A Guide To The 2021 Select Football Checklist And How To Invest [Updated]

Select Football 2021 released on August 24th, and here’s everything you need to know about the tremendously popular brand.

We break down the basics of this sought-after product, what you can expect, a full checklist and how to invest 2021 Select Football cards.

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2021 Select Football product basics 

Select is a fan favorite that started as hobby-only, but a retail edition helps it rank in the top-tier of mass-market sports card royalty along with Prizm and Optic. These three products all feature chromium cards and Prizm-based inserts and parallels, giving layers of scarcity and different eye appeal for collectors to enthusiastically pursue. 

Select Football is perhaps best known for two unique features. For one, the product has three unique tiers cards that represent different levels of increasing scarcity: concourse, premier, and field level.

The product is also known for its XRC, which is redeemable for a draft pick from the next rookie class (example: QB3 = the third quarterback drafted). With this year’s untimely release, the XRC’s will drop after the draft, thus losing some of their charm.

What to expect from 2021 Panini Select Football

This year’s hobby product has a familiar composition that is in line with the previous iterations of Select: a box consisting of 12 packs with 5 cards per pack. Each box averages 2 autographs and a memorabilia card. Expect an average of 15 parallels per box, including 10 silvers.

The online-exclusive First of the Line (FOTL) format contains Neon Orange Rookie Patch Autograph and a limited base parallel that is either a Neon Orange Pulsar or Tiger Prizm.

The base set of 400 cards is divided among the three typical subsets: concourse, premier level, and field level, and each of the subsets has its own parallels (for example, each subset has gold /10). This year’s product can be pre-ordered for $1,200, while last year it released at $1,400.

Patrick Mahomes 2021 Select Football Base Concourse

2021 Select Football checklist information

The 2021 Select football checklist looks a lot like previous years, but Select has the argument of “don’t add paint to a masterpiece” on its side. 

2021 Select Base Prizm

There is a deep list of parallels available at every level of base cards. For example, here is the concourse level breakdown:

  • Silver Prizm
  • Zebra Prizm SSP
  • Tri-Color Prizm – #/249
  • Blue Prizm – #/199
  • Maroon Prizm – #/149
  • Red Prizm – #/99
  • Purple Prizm – #/75
  • Orange Prizm – #/49
  • White Prizm – #/35
  • Tie-Dye Prizm – #/25
  • Gold Prizm – #/10
  • Green Prizm – #/5
  • Green & Black Snakeskin – #/2
  • Black Prizm  – 1/1

The already-rarer Field Level includes fewer parallels:

  • Silver Prizm
  • Zebra Prizm SSP
  • Tri-Color Prizm – #/75
  • Red Prizm – #/49
  • White Prizm – #/35
  • Tie-Dye Prizm – #/25
  • Gold Prizm – #/10
  • Green Prizm – #/5
  • Green & Black Snakeskin – #/2
  • Black Prizm – 1/1

The XRC’s are still something to get excited about, but they definitely aren’t as “fun” since the draft is already in the rearview mirror. 

These exchange cards, historically, the first chance to truly get a licensed card that matters for the future rookie class. 

These cards are very valuable and a great way to stake an early claim on your favorite early draft pick.

In addition to the standard XRCs, which have the silver Prizm look, there are parallels: tie-dye /25, gold /10, and black 1/1s  add even more scarcity to the exciting rookie class. 

This year’s Select will bring a few more inserts, including hobby-exclusive Color Wheel, Firestorm, and Phenomenom

Investing in 2021 Select Football cards

With a pre-order price of $1,200, buying a box of Select is certainly something to put a lot of thought into. 

For one thing, Select is a bit safer of a rip because it includes 60 cards. Many of the recent releases that cost $1,000+ have only included 8 – 10 cards in total, so at least with Select, you have more chances of pulling nice cards and getting your money back.

But still, you’re paying $20/card with a new box of Select — it’s a big investment in something that might not pay off at all. Here’s our take on how to consider investing in select. 

