An Overview Of 2023 Select Draft Picks Football [Checklist added]

August 15, 2023

It’s July, which means our first collegiate football products are beginning to hit the market. Select Draft Picks Football is the third we’ve seen from Panini so far in July, and it’s set to release on Friday, July 28th. 

It’s a pretty standard collegiate product, featuring players from the 2023 draft in their college team’s uniforms. There’s been a little confusion over whether a few of this year’s notable rookies — including Bryce Young and CJ Stroud — were going to be included.

In this article, I’ll cover everything we know about Young and Stroud’s status, as well as information on what’s inside, the best rookie autos, and how the collegiate products stack up against each other. 

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Select Draft Picks Football is brought back after last year’s debut

Select Draft Picks debuted last year as Panini looked to expand its offering of college-centric products. The checklist featured mostly rookies, but also offered some college throwback cards for notable vets and legends.

As we’ve seen in other Select products, the base set was split into two tiers — concourse and field level. It was a stylistically diverse product, with a fairly conservative base card design, but with some flashy color wheel and zebra print inserts too. 

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About Select Draft Picks 2023

It looks like Select will pretty much be running back to this exact same format again this year, with the two-tier base format and some colorful inserts and parallels. 

The rookie autos are the big chase of the hobby box. While they aren’t on-card autos, nor are they particularly scarce, they do have the luxury of being some of the first on the market. This should mean they sell at a slight premium, at least until more products come out later in the summer. 

The 45 card boxes will once again include 9 base parallels (3 of which are Prizm), 6 inserts, and 3 autos. 

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Will Bryce Young and CJ Stroud be on the checklist?

Over the past few seasons, Young and Stroud have emerged as the two clear standout QBs from this class. They now play for the Panthers and the Texans respectively, and they’ll be the two biggest names to chase this summer.

Initially, there was a lot of skepticism over whether these two would be included in Select Draft Picks. They were both left off the checklist for the FOTL boxes, which cast some doubt that they would be in the regular release product. Young and Stroud’s absence would drastically impact the Select DP’s value. 

Over the weekend, however, Panini updated the product description to mention Bryce Young and CJ Stroud as players included in their auto offerings. They also added mock-ups that featured both of them, including an auto for Stroud. 

So, barring something completely unexpected, Bryce and CJ will be included in the 2023 Select Draft Picks checklist. 

This is big news, as the early collegiate releases can be hit or miss when it comes to including star players – both Young and Stroud were missing from the Mosaic Draft Picks checklist that came out last week.

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Rookie autos in Select Draft Picks 2023 Football

Autos are the big chase in the hobby box, and Select offers 2 of them dedicated to rookies: Rookie Signatures and Youth Explosion Signatures. Here’s what we know about them so far

Rookie Signatures

Rookie Signatures is slated to be the more stylistically conventional of the two autos, with a full-body in-game image, a large and centered sticker auto, and two-tone neutrally colored background. 

This won’t be the most exciting CJ Stroud auto we see over this year, but it’s a pretty solid option considering the price. 

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Youth Explosion

Youth Explosion brings some more flair into their auto collection. While the player image and auto placement are similar to Rookie Signature, the card is set against an exploding tie-dye background.

This style is reminiscent of the color blast feature that has been wildly popular with cards like Kaboom! over the past few years and should cater to the collector who favors more colorful and creative cards. 

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2023 Select Draft Picks Hobby Box Info

The 2023 Select Draft Picks Hobby Box will be released on July 28th. Retail boxes have been listed as low as $135.

Here’s what each hobby box will contain:

  • 15 cards per pack
  • 3 packs per box
  • 12 boxes in a case

And here’s what Panini has released about the card breakdown inside:

  • 3 autos
  • 6 inserts
  • 9 base or base parallels (3 of which will be Prizms)

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How Select Draft Picks 2023 Football compares to other collegiate products

Normally this is the section where I’d take a look at how past versions of the hobby box are performing on the resale market, how it compares to this year’s price, and try to project if buying and holding wax was a good investment.

However, with the product being in only its second year, there isn’t enough historical data to predict how its value might change in the future. So, I figured this would be a good spot to compare Select to the other Draft Picks products on the market. 

Select Draft PicksMosaic Draft PicksChronicles Draft Picks
Inserts/ Memorobilia carsd9 parallels (3 silver prizms), 6 inserts8 inserts (2 silvers)6 holo cards, 12 optic cards, 2 spectra inserts, 1 relic
Most recent average hobby box
sale price on eBay

Obviously, there are a lot of similarities between these products, but a few differences stand out. Mosaic has one less auto, so if that’s important to you, Select and Chronicles are better options. 

Chronicles has a higher percentage of non-base cards, with its 12 optic inserts to go along with the hologram and relic cards. It’s also the only of the three to feature the ever-popular “rated rookie” cards

Select on the other hand is the only of the three that offers 3 silver Prizm inserts. That is, of course, another wildly popular card that can be a big pull for certain collectors. 

It’s also important to keep an eye out for the checklists to make sure that the player you’re looking for is included. As mentioned above, Mosaic doesn’t have Stroud or Young, and its checklist of rookie autos has historically been much smaller than the other two. 

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Bottomline of the 2023 Select Draft Picks Football

Select Draft Picks is back for its second year. It sticks to the classic Select two-tiered approach, with concourse and field-level base cards.

Each box guarantees 3 autos, and with the biggest names in the draft set to be featured in this year’s product, it should be a big hit among NFL collectors who don’t mind college jerseys.

Of course, a collegiate product is never going to offer a player’s most valuable cards, but luckily the price reflects that. Select Draft Picks is a great, cheap primer for any big-time NFL or college football fans who are looking to get in on a summertime NFL release.

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Full 2023 Select Draft Picks Football checklist

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wdt_ID Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards
1 Artistic Selections Tim Tebow Florida Gators QB 1
2 Artistic Selections Trevor Lawrence Clemson Tigers QB 2
3 Artistic Selections Justin Jefferson LSU Tigers WR 3
4 Artistic Selections Bryce Young Alabama Crimson Tide QB 4
5 Artistic Selections C.J. Stroud Ohio State Buckeyes QB 5
6 Artistic Selections Will Levis Kentucky Wildcats QB 6
7 Artistic Selections Anthony Richardson Florida Gators QB 7
8 Artistic Selections Jaxon Smith-Njigba Ohio State Buckeyes WR 9
9 Artistic Selections Jordan Addison USC Trojans WR 11
10 Artistic Selections Bijan Robinson Texas Longhorns RB 12
11 Base Concourse Bryce Young Alabama Crimson Tide QB 1
12 Base Concourse C.J. Stroud Ohio State Buckeyes QB 2
13 Base Concourse Will Levis Kentucky Wildcats QB 3
14 Base Concourse Anthony Richardson Florida Gators QB 4
15 Base Concourse Quentin Johnston TCU Horned Frogs WR 5
16 Base Concourse Jordan Addison USC Trojans WR 6
17 Base Concourse Jaxon Smith-Njigba Ohio State Buckeyes WR 7
18 Base Concourse Jalin Hyatt Tennessee Volunteers WR 8
19 Base Concourse Bijan Robinson Texas Longhorns RB 9
20 Base Concourse Jahmyr Gibbs Alabama Crimson Tide RB 10
21 Base Concourse Myles Murphy Clemson Tigers DE 11
22 Base Concourse Jalen Carter Georgia Bulldogs DT 12
23 Base Concourse Will Anderson Jr. Alabama Crimson Tide LB 13
24 Base Concourse Tyree Wilson Texas Tech Red Raiders DE 14
25 Base Concourse Christian Gonzalez Oregon Ducks CB 15
26 Base Concourse Josh Downs North Carolina Tar Heels WR 16
27 Base Concourse Zay Flowers Boston College Eagles WR 17
28 Base Concourse Dalton Kincaid Utah Utes TE 18
29 Base Concourse Luke Musgrave Oregon State Beavers TE 19
30 Base Concourse De'Von Achane Texas A&M Aggies RB 20
31 Base Concourse Cedric Tillman Tennessee Volunteers WR 21
32 Base Concourse Tanner McKee Stanford Cardinal QB 22
33 Base Concourse Xavier Hutchinson Iowa State Cyclones WR 23
34 Base Concourse Kenny McIntosh Georgia Bulldogs RB 24
35 Base Concourse Kelee Ringo Georgia Bulldogs CB 25
36 Base Concourse Patrick Mahomes II Texas Tech Red Raiders QB 26
37 Base Concourse Josh Allen Wyoming Cowboys QB 27
38 Base Concourse Shaun Alexander Alabama Crimson Tide RB 28
