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An In-Depth Review Of 2023 Panini Luminance Football [Checklist Added]

2023 Luminance Football is here.  It’s a nice-looking product, featuring captivating full-bleed action photography and a wealth of parallels and inserts showcasing the NFL’s top stars and rookie talent.

But is it a good investment? Let’s look!

2023 Panini Luminance Football product introduction

Luminance 2023 is back, arriving with a bang on the scene on the heels of the Panini NFLPA announcement. For many collectors, this product marks the starting point of the NFL season and collectors and investors alike thanks to its impressive lineup of rookies, inserts, parallels, and autographs.

Apart from Score, it’s the first major release of the season. 

Each box is selling for around $300 and contains 3 autographs, 1 memorabilia card, 5 parallels and 12 rookies.

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What to expect from Panini Luminance 2023 Football

There’s a lot to like about Luminance (overlooking the awful font selection, of course).  The set boasts a fresh crop of rookies, giving collectors the opportunity to chase after highly coveted rookie cards from the 2023 NFL Draft.

Notable rookies like Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, Anthony Richardson, and others make this release especially enticing.

One unique aspect of Luminance is that it allows you to dive into rookie cards before the players’ rookie seasons even begin, adding an extra layer of excitement to collecting. This is particularly hard to find now, with many of the noteworthy releases coming out after the Super Bowl has been played. 

That said, there are some caution flags, too, for Luminance. While it serves as one of the NFL’s first officially licensed product of the season, many of the cards still feature rookies in their college jerseys. And, most importantly, this is not a major release. It’s a good release, sure. But it’s not top 10… maybe not even top 20. It’s just an early release that’s better than some surrounding it.

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Changes and Chases with 2023 Luminance

The biggest chase cards for 2023 Luminance are the Year One Signatures with Red, Green and Purple Ink parallels. There are also three new sets: Unforgettable and Engaged, plus Axis Autographs, a signature set. 

Luminance has its fair share of SSPs, too. Far Out, Luminosity, Names of the Games and Moments have been around, and this year we are introduced to “Animation.” At this point, there are too many SSPs to keep them straight. They’d be better off having just one and hyping it up, like Downtown or Kaboom!

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A breakdown of 2023 Luminance Football parallels

Since there’s full-bleed photography, the parallels have to do with changing the foil that’s used to print the text and logos on the card. Here’s what to look for:

  • Base Luminance
  • Base Luminance Gold – #’d /250
  • Base Luminance Blue – #’d /150
  • Base Luminance Green – #’d /100
  • Base Luminance Orange – #’d /50
  • Base Luminance Teal – #’d /35
  • Base Luminance Red – #’d /25
  • Base Luminance Pink – #’d /10
  • Base Luminance Platinum – #’d 1-of-1
  • Base Luminance Auto – Max #’d /150
  • Base Luminance Gold Auto – Max #’d /100
  • Base Luminance Blue Auto – Max #’d /50
  • Base Luminance Green Auto – Max #’d /25
  • Base Luminance Pink Auto – Max #’d /10
  • Base Luminance Platinum Auto – #’d 1-of-1

Investing in sealed boxes

Considering the release price of $300 for 2023 Luminance, let’s talk about investing in sealed boxes. Here’s a look at the value of sealed Luminance boxes in recent years (as of 7/17):

ReleaseValue
2020$500
2021$315
2022$290
2023$300

The numbers tell an age-old story: investing in sealed boxes will always be closely related to the rookie class. The year is even more important than what brand of cards you’re investing in. 

When assessing the values of football products, 2022 consistently ranks lower due to its rookie classes. While this pattern holds true for Luminance, it’s important to highlight the high-ceiling potential of the 2020 box – a class led by Hurts, Burrow, Herbert and Tua.

Given the $300 price point, it would require an extraordinary rookie class to generate a significant return on investment for this product. I’ll leave the rest up to you—it just depends on how you feel about the 2023 class. 

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Investing in Luminance Football card singles

In the case of Luminance, there are limited singles that warrant long-term investment… if any at all. An exception might be an affordable rookie autograph from a high-profile player when working with a tight budget.

However, for other investments, I’d advise exploring other sets for better long-term holds. Even a Donruss Rated Rookie, which shouldn’t come out too much later. 

No matter how promising a player may be, Luminance’s ceiling for individual player investments remains relatively limited. It’s prudent to reserve your individual player investments for sets with greater potential.

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In conclusion: Rip, hold or pass?

Luminance 2023 Football does not aim to be a high-end product, and it embraces its simplicity. This aspect, along with its early-season release, adds to its charm.

Luminance is perfect for getting excited about rookies before a season even kicks off. If you want a taste, you can grab a $300 box, gather your family and friends, and dive into the excitement! 

