Complete 2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Guide

Complete 2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Guide

Tapping into the the old-school nostalgia of an earlier era, 2016 Panini Classics Football takes collectors on a trip to a simpler time with retro designs and card stock. However, modern elements enter the mix with autographs alongside quite a few 2016 Panini Classics Football Short Print Variations.

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A total of 40 players receive the variation treatment, including current stars like Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson as well as key rookies such as Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff. Although there is not a clear theme, many utilize the home and away jersey images, making those easier to spot. Another easy trend to spot is that the short prints don't have parallels while the base cards have several.

Beyond the obvious photo differences between the base cards and short prints, collectors can also distinguish them based on the card backs. While the base cards have a more weathered black ink, the variations display a darker, bolder ink, as seen below. Sure, it's subtle, but it can be helpful if you have a regular card to compare it against. Having said that, the image route is still much more concrete.

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Aaron Rodgers back

These variations are in addition to a variety of 2016 Classics short print parallels that cover the base set, including Red Backs, Blank Backs, No Name Fronts and Glossy.

The following guide covers the 2016 Panini Classics Football Variations in all their glory. The guide is a work in progress and will be updated as more cards surface.

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Guide

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6 Tom Brady - New England Patriots

Base: Both hands on ball
Variation: Ball in one hand

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Tom Brady

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Tom Brady

7 Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Cam Newton

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Cam Newton

13 Todd Gurley II - Los Angeles Rams

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Todd Gurley

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Todd Gurley

29 Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

Base: Orange jersey
Variation: White jesey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Peyton Manning

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Peyton Manning

37 Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Jameis Winston

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Jameis Winston

62 Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

Base: Green jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Aaron Rodgers

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Aaron Rodgers

71 Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Russell Wilson

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Russell Wilson

74 Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Calvin Johnson

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Calvin Johnson

75 Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans

Base: Ball near jersey number
Variation: Throwing motion

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Marcus Mariota

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Marcus Mariota

78 Odell Beckham Jr. - New York Giants

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Odell Beckham Jr

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Odell Beckham Jr.

84 Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

Base: Both hands on ball
Variation: Throwing motion

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Andrew Luck

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Andrew Luck

87 Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Julio Jones

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Julio Jones

88 Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Tony Romo

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Tony Romo

97 Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

Base: Black jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Drew Brees

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Drew Brees

98 Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Dez Bryant

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Dez Bryant

105 Terry Bradshaw - Pittsburgh Steelers

Base: Black jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Terry Bradshaw

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Terry Bradshaw

112 Deion Sanders - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Deion Sanders

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Deion Sanders

114 Emmitt Smith - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Emmitt Smith

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Emmitt Smith

123 Roger Staubach - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Roger Staubach

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Roger Staubach

127 Joe Montana - San Francisco 49ers

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Joe Montana

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Joe Montana

137 Joe Namath - New York Jets

Base: White jersey
Variation: Green jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Joe Namath

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Joe Namath

138 Barry Sanders - Detroit Lions

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Barry Sanders

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Barry Sanders

155 Troy Aikman - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Troy Aikman

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Troy Aikman

157 John Elway - Denver Broncos

Base: White jersey
Variation: Orange jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base John Elway

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations John Elway

176 Jerry Rice - San Francisco 49ers

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Jerry Rice

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Jerry Rice

177 John Riggins - Washington Redskins

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base John Riggins

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations John Riggins

178 Brett Favre - Green Bay Packers

Base: Green jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Brett Favre

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Brett Favre

186 Jim Kelly - Buffalo Bills

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Jim Kelly

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Jim Kelly

190 Dan Marino - Miami Dolphins

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Dan Marino

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Dan Marino

199 Michael Irvin - Dallas Cowboys

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Michael Irvin

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Michael Irvin

212 Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio State Buckeyes

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red Jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Ezekiel Elliott RC

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Ezekiel Elliott RC

225 Josh Doctson - TCU Horned Frogs

Base: White jersey
Variation: Purple jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Josh Doctson

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Josh Doctson

237 Laquon Treadwell - Ole Miss Rebels

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Laquon Treadwell

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Laquon Treadwell

244 Joey Bosa - Ohio State Buckeyes

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Joey Bosa RC

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Joey Bosa

252 Jalen Ramsey - Florida State Seminoles

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Jalen Ramsey RC

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Jalen Ramsey RC

259 Paxton Lynch - Memphis Tigers

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base Paxton Lynch RC

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Paxton Lynch

262 Jared Goff - Cal Golden Bears

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base RC Jared Goff

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Jared Goff

268 Carson Wentz - North Dakota State Bison

Base: Yellow jersey
Variation: White jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base RC Carson Wentz

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations RC Carson Wentz

280 Derrick Henry - Alabama Crimson Tide

Base: Ball low, hunched
Variation: Ball at chest

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base RC Derrick Henry

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Derrick Henry

298 Connor Cook - Michigan State Spartans

Base: White jersey
Variation: Green jersey

Base

2016 Panini Classics Football Base RC Connor Cook

Variation

2016 Panini Classics Football Variations Connor Cook

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Comments

  1. why does every product have so many “variations” now days. To top it off, they are not labelled or numbered. This is getting old Panini- people who collect are not kids, and like things simple or labelled. I really don’t like all the guesswork with different pictures, backs, colors, prizms, etc. Eventually too much of something is not a good thing.

  2. Erron We are in agreement, Erron. Variation bloat is a huge issue these days.

  3. I opened 2 boxes today.

    Hit 2 Red Back Vets and 1 Red Back RC in each box.

    Hit 1 “Dark Black” back/photo variation in each box.

    Hit 1 “White back” of Forrest Gregg. Has nothing but the Packers logo.

  4. Can you tell me, does the 2016 classics have a master case? Where every box has 2 autos?

  5. Is there a value difference with the back variations of the 2016 Panini Classics?

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