Panini is back with their fourth rendition of their Donruss UFC product. The new release is an incredible set for one of the most underrepresented sports in the hobby. Here is our 2022 Donruss UFC Review for your enjoyment.
This new product is the first non-chrome traditional flagship release for UFC from Panini. With the company losing its license for most of the biggest sports, UFC is likely to be central to its future business plan.
Panini’s UFC products will continue to be licensed over the next few years. In April of 2021, Panini and the UFC reached a multi-year deal to give Panini the exclusive UFC trading card license.
Panini Donruss UFC 2022 is set to drop on May 6, 2022. There has been no indication that this date will change due to supply chain issues.
One of the most popular things about this product is the sheer number of cards. Even in one hobby box, you will be receiving a grand total of 300 cards. Along with the large number of cards you receive in this product, it is also very heavy on inserts/parallels. There are, on average, sixty inserts or parallels in each box.
Of course, there may not be enough substance among them with so many cards available.
Although there are collectors out there that prefer parallels and inserts over any other kind of card, most in the hobby prefer autographs or other hit cards. Therefore, you will only be receiving one autograph and one relic in a hobby box. Furthermore, with there likely being a wide array of fighters in this set, there is a solid chance that that autograph and relic may not work in your favor.
There is only one release format scheduled for Donruss UFC, the hobby box.
One of the top fighters to keep an eye out for is Connor McGreggor. Although he has started to slip a little in the ring, McGreggor is still one, if not the biggest name in all of the UFC. As a result of that name recognition and the legacy he has built for himself, if you can find a McGreggor autograph or parallel from this product, it should be worth some money.
The second fighter to keep a lookout for is Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib has established himself as one of the baddest men in the entire UFC. However, hearing some of the stories told about him makes him sound like a myth. One of these stories includes that while being raised in Russia, his father trained him by having Khabib (around the age of nine during the time) fight grizzly bear cubs. Don’t believe it? There is video evidence to support Khabib’s story!
Finally, Dustin Poirier is the last fighter to be on the lookout for in this set. Many believe that Poirier is the best in his craft. While he stays slightly more under the radar than fighters like McGreggor in terms of personality, Poirier lets his game speak for itself, leading to him being one of the most respected individuals in the sport.
The base set includes 225 cards. In addition, they contain 20 Rated Rookies.
Some of the inserts included in this release are Crunch Time, Octagon Marvels, and Voices of the Octagon.
Crunch Time cards look like cereal boxes and include the win lost stats of the relevant fighter.
This awesome series takes its visual cues from the cover of Marvel comic books.
The Voices of the Octagon insert celebrates the most iconic UFC announcers.
The parallels for the base set are as follows:
As the first release in this series, it is hard to analyze its value accurately. However, we will know more in the future.
Nonetheless, there is a lot of potential value in this product. However, you will have to be lucky. It is difficult to tell precisely how tough it will be to find some of the big names in this product as a base set still has not been released. However, if you can pull a rare card of one of the previously mentioned names, you can net a nice profit.
Although there is not yet a market for UFC cards at this moment, it is also one of the biggest growing sports in the world. As a result, it would not be crazy to think that its market share in the hobby will continue to grow. Again, there may not be a huge market for something you pull from this product immediately. However, if you sit on that card for a little bit as the UFC continues to grow, it may considerably increase in value in a few years.
In conclusion, there is a lot to love about the Panini Donruss UFC 2022 release. It is an excellent product for UFC fans in a market with minimal releases for one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide.
We don’t yet have enough data to say that getting a box for $400 is worth it. However, if you are a big fan of the UFC, this may be your product. The main draw to this product is the enormous quantity of insert/parallel cards. If you can find a good amount of lowly numbered parallels from your box, it would not be too tough to flip a profit on this box.