, including new sets such as Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Life, MVP, Snow Days, and Walter Payton Man of the Year. The case-hit Downtown! insert somewhat hearkens to the Kaboom! Basketball inserts, but this set showcases cartoon type drawings related to the city where each star plays.
While the inserts are often the main event in Donruss, boxes average one autograph and one memorabilia card per Hobby box. 2018 Donruss Football offers several options for rookie autographs and memorabilia both in a nice departure from previously decently bland options. These include Rookie Phenom Jersey Autographs (#/99 or less) and Rookie Threads. Both first-year sets have Prime (#/25) and Laundry Tag (1/1) parallels.
There is also a 2018 Donruss Football factory set scheduled for September that includes all 400 base cards and one exclusive Rookie Threads relic in a Green parallel. If you want the set, but don’t want to go through all the opening and trading, this could be music to your ears!