2011 Panini Plates & Patches is back out again this year as a high end offering featuring an on-card autographed patch card per box and some other goodies. The highlight is obviously the auto patch, but there are some other interesting hits as well in the form of printing plates and other rare collectibles which help add value to this product. While it is only a one pack per box product, it’s a blast to open knowing you will have some possible great hits inside. Our hits are at the bottom after the review.
Let me know if you like the gallery at the bottom where you can view all of the cards at once compared to the little clickable slide show I had before. Any information is good information.
So let’s get to the reviewing!
My main complaint about the design of this product is that it looks exactly like the product from last year. I like some differential from year to year and Plates & Patches doesn’t really change all that much. However, it was not a bad design to begin with so that’s a good thing. Another small complaint is that there could be a little more room for autographs with the patch autographed cards. It looks great that they are on-card, just looks like it could use like a 1/4 inch more space. The inserts all look great and to the theme but City Lights (as I pulled below) looks completely out of place in this set. Not sure where they were going there.
As always, I never really have a problem with Panini checklists for products. They included all the top rookies and a few rare top veteran autographs here and there. Thankfully the low end rookies aren’t in the patch autograph version, but in a product this expensive I wish the low end rookies were at least offensive rookies. I mean, the linebacker I pulled probably has no chance of EVER being a superstar. At least I have a chance if I pulled Greg McElroy or Julius Thomas. A higher end product should be more about value then catering to someone who would want a Bills linebacker rookie autograph. Just me on that one.
I won’t mention my thoughts on lower end rookie autographs here as it is above but that is part of it. But the plain jersey cards should at least contain another patch as well. Again, high end product should bring out higher end cards. The on-card rookie patch autos are great though and feature some of the top rookies and offensive rookies of the draft. It helps with the great draft class too so there is a ton of value in the patch autos. But the rest of the product should have a little bit of an upgrade, besides the printing plate and low numbered type stuff (like the DeAngelo Williams auto). Not terrible value, I’ve seen a ton worse, but I think it could use a little bit of an upgrade.
Overall, Plates & Patches isn’t a great product, but it’s not terrible either. It suffers most in the value department as it falls under a high end product, but delivers slightly below that with the plain jerseys and an underwhelming plain rookie autograph checklist. The highlights of the on-card autographs and decent design are great as well as some of the rare stuff you could pull from this product that make this a decent seller. I think it needs a few little upgrades to make it feel a little more high end and it would definitely be a great product.
As always, thanks to Panini and make sure you check out their official blog for all new product information.
Video will be uploaded soon.