Get in line for a 2021 Panini Select Hobby Box

Investing in Select Football box (sealed)

If you’re planning to invest in a 2021 Select Football hobby box with the intent of holding them, here are some numbers to consider.

  • Current resell of 2020 hobby: $1,450
  • Current resell of 2019 hobby: $1,100
  • Current resell of 2018 hobby: $2,000
  • Current resell of 2017 hobby: $6,100

A couple of takeaways here

For one, time seems to help. The 2018 class isn’t decisively better than the 2020 class, but the boxes are worth 30% more. That implies that Select, since it’s such a popular product, will age well no matter how strong the rookie class.

And, the other point: the rookie class matters. Yeah, this might sound contradictory, but having a combination of age +  a great rookie class (2017) can lead to explosive value down the line.

If you are buying a sealed box to sit on, Select isn’t a bad option – especially if you like the 2021 rookie class and believe in Trevor Lawrence and company.  But the stars will need to align for you to expect the same kind of returns as the 2017 boxes are currently seeing. 

And this hasn’t been verified by Panini, but there are definitely more boxes being printed in 2021 than there were in 2017 and 2018. This alone will help cap the potential if you are buying this product sealed with the hope to flip in 5 – 10 years.

Investing in rookies

Select rookie cards are one of the blue-chip investments of modern Panini rookies – perhaps second to only Prizm. If you’re going to invest in just one card of anybody, Select is a great way to go.

Your best bet of making a guaranteed profit on this product is finding a few silver or field-level rookies of players you believe in, buying them raw (after asking for more pictures), then getting them graded. 

If you can scoop up silvers of the rookies you like and grade, then you’ll be set for a long-term hold. Collectors go nuts for Select PSA 10s, especially if you can get cards in one of the two rarest tiers.

But caution: don’t buy the first Select cards that appear on eBay for this year. The price will inevitably drop as the supply meets the demand.

2021 Select Jumbo Rookie Swatch White Prizm
2021 Select Football Jumbo Rookie Swatch card of Trevor Lawrence

Bottom line: rip, hold or pass?

Select is always a popular brand, and this year shows no signs of it slowing down.  

Perhaps the recency of the NFL draft will actually prime the XRCs to be an even hotter chase since collectors can target their favorite players. Either way, Select is a heavyweight in the industry and won’t slow down anytime soon. 

What do you think of this product? What will it be worth in 5 years? Let us know on Twitter @card_lines

Other related products

If you are a fan of the Select line of products, you may want to check these previous releases:

Full 2021 Select Football checklist

The 2021 Panini Select Football checklist is available below in searchable form.

