2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Review & Checklist

On June 10th, Panini dropped the 2022 Absolute Baseball offering. 2022 Panini Absolute is all about the hits, with a small base set, small box size, but lots of potential hits. 

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Panini 2022 Absolute release format

2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Hobby Box offers 10 cards per pack, but each box contains only 2 packs. There are 10 boxes in a case. With only 20 cards per box and 200 per case, the focus here is on quality and not quantity. 

Cards per pack: Hobby: 10
Packs per box: Hobby: 2
Boxes per case: Hobby: 10

Based on the stated odds, collectors should expect two autographs, two memorabilia cards, and 1 insert per box. 

Boxes are currently selling for around $250.

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2022 Panini Absolute Base Set

The 2022 Panini Absolute base set consists of only 100 cards. As you can imagine with such a small set, the focus is heavily on stars. Not a lot of filler here or deep-cut team sets.  

The set is a mix of current stars and retired all-time greats. There are some interesting retired players included, such as 2022 Hall of Fame inductee Gil Hodges. The rest are a mix of recently retired superstars like Mariano Rivera and Ichiro, and a few long-ago stars like Cool Papa Bell and Frank Chance (of Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance fame). 

Lots of star power, for sure, but the base set is not the focus for 2022 Panini Absolute.

2022 Panini Absolute Parallels 

As with any ultra-modern offering, the parallels here represent a rainbow of colors and designs, and include several very limited offerings, including several different 1/1 parallels. 

Parallel offerings include: 

  • Green Retail
  • Lava Retail
  • Silver Holo: /199
  • Blue Spectrum: /149
  • Red Retail: /99
  • Red Spectrum: /99
  • Purple Spectrum: /25
  • Gold Holo Retail: /10
  • Gold Spectrum: /10
  • Black Spectrum: 1/1
  • Holo Black Retail: 1/1
  • Printing Plates: 1/1 (Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow)
2022 absolute panini baseball gold holo parellel

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2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Autographs

Autographs are a huge part of the 2022 Panini Absolute product. 

Autograph offerings in 2022 Panini Absolute product include:

  • Rookie Leather Signatures Tan
  • Absolute Ink
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black Gold
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black/White Seams
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Blue
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Light Blue
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Pink
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Red
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Spectrum Gold
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Spectrum Green
  • Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Spectrum Red and Blue
  • Iconic Ink
  • Marks of Fame
  • Rookie Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black/White Seams
  • Rookie Ink
  • Tools of the Trade 2 Swatch Signatures
  • Tools of the Trade 3 Swatch Signatures
  • Tools of the Trade 4 Swatch Signatures
  • Tools of the Trade Jumbo Signatures
2022 absolute panini baseball rookie signatures

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2022 Panini Absolute Memorabilia 

2022 Panini Absolute features 11 different memorabilia offerings, providing a myriad of options for collectors to chase. 

Absolute Heroes Memorabilia

25 cards, including legends of the game. This includes Hall of Famers and notables from the past, plus two active players (Pujols and Kershaw). 

Parallels include Retail, Red Spectrum – /99 or less (no Sutter), Gold Spectrum – /10 or less (no Pettitte, Thome), and 1/1 Black Spectrum. 

2022 absolute baseball heros

2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Rookie Materials

25 cards featuring some of the top rookies. Serial numbered to 299 copies. 

Parallels include Retail, Red – /99 (Contreras, De La Cruz, Detmers, Megill, Strider /49), Gold – /10 and 1/1 Spectrum Black. 

Established Threads

24 cards, featuring established stars of today’s game. Print runs vary up to /299. 

Parallels include Retail, Red – /99 (Bregman, Diaz, Hosmer, Story, Turner, Wong /49; Blackmon, Trout, Upton /25), Gold Spectrum – /10 (Trout /5; no Diaz, Judge, Seager), and Black Spectrum 1/1. 

Hall of Fame Memorabilia

10 cards, featuring Hall of Famers. This includes a mix of recent players such as Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin and Hall of Famers of yesteryear such as Addie Joss and Frankie Frisch. 

