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2022 Optic Football Review And Checklist: How To Invest In Optic? [Checklist Added]

2022 optic football

Optic has been a collector favorite since its release in 2016 as a football and basketball product. It’s widely considered in the top-tier of mass-market sports card royalty along with Prizm and Select.

These three products all feature chromium cards and Prizm-based inserts and parallels, giving layers of scarcity and different eye appeals for collectors to pursue enthusiastically.

Optic Football 2022 is set to release on May 31st, 2023, and here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming release. 

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2022 Optic Football product introduction 

Although a top tier release, Optic football is distinguishable for its Rated Rookie cards, which are some of the most iconic rookie cards every year (here are some of the best 2023 rookie cards). Much like Silver Prizm rookies, Optic has a Silver parallel as well (which is called the “holo,” to add an extra layer of confusion.).

The Optic holos are rare, valuable, and amazing looking and always have a lower population than Silver Prizms on the PSA pop reports. 

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A Josh Allen “Jazz” Parallel

What to expect from 2022 Optic football

Optic 2022 has a few new additions that will give it more variety in 2022, but it’s also very similar to the brand we ranked as our second-best long-term investment in sports cards

As always, this is a product for collectors who enjoy ripping packs – and those products are becoming progressively more difficult to find.

This year’s hobby product has a familiar composition that is in line with the previous iterations of Optic: a box consisting of 20 packs with 4 cards per pack. Each box averages 1 autograph, 20 rated rookies, 10 parallels (with 8 that are numbered), and 4 inserts.

The boxes can be preordered for $575—down from $900 last year— but don’t be surprised to see that price move in either direction before release day. 

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The new Electricity Parallel

2022 Optic checklist information 

What’s new with Optic in 2022?

In short, very little. If you opened Optic 2021 football, you’ll have a good feel for everything you need to know, except for a few less attractive rookies in 2022.

Speaking of rookies, one awesome draw of the product is that many of the autographs are on-card and the Rated Rookie autographs include Sauce Garner, Kenny Pickett, Garrett Wilson and other stars from the 2022 Class.

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Light it up is a sharp new insert.

As usual, the popular product is adding new parallel color, too. This year it’s Electricity (/65) and Jazz parallels.

There are also a few new inserts: Gifted Rookies, Rising Sons, Global, and Legendary Logos. While these add a bit of fun variety, they’ll be nothing to write home about in terms of value. The Gifted Rookies, unfortunately, look very cheesy.

Besides low-numbered parallels, the other big-pull potential lies with the Downtown cards. They’re already SSPs, but this year they will have parallels down to Gold Vinyl 1/1!

Nothing says downtown KC like grey wolves.

Love parallels? Here’s a look at the Optic rainbow for 2022 football.

  • Holo
  • Jazz
  • Rocket
  • Aqua – #/299
  • Orange – #/199
  • Blue – #/179
  • Silver Circles – #/125
  • Red – #/99
  • Pink Velocity – #/79
  • Electricity – #/65
  • Purple – #/50
  • Lime Green – #/35
  • Black Pandora – #/25
  • Ice – #/15
  • Gold – #/10
  • Green – #/5
  • Gold Vinyl – 1/1

Collectors should also keep their eyes peeled for Rookie Patch Autographs, which are all numbered to 25 or less. There are also “Legendary” versions that feature veteran patch autographs, also to 25.

In short, 2022 Optic is the same ol’ formula that collectors love with new rookies and just enough tweaking to keep it feeling fresh and interesting. 

Investing in Optic Football 

With a pre-order price of $575, buying a box of Optic is not an impulse buy. But don’t worry – we’ve done the work for you. 

The nice thing about Optic and the rest of the opti-chrome brands is that you at least get quite a few cards.

I’m personally scared of a $600 box that only has 8 or so cards because that’s truly a roll of the dice. With a product like Optic that has 80 cards, at least you’re going to get something, you know? 

Still, it’s a major investment and something you need to think long and hard about before pulling the trigger. Here are a few different ways to think about investing in Optic. 

