2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review

2022 Panini Prizm WWE has taken the hobby by storm. But the prices are incredibly high, at well over $1,000 a box. So, is it a buy at those prices? Read our 2022 Panini Prizm WWE review to find out.

Intro To The 2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review

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Panini has not had many wins lately. Losing the NBA and NFL has been devastating for their business profile. The NBA, in particular, is the center of its operation in the United States. Moreover, the Italian company suffered further setbacks when losing the rights to the Euro 2024 and 2028 soccer competitions.

However, one bright spot in the Panini skies is their outlook on wrestling cards. The company beat out Topps to obtain the WWE rights for 2022 and beyond. The deal represents a net loss for Topps, which has held the rights to WWE since 2005. Fleer and Comic Images had held the license in the past.

The timing has been nothing short of excellent. After taking some lumps from UFC in recent years, the more old-school wrestling brand has enjoyed something of a comeback over the last few months.

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A Bit About WWE Cards

Wrestling cards are not among the biggest traditional releases, but there is a substantial market for them. They also enjoy a long and rich tradition. Wrestling cards first appeared in the original Allen & Ginter releases of the late 19th Century.

For example, the Blowout Cards forum has an entire section for wrestling, and card stores quickly offload their supply of WWE. The brand is viewed in over 30 countries and has around 11 million regular viewers domestically. As a result of the popularity of the wrestling releases, you can now find boxes regularly on the shelves of large retailers and local card stores. Therefore, the brand has a lot of room for growth.

Panini Prizm WWE

2022 Panini Prizm WWE is the inaugural product for the new license. Though Prizm is a new product in the WWE space, it will not be unfamiliar to enthusiasts. WWE Topps Chrome and WWE Topps Finest have provided similar cards in the past.

The combination of the veteran wrestling brand and the established Prizm format seems like a natural winner. Panini CEO Mark Warsop said, “We have always been intrigued by WWE as a license partner and their fans’ incredible passion. We have big plans for our WWE portfolio and the new heights we can help WWE trading cards and stickers reach in the collectibles arena.”

The popularity of the release is already highly evident in the high value of the box. It is also a particular favorite for breakers, showing they can make a nice profit from WWE breaks.

Release Date

The hobby boxes were released on April 6, 2022. In addition, the 2022 Panini Prizm WWE also enjoyed a retail release in the form of debut blasters.

2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review Of The Release Formats

Panini has released a FOTL as well as a standard hobby box.

Hobby Box

  • Cards 12 per pack
  • 12 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case
  • 2 autographs on average
  • 22 Prizm parallels
  • Selling for $1,249.95

FOTL Hobby Box

  • Cards 12 per pack
  • 12 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case
  • 2 autographs on average
  • 2 FOTL exclusive parallels
  • 22 Prizm parallels
  • Selling for $2,600

Blasters

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 6 packs per box
  • Blaster exclusive Green Pulsar Prizms and Iconic Silver Prizms
  • Retail exclusive auto parallels
  • $84 on StockX

2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review Of The Pros

One great advantage of this product is its status as the first Panini WWE release. Even if other Panini releases are forthcoming, which looks pretty likely, Prizm will likely stand as the flagship. So, this release has a good chance of becoming the first in a very successful series.

The checklist is also proving quite popular. Wrestling fans criticized Topps for recycling inserts and autos. Meanwhile, Panini updated the checklist to include autos from the most sought-after stars while retaining beloved legends. In particular, Topps always seemed to be a few months behind on their included wrestlers. But the Prizm release includes several who debuted recently, including Wendy Choo and Tiffany Stratton.

The dual autos are particularly cool. For example, the Iconic Rivals Dual Autographs have autos from wrestlers with a long history of animosities, such as John Cena and Randy Orton or Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.

The Iconic Rivals Dual Autographs are probably the most sought-after cards in this release. Look for more on eBay. 

2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review Of The Cons

The price is far higher than wrestling collectors are used to. Before the boxes came out, users on Blowout Forums expected a $400-700 release price. So when the first presales were launched at $700, collectors were not surprised. However, they were still quite unhappy. One forum user said, “anyone paying $700 for this product is certifiably insane.”

But soon, the prices rose significantly. Anyone who bought a box for $700 was lucky because now they are going for well over $1,000. Meanwhile, the FOTL release came out at $2,000.

Another downside is the instability of Panini. While Prizm is a big name and should get collectors excited, the brand’s luster is lower than it has been in years. In addition, many wrestling collectors are concerned that the rights will end up with Fanatics in the long term. That would undermine the long-term value of the Prizm release.

