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The Print-Run Mysteries of Panini America’s Pen Pals Autographs in 2018 Elite Football

July 6, 2018

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Panini America’s 2018 Elite Football released just more than one week ago and has spent the nine or so days since absolutely blazing on the secondary market. One of the primary drivers of the heatwave? The chase-inducing Pen Pals Autographs insert featuring a rainbow array of ink-color variations, each with their own level scarcity. To help bring some clarity to the colorful pursuit, today we bring you a complete breakdown.

Based on recent secondary-market activity, it’s obvious that most collectors have discovered Red Ink versions of both Pen Pals and Pen Pals Duals to be the rarest. But how do the other colors breakdown? We provide the details after the jump.

Pen Pals Blue Ink – 99 or less
Pen Pals Green Ink – 10 or less
Pen Pals Red Ink –  Five or less

Pen Pals Duals Blue Ink – 49 or less
Pen Pals Duals Green Ink – 10 or less
Pen Pals Duals Red Ink – Five or less

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2018 1:09 pm

    How about the First Off the Line exclusive GOLD ink??

  2. Jacob Duquenne permalink
    July 6, 2018 1:53 pm

    What about Gold ?

  3. Anthony Bingham permalink
    July 6, 2018 1:59 pm

    What are the gold numbered too?

  4. Stephen Moffre permalink
    July 6, 2018 7:29 pm

    This is really no help blue 99 or less what does that mean how less just dumb

  5. Joseph Spingola Jr permalink
    July 8, 2018 2:14 pm

    To whom it may concern,

    My son and I were lucky enough to pull a red Lamar Jackson Pen Pal auto from the 2018 Elite cards. From what I remember hearing, red autos were the “Unicorn” collectors were chasing, because they were 1-of-1…now I see they’re 5 or less. How do I go about knowing exactly how many of these cards were made? There’s gotta be a way, but hopefully they’re still 1-of-1.

    Thanks for the help,


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