39 Base Concourse Joe Burrow LSU Tigers QB 29
40 Base Concourse Dak Prescott Mississippi State Bulldogs QB 30
41 Base Concourse Aaron Rodgers Cal Golden Bears QB 31
42 Base Concourse Jalen Hurts Oklahoma Sooners QB 32
43 Base Concourse Geno Smith West Virginia Mountaineers QB 33
44 Base Concourse Justin Herbert Oregon Ducks QB 34
45 Base Concourse Lamar Jackson Louisville Cardinals QB 35
46 Base Concourse Kyler Murray Oklahoma Sooners QB 36
47 Base Concourse Trevor Lawrence Clemson Tigers QB 37
48 Base Concourse Justin Fields Ohio State Buckeyes QB 38
49 Base Concourse Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Panthers QB 39
50 Base Concourse Miles Sanders Penn State Nittany Lions RB 40
51 Base Concourse Christian McCaffrey Stanford Cardinal RB 41
52 Base Concourse Kenneth Walker III Michigan State Spartans RB 42
53 Base Concourse Derrick Henry Alabama Crimson Tide RB 43
54 Base Concourse Travis Etienne Jr. Clemson Tigers RB 44
55 Base Concourse Nick Chubb Georgia Bulldogs RB 45
56 Base Concourse Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin Badgers RB 46
57 Base Concourse Saquon Barkley Penn State Nittany Lions RB 47
58 Base Concourse Dalvin Cook Florida State Seminoles RB 48
59 Base Concourse Jamaal Williams BYU Cougars RB 49
60 Base Concourse Jared Goff Cal Golden Bears QB 50
61 Base Concourse Tua Tagovailoa Alabama Crimson Tide QB 51
62 Base Concourse Justin Jefferson LSU Tigers WR 52
63 Base Concourse Davante Adams Fresno State Bulldogs WR 53
64 Base Concourse Stefon Diggs Maryland Terrapins WR 54
65 Base Concourse Ja'Marr Chase LSU Tigers WR 55
66 Base Concourse Michael Pittman Jr. USC Trojans WR 56
67 Base Concourse A.J. Brown Ole Miss Rebels WR 57
68 Base Concourse Tyler Lockett Kansas State Wildcats WR 58
69 Base Concourse Jaylen Waddle Alabama Crimson Tide WR 59
70 Base Concourse CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma Sooners WR 60
71 Base Concourse Chris Olave Ohio State Buckeyes WR 61
72 Base Concourse Christian Watson North Dakota State Bison WR 62
73 Base Concourse Garrett Wilson Ohio State Buckeyes WR 63
74 Base Concourse Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State Sun Devils WR 64
75 Base Concourse Drake London USC Trojans WR 65
76 Base Concourse Tee Higgins Clemson Tigers WR 66
77 Base Concourse George Pickens Georgia Bulldogs WR 67
78 Base Concourse Zach Thomas Texas Tech Red Raiders LB 68
79 Base Concourse Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington Eagles WR 69
80 Base Concourse Terry McLaurin Ohio State Buckeyes WR 70
81 Base Concourse Travis Kelce Cincinnati Bearcats TE 71
82 Base Concourse Mark Andrews Oklahoma Sooners TE 72
83 Base Concourse George Kittle Iowa Hawkeyes TE 73
84 Base Concourse Evan Engram Ole Miss Rebels TE 74
85 Base Concourse JuJu Smith-Schuster USC Trojans WR 75
86 Base Concourse Peyton Manning Tennessee Volunteers QB 76
87 Base Concourse Rob Gronkowski Arizona Wildcats TE 77
88 Base Concourse Ray Lewis Miami Hurricanes LB 78
89 Base Concourse Barry Sanders Oklahoma State Cowboys RB 79
90 Base Concourse Keyshawn Johnson USC Trojans WR 80
91 Base Concourse Lawrence Taylor North Carolina Tar Heels LB 81
92 Base Concourse Mike Alstott Purdue Boilermakers FB 82
93 Base Concourse Charles Woodson Michigan Wolverines CB 83
94 Base Concourse Michael Irvin Miami Hurricanes WR 84
95 Base Concourse Roger Staubach Navy Midshipmen QB 85
96 Base Concourse Dan Marino Pittsburgh Panthers QB 86
97 Base Concourse LaDainian Tomlinson TCU Horned Frogs RB 87
98 Base Concourse Terrell Davis Georgia Bulldogs RB 88
99 Base Concourse Drew Brees Purdue Boilermakers QB 89
100 Base Concourse Eddie George Ohio State Buckeyes RB 90
Set Player Team Position Card number Number of cards