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Investing in sealed boxes

If you’re investing in sealed boxes with the intent of holding them, here are some numbers to consider.

  • Current resell of 2021 hobby: $730
  • Current resell of 2020 hobby: $1,450
  • Current resell of 2019 hobby: $305
  • Current resell of 2018 hobby: $950
  • Current resell of 2017 hobby: $2,225

What can we learn from this?

Most importantly, you should note that the 2022 draft class will most likely be a lot closer to the 2019 (Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones) than the stronger classes on this list.  With that in mind, $575 feels very steep if you’re buying this to hold.

The bottom line is that the rookie class always matters. Yeah, this might sound like a no-brainer, but when you’re investing in a sealed product to hold, it has to be said. 

If you are buying a sealed box to sit on, Optic isn’t a bad option – especially if you like the 2022 rookie class.  But the stars of the class are either defensive players or receivers, largely, and neither of those positions has ever proven lucrative for investing. 

And this hasn’t been verified by Panini, but there are definitely more boxes being printed in 2022 than there were in 2017 and 2018. This alone will help cap the potential if you are buying this product sealed with the hope to flip in 5 – 10 years.

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Investing in Optic Football rookies

Optic rookie cards are one of the blue-chip investments of modern Panini rookies – perhaps second to only Prizm. If you’re going to invest in just one card of anybody, Optic is a great way to go.

Your best bet of making a profit on this product is finding a few holos of players you believe in, buying them raw (after asking the seller for more pictures), then getting them graded. 

If you can scoop up silvers of the rookies you like and grade, then you’ll be set for a long-term hold. Collectors go nuts for Optic PSA 10 parallels, especially if you can get cards in one of the two rarest tiers.

But caution: as with all new releases don’t buy the first Optic cards that appear on eBay for this year. The price will inevitably drop as the supply meets the demand.

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Bottomline on Donruss Optic 2022: Rip, hold or pass?

Optic is my personal favorite brand (particularly basketball), and it keeps getting even better year after year while still capturing the magic of what makes the product special.

The only drawback on this year’s product is a weaker rookie class than previous years, but at about 60% of last year’s release price, that dip in rookies seemed to be factored into the price tag

What do you think of this product? What will it be worth in 5 years? Let us know on Twitter @card_lines

