2022 Panini Impeccable Football Is The Latest Hot Release In Time For NFL Playoffs [Checklist Updated]
Panini Impeccable sneaks in just in time for the playoffs as one of the first high-end NFL products to hit the shelves.
The set released on January 18th, and has been pre-selling for around $1200. In this article, I’ll cover what we can expect with this year’s release, my favorite new autos, and whether ripping Impeccable is really worth it.
What to expect in 2022 Impeccable Football
Impeccable Football 2022 enters its seventh year in production and is sticking to a formula it’s relied on in the past – autographs galore with a few base cards and metal inserts sprinkled in. Through its low print runs and boxes that sell out quickly, Impeccable has established itself as one of the hobby’s premium products.
Hobby boxes will come with 8 cards. Typically 5 of those will be autos, while the other 3 are numbered base (/75) or parallels. Panini is unveiling some new autos in the 2022 box which include HOF Autographs, Immortal Ink, Impeccable Stars Signatures, and Illustrious Ink
FoTL boxes offer a similar breakdown but guarantee that one of the autos will be a Rookie Silver (/19) and that one of the parallels will be a Base Ruby Parallel (/8). FoTL boxes were sold through Panini “Dutch Auction” style, in which boxes started at $2,250 and the price was dropped every few minutes at a specific interval until all the boxes sold out.
The final few boxes ended up selling just under $1500, just a few hundred dollars higher than we’ve seen pre-sale regular hobby boxes going for in the past few weeks.
Do Impeccable buyers recoup their value?
Despite Impeccable’s popularity within the hobby, it’s still met with mixed reviews. While many love its auto-heavy approach and clean metallic inserts, there are others who are skeptical of the price.
Sure, a lot of high-end releases can be risky. People routinely break boxes they spent thousands on just to recoup a few hundred dollars of value. To a certain extent that’s just the name of the game – the high-end sports cards market is flooded with gamblers.
But with Impeccable, it does seem like it can come with more risk than reward. While certain expensive products offer hits that can go well into the 5 figures, Impeccable lacks a signature card that can make buying an entire case worth it.
When you look at some of the Trevor Lawrence cards from the 2021 release, it’s somewhat disheartening. Many of his PSA 10 RPA’s sell between $400-$1000. Even some of the low-pop parallels barely crack $1,000.
His Rookie Silver Auto (/19) recently sold for only $665.
Keep in mind that Lawrence was last year’s most sought-after rookie, playing a prime-time position, who followed it up by dragging his team to the playoffs in only his second year. His value is through the roof. So the fact that his RPA’s are selling at a price that wouldn’t even break even for a box makes me raise my eyebrows at the price.
Don’t get me wrong – I still think Impeccable is a solid product. I wouldn’t be opposed to taking a chance on a break. I think the cards hold value well over time, and it’s an interesting buy on the singles market. But if anyone’s thinking of ripping a box, they need to consider how valuable the contents inside are likely to be.
Impeccable Football 2022 Autos
Panini has announced four new autos in the 2022 Impeccable release: HOF Autographs, Immortal Ink, Impeccable Stars Signatures, and Illustrious Ink
In their announcement of this year’s product, they released mockups for HOF Autographs and Immortal Ink. We’ll preview those two cards below:
As the name suggests, HOF autographs will feature on-card autos from a number of hall-of-fame legends.
In this Favre mock-up, you can see that they went with a pretty standard design. Conservative color choices, with an action shot and a front-and-center auto.
This won’t be the type of card that necessarily grabs your attention, but it’s not too polarizing either. Just a clean, good-looking card that will offer some value to people who collect these specific legends.
Immortal Ink shares some similarities with the HOF signatures; both are auto-cards that will feature legends. But Immortal Ink will be the more artistic of the two, as this mock-up features an almost portrait-like rendition of Dan Marino with his team’s colors streaking down in the background.
Impeccable isn’t really known for taking big artistic risks with its cards, especially in comparison to some of the other high-end products out there. That said, when dealing with a product this expensive, I personally like to see a little bit of flair with the inserts.
– Something that makes the card stand out. Personally, I think the Immortal Ink catches your eye a little more and is my favorite of the two new autos we’ve seen so far.
Impeccable Football 2022 hobby box breakdown
The 2022 Impeccable Hobby Box will release on January 18th, 2022 and boxes are pre-selling at $1200.
