How Does 2022-23 Panini Obsidian Soccer Value Stand Up Against Other Products?

July 14, 2023

Italian card giants Panini return with another edition of their Panini Obsidian Soccer cards, and we are on hand to review the 2022-223 Panini Obsidian Soccer set to make sure that the latest release lives up to the billing.

This is the fourth Obsidian Soccer release in the series with the latest edition coming complete with four hits, one parallel and one insert.

This well-loved collector favorite was created in extreme heat that accurately portrays the passion of the game. There are twelve separate hit picks in the latest Panini Obsidian Soccer checklist with Lightning Strike and Volcanic Signatures highlighting two of the three autograph sets.

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What’s in 2022-23 Panini Obsidian Soccer?

Containing 200 cards and over 40 teams, the base set for 2022/23 Panini Obsidian Soccer is restricted to 115 copies at its main level. This black Optichrome card series retains the same seven-card Hobby output as before.

The set covers top domestic league clubs as well as national teams from across the world. This means that you can expect to find players from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich plus Germany and the United States.

The pack also includes the whole of the English Premier League.

With 2022-23 Panini Obsidian Soccer, you will be able to collect players from such clubs as FC Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool FC, plus many more. Also collect all players from all 20 Premier League Teams of the 2022/23 season, including Chelsea FC, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Signature cards include former Barcelona and Brazil star Ronaldo, Sam Greenwood of Leeds and Manchester City phenom Erling Haaland. USMNT captain Tyler Adams is another player repping Leeds in the pack, along with Lionel Messi and Chelsea pair Mykhaylo Mudryk and Christian Pulisic, another USA international.

The insert roster is led by the SP Black Color Blast. On average, find one insert per box, including the die-cut Vitreous, Supernova, Equinox and Tunnel Vision. Also, keep an eye out for four die-cut insert sets including Equinox, Vitreous, Supernova and Tunnel Vision.

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2022/23 Panini Obsidian Soccer pros

Panini Obsidian Soccer 2022/23 has a scheduled release date of August 2, 2023.

Per the info on the box, you will receive seven cards, four of which are guaranteed to be either an autograph or a relic. New parallels included in this year’s release are Electric Etch Purple Flood (#/25) and Electric Etch Gold Flood (#/10). In addition, players can also expect to find one Contra (#/9) parallel per case.

Because of its smaller size, you won’t be stuck with a collection of base cards that are just taking up space and cluttering things up which is one of the reasons for this product’s popularity. Another popular favorite about this product is the card art which has been lovingly inspired by volcanic glass.

Panini Obsidian 2023 Soccer cons

It’s hard to ignore that one of the biggest problems with this product is the price. Currently, a high-quality hobby box like this retails for around $600 which means that if the autos are no good, you won’t be getting your money back anytime soon.

Another unpopular thing about these cards is that because soccer is not a top-followed sport in the United States, the majority of these boxes are shipped from overseas so there is the potential for higher shipping charges. The upshot is that even those these are very high-quality cards, the market value isn’t where would be with other collectible sports cards.

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2022/23 Panini Obsidian Soccer release formats

The only release format for these cards is the good old-fashioned hobby box which this year comes in a shade of burgundy.

  • Cards per pack: Hobby – 7
  • Packs per box: Hobby – 1
  • Boxes per case: Hobby – 12
  • Set size: 200 cards
  • What to expect in a hobby box:
  • Autographs or Memorabilia Cards – 4 Total
  • Inserts – 1
  • Parallels – 1
  • Base Cards – 1

Panini Obsidian 2022-23 product breakdown

BASE: 2022/23 Obsidian contains 40+ teams. Find all of them represented in the 200-card base set. Look out for parallels across the rainbow, including new floods.

  • Base (#’d/115)
  • Base Electric Etch Orange (#’d/40)
  • Base Electric Etch Purple Flood (#’d/25)
  • Base Electric Etch Blue (#’d/20)
  • Base Electric Etch Neon Blue Flood (#’d/12)
  • Base Electric Etch Neon Gold Flood (#’d/10)
  • Base Electric Etch Green (#’d/5)
  • Base Electric Etch Neon Green Flood (#’d/3)
  • Base Electric Etch Blue Finite (#’d/1)
  • Base Electric Etch Contra (#’d/9)

EQUINOX: Look out for four die-cut inserts sets including Equinox, Vitreous, Supernova & Tunnel Vision.

  • Base (#’d/115)
  • Base Electric Etch Orange (#’d/99)
  • Base Electric Etch Purple (#’d/30)
  • Base Electric Etch Blue (#’d/20)
  • Base Electric Etch Yellow (#’d/10)
  • Base Electric Etch Green (#’d/5)
  • Base Electric Etch Blue Finite (#’d/1)
  • Base Electric Etch Contra (#’d/9)

Volcanic Materials Signatures

Collectibles include 4 autograph + memorabilia sets: Jersey Autographs, Dual Jersey Ink, Matrix Material Autographs and Volcanic Materials Signatures.

  • Base (Max #’d/199)
  • Base Electric Etch Orange (Max #’d/75)
  • Base Electric Etch Purple (Max #’d/50)
  • Base Electric Etch Red (Max #’d/25)
  • Base Electric Etch Yellow (Max #’d/10)
  • Base Electric Etch Green (Max #’d/5)
  • Base Electric Etch Blue Finite (Max #’d/1)

Volcanic Signatures/Lightning Strike/Volcanic Gear

Look out for plenty of autographs and memorabilia in 2022-23 Obsidian Soccer. Open 12 different autograph and/or memorabilia card sets.

  • 7 Cards per Box
  • Boxes pre-sell for around $500 each.

2022/23 Panini Obsidian Soccer base set

The base set consists of 100 cards. However, each set is limited to 195 copies.

The base set checklist has not been released yet. It will be added here when it is available.

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Panini Obsidian Soccer value

Obsidian boxes can be very expensive but are they worth the money? Here’s what we found out.


2019/20 Hobby Box $600
2020/21 Hobby Box $579
2021/22 Hobby Box $525.95

There is little doubt that the price of the product, which is unlike to drop anytime soon, is putting off the soccer card-collecting community. Lovely as they are, better value can be found elsewhere.


2019/20 Erling Haaland Color blast (PSA 10) $4,000
2019/20 David Beckham Auto /10 (PSA 9)$2,024
2020/21 Gianluigi Buffon Jersey relic /75$17
2020/21 Luis Diaz Electric Etch Green Prizm /25$500
2021/22 Cristiano Ronaldo $150,000

The singles market for Obsidian cards isn’t actually that bad. As with most of these kinds of products, most of the cards are pretty worthless. Don’t be expecting to catch any life-changing autos anytime soon.

However, you can still hit some superb cards. The autos can be useful so long as they are superstar names as the number is limited.

On top of all this, the color blasts are always a good value. In particular, the Cristiano Ronaldo color blast looks amazing. Why not take a look and see how much they are going for on eBay?

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Final word on 2022/23 Panini Obsidian Soccer

In summary, the 2022/23 Panini Obsidian Soccer product looks as though it is going to be an excellent addition to the series. It’s jam-packed with autographs and relics, and the lower card count in each box means that you don’t have to waste your time and space with worthless cards.

This is a brilliant product for soccer fans all around the world even if it does come with a comparatively high price tag. Be warned, however, that while there are plenty of cards in this product that will get you your money back and more, if just one of your card hits from this box ends up being garbage, it could be hard to get your money back let alone flip it and make a profit.

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