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The Best Sports Card Releases In October: Investing Advice And Products To Pass On

October is a pretty slow month for sports cards. But, while we don’t have a lot of high-profile releases, we do have a decent amount of sports represented. Here’s a look at the top cards from the month.

As always, here are the CardLines picks for cards to watch in October 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: 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).

Also, note that at this point there appears to be no pause from Panini in their release schedule despite losing its license early from the NFLPA.

Noteworthy sports card releases for October

2023 Panini Black Football (10/04)

Panini Black is a high-end product with pretty low demand. The boxes cost $450 but only have 5 cards, including 1 RPA, 1 more auto, 1 memorabilia, and a base and parallel. While this product has never had a huge fan base, it does have some sharp-looking cards and autographs.

Some of the dark-themed inserts include Vanta, White Night, and ForceField and the autograph setlist includes Midnight Signatures, Capstones, Smoke Show Signatures, Spotlight Signatures, and Shadow Ink.

Shop for boxes of 2023 Panini Black Football on eBay

2023 Panini Prizm WNBA Basketball (10/04)

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.

Shop for 2023 Panini Prizm WNBA Boxes on eBay

2023 Panini Gold Standard Football (10/11)

Pre-ordering for $500, Gold Standard will be the most expensive 2023 Football box to release thus far at the time of its release. It’s also probably the riskiest. Each box contains 1 pack of 7 cards, with 5 autograph or memorabilia cards and 2 base/parallels.

Many of the classics are back for this release: Gold Jacket Signatures, 24K Autographs, 10K Autographs, and more. 

As far as new cards go, we’ll have inserts Alchemist Autographs and Midas Touch, a signature checklist, and there’s also a new Citrine parallel for both rookie and base cards. 

Shop for 2023 Gold Standard boxes on eBay

2023 Bowman Chrome University Football (10/13)

Bowman Chrome University Football brings the 1st Bowman card to another exciting lineup of college stars, plus autographs of some popular college players.

These boxes are pre-ordering for just about $110, and each box comes with 24 packs of 4 cards, so there are a lot of chances here to pull something nice. On top of 2 prospect autographs, look for 4 refractors and 1 shimmer refractor.

The prospect set here is headlined by Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Shadeur Sanders, Marvin Harrison Jr., and more. This year, the Big Kahuna is no longer the rarest chase card. Now there’s a new Saturday Superstars SSP to hunt for, and it’s limited to just 200.

Shop for 2023 Bowman Chrome University Football boxes on eBay

2023 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Hobby & Jumbo (10/18)

Pro-Debut is baseball is a very low-cost, autograph-heavy product for collectors who want a chance to get their hands on an autograph of some of the future stars in the MLB.

The hobby box costs $68 and includes 4 autographs and the HTA jumbo box costs $99 and has 6 packs of 24 cards and has three autographs (at least, according to pre-release notes, but if you’re thinking that feels backward, so do we). 

Either way, the minor league product has a few cards that could carry some major league value eventually. 

Shop for 2023 Topps Pro Debut Baseball boxes on eBay

2023 Topps Stadium Club Baseball (10/18)

Stadium Club baseball is never the most expensive baseball product, but it is always one of the best-looking ones. With an emphasis on full-bleed photography, the 2023 Stadium Club Baseball checklist is all about clean looks and nice images.

Boxes are just $110 as a pre-order, so they’re also pretty affordable. You get 16 packs of 8 cards in a box. You also will find 2 autographs and 1 chrome insert in each box, too. The biggest new update to this product is the purple parallel, which is numbered to just 75.

Shop for boxes of 2023 Topps Stadium Club Baseball on eBay

2022/23 Panini Flux Basketball (10/23)

Panini Flux is a weird mid-tier brand that nobody gets truly excited for, but Panini is bringing it back once again because… why not?

It’s $250 for a box that contains 1 autograph mixed in with 20 inserts or parallels. Per the release notes, those parallels include Red, Blue (#’d/99), Supernova (#’d/75), Sunrise, Moonlight, Solar Eclipse (#’d/49), Lunar Eclipse (#’d/25), Gold (#’d/10), Green (#’d/5) and the Gold Vinyl One-of-One.

Per my notes, I had no idea there was a solar theme here but apparently, it’s a thing. Either way, I’d avoid this one.  It will almost be next season by the time this one drops.

Shop for 2023 Panini Flux Basketball boxes on eBay

2023 Panini Chronicles Racing (10/27)

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 tires, firesuits, and sheet metal in the cards. While that might not add more value, it’s still a nice touch!

Shop for 2023 Panini Chronicles Racing boxes on eBay

What are you looking forward to ripping or holding? 

There are some big releases dropping in October and we’ve got our eye on several. Let us know what you’re most excited about on Twitter @card_lines, and subscribe to our free newsletter right here.

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Other releases in October 2023

Check out these other releases scheduled to drop in October.

Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes is the co-founder of Solaro Shades, an Amazon #1 Bestselling novelist, and a lifelong sports card collector. His nonfiction work has been featured in Forbes, Inc., MarketWatch and more. At CardLines, Jesse’s specialties are basketball and football cards, not to mention making informative video and Instagram content.
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