Everything You Need To Know About 2022 Absolute Football

December 1, 2022

The NFL season is in full swing and the playoffs are just around the corner. And just in time for what promises to be an exciting back half of the season, we have a few notable NFL products set to release this December.

The first to hit the shelves will be Absolute Football which is slated to drop on December 2nd. In this article, I’ll give you the full rundown on the product, including its biggest hits, how its value has fared over the past year, and why you’ll want to get your hands on Absolute before the playoffs.

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About Panini Absolute Football 2022

Absolute Football is a mid-tier NFL product and is one of Panini’s longest-running and most recognizable products. While it isn’t considered top-of-the-line like Flawless or Immaculate, it still offers hobby appeal at a more affordable price.

For NFL collectors Absolute has become best known for its premier card: “Kaboom!.” Kaboom! has been one of the most cherished cards across all sports for the past few years. It saw huge growth during the pandemic and has made headlines with some eye-popping sales prices. Even non-rookie Kaboom! cards can have crazy value, like the 2018 Tom Brady that sold for $120,000.

Absolute is the only football release that features Kaboom! and the odds shake out to hitting one per case (12 hobby boxes). 

2022 Panini Absolute Football releases just in time for the Playoffs

As a December release, Absolute is one of the first non-collegiate products to hit the market. That means for rookies like Kenny Pickett, Garrett Wilson, and Kenneth Walker, it’ll be our first time seeing them in their pro uniforms.

Another advantage Absolute has is the timing of its release. Most of the bigger products won’t be out by the time the playoffs roll around, which means no chance for collectors to cash in on the hype for players with huge playoff performances. 

Last year we saw Jamar Chase’s Kaboom! card more than double in value across all grades during his memorable Super Bowl run with the Bengals. By the time the bigger products were released after the playoffs, Chase’s value was already through the roof.

So, if you’re looking to buy in on players who could be poised for a memorable postseason, Absolute ‘22 is one of your best options. This is even more true if the player you’re interested in is a rookie, since Absolute will be one of the only non-collegiate products on the market.

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Absolute Football 2022 inserts and parallels

Panini has released a few mockups from Absolute Football 2022. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Football 2022 Kaboom!

Kaboom! is the biggest hit in the box, and with the right player resale value can be well into 5 figures.

The mock-up that Panini has released of this year’s version is pretty standard – bright colors and a loud font that gives it a unique comic-book-like appeal. Panini knows better than to mess with the design too much, choosing to keep the look in line with the stylistic features we’ve seen in the past.

Glass Insert 

While much of the hype around Absolute comes from Kaboom! cards, the Glass Insert is an equally rare and very valuable card in its own right.

The card is literally made of glass, and it hits at the same rate as Kaboom! (about once a case, or once every 12 boxes.) This fragile black and white card looks good even without the caveat that it’s made of glass, but its unique composition makes it even more of a novelty and should be considered a big win for anyone who pulls it. 

Explosive

Explosive is another colorful, in-your-face insert. If you prefer sleeker, more subdued cards then this one might not be for you. But if you like loud and fun, Explosive is your card.

While the Kaboom insert is more refractive, the two main colors on an Explosive card are the primary colors of that player’s team. The Trey Lance mockup here is attention-grabbing, and if I was a 49ers fan I’d love the way that the red and gold are the first thing to catch your eye.

2022 Panini Absolute Hobby Box Breakdown

The 2022 Absolute hobby box is set to go on sale December 2nd, 2022 and is currently pre-selling for $440

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Here’s what each hobby box will contain:

  • 5 cards per pack,
  • 3 packs per box
  • 15 cards total
  • 12 boxes in a case

And here’s what Panini has released about the card breakdown inside:

  • 1 Rookie Premiere Autograph
  • 2 Additional Autographs
  • 2 Memorabilia Cards
  • 1 Insert
  • 2 Parallels
  • 1 Rookie

The two big hits (Kaboom and Glass Insert) work out to one per case (1/12 boxes.)

2022 Absolute Football Checklist Info

While we won’t know exactly which players will be included until the product officially drops, Panini has released some information about the breakdown of what’s inside.

