Panini is an Italian company best known for producing a huge range of sports cards in a range of different sports including Soccer, NBA, and NFL.
Their sports cards are some of the hottest on the market – but which ones are worth the most money?
Here we are going to be taking a look at some of Panini’s most valuable and expensive sports cards to see if you could have any in your possession. So, let’s jump right in!
Luka Doncic Panini National Treasures (Autographed)
This card is a one-of-a-kind that was originally bought by a collector back in 2018 as part of the National Treasures 2018/19 premium set of cards specifically made for collectors.
If that doesn’t make it rare enough, it’s also autographed and it’s a rookie card plus it has the NBA logo.
All of this makes this card a super rare one – in fact, there is no other card like it. With this in mind, it’s very easy to see why this card sold for such a huge amount in 2021.
This Luka Doncic National Treasures card sold for a huge $4.6 million – breaking the world record until a LeBron James card broke it again a few months later.
A lot of Panini’s National Treasures cards are some of their most expensive ever sold because a lot of them are one-of-a-kind, are autographed, and were sold to collectors who know how to take good care of a great rare card.
Other Panini cards in a similar position is the Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card from 2013-14, which is also autographed, and the Anthony Davis autographed National Treasures card from 2012-13.
However, these types of Panini cards are super rare and it’s unlikely you would have one in your possession without knowing about it, but it’s undeniable that some of the most valuable Panini cards come from the National Treasures series.
Panini National Treasures Series
If you ever hear of a Panini sports card (no matter the sport) selling for thousands if not millions of dollars, then it’s very likely to be a card from the National Treasures series.
The sports cards produced and sold in this series are super thick and high quality, and some are even autographed and sold alongside some huge sports memorabilia.
They can sell for thousands of dollars for a single card and many of them include rookie cards for some of our country’s best sports players.
Because of their high quality feel, their signatures, and their overall rarity, not a lot of casual collectors have a National Treasures card in their possession.
If they did, they would know because these cards often also come with huge certificates of authenticity.
Most National Treasures cards are snapped up by serious collectors who are willing to pay a lot of money for a single card, yet alone a pack or hobby box.
This again feeds into their rarity and drives up their market value, which is why most expensive sports cards sold are from this brand of card.
Despite this, there are still some valuable Panini cards out there that are still worth a lot of money while being more affordable to casual fans.
Panini Prizm Series Cards (2012)
Panini Prizm is now the company’s flagship brand of sports cards and over the years, more and more collectors have been desperately trying to get their hands on some of these cards over the years.
Why they are so popular is easy to see. The Panini Prizm cards are super shiny and sleek, plus they are so firm that the quality is very clear.
They’re very professionally made and outstrip a lot of other cards when it comes to quality. Because of this, Prizm cards are some of the most desirable – and thus, some of the most valuable Panini cards too.
Their most popular are the Panini Prizm football cards.
Their value only goes up if they are autographed and over the past few years, the average price of a Panini Prizm football card has gone up and up. Now, some of them are worth a few hundred dollars each!
You do have some Prizm cards that come with way heftier price tags.
For example the Kobe Bryant 2012-13 Prizm Autographed card sold for over a thousand dollars after his passing in early 2020, and a Giannis Antetokounmpo Prizm card from 2013 was once sold for over two thousand dollars.
Panini Prizm has been around since 2012 so it’s likely that you may still have some of the older cards from way back when the series was not as prominent.
If so, you could be holding onto a very sought after card!
Panini Select Series Cards
The closest competitor to the Panini Prizm series is the Panini Select series of sports cards. They range across a few sports including football and basketball, and are very easy to spot in a deck.
This is because Select sports cards stand out due to their golden borders and high weight, marking them out as high quality cards.
A hobby box full of these types of cards will cost you at least a thousand dollars and the more time that passes, the more valuable these cards become.
In fact, a 2017 NFL Panini Select hobby box once sold for around $8,000 – so it’s definitely worth checking yours out if you know that you have a few!
In terms of specific Panini cards that are worth the most money, those change around all the time because the sports card market is so flexible due to supply and demand.
However, there are some links between some of Panini’s most valuable cards that have been sold for eye-watering prices.
Most are from the National Treasures series, are in great condition, have their certificates of authenticity and are also autographed.
You can also find some seriously expensive Panini cards in their Select and Prizm series, although nothing as close as some of the rare rookie cards from the National Treasures series.