Parallels include Retail, Red Spectrum (49 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10 or fewer), and Black Spectrum 1/1. 

Historic Duals

10 cards, each featuring two players. These cards feature two players from the same team, from across history. 

Parallels include:

Retail
Green Retail
Lava Retail
Blue Spectrum: /149
Red Retail: /99
Red Spectrum: /99
Gold Spectrum: /25
Gold Holo Retail: /10
Black Holo Retail: 1/1
Black Spectrum: 1/1

Patches

37 cards, although two have no base version (just parallels). 

Parallels include Retail, out of /99 (Singer /94; Gonzalez, Lopez /49; Wheeler /30; Severino /29; May /25; no Gregorius), Gold Spectrum out of /10 (Severino, Wheeler /7; no Hader), and Black Spectrum 1/1’s.

Rookie Force

25 cards, with print runs of 199 or 299. 

Parallels include Retail, Red Spectrum (/99 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10 or fewer), and Black Spectrum 1/1. 

Rookie Threads Retail

A whopping 62 cards make up this set, with a mix of names big and lesser known. 

Parallels include Green (/199 or fewer), Red (/99 or fewer), Gold (/10 or fewer), and 1/1 Black. 

Team Tandem Materials

15 cards featuring two players each from the same team. Some feature young players, others young players paired with veterans, and then there’s one retro one that features Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn.

Parallels include Red (/99 or fewer), Retail (/99 or fewer), Gold (/10) and Black Spectrum 1/1. 

Threads Retail

 28 cards, consisting of a variety of active players. 

Parallels include Green (/199 or fewer), Red (/99 or fewer), Gold (/10 or fewer), and Black 1/1 (no Baez or Perez). 

Tools of the Trade 2 Swatch

50 cards, including both current and former players, including several Hall of Famers. Each card contains two swatches from the pictured player. 

Parallels include Retail (/99 or fewer), Red Spectrum (/99 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10, Brecheen, Carter, Henderson /5) and Black Spectrum 1/1. 

Tools of the Trade 3 Swatch

25 cards featuring three swatches each of the active players represented. 

Parallels include Red Spectrum (/99 or fewer), Retail (/99 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10) and Black Spectrum 1/1. 

2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Inserts

Adding another layer to the chase are inserts, featuring some of the best players of today and yesteryear. And did we mention the parallels? So many parallels to chase! 

Start here to find some of the 2022 Panini Absolute baseball insert cards

By Storm

10 cards, including 9 of the hottest players in the game today, plus all-time great Mickey Mantle

Extreme Team

10 cards, including a mix of young stars and some of the biggest established stars in the game. 

Hall Worthy

15 cards, including 10 Hall of Famers and five active players who likely will join them (Pujols, Cabrera, Kershaw, Votto, and Trout). 

Icons

15 cards, including Hall of Famers, active franchise icons, and some of the biggest names in the hobby. 

Kaboom

The poplar Kaboom insert consists of 20 cards, including young stars, big name stars in their prime, and the occasional icon (Babe Ruth, Stan Musial). 

2022 Panini Absolute Kaboom

Kaboom Absolute cards are really hot on ebay

Rookie Class

25 cards, featuring 25 of the hottest rookies of 2022. 

Rookies Spectrum

10 cards featuring 2022 rookies and serial numbered out of 999. 

Statistically Speaking

15 cards, featuring stars of today plus “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Frank Chance. 

Insert Parallels

All insert sets except for Kaboom (no parallels) and Rookie Spectrum (serial-numbered to 999) have the following parallels:

  • Retail
  • Green Retail
  • Lava Retail
  • Blue Spectrum – /149
  • Red Retail – /99
  • Red Spectrum – /99
  • Gold Spectrum – /25
  • Gold Holo Retail – /10
  • Black Holo Retail – 1/1
  • Black Spectrum – 1/1

The final word on 2022 Panini Absolute

2022 Panini Absolute is light on base cards but high on hits, with autographs, parallels, memorabilia and inserts in spades. It’s all about the chase, and priced accordingly. If that’s your thing, this should be a product you enjoy breaking. 

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