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Base Cards

  • 100 Rookies
  • 100 Veterans/ Legends

All of the base cards feature the following odds for a 

  • Spectrum Red – #/100
  • Spectrum Orange – #/75
  • Spectrum Blue – #/50
  • Spectrum Green – #/25
  • Spectrum Gold – #/10
  • Spectrum Purple – #/5
  • Spectrum Black – 1/1
  • Printing Plates 1/1

Investing in 2022 Absolute Football

There are a lot of reasons why I think Absolute is a smart investment, and there’s promise in both the singles and wax. Here are the three approaches I like the best for investing in Absolute Football ’22:

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Buying and flipping singles before the playoffs

As I mentioned above, Absolute is a great investment for the playoffs. With a release date of December 2nd, we should see graded singles hitting the resale market by January at the latest. That’s a perfect time to lock in your big risers.

It’s worth noting, however, that buying before the playoffs is still a gamble. 

For every Jamar Chase who helps his team to a surprise Super Bowl, there’s a Mac Jones who gets blitzed by 30 points in the first round. Mac Jones saw a drop of 30-50% on his Absolute cards from December of 2021 to March of 2022. 

Sure some of that was compounded by his late-season struggles and a general market correction to his initial hype. Nevertheless, if you buy in on a hot player now and they fall apart in the playoffs, expect a big potential loss.

Buying and holding Kaboom long term

So, if you’re looking for a quick playoff flip, Absolute is a good option. But what about as a long-term hold? Sure, the Kaboom! cards took off in mid-2020, but how has their value changed since?

Well it’s never a perfect science trying to determine the overall growth of a particular product, since the trends often have more to do with how the market feels about the player as opposed to the product itself. That said, I like to look at retired players when determining a product’s popularity.

Sometimes big news like a HOF induction, death, or off-the-field controversy can affect a retired player’s value. But overall, these values are pretty consistent, and changes in value are mostly a reflection of the product’s popularity and the market as a whole.

PlayerValue in Dec '21Value in Dec '22
Peyton Manning$206 $230
John Elway$138$187
Deion Sanders$182$212

Each one of these cards rose between 10%-35% from their initial release to now. While I wouldn’t use those numbers to project-specific growth to next year, I do think it’s an indication that Kaboom (and the NFL market as a whole) are steadily growing

Overall, Kaboom and other high-end inserts are valued by the NFL collecting community and are strong long-term holds. 

Buying and Holding Wax Hobby Box

Buying and holding wax is generally the safest way to earn value on nearly any middle to high-end product. While there are no guarantees in the world of sports cards, we’ve seen wax turn a solid consistent profit for a few years straight.

Here’s the current selling price of the last four years of Absolute:

YearCurrent Value
2018$850
2019$600
2020 $1400
2021$1000

Obviously, there’s a lot of variability in those values. Some of that has to do with the rookie classes, how much was printed, what’s currently in circulation, etc. And while the ’22 rookie class does appear to be weak, the current selling price of $440 is much lower than any of these previous years.

Things are a little down across all sports, which is likely why we’re seeing these lower SRP’s. That said, if you buy now there’s a chance for a big jump in value once the market bounces back.

Final thoughts on 2022 Absolute Football

While many associate Absolute with the Kaboom! insert, it offers more than just one card. Along with other big hits like the Glass Insert and Explosive, it also has a great-looking base card with favorable odds of hitting colored parallels.

This is one of our first big football products with rookies in their pro uniforms. So for those looking to get in on the ’22 class early, Absolute NFL is your best bet.

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Full 2022 Absolute Football checklist