2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review Of The Checklist

The checklist is relatively small, with a 200-base card set. The list has a nice mix of up-and-comers, veterans, and retired legends. The list is divided into vertical and horizontal cards.

The most notable “rookies” appearing in this release include Carmelo Hayes, Gable Stevenson, and Bron Breakker.

Bron Breakker is probably the hottest rookie in this set. Check out his cards on eBay. 

Horizontal

1 Dana Brooke
2 Shelton Benjamin
3 Fabian Aichner
4 Von Wagner
5 Rikishi
6 Kenny Williams
7 AJ Styles
8 Mustafa Ali
9 Bianca Belair
10 Rick Boogs
11 Lita
12 Shotzi
13 Flash Morgan Webster
14 Wes Lee
15 Jimmy Uso
16 Kofi Kingston
17 A-Kid
18 Naomi
19 Blair Davenport
20 Riddle
21 Dave Mastiff
22 Stevie Turner
23 Gable Steveson
24 King Woods
25 Jinny

26 Harland
27 Akira Tozawa
28 Natalya
29 Bobby Lashley
30 Robert Roode
31 Dolph Ziggler
32 T-Bar
33 Goldberg
34 Xyon Quinn
35 Joe Coffey
36 Lewis Howley
37 Alexa Bliss
38 Nikki A.S.H.
39 Bron Breakker
40 Roman Reigns
41 Doudrop
42 Teoman
43 Grayson Waller
44 Queen Zelina
45 John Cena
46 Liv Morgan
47 Aliyah
48 Odyssey Jones
49 Cameron Grimes
50 Sam Stoker

51 Drew Gulak
52 Shane McMahon
53 Ilja Dragunov
54 Amale
55 Paul Heyman
56 Madcap Moss
57 Angel
58 Guru Raaj
59 Carmella
60 Beth Phoenix
61 Duke Hudson
62 Tommaso Ciampa
63 Io Shirai
64 Angelo Dawkins
65 Joseph Conners
66 Mansoor
67 Aoife Valkyrie
68 Pete Dunne
69 Cedric Alexander
70 Sarray
71 Elektra Lopez
72 Tony D’Angelo
73 Ivar
74 Apollo Crews
75 Julius Creed

76 Mark Andrews
77 Eddie Guerrero
78 Randy Orton
79 Chad Gable
80 The Great Khali
81 Ikemen Jiro
82 Trent Seven
83 Jacy Jayne
84 Asuka
85 Malcolm Bivens
86 Wendy Choo
87 Austin Theory
88 Raul Mendoza
89 Commander Azeez
90 Jerry Lawler
91 Erik
92 Valentina Feroz
93 Ultimate Warrior
94 Malik Blade
95 Kayden Carter
96 Robert Stone
97 Becky Lynch
98 Rey Mysterio
99 Dakota Kai
100 Shayna Baszler

Vertical

101 Damian Priest
102 Sasha Banks
103 Saurav
104 Tiffany Stratton
105 James Drake
106 Kay Lee Ray
107 Mark Coffey
108 Bayley
109 Rampage Brown
110 Dani Luna
111 Seth Rollins
112 The Demon Finn Balor
113 Kevin Nash
114 Solo Sikoa
115 Jack Starz
116 Meiko Satomura
117 Big E
118 Raquel Gonzalez
119 Dante Chen
120 Shanky
121 Primate
122 Tyler Bate
123 Jey Uso
124 Kevin Owens
125 Montez Ford

126 Boa
127 Reggie
128 Dexter Lumis
129 Sheamus
130 Gigi Dolin
131 Veer Mahaan
132 Jinder Mahal
133 Kushida
134 MVP
135 Brock Lesnar
136 Rhea Ripley
137 Dominik Mysterio
138 Shinsuke Nakamura
139 Wild Boar
140 WALTER
141 Joaquin Wilde
142 LA Knight
143 Nash Carter
144 Brutus Creed
145 Ricochet
146 Booker T
147 Sonya Deville
148 Happy Corbin
149 Wolfgang
150 Joe Gacy

151 Lash Legend
152 Stacy Keibler
153 Candice LeRae
154 Ridge Holland
155 Drew McIntyre
156 Tamina
157 Humberto
158 Xia Li
159 Bruno Sammartino
160 Santos Escobar
161 Noam Dar
162 Carmelo Hayes
163 Roderick Strong
164 Edge
165 Chyna
166 Indi Hartwell
167 Zack Gibson
168 Jordan Devlin
169 Mace
170 Omos
171 Cesaro
172 R-Truth
173 Elias
174 The Miz
175 Dusty Rhodes

