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2023 Mosaic Football Preview: Why It Might Be The Best 2023 Investment [Checklist Added]

Mosaic Football has always been less attractive than the big three of opti-chrome brands – Optic, Prizm and Select – but this might be the year that changes. Here’s our detailed look at Mosaic Football and why 2023 might be a different story for the relatively young product. 

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An introduction to 2023 Mosaic Football

Mosaic is releasing on September 20th at $450 dollars. Each box contains 10 packs of 15 cards, which should hold the following: 

  • 2 Autographs 
  • 15 Mosaic Parallels
  • 5 Silvers
  • 20 Inserts

One thing to like about this product is the amount of cards you get. While $450 is still a considerable amount of money, you have 150 cards (and chances) to pull something big that will offset the price tag. The autographs can be big, of course, but the Mosaic parallels and silvers can be equally valuable if you hit a nice rookie in a low-numbered parallel form. 

Why Mosaic Football 2023 could be special

Let’s not bury the lead here.

At the time of writing this, Mosaic 2023 is the only confirmed opti-chrome release from Panini and Panini and Fanatics are going back and forth with the NFLPA dispute. 

For products like Optic, Select and Prizm, which all tend to fall late in the year, there’s no guarantee that we will get those products for 2023 if Fanatics does go through with snatching away the NFLPA license. 

If that’s the case, Mosaic could become the only opti-chrome product of the year for this entire rookie class, and that would instantly make it 10x more desirable than it is right now.

That said, this is all speculation. Don’t overreact – just bear this possibility in mind. 

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Unpacking the 2023 Mosaic Football set 

Note: Because of the ongoing NFLPA situation, we don’t have as many set details as we’re used to at this point. That said, after putting together the info floating around from various sources, here’s what we expect.

Mosaic is one of the best-looking products we’ve seen for 2023 (and, to be fair, it always looks good). Here are some of the cards you can expect to see.

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Parallels and Inserts

This year’s Mosaic has the same numbering system with slightly different colors. 

  • Silver
  • Mosaic Red
  • Mosaic Blue 
  • Mosaic Purple 
  • Mosaic White 
  • Mosaic Tesselation 
  • Mosaic Gold 
  • Mosiac Black 

Hobby inserts include Men of Mastery, Splash, Straight Fire and Swagger.

Possible autograph sets could include  In-Focus Signatures, Rookie Autographs and Showtime Signatures.

Should you invest in Mosaic Football?

For the sake of this segment, we’re going to assume Panini makes it through the year doing business as unusual with a wide variety of NFL offerings. That’s a lot more easy to predict than any alternative.

With that said, here’s the question: Is the 2023 Mosaic Football Collection worth the dice roll? 

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Investing in a sealed box of 2

Is it a good hold as a sealed product? 

Here’s the value of the last few years based on recent sales (9/8/23)

  • 2023: $450
  • 2022: $425
  • 2021: $420
  • 2020: $875

2020 is the first year of Mosaic and also the most expensive, but that value is propped up by Hurts, Burrow, Allen and Tua rookies. 

Typically 2022 is the lowest-priced box, too, largely because the weaker rookie class. (This makes me think that 2021 Mosaic, with Trevor Lawrence rookies, might be the best investment on the list).

So, as usual, the cost of the box basically boils down to how this rookie class works out. I’d guess that the 2023 class is closest to the 2021 class — better than 2022 and worse than 2023 – and if that’s the case, you can probably grab some mosaic boxes for less than $450 after the price settles a bit. 

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Investing in Mosaic Football singles

In the case of Luminance, there are limited singles that warrant long-term investment and, again, so much of this depends on how the NFLPA situation settles. 

If you’re looking to invest in singles, the best cards would be numbered mosaic parallels and rookie autographs. If you can buy raw and get them graded, bonus points for that.

If the other opt-ichrome products release this year, Mosaic has a fairly low ceiling of potential. But if not, these could ultimately be some of the biggest chase cards on the market. 

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Bottom line: Rip, Hold or Pass?

Mosaic Football is a middle-of-the-road brand with the potential to be more than that if it becomes the defacto optichrome product of 2023. It won’t be a terrible hold, even at release price, but it could be a great one.

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

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Full 2023 Mosaic Football checklist

See a full checklist of 2023 Mosaic Football checklist, fully searchable and customizable:

2023 Mosaic Football

wdt_ID Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards
1 Audible Mosaic Daniel Jones New York Giants QB 1
2 Audible Mosaic Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks QB 2
3 Audible Mosaic Brock Purdy San Francisco 49ers QB 3
4 Audible Mosaic Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB 4
5 Audible Mosaic Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB 5
6 Audible Mosaic Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 6
7 Audible Mosaic Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons QB 7
8 Audible Mosaic Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB 8
9 Audible Mosaic Patrick Mahomes II Kansas City Chiefs QB 9
10 Audible Mosaic Russell Wilson Denver Broncos QB 10
11 Audible Mosaic Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 11
12 Audible Mosaic Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers QB 12
13 Audible Mosaic Deshaun Watson Cleveland Browns QB 13
14 Audible Mosaic Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB 14
15 Audible Mosaic Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB 15
16 Audible Mosaic Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB 16
17 Audible Mosaic Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB 17
18 Audible Mosaic Jordan Love Green Bay Packers QB 18
19 Audible Mosaic Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB 19
20 Audible Mosaic Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings RB 20
21 Audible Mosaic Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans RB 21
22 Audible Mosaic Austin Ekeler Los Angeles Chargers RB 22
23 Audible Mosaic Tyler Allgeier Atlanta Falcons RB 23
24 Audible Mosaic Josh Jacobs Las Vegas Raiders RB 24
25 Audible Mosaic Saquon Barkley New York Giants RB 25
26 Audible Mosaic Black Daniel Jones New York Giants QB 1 1
27 Audible Mosaic Black Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks QB 2 1
28 Audible Mosaic Black Brock Purdy San Francisco 49ers QB 3 1
29 Audible Mosaic Black Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB 4 1
30 Audible Mosaic Black Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB 5 1
31 Audible Mosaic Black Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 6 1
32 Audible Mosaic Black Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons QB 7 1
33 Audible Mosaic Black Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB 8 1
34 Audible Mosaic Black Patrick Mahomes II Kansas City Chiefs QB 9 1
35 Audible Mosaic Black Russell Wilson Denver Broncos QB 10 1
36 Audible Mosaic Black Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 11 1
37 Audible Mosaic Black Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers QB 12 1
38 Audible Mosaic Black Deshaun Watson Cleveland Browns QB 13 1
39 Audible Mosaic Black Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB 14 1
40 Audible Mosaic Black Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB 15 1
41 Audible Mosaic Black Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB 16 1
42 Audible Mosaic Black Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB 17 1
43 Audible Mosaic Black Jordan Love Green Bay Packers QB 18 1
44 Audible Mosaic Black Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB 19 1
45 Audible Mosaic Black Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings RB 20 1
46 Audible Mosaic Black Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans RB 21 1
47 Audible Mosaic Black Austin Ekeler Los Angeles Chargers RB 22 1
48 Audible Mosaic Black Tyler Allgeier Atlanta Falcons RB 23 1
49 Audible Mosaic Black Josh Jacobs Las Vegas Raiders RB 24 1
50 Audible Mosaic Black Saquon Barkley New York Giants RB 25 1
51 Audible Mosaic Blue Daniel Jones New York Giants QB 1 99
52 Audible Mosaic Blue Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks QB 2 99
53 Audible Mosaic Blue Brock Purdy San Francisco 49ers QB 3 99
54 Audible Mosaic Blue Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB 4 99
55 Audible Mosaic Blue Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB 5 99
56 Audible Mosaic Blue Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 6 99
57 Audible Mosaic Blue Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons QB 7 99
58 Audible Mosaic Blue Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB 8 99
59 Audible Mosaic Blue Patrick Mahomes II Kansas City Chiefs QB 9 99
60 Audible Mosaic Blue Russell Wilson Denver Broncos QB 10 99
61 Audible Mosaic Blue Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 11 99
62 Audible Mosaic Blue Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers QB 12 99
63 Audible Mosaic Blue Deshaun Watson Cleveland Browns QB 13 99
64 Audible Mosaic Blue Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB 14 99
65 Audible Mosaic Blue Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB 15 99
66 Audible Mosaic Blue Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB 16 99
67 Audible Mosaic Blue Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB 17 99
68 Audible Mosaic Blue Jordan Love Green Bay Packers QB 18 99
69 Audible Mosaic Blue Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB 19 99
70 Audible Mosaic Blue Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings RB 20 99
71 Audible Mosaic Blue Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans RB 21 99
72 Audible Mosaic Blue Austin Ekeler Los Angeles Chargers RB 22 99
73 Audible Mosaic Blue Tyler Allgeier Atlanta Falcons RB 23 99
74 Audible Mosaic Blue Josh Jacobs Las Vegas Raiders RB 24 99
75 Audible Mosaic Blue Saquon Barkley New York Giants RB 25 99
76 Audible Mosaic Gold Daniel Jones New York Giants QB 1 10
77 Audible Mosaic Gold Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks QB 2 10
78 Audible Mosaic Gold Brock Purdy San Francisco 49ers QB 3 10
79 Audible Mosaic Gold Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams QB 4 10
80 Audible Mosaic Gold Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals QB 5 10
81 Audible Mosaic Gold Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys QB 6 10
82 Audible Mosaic Gold Desmond Ridder Atlanta Falcons QB 7 10
83 Audible Mosaic Gold Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers QB 8 10
84 Audible Mosaic Gold Patrick Mahomes II Kansas City Chiefs QB 9 10
85 Audible Mosaic Gold Russell Wilson Denver Broncos QB 10 10
86 Audible Mosaic Gold Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars QB 11 10
87 Audible Mosaic Gold Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers QB 12 10
88 Audible Mosaic Gold Deshaun Watson Cleveland Browns QB 13 10
89 Audible Mosaic Gold Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals QB 14 10
90 Audible Mosaic Gold Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens QB 15 10
91 Audible Mosaic Gold Justin Fields Chicago Bears QB 16 10
92 Audible Mosaic Gold Jared Goff Detroit Lions QB 17 10
93 Audible Mosaic Gold Jordan Love Green Bay Packers QB 18 10
94 Audible Mosaic Gold Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB 19 10
95 Audible Mosaic Gold Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings RB 20 10
96 Audible Mosaic Gold Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans RB 21 10
97 Audible Mosaic Gold Austin Ekeler Los Angeles Chargers RB 22 10
98 Audible Mosaic Gold Tyler Allgeier Atlanta Falcons RB 23 10
99 Audible Mosaic Gold Josh Jacobs Las Vegas Raiders RB 24 10
100 Audible Mosaic Gold Saquon Barkley New York Giants RB 25 10
Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards
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