wdt_ID Set Player Team Card Number Number of cards
1 Absolute Burners Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams 1
2 Absolute Burners Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers 2
3 Absolute Burners Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills 3
4 Absolute Burners A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles 4
5 Absolute Burners CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys 5
6 Absolute Burners Tyreek Hill Miami Dolphins 6
7 Absolute Burners Jerry Jeudy Denver Broncos 7
8 Absolute Burners Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers 8
9 Absolute Burners DJ Moore Carolina Panthers 9
10 Absolute Burners Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins 10
11 Absolute Burners DK Metcalf Seattle Seahawks 11
12 Absolute Burners Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers 12
13 Absolute Burners DeAndre Hopkins Arizona Cardinals 13
14 Absolute Burners DeVonta Smith Philadelphia Eagles 14
15 Absolute Burners Davante Adams Las Vegas Raiders 15
16 Absolute Burners Gold Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams 1 49
17 Absolute Burners Gold Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers 2 49
18 Absolute Burners Gold Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills 3 49
19 Absolute Burners Gold A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles 4 49
20 Absolute Burners Gold CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys 5 49
21 Absolute Burners Gold Tyreek Hill Miami Dolphins 6 49
22 Absolute Burners Gold Jerry Jeudy Denver Broncos 7 49
23 Absolute Burners Gold Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers 8 49
24 Absolute Burners Gold DJ Moore Carolina Panthers 9 49
25 Absolute Burners Gold Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins 10 49
26 Absolute Burners Gold DK Metcalf Seattle Seahawks 11 49
27 Absolute Burners Gold Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers 12 49
28 Absolute Burners Gold DeAndre Hopkins Arizona Cardinals 13 49
29 Absolute Burners Gold DeVonta Smith Philadelphia Eagles 14 49
30 Absolute Burners Gold Davante Adams Las Vegas Raiders 15 49
31 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams 1 25
32 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers 2 25
33 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills 3 25
34 Absolute Burners Holo Silver A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles 4 25
35 Absolute Burners Holo Silver CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys 5 25
36 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Tyreek Hill Miami Dolphins 6 25
37 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Jerry Jeudy Denver Broncos 7 25
38 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers 8 25
39 Absolute Burners Holo Silver DJ Moore Carolina Panthers 9 25
40 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins 10 25
41 Absolute Burners Holo Silver DK Metcalf Seattle Seahawks 11 25
42 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers 12 25
43 Absolute Burners Holo Silver DeAndre Hopkins Arizona Cardinals 13 25
44 Absolute Burners Holo Silver DeVonta Smith Philadelphia Eagles 14 25
45 Absolute Burners Holo Silver Davante Adams Las Vegas Raiders 15 25
46 Absolute Burners Platinum Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams 1 1
47 Absolute Burners Platinum Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers 2 1
48 Absolute Burners Platinum Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills 3 1
49 Absolute Burners Platinum A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles 4 1
50 Absolute Burners Platinum CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys 5 1
51 Absolute Burners Platinum Tyreek Hill Miami Dolphins 6 1
52 Absolute Burners Platinum Jerry Jeudy Denver Broncos 7 1
53 Absolute Burners Platinum Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers 8 1
54 Absolute Burners Platinum DJ Moore Carolina Panthers 9 1
55 Absolute Burners Platinum Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins 10 1
56 Absolute Burners Platinum DK Metcalf Seattle Seahawks 11 1
57 Absolute Burners Platinum Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers 12 1
58 Absolute Burners Platinum DeAndre Hopkins Arizona Cardinals 13 1
59 Absolute Burners Platinum DeVonta Smith Philadelphia Eagles 14 1
60 Absolute Burners Platinum Davante Adams Las Vegas Raiders 15 1
61 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers 1 99
62 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams 2 99
63 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals 3 99
64 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 4 99
65 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles 5 99
66 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Trey Lance San Francisco 49ers 6 99
67 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins 7 99
68 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Justin Fields Chicago Bears 8 99
69 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans 9 99
70 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders 10 99
71 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys 11 99
72 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns 12 99
73 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Austin Ekeler Los Angeles Chargers 13 99
74 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Clyde Edwards-Helaire Kansas City Chiefs 14 99
75 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia James Robinson Jacksonville Jaguars 15 99
76 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia DJ Moore Carolina Panthers 16 99
77 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Chris Godwin Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 99
78 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins 18 99
79 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Tee Higgins Cincinnati Bengals 19 99
80 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers 20 99
81 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Marquise Brown Arizona Cardinals 21 99
82 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Brandin Cooks Houston Texans 22 99
83 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia George Kittle San Francisco 49ers 23 99
84 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Mike Gesicki Miami Dolphins 24 99
85 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Zach Ertz Arizona Cardinals 25 99
86 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Roquan Smith Chicago Bears 26 99
87 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Nick Bosa San Francisco 49ers 27 99
88 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Myles Garrett Cleveland Browns 28 99
89 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Jordyn Brooks Seattle Seahawks 29 99
90 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Micah Parsons Dallas Cowboys 30 99
91 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers 1 49
92 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams 2 49
93 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals 3 49
94 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 4 49
95 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles 5 49
96 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Trey Lance San Francisco 49ers 6 49
97 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins 7 49
98 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Justin Fields Chicago Bears 8 49
99 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans 9 49
100 Absolute Heroes Memorabilia Gold Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders 10 49
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