Review: 2011 Panini Crown Royale Football

Crown Royale is back in it’s second season in a return from the dead right before Halloween and it looks just as good, if not better than last year. With a hit per pack and averaging at least 2 autographs and 2 memorabilia cards per box, it has the possibility to yield some great hits including some legendary swatches and some awesome Rookie Silhouette prime material autographs.

Well let’s see what is in our box given to us for review from the wonderful people at Panini America, shall we?

Base:

Inserts:

Memorabilia:

Autographs:

Design:

I’m a sucker for die-cuts. I always have been a sucker for die-cuts. The only thing that I am more of a sucker of is very shiny die-cuts. But these look fantastic. I’ve always loved the design and the great colors that come along with the cards around the crown area which matches the team colors. The shiny borders look good too. Panini is getting better at designing their inserts to where you are starting to not be able to see boxes where memorabilia goes as those get kind of annoying after awhile. The only real complaint is that I’m getting tired of seeing white boxes where the autographed stickers go. I understand you need the autograph to be legible, but can’t you incorporate something into the design like just fading out the deep colors towards the bottom of the card where you put the sticker? Maybe a little round area faded design for the auto cards instead of box (ala Inception)? Surely the design team can do something other than a white box.

Checklist:

In my honest opinion, it’s too large for the amount of cards you get in a box and a pack at the price point it’s at. And by that I mean the base set and the base rookies. How on earth is anyone supposed to put together a set of these cards? The base set is huge. I love the insert sets and especially the great on-card checklist for the Rookie Silhouettes, but I think the base set needs to be cut down a bit. Maybe 100 total cards? 75 veterans and 25 rookies? Even 125 would be better than the current amount of 200.

 Value:

At $25 per pack, this is really hit or miss. But as a box, you might hit it big and get something worth the box itself. It’s tough as there are plain jerseys in here, which is obviously needed, but there are also some REALLY nice possibilities for hits. This sort of feels like Absolute Memorabilia Jr. So I’m kind of not sure how to rate this for value. Two autos and two memorabilia per box, which is better than most boxes at the price, but less total cards. I think there needs to be maybe one more single case hit kind of like the Net Fusion cards to make something for people to chase besides the Rookie Silhouettes. Finally, I’d also like to see the inserts numbered. I mean this is a product where you have to number the inserts. I really want to give this a 3.5 because of its hit or miss nature by pack (and my case by box, just look at sale values), but I always round up for the benefit of the doubt.

Overall:

Overall, I still absolutely love Crown Royale. I love the die-cut design, the colors, and the great Rookie Silhouettes cards. It’s an extremely fun product to open, but I find the huge checklist of base cards kind of disappointing as it takes a lot to try and put a base set together of those awesome looking cards. Back to the Silhouettes, I love that all the autographs are all on-card as it just makes them look that much better. We just need to work on those white boxes…please? Otherwise, it won’t kill your pocket, but you should definitely purchase this by the box and not by the pack. I like the addition of a case hit, but maybe one more type of limited case hit that would shine and be a welcome addition.

Oh, and for those who might want to complain about the Net Fusion manufactured net cards, they count as an insert, not as one of your hits. So you can either like them or not and you don’t have to worry because they aren’t taking the place of any of your mojo.

Again, I’d like to thank Panini for providing this box for review. Make sure you visit their website and blog for more information about products like this.

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5 Responses to Review: 2011 Panini Crown Royale Football

  1. 11chaos says:

    Love the fact that they have Legends instead of all rookies. True Collectors and Football Fans are looking for the Legends, not the rookie that might or might not make it.

    • I was honestly surprised when I pulled Dick Butkus first…then I pulled the Sterling and I was impressed with the legends memorabilia cards. Don’t have too many of those out there nowadays.

  2. Matt G says:

    The Net fusions looks sweet!! Especially the one you got. Kaepernick is nice to have just in case of Alex smith colapse. And I do love the design of the Jamie Harper and pulling 2 legends jerseys are nice. Great looking cards. I have to say I like your Eli Manning cards as well being a huge Giants fan!

  3. Jamey F. says:

    Crown Royale had me at “Hello” last year, a richer an more robust rookie class made that product even more sought-after. Back in the late ’90′s, the Crown Royale die-cutting in Pacific Football was very possibly the sole insert of consequence in a largely dull, super low-end product. The chance of yanking a die-cut “Cramer’s Choice” insert was really the sole reason to purchase that product and rip the packs open in the first place. That insert is nicely reinterpreted in this product.
    I despise single-color patches and would almost prefer to see C/R adopt the “single-pack, every card a winner” structure. And, as a brief aside, the Harper card has several redeeming characteristics such as the sweet patch. Unfortunately, as you astutely point out, the downside to a card such as that Harper rook’… Is Harper himself. I’d positively “plotz” if I pulled a similar card of Newton, Jones, Dalton, or even a second-tier rook’ such as Kaepernick.
    Nice review!

  4. Zachary F. says:

    That net fusion card looks really awesome.
    That isn’t game used right?

    And are you interested in selling it?

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