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What does ‘FOTL’ mean – Definition – The Sports Card Glossary

FOTL stands for First Off The Line and refers to the small percentage of Panini cards that are delivered early to collectors when they purchase products directly from the Panini website. What makes FOTL special is that in addition to arriving a few days early into the hands of collectors, these boxes also contain exclusive parallels, usually lower numbered parallels.

FOTL exclusive parallels can sometimes be identified by the strange numbering used, for example /7 or /17 or by the type of refractor design, such as Shimmer refractors.

In 2023 Panini Chronicles Spectra Baseball, the Pink FOTL Refractor is numbered out of /17.

In 2023-24 Panini Prizm Basketball, the Shimmer Refractors are FOTL exclusives. Pictured is the Green Shimmer FOTL Refractor /5.

Rory Hansen

Rory Hansen is a San Diego-based sports card collector and social media influencer. Considered an expert in the process of grading sports cards, he regularly advises other collectors on how to assess, prepare and submit cards for grading. Originally from Canada and now living in the US, Rory collects both hockey cards and baseball cards. His personal collection focuses on Shohei Ohtani, Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Pavel Bure, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo.