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.

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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

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7 Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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13 Todd Gurley II - Los Angeles Rams

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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29 Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

Base: Orange jersey
Variation: White jesey

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37 Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red jersey

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62 Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

Base: Green jersey
Variation: White jersey

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71 Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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74 Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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75 Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans

Base: Ball near jersey number
Variation: Throwing motion

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78 Odell Beckham Jr. - New York Giants

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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84 Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

Base: Both hands on ball
Variation: Throwing motion

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87 Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

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88 Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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97 Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

Base: Black jersey
Variation: White jersey

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98 Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

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105 Terry Bradshaw - Pittsburgh Steelers

Base: Black jersey
Variation: White jersey

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112 Deion Sanders - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

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114 Emmitt Smith - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

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123 Roger Staubach - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

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127 Joe Montana - San Francisco 49ers

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

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137 Joe Namath - New York Jets

Base: White jersey
Variation: Green jersey

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138 Barry Sanders - Detroit Lions

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

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155 Troy Aikman - Dallas Cowboys

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

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157 John Elway - Denver Broncos

Base: White jersey
Variation: Orange jersey

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176 Jerry Rice - San Francisco 49ers

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

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177 John Riggins - Washington Redskins

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red jersey

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178 Brett Favre - Green Bay Packers

Base: Green jersey
Variation: White jersey

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186 Jim Kelly - Buffalo Bills

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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190 Dan Marino - Miami Dolphins

Base: White jersey
Variation: Blue jersey

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199 Michael Irvin - Dallas Cowboys

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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212 Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio State Buckeyes

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red Jersey

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225 Josh Doctson - TCU Horned Frogs

Base: White jersey
Variation: Purple jersey

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237 Laquon Treadwell - Ole Miss Rebels

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

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244 Joey Bosa - Ohio State Buckeyes

Base: Red jersey
Variation: White jersey

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252 Jalen Ramsey - Florida State Seminoles

Base: White jersey
Variation: Red jersey

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259 Paxton Lynch - Memphis Tigers

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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262 Jared Goff - Cal Golden Bears

Base: Blue jersey
Variation: White jersey

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268 Carson Wentz - North Dakota State Bison

Base: Yellow jersey
Variation: White jersey

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280 Derrick Henry - Alabama Crimson Tide

Base: Ball low, hunched
Variation: Ball at chest

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298 Connor Cook - Michigan State Spartans

Base: White jersey
Variation: Green jersey

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Trey Treutel

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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. Author

    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.

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

  3. Author

    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. Author

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

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