176 Zoey Stark
177 Josh Briggs
178 Mandy Rose
179 Otis
180 Charlotte Flair
181 Sami Zayn
182 Emilia McKenzie
183 Titus O’Neil
184 Ivy Nile
185 Kacy Catanzaro
186 Marcel Barthel
187 Persia Pirotta
188 Cora Jade
189 Lacey Evans
190 Mick Foley
191 The Rock
192 Stone Cold Steve Austin
193 Undertaker
194 Triple H
195 Hulk Hogan
196 Batista
197 Trish Stratus
198 Bret “Hit Man” Hart
199 Shawn Michaels
200 Andre The Giant

2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review Of Inserts

One of the most significant advantages of a Panini release is the popular inserts that come with the territory. Unfortunately, as of now, there are no Downtown or Kaboom! inserts in WWE. However, with the loss of basketball and football, I believe it is just a matter of time.

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The release does include a gorgeous set of Color Blasts, which are likely to make strong long-term investments:

1 Brock Lesnar – SmackDown
2 Charlotte Flair – SmackDown
3 Roman Reigns – SmackDown
4 Alexa Bliss – Raw
5 Goldberg – WWE

6 Becky Lynch – Raw
7 John Cena – WWE
8 Sasha Banks – SmackDown
9 Big E – Raw
10 Bianca Belair – Raw

The other inserts include:

Fearless

  • Green
  • Silver
  • Green Pulsar #/25
  • Mojo #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

1 Big E – Raw
2 Asuka – Raw
3 Shinsuke Nakamura – SmackDown
4 Riddle – Raw
5 Alexa Bliss – Raw
6 Rhea Ripley – Raw
7 Edge – Raw
8 Sasha Banks – SmackDown
9 Bayley – WWE
10 The Miz – Raw
11 Roman Reigns – SmackDown
12 Randy Orton – Raw
13 The Demon Finn Balor – Raw

14 Brock Lesnar – SmackDown
15 Kofi Kingston – SmackDown
16 Bobby Lashley – Raw
17 AJ Styles – Raw
18 Drew McIntyre – SmackDown
19 Rey Mysterio – Raw
20 Goldberg – WWE
21 Charlotte Flair – SmackDown
22 Bianca Belair – Raw
23 John Cena – WWE
24 Seth Rollins – Raw
25 Becky Lynch – Raw

Prizmatic Entrances

  • Green
  • Silver
  • Green Pulsar #/25
  • Mojo #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

1 Carmella – Raw
2 Sheamus – SmackDown
3 Edge – Raw
4 Stone Cold Steve Austin – Legend
5 AJ Styles – Raw
6 Kane – Legend
7 Bayley – WWE
8 Rey Mysterio – Raw
9 Big E – Raw
10 Roman Reigns – SmackDown
11 Charlotte Flair – SmackDown
12 Shinsuke Nakamura – SmackDown
13 The Demon Finn Balor – Raw
14 John Cena – WWE
15 Alexa Bliss – Raw

16 Kofi Kingston – SmackDown
17 Becky Lynch – Raw
18 Rhea Ripley – Raw
19 Bobby Lashley – Raw
20 Sasha Banks – SmackDown
21 Drew McIntyre – SmackDown
22 The Miz – Raw
23 Goldberg – WWE
24 Undertaker – Legend
25 Asuka – Raw
26 Randy Orton – Raw
27 Bianca Belair – Raw
28 Riddle – Raw
29 Brock Lesnar – SmackDown
30 Seth Rollins – Raw

WWE Gold

  • Green
  • Silver
  • Green Pulsar #/25
  • Mojo #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

1 Randy Orton – Raw
2 Drew McIntyre – SmackDown
3 Seth Rollins – Raw
4 Tommaso Ciampa – NXT 2.0
5 The Miz – Raw
6 Alexa Bliss – Raw
7 Rey Mysterio – Raw
8 Sasha Banks – SmackDown
9 Triple H – Legend
10 Big E – Raw

11 Edge – Raw
12 Kofi Kingston – SmackDown
13 Roman Reigns – SmackDown
14 Bayley – WWE
15 Dolph Ziggler – Raw
16 Asuka – Raw
17 Ilja Dragunov – NXT UK
18 Charlotte Flair – SmackDown
19 Shawn Michaels – Legend
20 AJ Styles – Raw