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2023 Panini Lumiance Football checklist

Check below for a full and searchable checklist of 2023 Panini Luminance

wdt_ID Set Player Team Position Card Number Number of cards
1 Animation Kenneth Walker III Seattle Seahawks RB 1
2 Animation Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB 2
3 Animation Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB 3
4 Animation Patrick Mahomes II Kansas City Chiefs QB 4
5 Animation Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB 5
6 Animation Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles QB 6
7 Animation Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 7
8 Animation Russell Wilson Denver Broncos QB 8
9 Animation Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB 9
10 Animation Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans RB 10
11 Animation Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings RB 11
12 Animation Christian McCaffrey San Francisco 49ers RB 12
13 Animation Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts RB 13
14 Animation Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams WR 14
15 Animation Justin Jefferson Minnesota Vikings WR 15
16 Animation Ja'Marr Chase Cincinnati Bengals WR 16
17 Animation Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers WR 17
18 Animation Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs TE 18
19 Animation Micah Parsons Dallas Cowboys LB 19
20 Animation T.J. Watt Pittsburgh Steelers LB 20
21 Animation Black Kenneth Walker III Seattle Seahawks RB 1 1
22 Animation Black Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB 2 1
23 Animation Black Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB 3 1
24 Animation Black Patrick Mahomes II Kansas City Chiefs QB 4 1
25 Animation Black Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QB 5 1
26 Animation Black Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles QB 6 1
27 Animation Black Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 7 1
28 Animation Black Russell Wilson Denver Broncos QB 8 1
29 Animation Black Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB 9 1
30 Animation Black Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans RB 10 1
31 Animation Black Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings RB 11 1
32 Animation Black Christian McCaffrey San Francisco 49ers RB 12 1
33 Animation Black Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts RB 13 1
34 Animation Black Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams WR 14 1
35 Animation Black Justin Jefferson Minnesota Vikings WR 15 1
36 Animation Black Ja'Marr Chase Cincinnati Bengals WR 16 1
37 Animation Black Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers WR 17 1
38 Animation Black Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs TE 18 1
39 Animation Black Micah Parsons Dallas Cowboys LB 19 1
40 Animation Black T.J. Watt Pittsburgh Steelers LB 20 1
41 Autograph Jerseys CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys WR 1 25
42 Autograph Jerseys Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers WR 2 10
43 Autograph Jerseys Gabriel Davis Buffalo Bills WR 4 10
44 Autograph Jerseys Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 6 10
45 Autograph Jerseys Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 7 10
46 Autograph Jerseys T.J. Hockenson Minnesota Vikings TE 8 100
47 Autograph Jerseys Lane Johnson Philadelphia Eagles OT 9 100
48 Autograph Jerseys A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles WR 10 10
49 Autograph Jerseys Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers WR 11 10
50 Autograph Jerseys Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers WR 12 10
51 Autograph Jerseys Kadarius Toney Kansas City Chiefs WR 13 100
52 Autograph Jerseys Gold CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys WR 1 5
53 Autograph Jerseys Gold Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers WR 2 5
54 Autograph Jerseys Gold Gabriel Davis Buffalo Bills WR 4 5
55 Autograph Jerseys Gold Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 6 5
56 Autograph Jerseys Gold Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 7 5
57 Autograph Jerseys Gold T.J. Hockenson Minnesota Vikings TE 8 50
58 Autograph Jerseys Gold Lane Johnson Philadelphia Eagles OT 9 50
59 Autograph Jerseys Gold A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles WR 10 5
60 Autograph Jerseys Gold Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers WR 11 5
61 Autograph Jerseys Gold Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers WR 12 5
62 Autograph Jerseys Gold Kadarius Toney Kansas City Chiefs WR 13 50
63 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys WR 1 3
64 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers WR 2 3
65 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Gabriel Davis Buffalo Bills WR 4 3
66 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys RB 5 3
67 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 6 3
68 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 7 3
69 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green T.J. Hockenson Minnesota Vikings TE 8 10
70 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Lane Johnson Philadelphia Eagles OT 9 10
71 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles WR 10 3
72 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers WR 11 3
73 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers WR 12 3
74 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Kadarius Toney Kansas City Chiefs WR 13 10
75 Autograph Jerseys Prime Green Dallas Goedert Philadelphia Eagles TE 15 10
76 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys WR 1 1
77 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Deebo Samuel San Francisco 49ers WR 2 1
78 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Gabriel Davis Buffalo Bills WR 4 1
79 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 6 1
80 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 7 1
81 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum T.J. Hockenson Minnesota Vikings TE 8 1
82 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Lane Johnson Philadelphia Eagles OT 9 1
83 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles WR 10 1
84 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers WR 11 1
85 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers WR 12 1
86 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Kadarius Toney Kansas City Chiefs WR 13 1
87 Autograph Jerseys Prime Platinum Dallas Goedert Philadelphia Eagles TE 15 1
88 Axis Autographs Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts RB 1 10
89 Axis Autographs Peyton Manning Denver Broncos QB 2 10
90 Axis Autographs Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys RB 3 10
91 Axis Autographs Randy Moss Minnesota Vikings WR 4 10
92 Axis Autographs Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 5 10
93 Axis Autographs Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings RB 6 10
94 Axis Autographs Eli Manning New York Giants QB 7 10
95 Axis Autographs Drew Brees New Orleans Saints QB 9 10
96 Axis Autographs Mac Jones New England Patriots QB 10 10
97 Axis Autographs Gold Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts RB 1 5
98 Axis Autographs Gold Peyton Manning Denver Broncos QB 2 5
99 Axis Autographs Gold Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys RB 3 5
100 Axis Autographs Gold Randy Moss Minnesota Vikings WR 4 5
Set Player Team Position Card Number Number of cards


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