Review: 2012 Panini Prizm Football

Well, the popularity of Prizm is spreading like wildfire across the sports card landscape after the wildly successful Prizm basketball has been heating up the land. I believe Prizm is the new Chrome, one that really makes an identity for Panini. Just like when you think Chrome equals Topps, Prizm equals Panini. (Plus it has some nice alliteration.) That is a tough thing to say after the first year of the product but the marketing has been fabulous and the collector response has been even better. With it now reaching football, why don’t we see what you can find with the improvements?

Design:4 and half stars blue

This is more or less going to be a copy job of the basketball version, because well, it’s practically the same design. But I’ll change a few things. “The design on this product is a design style that will last a long time for this product. The look of the etchings throughout the cards is something you normally only see in another specific product that is a bit similar. The same with the coating, although I much prefer this coating than that of the competitors. It doesn’t smell, it doesn’t warp the cards to bending (at least not yet) and it has a much smoother, almost glass like feel to them. The design is practically flawless. My only issue is that it is possibly TOO shiny or reflective. It’s really a spectacular level of reflectiveness on the product. But the “Prizms” as they call it, “Prizmatics” for myself, are beautiful all the way from the regulars to the golds. Bravo.” I also want to point out that the red “prizms” are beautifully done with their die-cut work and look great. It sort of reminds me of BoChro meeting StarQuest from the 90s. I love the parallels, but I would like to see some numbering on the reds. The regular prizms are fine un-numbered, but the reds I would like to see numbered. We know they are one per box, but numbering does add a bit of value. I would also like to see a thinner border for next year, but that’s just me.

Checklist:4 and half stars blue

Yes, the rookie class is phenomenal. That will make this product for a long time. In it’s similarities, to another product from Topps, it does everything right that product does, but more. See, I often harp about too many rookie autographs or no name rookies, and all that mumbo jumbo. Yes, I pulled a no-name rookie from my box, but Prizm also features some veteran autograph content unlike it’s competitor. To me, that makes it stand out just a little bit more. Yeah, the Owen Daniels autograph doesn’t sell for much, but this is a guy who plays weekly, a skill position, and has been to two Pro-Bowls already. Prizm has that veteran love that I like.

Value:4 stars blue

Naturally, you are going to compare this product with its direct competition and similar products, which is rightfully so. It is priced higher at release than it’s competitors and now sits at $130 at DA Card World. Is it worth that price? Well it is a hot product, with a hot rookie class, and the possibility for some big hits. At only two autographs though, and limited colored parallels, it is a toss up. You’ll either feast or famine with this one at that price. I would like to see it similar in price to its competition, but I’m also guessing there is a smaller supply of this product as well. I thought the product added in the fun factor, so I would go for at least one box.

Overall:4 and half stars blue

Panini has a hit on their hands, just like was stated in the Prizm basketball review. This is going to be a product that will come out for years to come and will be just as highly anticipated, if not more, than their Contenders brand (hint: that review is coming up!).  The design is nicely done with their new technology and I love what they have going for it. The checklist is more than just rookies, which is something I can truly appreciate when it comes to hits. I may have hit a $5 veteran autograph, but at least I know the player! And finally, the value can be there, but I would like to see it closer to the competition if possible.

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

You can find the official checklist over at Cardboard Connection.

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Here are some of what we pulled from the box:

Preview: 2012 Topps Valor Football

Topps introduces a new product to their Football brand, and it’s a high-end product in 2012 Topps Valor Football.

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The first thing collectors should look out for are the Legionary Autographs. There will be up to 40 rookies featured and each card will be numbered to 70 or less. They will also be signed on-card. There are also Valor Autographs to be pulled, and like the Legionary Autographs, they will be numbered to 70 or less.

Also look out for Centurion Autographs. These cards will feature 40 of the top veteran and retired players in the game and will be numbered to 70 or less.

There will also be a chance to pull Field Armor Patch cards. There will be up to 40 players highlighted in this set and I can just imagine the nasty patches waiting to be pulled. Maybe you will be lucky enough to pull a Shield of Honor Autograph Patch card, though. Up to 40 players that can be pulled and they will be numbered to 10 or less.

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Each box contains 1 pack with 6 cards. In each box, it will contain 3 autographs and 1 rookie patch card.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $180 a box when it releases on March 6, 2013

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Review: 2012 Panini Crown Royale Football

Panini Crown Royale football has come out again featuring some of the best die-cut and autographed patch cards of the year. With some new features that are sure to impress die-cut aficionados and autographs from one heck of a rookie class, this product is loaded with things collectors love most. Hits, die-cuts, and low numbered parallels. Want to see what we pulled in your typical box break? Here we go.

Design:4 stars blue

The design is classic and something that is changed so subtly, that you are going to miss any little tweaks they make to the product. I’ve always loved the die-cut designs so really there isn’t much to complain about there on this side. This year, I really like the look of the inserts and the lettering and other new designs they’ve used. They went away from some of the classics and really found some great looking cards like that Clay Matthews below. I also really like the die-cut jersey cards, keeping with that tradition. Oh, and you may have missed it last year, but the parallels weren’t numbered. A very fair complaint on my part about the product, and it was remedied this year with numbering. Thank you!

Checklist:4 stars blue

Every product this year can stand up to the checklist scrutiny because of the fantastic rookie class and their beautiful play on the field this year. That would drive sales for every product no matter what the sport. My only issue is, once again, there is too much rookie content. Again, I open a $100 box with four hits, and pull all rookie hit cards. I still find this to be unacceptable, especially when 85% of the products are like this. There will be ranting soon on this, trust me.

Value:4 stars blue

The hero of the product is obviously the rookie silhouettes. Ours was a redemption so we can’t show it off, but we’ll be definitely showing it off when it arrives because it is former Oregon Duck LaMichael James! Can’t wait to see that one. But the value of the product comes in with that great rookie class. If it wasn’t for that, this product would be far from that considering all the rookie hits you can pull from the product. This year’s rookies may carry the products, but next year it may not be so lucky.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the product continues to keep the nostalgia alive while producing some beautiful signatures in the rookie silhouettes. Panini continues to innovate with new designs on the inserts, which are definitely at their peak this year then the past years of this product. But again, like many Panini products, content seems to be lacking. Too many rookies, not enough veterans. Again, this year is fine with all that top rookie talent. Next year there needs to be a shift due to the lesser rookie class, or there will be unhappy collectors. All products across the board need more veteran content. We can only wait and see.

A big thanks goes out to Panini America for providing this product for us to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of the best social media people on the planet.

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

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But for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the cards we pulled. (Not pictured: LaMichael James Rookie Silhouettes Patch/Auto Redemption)

2012 Panini Prime Sigs and Super Bowl Black Boxes

In quite possibly one of the best online promotions ever run by a card company, Panini was offering a Super Bowl promotion where if you ordered any box over $60 in their online store, they would send you a special Super Bowl Black Box featuring a fantastic autograph checklist of former Super Bowl standouts and rookies from 2012. All cards were numbered to 25 or lower. All you had to do was purchase from them at the iCollectPanini store.

So I took the plunge. 2012 Panini Prime Signatures was one of the more underrated products of the season, probably due to the product pretty much not doing too well last year. This year was different, I knew that coming in not from the earlier box break, but even the preview showcased that. I bought two boxes at $60 each so I could get two Super Bowl Black Boxes.

But before we show you what we pulled in the Black Boxes…why not see our hits from Prime Signatures?

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 LaMichael James Auto/Patch! Only question is, why did he sign on the patch instead of on the card? One will never know.

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Hines Ward autograph! Two hits, two players who will have played in the Super Bowl, assuming LMJ gets in! Two boxes and I’m doing well. So on to those Super Bowl Black Boxes. Ready?

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Phil Simms #/25! Decent start. Not one of the names that I wanted, but a legend nonetheless. Lucky me, I went in for two so I got a second box.

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Fin. End. Right there. BAM! One of the best rookies of the season, patch autograph numbered to 15. Fantastico.

So yeah, definitely the best online promotion ever put forth by a card company. Good work Panini. Can we see something similar for the Stanley Cup Finals, please?

Review: 2012 Panini Limited Football

The Limited brand continues its presence in 2012 with 2012 Panini Limited football. It continues to follow the same strategy it has for years now with the three hits per pack/box of the product. With large memorabilia pieces, unique memorabilia, and tons of autographs for collectors, it is one that many collectors like to risk on as the rewards can be huge. Did we hit it big, or was it a bust?

Design:4 stars blue

The design of Panini Limited is once again, and always, very shiny and full of foil. My only issue with that this year is that Absolute is also extremely foily and shiny this year and looks kind of similar. I do like the new inserts this year with the way they did the photos for the rookies, although I’d like to see some more game action from the rookie photos. Too many studio shots this year, in my opinion, and there hasn’t been a lockout. But other than that, it’s a solid set up and design, just one I wouldn’t reuse again next year.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The rookies are carrying football products this year like crazy. In a hugely deep and talented draft, and a product that comes out at the end of the season, you know you have the chance for extremely valuable cards. Tons of rookies made names for themselves this year. My only issue was that all my hits WERE rookies. I’m going to say this again, MORE VETERAN CONTENT. And that means every product across the board. This hobby leans too much on rookies. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Value:4 stars blue

If you look at the product as a whole, yeah, there is some good value to be found. You can find a box for $100 over at DA Card World and you have the opportunity to pull some big hits. The only issue with that is it’s a real risky product still. You can end up like me and get three rookie hits, one being a plain jersey, one being a guy you never heard of, and one being Mohammad Sanu. It’s risky business products like this. Still need to put the word veterans in this part somewhere, so I just did, needs more of them. There is no reason Devier Posey should have multiple cards in every single product.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the design of this year’s Limited it solid, although it reminds me too much of Absolute from this year with the foiling and style of the cards. I still think Limited has better potential if tweaked accordingly, but putting out the same products every year with the same types of hits does get redundant at times. Especially when you are filling them with rookies and no longer veterans of the game. I remember when Donruss would have one rookie hit per box with the other hits being veterans. I miss those days.

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

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

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