2017 Panini National Treasures Football brings all the super-premium elements collectors expect for $495 per box. It’s not just autographs, but a much higher percentage of them are marquee autographs. It’s not just basic jerseys, but lots more patches and prime swatches. Print runs for individual cards are low. You get the idea.

The brand has been a staple for more than a decade now and 2017 doesn’t see it change direction.
2017 Panini National Treasures Football has six hits per box–three autographs and three memorabilia cards.


Base cards in 2017 Panini National Treasures take a few forms. For starters, there’s the shell set. Including parallels, these land two per box. All are numbered to 99 or less.
2017 Panini National Treasures Football Rookie Patch AutographBut the part of the main set that garners the most attention is the Rookie Patch Autographs (RPA). Traditionally, these ranked as the most coveted Rookie Cards of the year. Numbered to 99, all have the trademark prime jumbo swatch to go with the signature. Among the RPA parallels are brand and team logos, jersey numbers and one-of-one NFL Shields.


Not every autograph in 2017 Panini National Treasures Football is going to be a Hall of Famer or all-time great. But few products bring together as many legends, past and present. Signed inserts cover a lot of ground, some familiar, some new.
NFL Greatest Signatures is one that has been used before, but not for a handful of years. This is a set that only has big names and only has on-card signatures. All have 25 copies.
The Future brings something new to the product. Also coming with 25 copies each, these autograph cards use acetate in their construction.
Synced Signatures is another insert that uses acetate. These have a pair of signatures done on-card and have no more than 25 copies each.
Colossal Signatures and Material Treasures Signatures both return, combining autographs and swatches. Material Treasures Signatures signers include Aaron Rodgers, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and Dak Prescott, all hard-signed. Colossal Signatures has a generational mix of talent and include things like tags, logos and shields in some of the swatches.
Treasured Signatures and Treasure Chest Signatures are large book cards with eight and 12 autographs. One such card planned for the set has a dozen signatures from Super Bowl-winning Hall of Famers.
Rookie Jumbo Prime Signatures booklets might not have multiple signers but they do combine an autograph with a premium jumbo swatch from a member of the 2017 draft class. These are numbered to 99 or less.


2017 Panini National Treasures Football finds a variety of ways to showcase gear worn by players. Some are jerseys. Others have things like Captain’s patches, team logos, jersey numbers and laundry.
A select few collectors will find one-of-one cards with a pair of NFL Shields.


2018 LEAF PEARL ($1500 per box) SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS first week of April

2017 Leaf Pearl has been teased by the card maker for a while. The new super-premium line has a lot of moving parts coming from several sports. Already promising a roster of Hall of Famers and other big names, 2017 Leaf Pearl also has Shohei Ohtani autographs.
The product is a mix of high-end elements from across the sporting spectrum. Baseball, football, basketball, soccer, hockey and more are represented on the checklist. And virtually everything is numbered to 10 or less (If it’s not an Ohtani autograph, it’s got no more than ten copies.).

2017 Leaf Pearl BaseBase cards live up to the set’s name with a pearl included similar to how Panini Flawless uses gems. 2017 Leaf Pearl base cards (/10) are done on a milky stock, further sticking with the theme. Parallels come in five levels numbered down to 1/1.
Base Signatures use a similar design. Signers include Pele, Nolan Ryan, Floyd Mayweather and more.
The Shohei Ohtani autographs are done a little differently. Design-wise, they match the Base Signatures. However, there are five different cards, each using a different photo. None of these have parallels, although each is numbered differently. One of the five 2017 Leaf Pearl Shohie Ohtani autographs is numbered to 40. Another has 25 copies, then /10, /5 and finally a 1/1. This adds up to 81 total Ohtani autographs in the entire production run of just 300 boxes.
Bringing it back to the legends, Champions Signatures have ink from players who have won their respective sports’ biggest prizes. John Elway, Jerry Rice and Magic Johnson are among the ‘graphs here.
Image result for images leaf pearlPeals of Wisdom are inscribed autographs that come with a piece of advice. For example, Nolan Ryan suggests you, “Don’t mess with Texas.”
Barry Sanders and Larry Bird are among those with Paragon Signatures. These combine the autograph with an over-sized swatch.
If a 2017 Leaf Pearl box doesn’t have an Ohtani autograph, it does have a cut signature. Pearl Cuts subjects go beyond sports. Marilyn Monroe, Tupac Shakur, John F. Kennedy, Lou Gehrig, Abraham Lincoln, Michelle Obama and Donald Trump are a sample of the variety.
History Book Cut Signatures fold out to include not only the autograph but a massive piece of unique memorabilia. Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle are both a part of the checklist.
Memorabilia cards come in several themes. Pearlescent Patch cards all have jumbo patch pieces. Both game-used and player-worn jerseys were used to make these. Covering several generations, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Tom Brady, Patrick Ewing, Kobe Bryant, Chipper Jones and Eddie Mathews are among the subjects.
Rare Materials cards have five swatches from the same legend. Jordan, Ruth, Ted Williams, Thurman Munson and David Beckham all have cards here.
Multi-player memorabilia cards come in a couple of different themes. Pearl 4, 6 and 8 cards come with swatches from a matching number of legends. The Year in Sport highlights five players who all made a big impact around the same timeframe.
2017 Leaf Pearl has a production run of 300 total boxes. That works out to just 150 two-box cases.  Do the math.  That's less than 3 per state since some of these are going overseas.


• Shohei Ohtani Autograph  or Cut Signature – 1
---- Odds of Shoehei Autograph are better than 1:3.7 boxes
---- Cut Signatures include Marilyn Monroe, Tupac Shakur, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Michelle Obama and Donald Trump, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and more.  Expect some amazing late additions from Leaf.

• Additional Cards – 10



Everyone knows at Sports Cards Plus, you always pick your box from The BEST CASES in The Hobby at The LOWEST PRICE in The Galaxy (all of Texas and beyond).  Click on our FACEBOOK LINK at the upper right to see our daily specials Starting on Monday, March 5th.

While March Madness is generally reserved for basketball, The Sports Cards Plus March Madness Mania Sale will give you savings throughout the store.

Saving money buying your favorite products is always exciting.  At Sports Cards Plus we are adding to the excitement by giving you MORE besides getting LOW, Low, lowest prices on your favorite products:

1. BEST PULL (most expensive card pulled in our store - based on current eBay sales - Charlie has final decision) in the month of March WINS $100.00 at Sports Cards Plus.

2. For each $100 spent at Sports Cards Plus during the month of March, get one drawing ticket to WIN:
---- First Prize: a Magic Johnson Autographed 16" by 20" Photo.
---- Second Prize: A 2017-18 Prizm Basketball Blaster Box.
---- Third Prize: A 2017 Contenders Football Blaster Box.
---- Fourth Prize: A 2018 Topps Baseball Blaster Box.

3. 2017-18 Prestige Basketball BONUS:
Get FOUR FREE DRAWING Tickets for above March 30th Drawing with each box of 2017-18 Prestige Hobby Exclusive Basketball you buy.

4. Buy any Panini Basketball product and
you could be a "2018 Player of The Day WINNER."

How it Works

The centerpiece of Panini America’s 2018 NBA Player of the Day the promotion is a poster featuring Panini America card images of one player from each of the 30 NBA teams. Each day, a different player on the poster is designated as the “Panini NBA Player of the Day” while Panini America spokesmen Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving are “Wild Cards” for the duration of the promotion. Every time a collector purchases a pack of officially licensed Panini America NBA trading cards and pulls the Player of the Day or a Wild Card, they win a prize. Each week, stores will conduct a drawing from the daily winners to award a weekly prize. Then, at the end of the month-long promotion, each store will award a grand prize to its store winner that enters them into the national sweepstakes.
Each participating shop receives a free kit with the materials needed to run the promotion, including; promotional posters, shopping bags, exclusive Panini NBA POD promo packs, an exclusive Panini NBA POD autographed card, Panini NBA sticker books, T-shirts, hats and Ultra Pro card holders — all emblazoned with the Panini NBA Player of the Day logo. The exclusive autograph cards are slabbed in a protective case by Beckett Grading. The checklist boasts and impressive line-up of more than 30 rookies, NBA All-Stars and young stars including Dennis Smith Jr., De’Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz, John Collins, Jayson Tatum, Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond, Victor Oladipo and more. Each shop receives one autographed card to award their grand prize winner.
Collectors will also get to enjoy the promotion and win autographed cards and other promotional items via social media by following @PaniniPOD on Twitter and on Facebook.
To get you properly prepared for this week’s tipoff, we provide a must-see sneak peek at the promotion-exclusive card set, including base cards, parallels and autographs.


Much like its popular Donruss Optic predecessor, the all-new Contenders Optic creation aims to seamlessly meld two proud pieces of the Panini America product portfolio — Contenders Football and Prizm technology — into one shiny new release capable of standing on its own merit for years to come.
Set to arrive at Sports Cards Plus on Wednesday, March 7th, Contenders Optic Football will deliver, on average, two autographs (including one on-card), two base cards, one parallel and one insert in every six-card box (10 boxes per inner case, two inner cases per master case).  The highlights of the new product are many and include . . .

  • --- For the first time, find Contenders’
  •  fabled RPS Rookie Ticket Autographs on Optichrome technology; look for one on-card RPS Rookie Ticket Autograph per box.

  • --- Contenders Optic is loaded with inserts such as Hall of Fame Contenders, All-Pro Contenders, MVP Contenders and Round Numbers.

  • --- Some of the most iconic Contenders Rookie Tickets of all time get recreated with Contenders Tribute Autographs, honoring the best cards made in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

  • --- Optichrome technology revamps the always-popular Contenders brand. With Red, Blue, Gold and Gold Vinyl parallels (numbered to 199 or less), Contenders Optic is loaded with short-print chase cards.

  • --- Rookie of the Year Contenders Autographs highlights the top rookies of the 2017 class, all numbered to 99 or less.

  • --- Hall of Fame Contenders Autographs highlights those legendary players headed for Canton in the near future.

2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football gives the perennial brand a new, more high-end leaning configuration for the product. Rather than having several packs per hobby box like Contenders usually, 2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football is a single-pack box. Each has six cards, two of which have autographs.
Among them? A shiny spin on the Rookie Ticket Autograph.
2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football Deshaun Watson Autograph


Similar to how 2017 Donruss Optic took the regular 2017 Donruss set and made it shine, 2017 Panini Contenders Optic takes many of the same elements as 2017 Contenders. That means a shell set incorporating the same Season Ticket design.
Base parallels, which come numbered to 199 or less, include Red, Blue, Gold and Gold Vinyl.
Rookie Ticket RPS Autographs are one per box. These have on-card signatures and include key members of the 2017 rookie class. Like the base cards, there are parallels as well with Gold Vinyl being the rarest with just one copy each.


The Ticket autographs have long been a cornerstone component of Contenders. But they’re not the only signed cards in 2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football.
Among them are Hall of Fame Contenders Autographs, which highlight players who are up for Canton consideration. Rookie of the Year Contenders Autographs, which have no more than 99 copies each, offer up more first-year signatures.
2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football Hall of Fame Contenders Autographs
Round Numbers Autographs get chromed. These pair up ink from two players taken in the same round of the draft.
Some of the earliest Rookie Ticket Autograph designs are recreated for Contenders Tribute Autographs. These cover 1998 through 2001.


2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football comes with one unsigned insert per box as well. These include unsigned versions of Rookie of the Year Contenders, Hall of Fame Contenders and Round Numbers.


• Rookie Ticket RPS Autographs – 1
• Additional Autographs – 1
• Inserts – 1
• Parallels – 1
• Base Cards – 2



2017-18 Panini Contenders Basketball Rookie Ticket Autograph Ball

After kicking off the season with the college-heavy draft edition, 2017-18 Panini Contenders Basketball is all-NBA. It comes with all the tickets the line is known for as well as an emphasis on autographs.

2017-18 Panini Contenders Basketball Rookie Ticket Autograph VariationSeason Ticket is where the base set comes in. Like other sports, the Rookie Ticket Autographs deliver signed Rookie Cards. Key first-year players come with on-card autographs.
While the regular cards come with a vertical layout, Rookie Ticket Autograph Variations flip things 90 degrees to an easy-to-recognize horizontal look.
Base cards, including rookies, come with several familiar parallels including Cracked Ice, Championship Ticket and Printing Plates.
New to 2017-18 Panini Contenders Basketball are Premium Edition Rookie Season Tickets. These are done with chromium Prizm stock.
2017-18 Panini Contenders Basketball introduces a couple of other new ticket themes. Lottery Ticket cards highlight the top 14 picks from the 2017 draft.
Historic Rookie Season Ticket autographs look back to the debut seasons of superstar players. These come with on-card signatures.
Additional signed inserts in the product include Up-and-Coming Contenders Autographs and MVP Contenders Autographs.

Not all of the inserts in 2017-18 Panini Contenders Basketball are autographs. Superstars is a tough set of die-cut cards that have a bright and colorful design. The checklist consists of ten current and past greats.

Front Row Seat centers on action photography.
Rookie Predictor cards add an interactive element to the product. They also come with an opportunity to land additional exclusive cards. Panini has yet to announce how these will work and what the prize cards are.



2017-18 PRESTIGE HOBBY Basketball SNEAK PEEK Friday, February 16th at Sports Cards Plus.
That's right.  Sports Cards Plus has been selected to host a SNEAK PEEK of 2017-18 Prestige Basketball a full 5 days before the rest of the world.  Sports Cards Plus will celebrate this early release to our customers by offering Prizes totaling over $225.

Get a FREE Drawing Entry with each Prestige Basketball box ($94 per box or $4.50 per pack) purchased between now and February 21st. 

Drawing prizes are as follows:
1. Grand Prize $100 Credit toward anything in the store.
2. Second Prize $50 Credit toward anything in the store.
3. Third Prize $25 Credit toward anything in the store.
4. Fourth Prize: Three winners each get one Panini VIP Party Gold Pack.

The following information is from Panini America.

2017-18 Prestige Basketball: The hobby version features the brand debut of Cracked Ice — and the fascinating finish is featured on both base parallels and inserts as well as on all autographs. But the hobby addition of Cracked Ice is but one reason for excitement. 2017-18 Prestige Basketball has quite a few more.
Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America next Wednesday, each hobby box of 2017-18 Prestige Basketball (six cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 16 boxes per case) will deliver two autographs and 24 inserts or parallels from an impressive array of both. Cracked Ice autographs are hobby exclusives, as are the Micro Etch Rookies Red insert that fall roughly nine per box. Pink versions of the Micro Etch Rookies chase are numbered to just 10.

Base Rookie Cards fall one per pack but some packs will deliver two RCs. Oh, and the one-per-case Playmakers and three-per-case Prestigious Picks micro-etch inserts return this year, too. You can immerse yourself in all of Prestige’s goodness in the Quality Control Gallery that follows. Enjoy the early peek and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.