It says something about the staying power of a brand when it can last for more than 20 years as a viable staple on the football card landscape. But that’s exactly what the Elite Football franchise has accomplished. To be sure, it’s come a long way since debuting in 1996 as a “limited” insert numbered to “just” 10,000. Today, the product is a fixture for football fans and collectors seeking their new-season fix in the heat of the summer.
For the 2019 Elite Football release, Panini America officials are injecting the product with a dose of history (the 100-card 1999 Elite insert), an abundance of new (the first trading cards featuring new rookies in their NFL uniforms) and a little bit of everything in between.
With a release date of June 26, each box is scheduled to include two autographs, one memorabilia card, six parallels and three NFL Rookie Cards, on average.
Additional highlights include:
• All new NFL Rookie Cards, featuring players in their professional uniforms for the first time.
• Pen Pals and Pen Pals Duals will feature on-card autographs of the top rookies with Black, Blue, Green and Red variations.
• The entire 100-card 1999 Elite set is comprised of 50 NFL rookies and 50 veteran/retired players, on cards with a throwback design.
• Turn of the Century Autographs from the top rookies of the 2019 NFL Draft Class all numbered to 199 or less.