Review: 2010-11 Panini Elite Black Box Basketball

Another new and original by Panini has hit the basketball court in this final product for 2010-11 in the basketball arena. This one looks beautiful and is kind of a mix between Panini’s Donruss Elite brand and well known Black Box. This product has 8 cards per single pack box with 3 autographs and 3 game used memorabilia cards. Every card is numbered and you will see what we pulled below.


Game Used/Memorabilia:



I really love the design of this product. You won’t often find a full bleed black out background in trading cards anymore as everyone is obsessed with condition nowadays. Speaking of condition, yes, some of these cards do have a few condition issues that you can see because of the black background. Even the Artis Gilmore base card has some weird scratching on the front that really takes away from the card and I’m deciding whether to send it in to be fixed because it is numbered 4 of 5. Just be careful, because although the design is beautiful, it may cause some issues. I will get into the manufactured patch logoman cards in the value area.


The checklist is very cool. A very nice mix of veterans, rookies, hall of famers, and stars of the past. The only huge problem I have with the checklist is the way the product is collated. I’ve seen a few box breaks and there seems to be a weird mix to the collation with people getting multiple cards of the same player or teams, and that is something that should be fixed. For example, there are enough autographs and memorabilia cards in this product that I should not receive a Dan Majerle memorabilia card and an autograph card int he same pack. It just shouldn’t be happening.


I wasn’t sure whether this should be 3 or 4 stars. This product is $250 a pop. You get 8 cards. There are some collation issues, a little bit of damage issues, and then there is the manufactured patch logoman cards. I’m not sure this brings the value that some collectors want, but then again, I’ve seen some amazing cards come out of this product as well. It seems like it can’t make up it’s mind whether it wants to be a lower high end product or something like National Treasures. The manufactured logoman patches are scary. Logoman cards are supposed to be the cream of the crop when it comes to memorabilia. A fake logoman on a card like that is really a shame. That is probably the most disappointing part of an otherwise pretty good product.


As I said, this product feels like it can’t decide whether it is supposed to be a lower high end, or National Treasures. I didn’t hit a rookie autograph, but the veteran, hall of fame, and former star autographs are pretty nice. The design is gorgeous, but with that comes some damage issues that may come along because of it. For that high priced of a product, I think there should be a guaranteed game used patch card as I feel like maybe there was a little too much plain jersey action. But overall, I really enjoyed the break and think it would be fun to open and fun to collect. This is definitely one of the hardest products to rate. I think I may have had too high hopes, but it didn’t disappoint too much.

Once again, a big thank you goes out to Panini America for sponsoring this review. Check out their official blog for tons of great product information.

Since I am running a huge promotional contest right now for the next month and a half, I will hold a contest for some of these at a later date.


One More Reason to Buy Panini Dominion

Okay, I know I’ve been hyping up 2010-11 Panini Dominion like crazy, but seriously, where does the actual awesomeness of this product end? I’ve showed you countless cards, autographs, patches, just about everything possible…until now.

Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest redemption ever made.

This Stanley Cup is 13 inches tall and was given to a member of the 1978-79 Montreal Canadians (or the Les Canadiens de Montréal for my French readers) and is inserted as a redemption card in this product.

Panini purchased this for $4,000 at auction and it will be yours if you pull the redemption card inside 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey for it.

That makes this quite possibly the greatest redemption card of all-time.

Don’t believe me? Just read Panini’s Offical Blog all about it.

Final Preview: 2010-11 Panini Dominion Checklist is Out!

I’m still under the weather after an emergency surgery yesterday, but I was able to find for everything the official checklist of 2010-11 Panini Dominion. This is not the unofficial checklist I gave you all earlier, this is the updated and final checklist of the product. I am excited as all heck, I tell you what.

Even more so since Panini had a Panini Unwrapped session with this product today and my god are those cards pretty. So check that out.

And here is the mighty final 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey checklist!

I’ll be back in full beast mode soon. This beast has to recover from surgery though.

The pictures from Panini just keep on coming though, check out these amazing patches.

One Week Until 2010-11 Panini Dominion Hockey

Finally, the wait is coming to an end.

2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey is set to hit store shelves on September 14, 2011. The biggest debut of the season is about to unfold. Will it end up like Jeff Skinner and win the rookie of the year award? Or will it end up being like Taylor Hall who showed glimpses of greatness only to get injured in a stupid play? (Yes, I am bitter about that.)

I’m still betting on the former. Like Jeff Skinner, this product has pulled out all the stops in order to make it contend with the best. While The Cup has released to great fanfare and non-stop breaks, Panini should see the same hype and number of boxes opened. I mean, have you been following the Panini America blog and have been seeing all these glimpses of Panini Dominion? Look at this one:

Or this one:

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. It’s not just the pain meds for the kidney stones.

How can you not like these? Amazing patches and probably one of the nicest book cards I have ever seen. If all of these images put out by Panini are what is in the majority of their beautiful blue Dominion wooden boxes, it is sure to not disappoint many. Of course there are some who may not get big pulls, but if they are as beautiful as some of these, it won’t matter too much.

I’m still working on trying to get a box of this product so I can have a head to head box break against The Cup, which should be here tomorrow. If I can, you can expect an epic battle on video between the two products with punches thrown, riots everywhere, and fire. Well, maybe not most of those, but you will have the most in depth review of both products head to head. So keep your fingers crossed.

Until then, keep watching the Panini blog as I’m sure there will be more goodness posted. Or if you haven’t seen my other posts about The Cup or Dominion and some of the other posts comparing the two, make sure you check those out. (Yeah, I’ve written alot!)

2 Weeks Until the Showdown!

That’s right, it’s two weeks until the showdown between Upper Deck The Cup and Panini Dominion hockey.

I know that 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup is already out and I, for one, have already ordered my box. Now hopefully, I can somehow get my slimy paws on a box of 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey too so I can give you the showdown of the century. This is a battle of two heavyweights, call it Ali v. Frazier if you will. I’ve been waiting for this showdown since I first heard about Dominion coming out, especially with my beloved Hartford Whalers having their own subset.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to not open The Cup when it gets here in a few days. Luckily, since Dave and Adam’s Card World is one of the few certified dealers,  I was able to get 8 free packs of 2008-09 ITG Heroes & Prospects packs to hold me. I was also able to grab a bunch of team bags that I’ll be needing before I ran out of cash as well.

That’s right, because of you Upper Deck my box breaking fund is now down to $2.54. I’ll now need to come up with a plan to get some 2010-11 Panini Dominion in two weeks with very little resources. Think I can do it?