I stopped by my local Target and picked up a few 2018 Donruss Racing Blaster boxes. I really like these because you get a lot of cards for your money. Six packs of 10 cards for 60 total cards for just at $20. Each Blaster box has 1 autograph or 1 memorabilia card. You even have a shot at the Ultra-Rare Slingshot cards! That’s a lot of value for $20.
It looks like the best keep secret in NASCAR trading cards the last 2 years was too good of a secret. Panini America will no longer produce Panini Instant NASCAR trading cards for at least this year. Why do I say that, well we are a few weeks in to the 2018 season and no new on demand cards have been offered. Panini America will still produce NASCAR trading cards but will cease the on demand printing for at least this season.
What They Are:
One of my favorite NASCAR trading card collectibles during the last two NASCAR seasons was the weekly Panini Instant trading cards. Each week during the 2017 NASCAR season trading cards were offered for sale for only 24 hours via the Panini America web site. These featured the past week’s Monster Cup race winner. The 3 offerings each week were a green, black and red striped version. The green version was numbered 1 of 10 and the Black version was a 1 of 1. Each version’s print run is labeled on the back of the card. My favorite version each week was the red one. The red version was the base version and the print run was determined by the number of cards ordered in those 24 hours which lead to some very low print runs.
The 2016 Panini Instant set was produced only during the 2016 NASCAR chase which resulted in a 15-card set. This was the first-time Panini Instant cards were produced for NASCAR. The versions are differentiated by the stripe under the driver’s name on the card front. The back of each card also states the print run. The 2016 set was finished off by a Tony Stewart retirement card (#14) with a red base card print run of only 70 cards. The last card (#15) in the 2016 set features the 2016 champion Jimmie Johnson which had a red base print run of only 94 cards.
Panini Instant returned to NASCAR in 2017 in a big way by offering cards during the whole season starting with card #1 featuring the 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch. The offerings where the same as the year before with a red, green edge numbered to 10 and a black edge 1 of 1 version. The 2017 set is comprised of all the 2017 race winners which included notable first time Monster Cup winners Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (63), Austin Dillon (57) and Ryan Blaney (84). The 2017 set wraps up with the 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. (61) and a Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s (84) retirement card.
Why They Will Be Missed:
I think these are very collectible for a few different reasons and these weekly offerings will be missed. These cards appealed to collectors who may collect a specific driver and they enjoy collecting cards celebrating each win. They also offered cards of drivers that have decided to retire and offered a last card to honor them and their contribution to the sport that a collector could remember them by. One thing is for sure that compared to the other NASCAR Trading card products these print runs are small in comparison.
One thing I will miss is not being able to get that NASCAR Panini Instant card when one of the new young drivers get their first Monster Energy Cup win. If your disappointed in the decisions to stop making Panini Instant NASCAR trading cards, let Panini America know via social media.
These were available in 6 card packs and packaged 24 packs per box with 24 boxes per case. The first 500 cases off the presses were stamped with the silver 1 on the front as a parallel to the normal series 2 cards (101 – 200). Card #183 is the first card of Dale Earnhardt Jr. There are also First Day One Gold foils inserted 1 per every few packs.
In honor of Jeff Gordon’s 85th win I thought it would be good to do a 1991 Traks Wax Box break. Each Wax Box has 36 packs with 15 cards per pack. I mention 30 packs in the video but there are 36 packs per box.
This box yielded 4 Jeff Gordon rookies in a row and 5 in total.
The 1988 Maxx racing set is the release that put NASCAR cards on the map. This was the first time NASCAR cards were available in ‘packs’ and sold somewhere other than the race tracks. There were 44 packs per 1988 Maxx box and you could also order the 100-card factory set from Maxx as well. Every Header card had an offer on the back to purchase a complete factory set directly from Maxx.
The 1988 Maxx set contains cards from 3 printings. The Charlotte name refers to what was believed to be the location of the second and third printings, although all three printings took place at the same location (Sheriar Press – located in Myrtle Beach, SC). The Charlotte set is often called the “First Annual Edition” by collectors. It contains numerous variations from the Myrtle Beach set (First Edition).
The cover cards were printed with two different starburst descriptions (pack versus factory set) in both the Charlotte and Myrtle Beach versions. During the second printing, 10 cards including the two variations of the cover card were changed.
The special offer price ($19.95) was changed prior to the second printing to $21.45 on the cover cards.
The Myrtle Beach notation was removed from the four checklist cards.
The Talladega Streaks #10 card was eliminated to make room for Darrell Waltrip.
Checklist #19 was changed to reflect this move.
On card #26 Phil Parsons, his wife’s name was included in the family section on the back of the card. It was excluded in the first Myrtle Beach printing.
During the third printing of the set, six cards were changed. The #59 1988 Begins card was eliminated to make room for the #59 Brett Bodine card. Checklist #69 was changed to reflect this move. The #43 Daytona International Speedway card was changed to card #47. The #47 Single File card was eliminated. Richard Petty was included in the set on card #43. Checklist #36 was updated to reflect the changes on cards #43 and #47. On the #88 Ken Bouchard card, the family section was changed to reflect the fact that he and his fiancée, Heidi, were married during the season. There is also a card #99 of Dale Earnhardt that was originally wasn’t released due to Maxx not getting approval from Dale. The card was later issued with a sticker on it via an insert redemption in the 1994 Maxx Medallion .
The 2017 Panini Absolute Checklist has been released and here is the sell sheet..
The world of instant cards come to NASCAR. Topps started the trend with the start of the 2016 Baseball season with Topps Now. These are cards that are made of yesterday’s events and printed to order for only 24 hours. This produces cards of the latest events and the number printed depends on the number ordered.
Panini also got in to the game with Panini Instant. Same concept as Topps Now but for Basketball and Soccer.
Panini will create Panini Instant NASCAR Chase cards for each week’s Chase winner. Since NASCAR requires a lot of approvals the weekly Chase card will sold on every Friday during the Chase at 2 PM CST and will be available for only 24 hours. Print runs will not be known until the cards are printed.
Coming soon to retail outlets July 27th, 2016 will be Panini Prizm NASCAR cards July 27, 2016. It’s been awhile since we had any new products. As soon as I find a checklist I will post it here!
From Panini America’s Web Site:
Collectors, start your engines. (And if they’re already started, rev them up just a little bit.) Panini America’s long-awaited first NASCAR trading card product is speeding your way. And once 2016 Prizm Racing arrives in hobby shops across North America in late July, there will be no slowing down.
Wielding one of the most popular technologies in its expansive arsenal, Panini America will begin its NASCAR career by introducing collectors to the many merits — and parallels — of the Prizm brand. Each hobby box of 2016 Prizm Racing (four cards per pack, 20 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver, on average, one autograph, two memorabilia cards, 10 Prizms, one Green Prizm numbered to 149, two additional Prizms numbered to 99 or less, two Winner’s Circle, one Winner’s Circle Prizm, twoCompetitors, one Competitors Prizm and three additional inserts.
Other highlights of Panini America’s history-making first NASCAR release are many and include . . .
- *Racing collectors finally can chase the Prizm rainbow with nine distinct Prizm parallels to track, including eight numbered to 149 or less. Find at least three numbered Prizms per box.
- *Every case will deliver an autograph from either Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick or Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- *Look for Patented Penmanship Autographs of racing’s top drivers, featuring eight parallels numbered to 99 or less.
- *Find rare Base Set Variations featuring retired legends.
- *The Driver Signatures autograph insert features nine different Prizm parallels, including the rareBlack Prizm numbered to just three copies.
- *Celebrate all of the 2015 Race Winners in the Winner’s Circle insert that features shots from Victory Lane, including 2015 Daytona Winner Joey Logano.
- *The Firesuit Fabrics insert features race-used firesuit swatches from the top drivers in NASCAR.
We’ll have plenty more on the history-making first NASCAR release from Panini America in the coming weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. But for now, enjoy this first extended sneak peek:
By now everyone has heard that Press Pass has closed it’s doors.
This is the last set Press Pass released before they closed their doors for good. It seems that all Hobby boxes are gone but you can still find Blaster boxes at Target and Walmart.
Here is a 2015 Target Blaster Box break.
Here is a 2010 Wheels Element Blaster Box Break. It’s a good looking product with rookie cards for Danica Patrick and Trevor Bayne.