Leon Sandcastle Rookie Card and Autographs Are Coming

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Panini America announced last week that despite Leon Sandcastle not getting drafted in this year’s NFL Draft, they will be producing cards of the future star cornerback.

Want to know where you can pick up the first 2013 Leon Sandcastle rookie cards? 2013 Score football. This $1.99 per pack product features all of your favorite veterans, the top rookies from the NFL Draft and of course, Leon Sandcastle.

His first autograph cards won’t appear until June though. The release of 2013 Panini Prestige football will feature some ink from the Sandcastle himself, amongst other top rookie from this year’s draft.

While he may not be playing in the NFL this season, Panini will still be bringing you closer to De…Leon Sandcastle.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good gimmick that the collectors would like to see. This is a great example. But would this be needed if the draft class was as good as last season? Would companies actually be considering this to drive hype with a weak rookie class? I’m not so sure. However, it really does add to the “fun” aspect of collecting. If Deion Sanders is really signing for these cards, it could add a pretty penny to some collector’s wallets as well.

Read more from Panini’s official blog about their plans for “the Sandcastle”.

Review: 2012-13 Panini Basketball

Panini is back with their flagship basketball product, a product that features base cards from all of your favorite players in the league in a large set, a number of inserts, and autographs from some of your favorite players. 2012-13 Panini basketball is out now and perfect for set collectors and hit lovers alike. Want to see what is in a box? Check it out below:

Design:

3 and half stars blue

The design of the product looks similar to the former NBA Hoops product from a couple of years ago. Almost too similar. Actually, alot of this product remind me of Hoops. Maybe not the insert designs, but just the feeling of the entire product feels exactly like the other product. I’m not quite sure if that is a good thing. The insert designs are kind of bland to me. One the plus side, I love the use of the Panini Knight in the product. It’s about time he got his due. I also think the game used jersey cards are great in the product with a very generous piece of memorabilia. The addition of foil parallels and die-cuts helps the cause too. I just can’t help but be a bit bored with the design.

Checklist:

4 and half stars blue The checklist on the other hand is solid and very complete. A huge base set means you are going to get just about everyone. With the double rookie class, yeah, that is a lot of players in the product. Rookies, veterans, stars, Hall of Famers, fantastic. The product is going to be loaded with rookie autographs, but that is fine for a lower end product like this. It was nice to get a future Hall of Famer memorabilia card as well.

Value:

4 and half stars blue $60 at DA Card World gives you a product with a couple autographs and some memorabilia. The base set is huge, there are some short print cards, and the hits as well. This product has the value you look for when opening a lower end product and the price should be perfect for just about any type of collector out there.

Overall:

4 stars blue Overall, a solid low end product for Panini. The design needs some variety to it. It looks alot like a product that just came out a couple years ago and it is visually a little bland. But everything else about the product is right up every collector’s alley. Low price, big base set, autographs, game used, short prints, you name it. Continue with this formula for next year, but be a little more creative with the design, and you will have another winner.

Once again, a big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this box for review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

You can find the full checklist over at Cardboard Connection.

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Check out some of the cards from our box below:

(Not shown, redemption for Lavoy Allen Rookie Autograph)

Review: 2012 Panini Totally Certified Football

One of Panini’s newer products has come back this year in 2012 Panini Totally Certified football. It’s one of the Panini products that is loaded with hits for the collector that likes autographs and game used memorabilia trading cards. With the hot rookie class this season, it has surely been a hit amongst collectors with some big hits coming out of the product. Want to see what we pulled? Check out the review and pictures below.

Design: 4 stars blue

The one thing I have always loved about Totally Certified has been that background. The colors are bold, there is some sort of shininess to it, and it really makes the players stand out on the card designs. My one real issue with that is…that’s really all it is. Across their inserts for rookie autographs, base memorabilia cards, it is basically all of the same thing. Maybe a little more variety could go a long way with some of the insert sets. I love the base, don’t get me wrong. In fact, a design like that would be fun to collect in a more base-centric product. Just a little more oomph is needed in the inserts.

Checklist: 4 and half stars blue

Hot rookies? Check. Veteran laden? Check. Sweet cards of rookies and veterans? Check. Really, how could this checklist get any better besides more veteran ink in the product? Not much. This product is often packed with some good content so I’m happy with just about every pull in the product. Still, needs more veteran ink though.

Value: 4 and half stars blue

This was actually tough determining doing 4 or 4.5 stars. Currently, the product sits for just north of $100 at DA Card World. I received six hits in my box including 3 autographs. First, six hits for $100 is genuinely a steal in today’s hobby. Can’t really beat that. The rookie class is strong so it will deliver value in itself with a number of cards. Chalk that up to a great season. One on-card autograph per box…well I didn’t get that part. Patches? Yup. HRX video cards? Uh huh. My main issue is still the lack of veteran ink. You know what…I originally had 4 stars, let’s make it 4.5. 6 hits for $100 is a good deal today.

Overall: 4 and half stars blue

Overall, I think Totally Certified has taken a step in the right direction. A couple more hits, a lower price tag, and more veteran content in terms of memorabilia. It has a little bit of something for everyone and with the number of hits you get per box, it is well worth the price of admission, especially this year. I’d like to see a little improvement on design of inserts, but other than that, good work.

Once again, a big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this box for review. You can find them on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can find the full checklist of this product over at Cardboard Connection.

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Check out the hits below! Woo!

Win a Panini Totally Certified Darren Sproles 1/1

That’s right. We are giving away a 1/1 we received from our break of 2012 Panini Totally Certified football (spoiler for the review, oops). All the thanks goes out to our over 1400 Twitter followers who stepped up and retweeted this card over 120 times. I promised I would give it away if we got 100 retweets and we got 20% more! Why don’t you check out that beauty below first to get your mouth watering:

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To make it even more special, I’ll send the card in an empty Panini “Super Bowl Black Box” to make the opening experience that much more memorable. Or wait, I removed the inner lining that protects the card from the box…um, I’ll figure something out to send it in the box. It may not be as pretty though.

To Win: All you have to do to win is to post a response to this blog post and tell me what you love about the blog or following the Twitter account @SportsCardBlog. Post the response below, get an entry. Simple as that.

Ends: Contest ends on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 11:59 PST. Winner will be randomized. One entry per person/household.

Who dat gonna win this card?

Winner! Lushan H. is the one who wins this card! Congratulations on winning that 1/1 patch. Please email me at sportscardblog@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Review: 2012 Panini Contenders Football

Panini Contenders is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this season, which means you can find some special surprises in this year’s rendition of the product. As always, you can find your top rookie autographs of the season along with some of the most popular short printed cards in any product or in any sport. Contenders continues to make their mark on the hobby this season with one of the best rookie classes in quite some time. Want to see what you can pull from a box? Check this out.

Design:4 stars blue

Unlike many others out there, I’m not huge on the design. It does pay homage to the past of the product which is cool, but I’m not big on one thing. Vertical signatures. When you have a trading card oriented a certain direction, and then put on an autograph in the other direction, it sort of throws off the card. Luckily, some players didn’t heed the warnings and signed the cards “correctly” so it makes it look better. But the white spot on the right with the players name really faded into the background looks off. But you know what it makes me think of? How cool an acetate based Contenders product would be with that kind of design. Sort of reminds me of the old school Fleer E-X design if they did that. I can’t see Contenders breaking tradition to do it, but I think it would be cool to explore.

Checklist:4 and half stars blue

Contenders always has, and always will be a rookie centric product. With that in mind, you have one of the best NFL draft classes in a long time when it comes to skill players, especially quarterbacks. That makes this season even better when it comes to the rookie checklists. Of course you will find your no name rookies in the product, but one of the best parts about Contenders is that some of those rookies are VERY short printed and will get high secondary prices just because of that. Lower tier names aren’t worth as much, but short print them in a set that people always want to collect the entire set of, and you’ll have some positive pulls even if it’s just a DE.

Value:4 and half stars blue

Contenders holds its value better than any other product out there by Panini. If you don’t like Panini products, it is still the one product you want to buy year after year. I’ve seen even the biggest Panini haters get boxes of this product, so you don’t have to just quote me on that. There is proof. It is one of the most highly collected products of the season and at 5-6 autographs per box at $143 at DA Card World, it is a winner. The additions of the Cracked Ice anniversary parallels? Awesome. Adding that to the great rookie class and this is a product that will continue to sell well until supplies have disappeared.

Overall:4 and half stars blue

Overall, Contenders continues to be a winner for Panini year after year. The design this year is above average, but there are still little things that seem a little off to me. But no one buys this product for the design anyway (although I do love the ticket themes). They buy it for the rookies and this year has a ton of the rookies everyone loves this year. At the current price for a chance at some superb autographs that will hold their value, Contenders is one of the best.

Thanks to Panini for providing this box to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can find the full checklist over on Cardboard Connection.

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Wanna see what we pulled right now in photo form? I’m having issues with uploading, but at least I got the hits up! Look below: