When it comes to collecting football cards, it’d be an understatement to say you have plenty of options to choose from. So in order to figure out what the best football packs to buy in 2021 are, you have to figure out what you’re looking for as collectors. Searching for a low-cost set where you can load up on multiple packs on the cheap? Or maybe the price you pay for a pack isn’t that big of a deal as long as you have a chance to feel the rush of hitting those high-end cards that can be worth thousands upon thousands of dollars. Or you could be somewhere in between. That’s why we’ll go ahead and take a minute to review our top pick from the low, medium, and high price ranges. Let’s get started!
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Best Football Card Packs To Buy 2021
2021 Panini Gold Standard (Check Price)
Considering you only get ONE PACK per hobby box with Panini Gold Standard they pretty much go hand in hand. However, that one pack comes with 7 cards that are all going to be FIRE. Your chances of getting a big hit here are much higher than your standard pack of cards. For more than $600 a pack, they better be!
2021 Panini Certified (Check Price)
While costing FAR less than a pack of Gold Standard, the brand new Certified collection still offers plenty of BIG VALUE cards. There are 5 cards in each pack and hobby boxes include 10 packs total. Look for 2 autographs and 2 patch cards on average per hobby box.
2021 Panini Prizm Draft (Check Price)
A pack that features Trevor Lawrence on the cover shouldn’t scare you! We say that in jest but also happen to believe there are MUCH brighter days in Trev’s future. At any rate, there is plenty of amazing talent that came out of the 2021 NFL Draft inside these packs. Now that the boxes featuring the rookies in their NFL uniforms have arrived this one might not get as much attention so if you can pick up a pack on the cheap don’t hesitate to grab one . Sure there are other 2021 prospect collections available but none like this. A no-brainer for our Best Football Card Packs To Buy 2021 list.
Best Football Card Packs To Buy 2021 Honorable Mention: 2021 Panini Black
There just isn’t quite enough room for two guilty pleasure packs on our list. With Gold standard being featured above, Panini Black is going to have to play second fiddle. Both collections are great for high end investors who are looking to make that big score. Heck, with only 5 cards per pack and packs/boxes (they are the same because there is only 1 pack per box!) costing more than $500, Panini Black may even coast you more than Gold Standard.
While Panini Black will cost you a pretty penny, it could very well be worth it. Each pack contains 1rookie patch autograph, 1 additional autograph, 1 memorabilia card, and 1 parallel. Anytime you get a pack with only one base card you know you’re playing with the big boys! At any rate, a fine collection but we prefer the design and pack standard of the Gold Standard collection just a tad more.
Best Football Card Packs To Buy 2020
2020 Panini Prizm Football (Check Price)
When it comes to the high-end sets, nobody does it better than Panini Prizm. This amazing collection consistently delivers a massive base set that covers all of the game’s best veterans and rookies alike. On top of that, you’ll get a chance to pull some of those rare Prizms or autographed cards. Find the right player on one of those cards and you could suddenly be holding something in your hand that can cover a down payment on your new home!
As far as pricing goes, what you’ll need to pay per pack depends on what kind you get. However, to get a good idea of what we’re looking at, a hobby box with 12 packs per box and 12 cards per pack typically runs somewhere around $1,500.
2020 Mosaic Football (Check Price)
While not as popular or as valuable as Prizm, Mosaic has entrenched itself as a solid moderately valued (and priced) collection of cards. Just like Prizm, Mosaic has an extensive base set with many different parallels and autographed cards. In addition to those, Mosaic also has a variety of unique inserts to help break up the monotony of seeing the same style of card pack in and pack out.
When it comes to how much you’ll need to pull out of the wallet, you can count on a box being somewhere around $900. The Mosaic collection has a slightly different pack structure than Prizm as there are 15 cards in each pack but only 10 packs in a box.
2020 Donruss Football (Check Price)
Now we arrive at a set that casual collectors should enjoy. Not to be confused with the much fancier (and much more expensive Donruss Optic set), the regular Donruss Football set makes up for the lack of insanely valuable cards with sheer affordability. Unlike the last two boxes that’ll run you close to $1,000 or even higher, Donruss is priced as less than $400 for a hobby box. On top of the affordable price, you also get MORE CARDS! That’s right there are 18 cards per pack (those that come out of hobby boxes) which is quite a bit more than both Mosaic or Panini Prizm.