wdt_ID CARD SET Player Team Card Number Number of cards
1 2015 Super Bowl Signatures Anthony Munoz Cincinnati Bengals 1
2 2022 XRC Black Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 401 1
3 2022 XRC Black Prizm Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons 402 1
4 2022 XRC Black Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 403 1
5 2022 XRC Black Prizm Matt Corral Carolina Panthers 404 1
6 2022 XRC Black Prizm Bailey Zappe New England Patriots 405 1
7 2022 XRC Black Prizm Breece Hall New York Jets 406 1
8 2022 XRC Black Prizm Kenneth Walker III Seattle Seahawks 407 1
9 2022 XRC Black Prizm James Cook Buffalo Bills 408 1
10 2022 XRC Black Prizm Tyrion Davis-Price San Francisco 49ers 409 1
11 2022 XRC Black Prizm Brian Robinson Jr. Washington Commanders 410 1
12 2022 XRC Black Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 411 1
13 2022 XRC Black Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 412 1
14 2022 XRC Black Prizm Chris Olave New Orleans Saints 413 1
15 2022 XRC Black Prizm Jameson Williams Detroit Lions 414 1
16 2022 XRC Black Prizm Jahan Dotson Washington Commanders 415 1
17 2022 XRC Black Prizm Treylon Burks Tennessee Titans 416 1
18 2022 XRC Black Prizm Trey McBride Arizona Cardinals 417 1
19 2022 XRC Black Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 418 1
20 2022 XRC Black Prizm Aidan Hutchinson Detroit Lions 419 1
21 2022 XRC Black Prizm Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner New York Jets 420 1
22 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 401 10
23 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons 402 10
24 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 403 10
25 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Matt Corral Carolina Panthers 404 10
26 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Bailey Zappe New England Patriots 405 10
27 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Breece Hall New York Jets 406 10
28 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Kenneth Walker III Seattle Seahawks 407 10
29 2022 XRC Gold Prizm James Cook Buffalo Bills 408 10
30 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Tyrion Davis-Price San Francisco 49ers 409 10
31 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Brian Robinson Jr. Washington Commanders 410 10
32 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 411 10
33 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 412 10
34 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Chris Olave New Orleans Saints 413 10
35 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Jameson Williams Detroit Lions 414 10
36 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Jahan Dotson Washington Commanders 415 10
37 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Treylon Burks Tennessee Titans 416 10
38 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Trey McBride Arizona Cardinals 417 10
39 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 418 10
40 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Aidan Hutchinson Detroit Lions 419 10
41 2022 XRC Gold Prizm Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner New York Jets 420 10
42 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Black Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 421 1
43 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Black Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 422 1
44 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Black Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 423 1
45 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Black Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 424 1
46 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Black Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 425 1
47 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Gold Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 421 10
48 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Gold Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 422 10
49 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Gold Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 423 10
50 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Gold Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 424 10
51 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Gold Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 425 10
52 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 421 99
53 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 422 99
54 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 423 99
55 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 424 99
56 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 425 99
57 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Tie-Dye Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 421 25
58 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Tie-Dye Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 422 25
59 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Tie-Dye Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 423 25
60 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Tie-Dye Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 424 25
61 2022 XRC Mystery Autograph Tie-Dye Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 425 25
62 2022 XRC Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 401
63 2022 XRC Prizm Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons 402
64 2022 XRC Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 403
65 2022 XRC Prizm Matt Corral Carolina Panthers 404
66 2022 XRC Prizm Bailey Zappe New England Patriots 405
67 2022 XRC Prizm Breece Hall New York Jets 406
68 2022 XRC Prizm Kenneth Walker III Seattle Seahawks 407
69 2022 XRC Prizm James Cook Buffalo Bills 408
70 2022 XRC Prizm Tyrion Davis-Price San Francisco 49ers 409
71 2022 XRC Prizm Brian Robinson Jr. Washington Commanders 410
72 2022 XRC Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 411
73 2022 XRC Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 412
74 2022 XRC Prizm Chris Olave New Orleans Saints 413
75 2022 XRC Prizm Jameson Williams Detroit Lions 414
76 2022 XRC Prizm Jahan Dotson Washington Commanders 415
77 2022 XRC Prizm Treylon Burks Tennessee Titans 416
78 2022 XRC Prizm Trey McBride Arizona Cardinals 417
79 2022 XRC Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 418
80 2022 XRC Prizm Aidan Hutchinson Detroit Lions 419
81 2022 XRC Prizm Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner New York Jets 420
82 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers 401 25
83 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons 402 25
84 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Malik Willis Tennessee Titans 403 25
85 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Matt Corral Carolina Panthers 404 25
86 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Bailey Zappe New England Patriots 405 25
87 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Breece Hall New York Jets 406 25
88 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Kenneth Walker III Seattle Seahawks 407 25
89 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm James Cook Buffalo Bills 408 25
90 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Tyrion Davis-Price San Francisco 49ers 409 25
91 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Brian Robinson Jr. Washington Commanders 410 25
92 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Drake London Atlanta Falcons 411 25
93 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Garrett Wilson New York Jets 412 25
94 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Chris Olave New Orleans Saints 413 25
95 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Jameson Williams Detroit Lions 414 25
96 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Jahan Dotson Washington Commanders 415 25
97 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Treylon Burks Tennessee Titans 416 25
98 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Trey McBride Arizona Cardinals 417 25
99 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Travon Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 418 25
100 2022 XRC Tie-Dye Prizm Aidan Hutchinson Detroit Lions 419 25
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