At Least Eight Big Sports Card Releases Are Coming In August: What Should You Invest In?
August isn’t a huge month for new releases, but 2023 licensed NFL football is set to arrive, along with some MLB, NASCAR and soccer products to watch.
As always, here are the CardLines picks for cards to watch in August 2023. And, also as always, a feature on this list doesn’t mean it’s a must-buy. We’re sharing honest thoughts on all products. Some of these brands might be included out of caution, so read the short summary with each.
Also, please note: that the release schedules are very fluid and move frequently. These dates are not guaranteed (and with so many releases tentatively scheduled for July, it’s a safe bet many of these will not be released this month).
Noteworthy Sports Card Releases for August
2023 Panini Score Football (08/02)
Score is a collector favorite for those who like to unwrap a lot of cards without paying a premium. Each $225 box comes with 10 packs of 40 cards each (yes, you read that right), 4 autographs, and one die-cut card per case. This is scheduled to be the First Officially Licensed NFL product of 2022.
That does not mean the players will be in their NFL jerseys on all the cards – just the team names and logos will appear on the card. Interestingly enough, 2023 Score is launching for more than 2022. It makes sense – the 2022 rookie class was weak – but Panini is already openly acknowledging this.
2022 Panini National Treasures Football (08/09)
National Treasures is typically a late-season release, so a mid-summer drop for the popular high-end product isn’t too out of the ordinary (it takes a very long time to make 8-card boxes, of course). Each box is pre-ordering for $3,300 and contains 6 autographs or memorabilia cards, 1 base/insert, and 1 parallel.
It’s a big dice roll, but it’s also a pretty low asking price for 2022 National Treasures — the 2020 box is selling for about $9,000 at the time of writing this, so do with that as you will.
But, interestingly enough, this box launched as a pre-order at just $2,400, so you could have profited quite a bit just by buying them when they were announced deeper into the offseason.
2023/24 Upper Deck MVP Hockey (08/09)
Upper Deck MVP Hockey is bringing a lot of packs and cards to the hockey market. These boxes, which don’t have a pre-order price yet, contain 20 packs of 8 cards per pack. Each box contains a “rare hit,” but we don’t know that it’s sure to be an autograph.
And while there’s no price yet, we know this is not a big-ticket product. Prices will probably be around $50 per box – it’s more about building fun collections than hitting big-baller cards.
2022/23 Panini Mosaic Basketball (08/11)
Mosaic is the stepbrother of Panini’s opti-chrome Big 3 which includes Select, Optic and Prizm. It debuted in 2019-20, at least as a standalone basketball product (It was “Prizm Mosaic” before then) and has been a consistent release ever since. It’s not a bad product – just a very unnecessary one.
2022-23 keeps the winning playbook rolling. It has 10 packs of 15 cards per pack for $400.
Each box contains 2 autographs, 20 mosaic parallels, and 20 inserts. The biggest changes for this year is the addition of Pictographs Mosaic and Collage Mosaic. You can find them in Hobby-Exclusive Blue (#’d/49 or less), Gold (#’d/10), and Black (One-of-One) Parallels!
2023 Panini Chronicles Racing (08/15)
Chronicles Racing returns in 2023, featuring top drivers and diverse substrates like C2S, opti-chrome and PETG.
The product includes unique memorabilia swatches and autographs from NASCAR stars, veterans, and rising prospects. Each box is pre-ordering for $120 and contains 3 autographs and 1 memorabilia card on average, making it a highly sought-after addition for collectors and racing enthusiasts.
The memorabilia is fun in this product: you can find swatches of tire, firesuit, and sheet metal in the cards. While that might not add more value, it’s still a nice touch!
2023 Panini Donruss Elite Football (08/30)
Elite has been around for over a decade, but that hasn’t made it necessarily as collectible as you’d think. While it might be Donruss “Elite,” the vast majority of collectors would still prefer standard Donruss and its Rated Rookies.
Elite has a $275 price tag for 20 packs per box with 5 cards per pack, and you can expect to pull 2 autos, 1 memorabilia card, 3 rookies, 6 parallels, and 11 inserts among the 100 cards.
Limiting the number of rookies per box seems like a good idea because of scarcity, but Elite did the same thing last year and most of the rookies didn’t retain much value (probably because they’re in their college uniforms).
The biggest additions here are a new case hit: MVPBound featuring Patrick Lavon Mahomes II and LombardiBound featuring Peyton Williams Manning, as well as the return of GOATBound, this year featuring the original goat, Joseph Clifford Montana, Jr. I don’t get the middle name thing, but it’s on the cards. So… enjoy?
2022 Panini Encased Football (08/30)
Feeling Risky? Encased is the product for you. Each $650 box contains 5 cards: 1 encased autograph, 1 additional auto, 2 memorabilia cards, and a base/parallel.
At over $100/card, you better hope that you hit a good rookie autograph, which will be difficult considering there aren’t any good rookies. (Okay, joking aside, none of the 2022 rookies save maybe Pickett seems poised to hold any long-term value). True to the name, one of the autos comes encased in a one-touch holder with a security sticker, but this feels a bit gimmicky.
How hard is it to have a one-touch on hand for big autos? Not very, which ironically also how interested I am in this product.
2023 Panini Prizm WNBA Basketball (8/30)
As the WNBA grows in popularity, so does the demand for the Prizm WNBA boxes. Don’t get it wrong – this product is only a fraction as popular as the NBA Prizm, but there is a devoted fanbase who loves ripping this stuff.
Whether they’re WNBA fans or girl-dads who love collecting and getting their daughters into the hobby, collectors are embracing the Prizm WNBA product. We don’t have a release price yet, but last year’s release clocks in at $200 and has the standard Prizm makeup: 12 packs of 12 cards. Look for 2 autographs, 24 prizms, and 10 inserts per box.
What are you looking forward to ripping or holding?
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