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2018 Panini Illusions Football Cards

2018 Panini Illusions Football Cards

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Despite the name, 2018 Panini Illusions Football is really back for another NFL season. The set's niche remains the merging of 1990s/2000s hobby style and current technology. Year two of the loud brand offers three autographs and two memorabilia cards per Hobby box.

Just as with the 2017 debut, there is a box topper pack in every box. However, the 2018 edition guarantees one autograph inside these silver packs that counts toward the hit total.

2018 Panini Illusions Football Base / Inserts

It may not appeal to all collectors, but the 2018 Panini Illusions Football base set continues the dual-player images, highlighting one current subject and one prior star from the same franchise. The Trophy Collection parallels combine to average six per box and include Gold (#/499), Blue (#/249), Red (#/199), Green (#/199), Pink (#/75), Black (#/25), and Purple (1/1).

2018 Panini Illusions Football

Inserts average 1:2 packs and collectors can expect three insert parallels per box.

2018 Panini Illusions Football Autographs

Naturally, collectors can also find many signature sets for first-year players, including First Impressions Memorabilia Autographs, numbered to 499 or less, Rookie Signs and Rookie Endorsements (#/150 or less). Each set adds multiple parallel tiers.

2018 Panini Illusions Football

Offering twice the excitement, the Rookie Reflection Dual Patch Autographs set works in two signatures and a base print run of 50 or less. Also, every card has either a prime or super-prime swatch. Another combo choice is Rookie Dual Signs.

2018 Panini Illusions Football

But the 2018 Panini Illusions Football checklist is not just for the rookie players. Veteran Signs (#/150 or less) naturally highlights the established standouts, and Mirror Dual Signatures (#/25 or less) showcases a mixture of players. Elusive Ink also returns from 2017.

2018 Panini Illusions Football

In addition, some of the rarest autograph lines are exclusive to the box topper packs. The all-new collection includes Illusionists Autographs (#/99 or less), Living Legends Autographs (#/99 or less) and Mystique Autographs (#/99 or less).

2018 Panini Illusions Football

The silver topper packs are also the only place to find the Rookie Endorsements auto variations.

2018 Panini Illusions Football

2018 Panini Illusions Football Memorabilia

Supplying two cards per box, the 2018 Panini Illusions Football memorabilia lines present several styles and themes. Again, rookies are heavily covered. The selection includes First Impressions Memorabilia, Rookie Idols Dual Memorabilia, and Rookie Reflection Dual Patch.

Spotlight Memorabilia provides another relic option, along with the multi-player Legacies Dual and Legacies Triple Memorabilia (#/100 or less) sets.

2018 Panini Illusions Football

Estimated Release Date: 10/03/2018
Product Configuration
: 5 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 16 boxes per case (2 inners)

2018 Panini Illusions Football Hobby Box Break Average

  • 3 Autographs (1 Autograph/1 Auto Relic/1 Box Topper Auto)
  • 2 Memorabilia Cards
  • 5 Inserts
  • 6 Base Parallels
  • 3 Insert Parallels

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents subject to change. 

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Set Checklist

2018 Panini Illusions Football Checklist

This is a preliminary checklist and subject to change. The full checklist will be added as soon as it is available.

Tentative Signers Checklist

Aaron Rodgers
Adam Thielen
Antonio Brown
Barry Sanders
Ben Roethlisberger
Brett Favre
Deshaun Watson
Drew Brees
Ezekiel Elliott
Jerry Rice
Matt Ryan
Patrick Mahomes
Randy Moss
Adam Thielen & Stefon Diggs
Dak Prescott & Ezekiel Elliott
Derek Carr & Marshawn Lynch


Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
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+.

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  1. 4.5-5.0 would be my Overall rating, reason being, Quality Card Stock, vast combination of past & present, especially for the true Team Collector. Plus, buyers are also able to pick up a # of rookies from the 2018 Draft class. Lastly, Affordable for collectors of all ages. I really enjoyed the 2017 product. Semper Fi, Mac!

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