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Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2017 Donruss Elite Football (Gallery)

April 30, 2017

Panini America 2017 Donruss Elite Football Tom Brady Green

After a year away from the gridiron in 2015, one of the most established brands in the sports cards universe — Panini America’s fabled Donruss Elite — triumphantly returned to the NFL last season with a dramatic new look, new card stock and some of the brand’s most storied inserts. The brand’s grand reintroduction last season was so impactful that it was embraced by longtime Elite fans and newcomers alike.

In late June, the transformation continues with the release of 2017 Donruss Elite Football, which picks up aesthetically and in terms of autograph and memorabilia content right where last season’s product left off. On average, each hobby box (five cards per pack, 20 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver two autographs (including at least one on-card Pen Pals) and one memorabilia card.

The highlights of 2017 Donruss Elite Football are many and include . . .

  • Hard-signed Pen Pals autographs from the top 2017 NFL rookies — signed at the 2017 NFLPA Rookie Premiere — will fall once per box.
  • Autograph chases such as Pen Pals Ink Variations, Turn of the Century Autographs (printed on dazzling patterned card stock), the iconic Passing the Torch dual signatures, Back to the Future Signatures, Elite Signatures, Team Lineage and Impact Impressions (new for 2017).
  • Classic memorabilia sets include Throwback Threads Singles, Throwback Threads Duals, Elite Coverage, Pro Bowl Standouts, Epic Materials and Prime Numbers.
  • A captivating insert roster featuring Spellbound, Family Ties, Fired Up, Field Vision and Face to Face.
  • Turn of the Century features top 2017 rookie autographs numbered from 149 all the way down to one.
  • Low-numbered, hobby-exclusive Status Die-Cuts.
  • A Rookie Card subset featuring the league’s top newcomers and numbered to 499; parallel versions numbered to as low as one.

We’ll have much more to preview on 2017 Donruss Elite Football in the coming weeks here on The Knight’s Lance. But for now, enjoy this extended sneak peek (keeping in mind that the 2016 rookies featured in the preview gallery below are merely to show collectors what Donruss Elite’s various rookie designs will look like):

All information is accurate at the time of posting – content is subject to change and approval. Card images are solely for the purpose of design display. Actual images used on cards to be determined.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2017 12:15 pm

    The passing the torch autos are going to be a huge hit.

  2. Robb Roemershauser permalink
    April 30, 2017 4:27 pm

    Included again the filed vision insert that were great new idea last season in elite football.

  3. May 1, 2017 5:29 am

    Excellent return for Elite. love that Vinatieri patch! Thanks Tracy!

  4. Joe f permalink
    July 7, 2017 3:29 pm

    Anyone know what the pen pals dual auto ink color variations mean? Ive got a blue ink the info says black is standard color. It says the blue,green,and red are sp.. But i have no idea what the prunt run for the diffrent colors are

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