Preview: 2012 Panini Contenders Football

One of the more popular sets is back once again, Panini Contenders Football.

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Panini keeps it simple with Contenders Football, the cards that drive the market for this product is the rookie autograph cards which will be the highlight once again this year. Look for 100 different rookie autographs this year. There will also be autograph Playoff Ticket parallel’s that are numbered to 99 or less.

The Legendary Contenders autograph set will be returning as well, it features popular legends such as John Elway, Jerry Rice and others.

Another Autograph set that is sure to be a hit is the Rookie Ink cards. They are signed on-card and feature 30 of the top rookies from 2012.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 5 autograph cards, including at least 2 being on-card autographs!

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases February 6, 2012.

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

Preview: 2012 Panini Prizm Football

If the Basketball version was any indication, the release of Panini Prizm football may end up as product of the year for the football collectors.

Panini has kept this release simple. The first highlight of the product is their autograph cards. You can find 100 rookies, and 100 veterans autographs. The rookies will be numbered to 499 or less and veterans will be numbered to 149 or less.

Be on the lookout for decade dominance inserts as well as brilliance inserts.

The big pulls which could send the hobby into a frenzy will be the black prizm 1/1′s, if you’ve noticed the frenzy basketball collectors are in over the gold and green parallel’s, just imagine pulling a black parallel in football!

Each box contains 20 packs with 6 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 2 autograph cards and 3 prizm parallels.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases January 30, 2012.

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

Review: 2012 Panini Golden Age Baseball

Panini’s answer to Allen & Ginter and Champions is here with Golden Age. Like those other products, this isn’t necessarily a baseball product per se, as it does have several non-baseball cards in it, but the majority of cards do have baseball subjects. Each box contains one autograph and one memorabilia card, with autographs and memorabilia spanning the entire spectrum of the product. From baseball players to celebrities and historical events, this product has a lot of features that pay homage to the Golden Age of baseball and history. Let’s see what we got:

 Design:

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Panini has showcased that they are very creative when it comes to creating designs that look like they came from the early part of the 20th century. Cooperstown was a great example and now Golden Age continues that trend. The cards look like they came from an age long ago, perhaps a Golden Age. The card design does utilize light colors which adds to the look of an old time set. Paying homage to earlier sets as well, you can find stand ups in the product at a couple per box. Really, the only thing that I didn’t care too much about were the box toppers. Now I love box toppers and pennants are a cool idea, but they just look and feel cheap. I know they were based off a product from 1916, but they don’t feel like it. Eh, could of been better.

Checklist:

4 stars blueBeing a Ginter/Champions like product, you can find a ton of different celebrities of the past and players from multiple sports in this product. There is more baseball than the rest which is good. But the real issue I have is the lack of actual sports memorabilia and autographs. I know you can find celebrity items in other products, but Panini also has their Americana line for those types of cards. I would have like to have had at least one baseball related hit in my review box, which I didn’t get. It’s a bit too much like Americana with baseball cards added. Oh, and don’t forget all the beautiful ON CARD autographs found in this product. Makes them look that much better.

Value:

4 and half stars blue DA Card World is currently selling this product for $72 a box. Actually, that is not a terrible deal at all compared with the rest of the products out there. It actually runs about the same price as Americana with baseball cards. With two hits in a box, it’s not a terrible price and I think it has some value if you can get some of the bigger celebrity, historical, or baseball hits. My hits weren’t fabulous, but female celebrities tend to do better on the secondary market in trading card products so I wouldn’t be surprised if these did well. At a price of $72, you can afford to give this product a shot and try and build a pretty robust set at the same time.

Overall:

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Overall, this product is exactly what you would imagine it to be. Panini’s twist on Ginter or Champions with a little bit of Americana in it. If you aren’t into those types of baseball products put out, than this product isn’t for you. I wasn’t even able to pull a baseball player related hit from the product so if that is what you are looking for, it’s not for you either. However, it is a product that is filled with multiple sports figures and major American personalities from the early to mid 1900s. It is a great look at the past and pays homage to the celebrities and trading card industry. Worth the money for a box? If you’re into it, definitely go for it.

A big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this product for review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can find the full checklist including all the SP (short print) information over at Cardboard Connection.

And here’s what we pulled from the box…

Preview: 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball

If you are a prospector, than you will be happy to know that Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball will soon be released…Panini’s premier prospecting product of the season.

As always, you will be able to find the base autograph cards, but the best part about that? They will be on-card! There will be over 200 players and that includes 55 first round picks from the 2012 draft class.

Don’t forget to look for green and red ink autograph variations, those will be short printed in low quantities. Panini’s usage of different inks is a great substitute for changing the color scheme of a card so that should be a hit.

You will also be able to find a creative Building Blocks autograph set which includes dual, triple, and pick 6 signature cards. Those are numbered as low as 25 and will be a fantastic subset to collect.

Each box contains 20 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 6 autograph cards, and you may be lucky enough to get a hot box which will have 10 autographs per box!

You can find the product at DA Card World for $100 a box when it releases January 23, 2012.

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

Preview: 2012 Panini Limited Football

Panini is back with another year of Panini Limited Football, which has become a staple of the hobby.

The popular Materials Phenom autographed rookie cards are back! These cards feature on-card autographs and include a die cut to represent each players team. Collectors are always after these cards and they are sure to be after them once again this year.

A new feature this year is the Hog Heaven autographed set. That may sound familiar, and it should. Donruss had a set in one of their products years ago. These cards will feature authentic Football swatches that are signed in silver.

Don’t forget about Limited calling-card rookie cards to return as well. It’ll feature on-card autographs with team-name die cuts and large memorabilia swatches.

Each box contains 1 pack with 7 cards. In each box, it will contain 3 autograph or  memorabilia cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $100 a box when it releases on January 16, 2013.

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