2022 Donruss Optic Football checklist

wdt_ID Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards
1 Base Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB 1
2 Base James Conner Arizona Cardinals RB 2
3 Base Marquise Brown Arizona Cardinals WR 3
4 Base J.J. Watt Arizona Cardinals DE 4
5 Base Budda Baker Arizona Cardinals S 5
6 Base Kurt Warner Arizona Cardinals QB 6
7 Base Haason Reddick Philadelphia Eagles LB 7
8 Base Cordarrelle Patterson Atlanta Falcons RB 8
9 Base Kyle Pitts Atlanta Falcons TE 9
10 Base A.J. Terrell Atlanta Falcons CB 10
11 Base Grady Jarrett Atlanta Falcons DT 11
12 Base Michael Vick Atlanta Falcons QB 12
13 Base Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB 13
14 Base J.K. Dobbins Baltimore Ravens RB 14
15 Base Rashod Bateman Baltimore Ravens WR 15
16 Base Mark Andrews Baltimore Ravens TE 16
17 Base Patrick Queen Baltimore Ravens LB 17
18 Base Marlon Humphrey Baltimore Ravens CB 18
19 Base Odafe Oweh Baltimore Ravens LB 19
20 Base Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB 20
21 Base Devin Singletary Buffalo Bills RB 21
22 Base Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills WR 22
23 Base Gabriel Davis Buffalo Bills WR 23
24 Base Von Miller Buffalo Bills LB 24
25 Base Jordan Poyer Buffalo Bills S 25
26 Base Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills QB 26
27 Base Sam Darnold Carolina Panthers QB 27
28 Base D'Onta Foreman Carolina Panthers RB 28
29 Base DJ Moore Carolina Panthers WR 29
30 Base Brian Burns Carolina Panthers DE 30
31 Base Derrick Brown Carolina Panthers DT 31
32 Base Jaycee Horn Carolina Panthers CB 32
33 Base Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB 33
34 Base David Montgomery Chicago Bears RB 34
35 Base Darnell Mooney Chicago Bears WR 35
36 Base Cole Kmet Chicago Bears TE 36
37 Base Eddie Jackson Chicago Bears S 37
38 Base Walter Payton Chicago Bears RB 38
39 Base Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB 39
40 Base Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals RB 40
41 Base Ja'Marr Chase Cincinnati Bengals WR 41
42 Base Tee Higgins Cincinnati Bengals WR 42
43 Base Tyler Boyd Cincinnati Bengals WR 43
44 Base Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals QB 44
45 Base Deshaun Watson Cleveland Browns QB 45
46 Base Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns RB 46
47 Base Amari Cooper Cleveland Browns WR 47
48 Base David Njoku Cleveland Browns TE 48
49 Base Myles Garrett Cleveland Browns DE 49
50 Base Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns OT 50
51 Base Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 51
52 Base Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys RB 52
53 Base Tony Pollard Dallas Cowboys RB 53
54 Base CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys WR 54
55 Base DeMarcus Lawrence Dallas Cowboys DE 55
56 Base Micah Parsons Dallas Cowboys LB 56
57 Base Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys QB 57
58 Base Russell Wilson Denver Broncos QB 58
59 Base Javonte Williams Denver Broncos RB 59
60 Base Courtland Sutton Denver Broncos WR 60
61 Base Jerry Jeudy Denver Broncos WR 61
62 Base Patrick Surtain II Denver Broncos CB 62
63 Base John Elway Denver Broncos QB 63
64 Base Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB 64
65 Base Jamaal Williams Detroit Lions RB 65
66 Base D'Andre Swift Detroit Lions RB 66
67 Base Amon-Ra St. Brown Detroit Lions WR 67
68 Base Roquan Smith Baltimore Ravens LB 68
69 Base Barry Sanders Detroit Lions RB 69
70 Base Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB 70
71 Base Aaron Jones Green Bay Packers RB 71
72 Base AJ Dillon Green Bay Packers RB 72
73 Base Rashan Gary Green Bay Packers LB 73
74 Base Jaire Alexander Green Bay Packers CB 74
75 Base Brett Favre Green Bay Packers QB 75
76 Base Davis Mills Houston Texans QB 76
77 Base Laremy Tunsil Houston Texans OT 77
78 Base Chris Jones Kansas City Chiefs DT 78
79 Base Nico Collins Houston Texans WR 79
80 Base Brandin Cooks Houston Texans WR 80
81 Base Warren Moon Houston Oilers QB 81
82 Base Matt Ryan Indianapolis Colts QB 82
83 Base Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts RB 83
84 Base Michael Pittman Jr. Indianapolis Colts WR 84
85 Base Shaquille Leonard Indianapolis Colts LB 85
86 Base DeForest Buckner Indianapolis Colts DT 86
87 Base Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts QB 87
88 Base Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 88
89 Base Zay Jones Jacksonville Jaguars WR 89
90 Base Travis Etienne Jr. Jacksonville Jaguars RB 90
91 Base Christian Kirk Jacksonville Jaguars WR 91
92 Base Josh Allen Jacksonville Jaguars LB 92
93 Base Tony Boselli Jacksonville Jaguars OT 93
94 Base Patrick Mahomes II Kansas City Chiefs QB 94
95 Base Clyde Edwards-Helaire Kansas City Chiefs RB 95
96 Base JuJu Smith-Schuster Kansas City Chiefs WR 96
97 Base Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs TE 97
98 Base Nick Bolton Kansas City Chiefs LB 98
99 Base L'Jarius Sneed Kansas City Chiefs S 99
100 Base Tony Gonzalez Kansas City Chiefs TE 100
Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards
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