2020 Panini Select (Check Price)
Panini Select is quietly making a run at Prizm for the top spot in the brand’s football lineup. Just like Prizm, it’s absolutely loaded with high-end cards so you’ll have plenty to look out for while ripping open your packs. Keep an eye out for that /5 Joe Burrow above!
Pricing is a bit different as you’re getting way fewer cards per box with only 12 packs per box and 5 cards per pack. However, the appeal here is what you can expect to find in each box. In general, it appears you’re chances of a “big hit” are greater with Select than Prizm even though there are fewer cards. Something reflected in the higher price as this one costs somewhere around $1,900 per hobby box.
2020 Panini Contenders (Check Price)
If you’re a fan of variety this is the football card pack you need to be honed in on. Fan of on-card memorabilia? No problem! This collection has an extensive checklist of patchwork of both rookies and veterans. What about rookie cards? The list of available “Rookie Ticket” cards from this set is practically endless. And let’s not forget about all those sweet autographs and inserts. As far as prices go these are only slightly more expensive than the Donruss packs we mentioned earlier and will run you around $500 for a 108 card Hobby Box.
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Best Football Card Packs To Buy 2021: Top Cards
2021 Panini Gold Standard Mac Jones Triple Patch Auto (Check Price)
You’ll get one, not two, but a whopping THREE patches with this Mac Jones rookie card. And with 99 of them to go around, it won’t be long before you have the opportunity to buy one. Or perhaps even tear one out of a pack! either way, this is a great card to own if you think Mac has what it takes to lead the Patriots back to the promised land.
2021 Panini Prizm Draft Orange Pulsar Trevor Lawrence (Check Price)
The collection hasn’t been on the shelves for too long so many of the top cards have yet to be pulled and/or sold. However, one that we have our eye on is the incredible Orange Pulsar. The card features Trevor rolling out of the pocket looking for a target downfield. The eye-popping orange scheme blends well with Lawrence’s Tiger uniform and seems to screams MUST-OWN. Especially for Clemson fans. At any rate, the card has a print run of just 49 and comes with Trevor Lawrence’s autograph. If you’re lucky enough to find one for sale it deserves your serious consideration.
2021 Panini Certified Justin Fields New Generation (Check Price)
It’s only a matter of time before Fields takes the helms in Chicago and when that happens….WATCH OUT. The talent can’t be denied and the moderately priced /199 card above makes for an easy entry for anyone not looking to shell out big bucks.
Best Football Card Packs To Buy 2020: Top Cards
2020 Panini Prizm Color Blast Justin Herbert (Check Price)
A super-sick card that’s full of color (as the name indicates) and features putting his pocket presence to good use. It’s an SSP, so there aren’t many made but it’s not crazy rare like a /10 Gold Prizm. So maybe, just maybe you’ll pull one of these bad boys out of your pack! Good luck!
2020 Mosaic NFL Debut Genesis Joe Burrow (Check Price)
The NFL Debut cards from the 2020 Mosaic collection have become quite popular. Especially with the quarterback class, we had entered the league last year. And if not for an untimely injury, would everybody be talking about Burrow instead of Hebert going into 2021? These aren’t so rare that they’re completely out of reach and will certainly have no problem appreciating in value of Burrow bounces back from the injury.
2020 Donruss Football Tua Gold Press Proof (Check Price)
As you rip open those affordably priced packs of 2020 Donruss Football, be on the look for the Gold Press Proof parallels. Especially the one with Tua on it. There are only 50 of these so if you happen to come across one you’ll have a card on your hands that’s well worth what you paid for the pack of cards.
2020 Panini Select Tom Brady Gold (Check Price)
If 2020 was Brady’s last Super Bowl, you’ll want a card to commemorate that age-defying feat. And what better way than a Gold parallel Tom Brady card from 2020 Panini Select? There are a few different options that come in gold and all of them will make for sound investments going forward. The one shown above is the “Club Level” variety which holds a value of somewhere around $2,000. Additionally, look for the GOLD SSP, Hot Stars insert, and the gold base card.
2020 Panini Contenders Tua/Burrow (Check Price)
Who could say no to a card that features not one but TWO of the most exciting rookies from 2021? Not us. If you’re really looking to go all-out search for one of the rare autographed versions. Meanwhile, many of the non-autos are available for less than $20.