Opening Day for Baseball is almost here but there seems to be a lot of Football cards on the horizon. Panini has just announced details for their June 15th release of Donruss Elite Football. Coming in at about $120 for a hobby box of 20 – 5 card packs, collectors will be looking at four autograph or memorabilia cards (at least one autograph guaranteed), four Rookie Cards (#’d to 999), one Aspirations or Status parallel and seven additional inserts or parallels per box. They will come in 12 box cases.
The big news is one of the case hits. For the first time, Panini is venturing into the multi-card booklet format with Throwback Threads.
These booklets are just one of the case hits. Other include dual-signed Passing the Torch card and one or more autographs from a checklist that includes Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Cam Newton, Jake Locker and Mark Ingram among others.
Other highlights from 2011 Donruss Elite Football include:
A 200-card set with 100 base veterans and 100 rookies
NFL Shield and Team Logo on-card signatures from top 2011 rookies
Autographed RC parallels numbered to 499 or less
Aspirations and Status Die-Cuts numbered to 49 or less
A Throwback Threads checklist featuring Otto Graham, Sammy Baugh, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith and Dan Marino
New Passing the Torch combinations such as Peyton Manning/Sam Bradford, LaDainian Tomlinson/Ryan Mathews, John Elway/Tim Tebow and Michael Irvin/Dez Bryant