Here’s what each hobby box will contain:
- 8 cards per pack
- 1 pack per box
- 3 packs per case
And here’s what Panini has released about the card breakdown inside:
- 5-6 auto
- 2 Memorabilia
- 5 Parallels
- 10 Acetate or Micro-Etch Inserts
2022 Panini Impeccable Football investment outlook
I expressed a lot of my feelings about the value of Impeccable earlier in the article. Basically, there aren’t enough high-value cards to make buying and ripping this product worth it.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean investors should ignore the product – Impeccable offers decent value both in singles and as a long-term wax hold. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect with each approach:
Investing in singles is mostly about the player. Big playoff performances correspond with big booms, while injuries, early exits, and general regression are followed by drops in value.
That said, the brand of the card matters too. Some products, especially newer, less respected mid-tier cards (which Panini has been making a lot of), will lose value over time even if the player is trending upwards.
That’s why it’s important to see how the card of a legend has performed over the past year. I like looking at Tom Brady cards. As an older, extremely well-established player, Brady isn’t really prone to crazy market swings, and seeing changes in the valuation of his card over the course of a year says more about the card itself than Brady.
Here’s a table that compares a standard Impeccable card to some of the others in the industry:
|Card||Average Selling Price in Aug’22||Average Selling Price in Dec ’22||Percent Change|
|Tom Brady # 91 Panini XR||$8.40||$4.99||-40%|
|Tom Brady #137 Panini Mosaic (Camo Pink)||$5.00||$4.40||-12%|
|Tom Brady #294 Panini Prizm (Blue Prizm)||$11.20||$12.40||10%|
|Tom Brady #91 2021 Panini Impeccable||$61.78||$61.38||-1%|
As you can see, Impeccable, Prizm, and Mosaic all have stayed relatively stable, despite the overall downturn in the market. XR on the other hand has plummeted. This suggests that certain cards have the reputation to withstand these drops, while other products will be hit disproportionately hard. Impeccable seems to be among the safest bets in singles.
2022 Panini Impeccable wax box
There’s been a lot of talk in the past few months that holding wax isn’t as safe of a bet as it’s been in the past few years. The card market is slumping, which means that we probably won’t see Impeccable selling for double 12 months from now.
That said, selling prices have been down as well, so if you believe the market is due to bounce back in 2023, buying low could pay off down the line. Here’s a chart of how Impeccable from the past few years is selling now:
|Product Year||Average price|
|Impeccable 2021 Football Hobby Box||$1450|
|Impeccable 2020 Football Hobby Box||$2100|
|Impeccable 2019 Football Hobby Box||$1300|
As you can see, the current price of Impeccable is still lower than all of the other releases from the past 3 years (no recent enough eBay sales on ’17 or ’18 for it to be relevant). On the surface, this makes it seem like a good deal, but I’m not certain that we’ll see this year’s product rise back to the same level as years previous.
Other NFL products have been selling for even lower percentages of the previous year’s average selling prices and I was hoping to see this year’s Impeccable come in for lower than $1200.
If the price of Impeccable drops by a few hundred dollars in the next few months then I think it becomes a decent long-term hold. But as it stands, I don’t feel overly confident that investors will be able to make their money back on this product.
Bottomline on the Panini Impeccable 2022 Football release
Impeccable hit the shelves as one of the first higher-end football products of the season. Despite coming in at a lower price than usual, there are still some questions about the overall value, especially in the midst of the unfavorable market conditions at large.
The product itself offers clean, sharp cards and is heavy on the autos. For those looking to get in early on collecting low-pop autos on this year’s rookies, Impeccable is the product for you.
2022 Panini Impeccable checklist info
|wdt_ID||Set||Player||Team||Position||Card Number||Number of Cards|
|1||2020 Celebration Ink||Jerry Rice||San Francisco 49ers||WR||1|
|2||2020 Celebration Ink||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2|
|3||2020 Panini Impeccable Football - Impeccable Impressions||Raheem Mostert||San Francisco 49ers||RB||1||46|
|4||2020 Super Bowl MVP Signatures||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||QB||1|
|5||2020 Super Bowl MVP Signatures||Peyton Manning||Indianapolis Colts||QB||2|
|6||2021 Game Breakers||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||QB||1|
|7||2021 Game Breakers||Dak Prescott||Dallas Cowboys||QB||2|
|8||2021 Game Breakers||Derrick Henry||Tennessee Titans||RB||3|
|9||2021 Game Breakers||Joe Montana||San Francisco 49ers||QB||4|
|10||2021 Game Breakers||Ray Lewis||Baltimore Ravens||LB||5|
|11||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||20|
|12||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||10|
|13||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Gold||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||5|
|14||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Gold||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||3|
|15||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Platinum||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||1|
|16||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Platinum||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||1|
|17||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Black||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||1|
|18||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Black||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||1|
|19||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Cyan||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||1|
|20||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Cyan||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||1|
|21||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Magenta||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||1|
|22||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Magenta||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||1|
|23||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Yellow||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||1|
|24||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Printing Plate Yellow||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||1|
|25||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Silver||Jack Lambert||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||1||15|
|26||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Canvas Creations Silver||Randy Moss||Minnesota Vikings||WR||2||5|
|27||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos||Chris Carson||Seattle Seahawks||RB||1||50|
|28||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||35|
|29||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos||T.J. Hockenson||Detroit Lions||TE||3||50|
|30||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos||T.J. Watt||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||4||35|
|31||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Emerald||Chris Carson||Seattle Seahawks||RB||1||5|
|32||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Emerald||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||5|
|33||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Emerald||T.J. Hockenson||Detroit Lions||TE||3||5|
|34||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Emerald||T.J. Watt||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||4||5|
