2022 PANINI ZENITH FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX
After a couple of years as an online-exclusive, a peak 1990s brand is back in the traditional hobby channels. 2022 Panini Zenith Football sticks with a high-end leaning configuration, while mixing some nostalgic brands and sets and delivering some of the season’s boldest designs.
Hobby boxes have six cards. Each has a pair of autographs including a rookie patch autograph.
2022 Panini Zenith Football Checklist Overview
The base set consists of 242 total cards. The first 200 cards break evenly between veterans and rookies with one of each per box. Set building or chasing specific cards isn’t going to be easy here.
Parallels take on an Artist Proof theme with four different levels: Silver (/50), Gold (/10), Emerald (/5) and Platinum (1/1).
Select cards also have autograph versions. Base autographs max out at 50 copies each for vets and 299 for rookies. Additional parallels for these come in Silver Artist Proof (/25 or less), Artist Proof Gold (/10 or less), Artist Proof Emerald (/5 or less) and Artist Proof Platinum (1/1).
Zenith’s Rookie Patch Autographs round out the main set. Base versions for these are numbered to 299 or less and have one swatch. Parallels not only drop the print runs, but add additional swatches. These include:
Copper – /50 or less (two swatches)
Silver – /25 or less (three swatches)
Gold – /10 or less (four swatches)
Platinum – 1/1 (five swatches)
2022 Panini Zenith Football Rookie Patch Autographs Kenny Pickett
Additional Autographs and Inserts
Rookies aren’t the only players with autographed memorabilia cards in 2022 Zenith Football. Z-Jersey Autographs (/149 or less) feature a mix of current stars. Copper (/50 or less), Silver (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less) and Platinum (1/1) parallels can also be found.
High Point Signatures (/199 or less) is another spot on the checklist for autographs. Instead of colors, parallels for these take on different background patterns: Spokes (/25 or less), Lightning (/10 or less) and Kaboom (1/1).
Tough Contenders Rookie Ticket RPS Preview Blue cards make the jump over. These were in Playoff Football in 2021.
One thing that’s apparent with Zenith’s inserts is that they collectively channel a 1990s vibe. That means big designs and lots of colors.
Although the Zenith line got its start at Pinnacle, Panini’s resurrected version has nods to another ’90s manufacturer that’s under its umbrella, Pacific. This is shown in a pair of insert sets, 1992 Pacific and Pacific Revolution.
1992 Pacific uses a similar layout as the Prism inserts found in that year’s flagship release. The Prism may not appear to be there, but to bring it into 2022, there are parallels: Silver, Gold (/10) and Touchdown (1/1).
Pacific Revolution cards draw inspiration from past sets. During its run from about two decades, it was one of Pacific’s boldest lines, which is saying a lot. Copper (/50), Silver (/25), Gold (/10) and Platinum (1/1) parallels are also in the mix.
Other inserts include Behind the Numbers, Class President, Thunder and Lightning, and Z-Stars.
For those hunting short print chase cards, Panini has added the Pro Bowl-focused Aloha.
2022 Panini Zenith Football cards at a glance:
Cards per pack: Hobby – 6
Packs per box: Hobby – 1
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12
Set size: 242 cards