2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Review & Checklist
On June 10th, Panini dropped the 2022 Absolute Baseball offering. 2022 Panini Absolute is all about the hits, with a small base set, small box size, but lots of potential hits.
Panini 2022 Absolute release format
2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Hobby Box offers 10 cards per pack, but each box contains only 2 packs. There are 10 boxes in a case. With only 20 cards per box and 200 per case, the focus here is on quality and not quantity.
Cards per pack: Hobby: 10
Packs per box: Hobby: 2
Boxes per case: Hobby: 10
Based on the stated odds, collectors should expect two autographs, two memorabilia cards, and 1 insert per box.
Boxes are currently selling for around $250.
2022 Panini Absolute Base Set
The 2022 Panini Absolute base set consists of only 100 cards. As you can imagine with such a small set, the focus is heavily on stars. Not a lot of filler here or deep-cut team sets.
The set is a mix of current stars and retired all-time greats. There are some interesting retired players included, such as 2022 Hall of Fame inductee Gil Hodges. The rest are a mix of recently retired superstars like Mariano Rivera and Ichiro, and a few long-ago stars like Cool Papa Bell and Frank Chance (of Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance fame).
Lots of star power, for sure, but the base set is not the focus for 2022 Panini Absolute.
2022 Panini Absolute Parallels
As with any ultra-modern offering, the parallels here represent a rainbow of colors and designs, and include several very limited offerings, including several different 1/1 parallels.
Parallel offerings include:
- Green Retail
- Lava Retail
- Silver Holo: /199
- Blue Spectrum: /149
- Red Retail: /99
- Red Spectrum: /99
- Purple Spectrum: /25
- Gold Holo Retail: /10
- Gold Spectrum: /10
- Black Spectrum: 1/1
- Holo Black Retail: 1/1
- Printing Plates: 1/1 (Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow)
2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Autographs
Autograph offerings in 2022 Panini Absolute product include:
- Rookie Leather Signatures Tan
- Absolute Ink
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black Gold
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black/White Seams
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Blue
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Light Blue
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Pink
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Red
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Spectrum Gold
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Spectrum Green
- Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Spectrum Red and Blue
- Iconic Ink
- Marks of Fame
- Rookie Baseball Material Booklet Signatures Black/White Seams
- Rookie Ink
- Tools of the Trade 2 Swatch Signatures
- Tools of the Trade 3 Swatch Signatures
- Tools of the Trade 4 Swatch Signatures
- Tools of the Trade Jumbo Signatures
2022 Panini Absolute Memorabilia
2022 Panini Absolute features 11 different memorabilia offerings, providing a myriad of options for collectors to chase.
Absolute Heroes Memorabilia
25 cards, including legends of the game. This includes Hall of Famers and notables from the past, plus two active players (Pujols and Kershaw).
Parallels include Retail, Red Spectrum – /99 or less (no Sutter), Gold Spectrum – /10 or less (no Pettitte, Thome), and 1/1 Black Spectrum.
2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Rookie Materials
25 cards featuring some of the top rookies. Serial numbered to 299 copies.
Parallels include Retail, Red – /99 (Contreras, De La Cruz, Detmers, Megill, Strider /49), Gold – /10 and 1/1 Spectrum Black.
24 cards, featuring established stars of today’s game. Print runs vary up to /299.
Parallels include Retail, Red – /99 (Bregman, Diaz, Hosmer, Story, Turner, Wong /49; Blackmon, Trout, Upton /25), Gold Spectrum – /10 (Trout /5; no Diaz, Judge, Seager), and Black Spectrum 1/1.
Hall of Fame Memorabilia
10 cards, featuring Hall of Famers. This includes a mix of recent players such as Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin and Hall of Famers of yesteryear such as Addie Joss and Frankie Frisch.
Parallels include Retail, Red Spectrum (49 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10 or fewer), and Black Spectrum 1/1.
10 cards, each featuring two players. These cards feature two players from the same team, from across history.
Blue Spectrum: /149
Red Retail: /99
Red Spectrum: /99
Gold Spectrum: /25
Gold Holo Retail: /10
Black Holo Retail: 1/1
Black Spectrum: 1/1
37 cards, although two have no base version (just parallels).
Parallels include Retail, out of /99 (Singer /94; Gonzalez, Lopez /49; Wheeler /30; Severino /29; May /25; no Gregorius), Gold Spectrum out of /10 (Severino, Wheeler /7; no Hader), and Black Spectrum 1/1’s.
25 cards, with print runs of 199 or 299.
Parallels include Retail, Red Spectrum (/99 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10 or fewer), and Black Spectrum 1/1.
Rookie Threads Retail
A whopping 62 cards make up this set, with a mix of names big and lesser known.
Parallels include Green (/199 or fewer), Red (/99 or fewer), Gold (/10 or fewer), and 1/1 Black.
Team Tandem Materials
15 cards featuring two players each from the same team. Some feature young players, others young players paired with veterans, and then there’s one retro one that features Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn.
Parallels include Red (/99 or fewer), Retail (/99 or fewer), Gold (/10) and Black Spectrum 1/1.
28 cards, consisting of a variety of active players.
Parallels include Green (/199 or fewer), Red (/99 or fewer), Gold (/10 or fewer), and Black 1/1 (no Baez or Perez).
Tools of the Trade 2 Swatch
50 cards, including both current and former players, including several Hall of Famers. Each card contains two swatches from the pictured player.
Parallels include Retail (/99 or fewer), Red Spectrum (/99 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10, Brecheen, Carter, Henderson /5) and Black Spectrum 1/1.
Tools of the Trade 3 Swatch
25 cards featuring three swatches each of the active players represented.
Parallels include Red Spectrum (/99 or fewer), Retail (/99 or fewer), Gold Spectrum (/10) and Black Spectrum 1/1.
2022 Panini Absolute Baseball Inserts
Adding another layer to the chase are inserts, featuring some of the best players of today and yesteryear. And did we mention the parallels? So many parallels to chase!
10 cards, including 9 of the hottest players in the game today, plus all-time great Mickey Mantle.
10 cards, including a mix of young stars and some of the biggest established stars in the game.
15 cards, including 10 Hall of Famers and five active players who likely will join them (Pujols, Cabrera, Kershaw, Votto, and Trout).
15 cards, including Hall of Famers, active franchise icons, and some of the biggest names in the hobby.
25 cards, featuring 25 of the hottest rookies of 2022.
10 cards featuring 2022 rookies and serial numbered out of 999.
15 cards, featuring stars of today plus “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Frank Chance.
All insert sets except for Kaboom (no parallels) and Rookie Spectrum (serial-numbered to 999) have the following parallels:
- Green Retail
- Lava Retail
- Blue Spectrum – /149
- Red Retail – /99
- Red Spectrum – /99
- Gold Spectrum – /25
- Gold Holo Retail – /10
- Black Holo Retail – 1/1
- Black Spectrum – 1/1
The final word on 2022 Panini Absolute
2022 Panini Absolute is light on base cards but high on hits, with autographs, parallels, memorabilia and inserts in spades. It’s all about the chase, and priced accordingly. If that’s your thing, this should be a product you enjoy breaking.
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