|35||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Gold||Chris Carson||Seattle Seahawks||RB||1||15|
|36||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Gold||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||15|
|37||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Gold||T.J. Hockenson||Detroit Lions||TE||3||15|
|38||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Gold||T.J. Watt||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||4||15|
|39||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Platinum||Chris Carson||Seattle Seahawks||RB||1||1|
|40||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Platinum||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||1|
|41||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Platinum||T.J. Hockenson||Detroit Lions||TE||3||1|
|42||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Platinum||T.J. Watt||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||4||1|
|43||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Silver||Chris Carson||Seattle Seahawks||RB||1||35|
|44||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Silver||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||25|
|45||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Silver||T.J. Hockenson||Detroit Lions||TE||3||35|
|46||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Elegance Veteran Patch Autos Silver||T.J. Watt||Pittsburgh Steelers||LB||4||25|
|47||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Extravagance Patch Autos||Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||RB||1||25|
|48||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Extravagance Patch Autos Emerald||Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||RB||1||5|
|49||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Extravagance Patch Autos Gold||Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||RB||1||10|
|50||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Extravagance Patch Autos Platinum||Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||RB||1||1|
|51||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Extravagance Patch Autos Silver||Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||RB||1||15|
|52||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Extravagance Silver Autos||Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||RB||1||10|
|53||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Firestarter Signatures||D'Wayne Eskridge||Seattle Seahawks||WR||1||50|
|54||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Firestarter Signatures||Tutu Atwell||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||50|
|55||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - First Ballot Signatures||Brian Urlacher||Chicago Bears||LB||1||25|
|56||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Impeccable Jersey Number Autographs||Tremaine Edmunds||Buffalo Bills||LB||1||49|
|57||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Impeccable Logo Autographs||Christian McCaffrey||Carolina Panthers||RB||1||49|
|58||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Impeccable Nickname Autographs||Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers||QB||1||25|
|59||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||25|
|60||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||35|
|61||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||25|
|62||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||50|
|63||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Gold||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||10|
|64||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Gold||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||10|
|65||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Gold||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||10|
|66||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Gold||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||10|
|67||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Platinum||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||1|
|68||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Platinum||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||1|
|69||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Platinum||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||1|
|70||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Platinum||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||1|
|71||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Black||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||1|
|72||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Black||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||1|
|73||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Black||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||1|
|74||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Black||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||1|
|75||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Cyan||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||1|
|76||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Cyan||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||1|
|77||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Cyan||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||1|
|78||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Cyan||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||1|
|79||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Magenta||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||1|
|80||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Magenta||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||1|
|81||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Magenta||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||1|
|82||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Magenta||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||1|
|83||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Yellow||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||1|
|84||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Yellow||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||1|
|85||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Yellow||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||1|
|86||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Printing Plate Yellow||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||1|
|87||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Silver||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||WR||1||15|
|88||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Silver||Cooper Kupp||Los Angeles Rams||WR||2||25|
|89||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Silver||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||3||15|
|90||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Indelible Ink Silver||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||WR||4||25|
|91||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Masterstrokes||John Elway||Denver Broncos||QB||1||25|
|92||2021 Panini Impeccable Football - Masterstrokes||Lance Alworth||San Diego Chargers||FL||2||25|
|93||2021 Vaunted Greats||Barry Sanders||Detroit Lions||RB||1|
|94||2021 Vaunted Greats||Charles Woodson||Oakland Raiders||CB||2|
|95||2021 Vaunted Greats||Dan Marino||Miami Dolphins||QB||3|
|96||2021 Vaunted Greats||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||QB||4|
|97||2021 Vaunted Greats||John Elway||Denver Broncos||QB||5|
|98||2021 Vaunted Greats||Roger Staubach||Dallas Cowboys||QB||6|
|99||2021 Vaunted Greats||Troy Polamalu||Pittsburgh Steelers||S||7|
|100||2022 Award Winners||Micah Parsons||Dallas Cowboys||LB||1|
|Set||Player||Team||Position||Card Number||Number of Cards|