At long last and amid considerable pomp and circumstance, the 2018 FIFA World Cupô kicked off this morning as host Russia soundly thumped Saudi Arabia, 5-0. In related news, Panini Instant, Panini America’s real-time and on-demand trading card platform, kicked off its own FIFA World Cup celebration with the 32-card Class of the Cup set that honors one standout player from each of the 32 teams in the tournament. The cards — which will be updated with FIFA World Cup action photography at the conclusion of each player’s first game — are available individually and as a set now on Panini Instant.
Class of the Cup will be featured in base versions as well as limited versions out of 10 and one, respectively. Throughout the tournament, Panini Instant also will be producing new cards featuring the star or stars of each game, including some rare autograph versions. As part of the daily Panini Instant program, fans and collectors will have the ability to purchase Daily Passes to acquire all cards for that particular day at a discounted price.
Finally (and this is where things really get juicy), Panini Eternal will be delivering an 18-cardôMagnificent Moments set that showcases the greatest moments in FIFA World Cup history. Each of the 18 cards will be offered in base (limited to 25), Green (limited to 10) and Black 1/1 versions — and all three of those versions will include autographs. A new Magnificent Moments autograph card will be released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning tomorrow. There will be an 18-card Magnificent Moments base set (no autographs) available as well.



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