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:

 

Preview: 2012 Panini Playbook Football

Panini releases a new Football product in 2012 Panini Playbook Football.

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Look for the top rookies of the 2012 season with the Rookie Signatures set. All cards will be numbered to 149 or less, including black parallels numbered to 1. Also look out for Accolades Signatures which features some of the best players in NFL history, these cards are numbered to 49 or less.

There will also be various relic sets including Fabled Fabrics which features NFL legends and are numbered to 99 or less. There are also prime versions numbered to 49 or less.

Don’t forget about the Rookie Booklet cards either. These cards are sure to look amazing, with a jumbo swatch, jumbo patch and autograph all on one card? Sign me up for that, these cards will be numbered to 149 or less, including Printing Press Plate 1 of 1′s.

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Each box contains 1 pack with 4 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 1 rookie autograph, 1 memorabilia card, 1 on-card rookie booklet, and 1 autograph or memorabilia card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $190 when it releases April 3, 2013.

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

Sponsorship With And1Cards Announced

 

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SportsCardBlog and And1Cards of Clarence, New York, have teamed up in a sponsorship deal that will greatly benefit both sites. And1Cards.com is having a huge relaunch party this week and we want you to be a big part of it. But you’ll need to read the rest of this release to find out how.

And1Cards.com is a shop in New York that has decided to feature alot of the products they sell in-store, online as well. They offer a variety of sports card products, group breaks, as well as memorabilia and other items that you may have a difficult time finding anywhere else online. They will be starting their relaunch with a huge “break-a-thon” throughout the month where they will be busting a case of every 2012 football product that has come out. And you’ll only be able to sign up with them.

They will also be featuring a rewards program where every dollar you spend with them gives you one point. The top point getter at the end of each month will receive an awesome prize with them that will be announed at the beginning of the month. There will also be a couple consolation prizes as well! It will be rewarding to do business with them.

Now in order to get you started with them, I’m giving away one $50 gift card to their site that can be used on whatever you wish. Want to know how you can win the gift card? Well there are two ways to gain entry.

#1: Find my tweet about this contest on my Twitter page, and make sure you retweet that tweet and follow me @SportsCardBlog. Make sure you follow @And1Cards while you’re at it too.

#2: Visit their site at And1Cards.com and tell me what member of the Indiana Pacers is the player in which they pulled a Gold Prizm of from 2012 Panini Prizm basketball. It will be located under the tab “In-Store Hits”. (Comments hidden to protect contest!) Answer must be posted here in the Comments section.

Update: Since that page mysteriously disappeared…tell me the name of one of the autographed helmets they have for sale! If it does pop back up, either answer will work, but only one entry will be given for a correct answer to either question!

Contest ends Wednesday at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be randomly chosen and a code will be emailed to you that will give you $50 off your order!

So make sure you visit And1Cards.com and check them out. Those group breaks will be insane!

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Basketball

Panini has brought back one of their lower-end products, but it’s sure to be a hit in 2012-13 Panini Basketball.

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The first thing to look for in Panini Basketball are the Rookie Signatures. Also be on the lookout for the Red Ink Signatures as well. Rated Rookies Autographs can be found in Panini Basketball, also.

Collectors can also find Hall of Fame Signatures, as well as Spokesmen Signatures. Spokesmen Signatures will feature a combination of 2 or 3 players that are at the top of Panini’s checklist. Players such as Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and more will be featured.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 10 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 2 autograph cards per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $70 when it releases March 6, 2013.

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

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: