Review: 2012-13 Panini Past & Present Basketball

Now I won’t deny that last year I loved Past & Present from Panini. In fact, I thought the product was a lot of fun with the way it was set up from start to finish. While the autographs were hit or miss, or very miss, it was a fun product nonetheless. This year, Panini has turned up the fun factor and improved the autographs. What do we get? An improved product that deserves to be opened. Want to see the full review?

Design:4 and half stars blue

One of the things you will find strange about Past & Present is their several different base designs that you can find in the product. The base is based around more of a vintage look while the inserts have that futuristic look to them. Past & Present. Get it? My favorites include the Rise N Shine base cards and the Splash inserts. Really, it is a fun product to open and it would appeal to all types of collectors. The only thing I could do without is the fuzzy cards. Personally, I think it is an interesting idea, but maybe I can’t wrap my head around fuzzy cards. Overall though, it is a brand that has its identity and I love what that represents.

Checklist:4 stars blue

I do have to say, the checklist is slightly better this year. The double rookie class is actually an improvement over last year’s autograph checklist, and that means alot coming from me as someone who feels the double rookie class diluted some of the content. That being said, I enjoyed the entirety of the product this season. It would have been interesting seeing some bigger “Past” names in the product. I’d love to see players like Mugsey Bogues, Shawn Kemp, Arvydas Sabonis, etc. or even a Harlem Globetrotters subset with autographs in this product. (I think I just gave Panini a great idea with that one.) There is always room for improvement on that next year and I think it would fit the brand nicely.

Value:5 stars blue

Right now at DA Card World, a box is sitting at a cool $68. At three autographs per box, that is a steal in this market. While you may not find sick patches or whatever, the ink is still looking good in this product. I mean, we pulled a nice SP autograph of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and of course there are Kyrie autos amongst other top rookies from the past two years. Personally, I think that is a fantastic price in this current landscape. Really, there isn’t much else to say about that.

Overall:4 and half stars blue

See, check out that improvement. The design may take some getting used to for traditional collectors, but it has reasoning for being the way it is. The inserts are top notch and makes the product really feel like Past & Present. The checklist is improved over last season despite the double rookie class, and that is a good sign. And when it comes to the wallet, it is one of the better products out there in terms of value. Go find yourself a box, it is a load of fun. So fun, in fact, that my break video is embarrassing.

Thanks to Panini 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 the cards, yo:

Review: 2013 Panini Score Football

Score football is back from Panini and it is really bringing a different vibe to the product after years of the same set up. This year, Panini has stepped up the product big time so there is definitely a comparable difference compared to past years. Was it worth the change or should Panini return to the former set up? Let’s see what we got with this product review.

Design:4 and half stars blue

The design of this product was changed up from the typical Score designs of the past. This design is clean, modern, and has it’s occasional vintage look to them. Honestly, it looks like something that came from the Topps design team. And that isn’t a bad thing. The inserts go with the rest of the set design nicely and the throwback rookies look great. The parallels again resemble something from another company, but that formula has always worked from them. It works for this product as well and it really adds to the product compared to past years. Personally, I like it and would like to see it stay.

Checklist: 4 and half stars blue

 The checklist is everything you would expect it to be for a 500 card base set revolving around the NFL. You have everyone from your stars, veterans, and rookies coming into the league this year. Many of those stars have multiple cards in the set with different inserts. The rookies are a bit more difficult to find your favorite player, but that is what makes the chase that much more fun. Not really seen in this set is the retired stars or Hall of Famers. That is something that isn’t necessarily needed in a set like this, so I don’t mind leaving that out.

Value: 5 stars blue

If you are a trading card purist, this is the perfect set for someone like you. The current price is $88 a DA Card World  and you will find 500 cards in one box of this product. This includes at least 3 autograph/memorabilia cards as well. It is one hell of a big product and one of the heaviest boxes of cards I have opened, ha! The value is there with the sheer number of cards you will get, the included autographs/memorabilia cards, as well as some of the lower numbered parallels. Honestly, I’ve said it enough now but it is just like another brand’s product. However, the price point is lower and it contains the same, if not better, hits. No gimmicks, just plain old-school pack breaking.

Overall:4 and half stars blue

 Overall, what more is there to say about this product? It is a collector’s collector product. You know the ones I am talking about. Those huge sets. Those couple of hits. The limited inserts and the occasional parallels. The modern design with a couple throwback looks inside. A set that is all about the players, no gimmicks. And a good value as well getting 500 cards at a relatively good price. Nicely done, Panini.

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

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

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Just want the pics of what you can pull? Check these out.

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Crusade Basketball

Panini is releasing a brand new Basketball set, and it is 2012-13 Panini Crusade.

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The first thing collectors should be on the lookout for is the Majestic Material Prime cards (such as the Kevin Durant shown above). These cards feature great patch cards of some of the top players in the game today, as well as the best players from the past.

Also be sure to look for the Quest Autographs. These cards feature some of the most sought after players in the hobby. Think of players like Kobe Bryant, and that is who you should be excited to pull from this set.

A cool part of this product are the Crusade cards. There will be 6 different color versions of these cards and Prizm technology will be used to make them.

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Each box contains 6 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 3 autograph and 3 memorabilia cards per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $110 when it releases June 12, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini America blog.

 

Mancave Addition: Ted Williams Autographed Baseball (UDA)

This is big, big, news for me. For awhile now I’ve been looking into getting a Ted Williams autograph. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to go about getting it either. There are plenty of items out there with his signature that you can find, but I wasn’t too fond of many of them.

One reason being is that Ted Williams has one of the more forged autographs out there on the market. There have been plenty of rumors circulating around the memorabilia world that his son used to fake his autograph on items when his health was declining. I’ve read a number of places online with information like that and I started to get worrisome. If I was going to buy an authentic autograph, I needed to make sure it was authentic before throwing down the cash to get that nice of an autograph.

So I started to look more towards something that wasn’t a card, picture, poster, or 8×10. I didn’t originally want a card anyway for this kind of autograph. Yeah, I’m a card collector, but I also want something that will transcend time. This is the type of item you give to your future son or daughter. For a little bit more money, what’s better than a baseball?

Again, with baseballs, there is an issue with bad authentication from third parties or authenticity questions. But then I found out that Upper Deck had a contract with Ted Williams in the early 90s and he signed a number of items for them. Personally, I love Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA). I find them to be one of the most trustworthy authenticators because of their process.  Step 1 is the most important to me. “Every autograph is witnessed by an Upper Deck Authenticated representative. After all, observation is the ONLY WAY to truly guarantee authenticity.”

After reading about Upper Deck’s old contract, seeing that the ball was signed in 1993 (pre-stroke mind you, so a better quality autograph), and the fact that it was UDA authenticated, I knew I had the perfect collectible.

Now I just need to find a sweet case for it. Ultra Pro recommended the “Z-Design” to me. How would you display it?

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How to Prepare a Trading Card for In Person (IP) or Through the Mail (TTM) Autographs

My “boss” thought people would like to know about this, so at his request, I bring to the readers a post about how to prep cards to be signed for in-person (IP) and/or through-the-mail (TTM) autographs.

The first thing is what type of cards to use to be autographed. I personally will stick with base, and low-end inserts/parallel cards. Some people prefer to get numbered cards autographed and I’ve even seen some get jersey cards or 1/1 press plates signed. Really, it’s what the specific collector wants signed, but if you were to ask me, I’d stick with lower-end cards.

The next question you may ask is, “is there anything I need to do to prepare the cards to be signed”? The answer to that question would be yes, depending on the card being used. If the card has a non-glossy surface (think of cards like Heritage, Allen & Ginter, etc), then you don’t need to do anything to prepare the cards, however if you use a card that is glossy, it does need to be prepared.

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There are two ways you can prepare a card to be signed. The first option is you can baby powder to take off the gloss. Just sprinkle a little bit of baby powder on the card, spread it around so it covers the entire card. After you’ve done that, use either a paper towel, or Kleenex to remove the baby powder. This method can be more time consuming and messy, but it also does a really good job removing the gloss on a card.

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The second way that you can prepare a glossy card is to use a white eraser. This is the method that I use now as it’s a quicker, and more efficient way for me to prepare my cards to be signed. I just erase the entire card and it takes the gloss right off. Depending on the card you use and the type of eraser, it may streak the card, but this is rare for the most part.

So there you have it. Hopefully if getting autographs signed TTM or IP was of interest to you, this information has helped!

Here are some examples of how well it works when completed:

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