Review: 2019 Panini Luminance

1. Card Design:

Panini Luminance makes its return for a 2nd year and I love the cards design. It is a full-bleed card with a huge cursive like font. The font is similar to that of the 1988 Ultra Baseball product. The card stock is a bit thicker than normal cards giving it a higher-end feel in hand.

Score 4.5/5.0

2. Checklist Review:

This checklist offers 200 base cards in total. 100 veterans representing each NFL team at least 3 players and 100 players from the 2019 Draft Class. The checklist is in order of record from the 2018 season, very similar to what Fleer did with their baseball sets in the 80s/90s. This base set is loaded with team stars and the bright & shinny NFL rookies class.

Score 5.0/5.0

3. Collectability:

This release falls into an odd area with collectors. While not truly an entry level product and not a high end release due to the amount of base, it’s hard to calculate the collectability. For a set collector it has a good amount of stars and a load of rookies but its only 200 cards. On the other hand for the hit hounds its lack of multi-colored patches and on card auto is lacking. It’s a decent set with collectable aspects. It’s most collectible aspect is the design.  

Score 2.5 /5.0

4. Favorite Parallel/Insert Set:

This set offers a nice handful of inserts from rookie to Hall of Famers, all depicting them in action with bold font. My favorite insert set is the Vintage set featuring 20 cards, 19 of them are Hall of Famers. The only one who is not is longtime Dolphins Linebacker Zach Thomas. The set features my favorite running back of all time, Barry Sanders. It also includes stars like Jerry Rice, Brett Favre and Mike Ditka.

Score 4.0/5.0

5. Autos/Relics:

Luminance has a great selection of autographs and relics in this release. Between all of the autographs and relics you get a great selection of veterans and rookies. Most if not all of the relics are single color but they do consume a good half of the card. The autographs are not all on card but they do offer a lot of big names including Andrew Luck, Dan Marino and Pat McAfee.  My favorite autograph set is Draft Day Signatures Silver Set. It is a 50 card set with autograph mostly on card from the top offensive players from the 2019 NFL Draft. It has them in their college uniforms but is one of the first releases with on card autos.

Score 4.0/5.0

Overall: 

2019 Panini Luminance is a good mid-level product for most collectors. It has the feel of a base set with some high end autograph options. The design of the cards gives this set some more eye appeal than most of Panini’s football products, which tend to be boring and lack creativity. If you’re unsure buy into a break or heck bust a box for around $120 and you should see a decent return.     

Overall Score 4.0/5.0

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