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WWE Next Level

  • Green
  • Silver
  • Green Pulsar #/25
  • Mojo #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

1 The Demon Finn Balor – Raw
2 Big E – Raw
3 Bobby Lashley – Raw
4 Riddle – Raw
5 Rey Mysterio – Raw
6 Edge – Raw
7 Bianca Belair – Raw
8 Bayley – WWE
9 Seth Rollins – Raw
10 Roman Reigns – SmackDown
11 Brock Lesnar – SmackDown
12 Asuka – Raw
13 AJ Styles – Raw

14 Alexa Bliss – Raw
15 Goldberg – WWE
16 Sasha Banks – SmackDown
17 John Cena – WWE
18 The Miz – Raw
19 Becky Lynch – Raw
20 Randy Orton – Raw
21 Kofi Kingston – SmackDown
22 Shinsuke Nakamura – SmackDown
23 Drew McIntyre – SmackDown
24 Rhea Ripley – Raw
25 Charlotte Flair – SmackDown

2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review Of Parallels

As always with Prizm, parallels are the name of the game. And I think it’s fair to say that Panini has done better with these than Topps did with its equivalents.

Here is the full list of parallels in 2022 Panini WWE Prizm:

  • Green Prizms
  • Hyper Prizms
  • Ice Prizms
  • Red, White and Blue Prizms
  • Ruby Wave Prizms
  • Silver Prizms
  • White Sparkle Prizms
  • Red Prizms – /299
  • Blue Prizms – /199
  • Premium Box Set Prizms – /199
  • Purple Prizms – /149
  • Orange Prizms – /99
  • Teal Prizms – /49
  • Green Pulsar Prizms – /25
  • Mojo Prizms – /25
  • Blue Shimmer Prizms FOTL – /10
  • Gold Prizms – /10
  • Lucky Envelopes Prizms – /8
  • Gold Shimmer Prizms FOTL – /3
  • Black Prizms – 1/1

2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review Of Value

There is a consensus on this brand that buying boxes are a fool’s errand. However, people are still buying these boxes, so they must see value in doing so. So, let’s dive in and see what the real story is.

Wax

As this is the inaugural release of WWE Prizm, we cannot compare the wax to previous years. Nonetheless, this is not the first WWE release, and there are Topps equivalents from recent years. Therefore, looking into the value of these releases is worthwhile for our purposes.

2021 Topps Chrome WWE Hobby Box $250
2021 Topps Finest WWE Hobby Box $150
2020 Topps Chrome WWE Hobby Box $600
2020 Topps Finest WWE Hobby Box $220

It’s really hard to gauge the future value of these cards. None of the Topps Chrome releases are worth as much as the Prizm ones are. But Prizm has a certain prestige that Topps Chrome has lost over the years. Still, you have to wonder if Prizm will retain that prestige in 10 years? That is possible, but I wouldn’t bet the massive prices these boxes are going for on that eventuality.

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Singles

With boxes going for incredibly high prices, the singles must be valuable to justify buying wax. But are they worth enough? Unfortunately, this release is inaugural and very new. Therefore, we do not have much comparative data. Still, let’s look at some of the numbers we do have. Of course, all of these cards are raw since the release is brand new.

Ultimate Warrior Black Prizm 1/1 $15,000
Gable Steveson Gold /10 $14,000
John Cena Colorblast $11,200
Undertaker Auto Gold 10/10 $9,800
Shawn Michaels and Triple H Iconic Rivals $1,550
Carmelo Hayes FOTL Exclusive Gold 1/3 Shimmer $463

If prices keep, the singles seem to justify the high cost of wax. Not in the sense that you will definitely recover the price of entry. As in most cases, you probably won’t. But these cards do come closer than the average rip of a Flawless box.

Bottomline Of The 2022 Panini Prizm WWE Review

As it stands, the 2022 WWE Prizm set seems like a good and worthwhile product. It is aesthetically pleasing, and the fans love it. However, you need to ask yourself whether the value will keep itself high in the long run.

The card value may be inflated because it is a fresh product. So singles are likely to deflate eventually. Perhaps even quite steeply. The other problem is the future of Panini. A few months ago, Panini America was king of the hobby.

But with Fanatics in the game, the picture has changed completely. Fanatics is worth $27 billion, while Panini is valued at $3 billion. So if wrestling cards continue to grow, is Prizm WWE going to be a long-lived product and gain value? We wouldn’t bet on it.

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim is a former history and political science professor at UCLA. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary. Shai also worked as a diplomat and journalist on three continents.


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