Review: 2013 Panini Prestige Football

The second NFL product of the season has been upon us from Panini and it is ready to grab the headlines showcasing the new rookie class. Prestige is one of those products you see year after year, but you get excited for it as it signifies the beginning of the season. Usually one of the first products with autographs, memorabilia, and players in their new uniforms, it is a great time to begin prospecting for the upcoming season. Want to see what you can pull in a box? Let’s check it out.

Design:3 and half stars blue

Pros: Inserts look great. Great use of acetate. Nice use of foil.

Cons: Same designs as last year. Huge lettering. Rookie photo choices (Just home jerseys?).

Ideas: I’m looking for something more innovative nowadays. Collectors have seen the same thing over and over again, and in some cases repeats from last year. The diecut acetate cards were awesome. Some of the foil techniques were great. I’d like to see a more innovative base card in a product like this.

Checklist:4 stars blue

Pros: Rookie in their NFL uniforms. Updated roster information.

Cons: A ton of cards of the same rookies. A lot of rookies, period.

Ideas: Knowing the rookie class wasn’t as good this year, it would have been a great time to expand the checklist with some left over inventory from last year.

Value:4 stars blue

Pros: $82 at DA Card World. Four hits per box. Top rookies and still some veterans sprinkled inside. Leon Sandcastle autographs.

Cons: Four hits per box may be all rookies. The checklist is rough for a non-hyped rookie season.

Ideas: Knowing the rookie class wouldn’t be as good and in the interest of trying to sell more product, the Leon Sandcastle gimmick was nice, but not enough. A more veteran laden product might be beneficial until the rookies can showcase themselves on the field and develop a following in a year like this.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the product is interesting this year from Panini comparatively to last year. Much of that comparison lends itself to the rookie class which prospectors deem to be sub-par. However, that can still change as soon as the season starts and into the season. However, that does not bode well for early season products. Perhaps product order could have changed a bit. But there are some things I didn’t like and some that I loved. Everyone is different, but I think my thoughts have some merit. The repetitive designs and the “all rookie” hits are a couple things. I also found some nice surprises like the acetate inserts and the price of the product. To each their own.

Thanks 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 of this product at Cardboard Connection.

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And here are some of the cards. Buccaneers heavy because I can!

 

 

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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Preview: 2013 Topps Archives Football

This has turned into one of my personal favorites, and Topps is reintroducing it to Football with the release of 2013 Topps Archives.

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The first thing collectors should be on the lookout are the Fan Favorite Autographs. These will be signed on-card and feature up to 75 different players from you favorite franchise players.

Another set to look out for are the Topps Originals Autographs. Up to 10 of the biggest stars in the NFL will sign an original card and these cards will be numbered to 10. A set that is interesting is the Autographed USFL Buybacks. Up to 10 players will sign original cards from the 1980s and these will be numbered to 10.

My favorite Autograph set would have to be the Framed Autographs 1988 Minis. Up to 25 players will be in this set from the 1988 designed cards. These will be numbered to 25.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 2 autograph card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $90 when it releases on May 15, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Preview: 2013 Bowman Baseball

Topps is back with one of the most anticipated releases every season, 2013 Bowman Baseball.

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The thing I think is really cool about Bowman are the Black Collection autographs. These cards will be signed in silver and the cards are numbered to 25. Trust me on this, these cards look beautiful in person!

Of course with Bowman, collectors are always after the Bowman Chrome autographs. These feature some of the best prospects in the game as well as possible sleeper prospects in the future.

An interesting new set added this year are the Dual Franchise Refractor Autographs. These cards feature the top 2 propsects in an organization and are numbered to 25 or less! Also be on the lookout for Future Game Relics, these cards are from the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, and are numbered to 25.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 10 cards. In each box, it will contain 1 autograph card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $70 when it releases on May 8, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Topps & MLB Sitting In A Tree, Until 2020

Seven more years. Seven. 7. Siete. Sette. Clicking noises.

Why has the MLB continued the exclusive license with Topps to produce baseball cards, again? Most people are guessing that Topps just threw a boatload of cash at the MLB and said, “Here! Take as much money as you need so we don’t have any competition. Panini has been catching up a little too quickly to our liking.”

The press article on Sports Collector Daily has these remarks from the senior licensing man in charge with MLB. “Since making Topps our exclusive baseball card licensee, they have continually validated that decision by bringing clarity to the marketplace and reinvigorating the hobby, especially among young people,” said Howard Smith, senior vice president, Licensing, Major League Baseball. “Generations of baseball fans have grown more attached to the game through collecting baseball cards, and Topps is continually coming up with new and creative ways to reach the next generation.”

My Buddha almighty in Enlightenment! (That sounds about right.) What a load of garbage spewed by the MLB on this matter. Let’s see, Topps has held the MLB license since 2010? What have they changed in bringing clarity to the marketplace? Prospect cards and rookie cards with a fancy logo that still confuses collectors? Reinvigorating the hobby? The only invigorating I see is by collectors with pitchforks. Oh, and with young people you say? With what products? Stickers? Topps has come out with more high-end products since then than anything else.

It isn’t like I haven’t made it known before, but as a collector I hate exclusive licenses. I hate that the MLB and Topps are exclusive. I hate that Panini and the NBA are best buds, despite what you may think about me being a Panini fan-boy. And I hate that the NHL isn’t giving ITG a full license.

Folks around the community are up in arms about the signing. Small sample size on vocal boards, I know, but the issue has been causing a ruckus on Twitter since its announcement as well.

I wonder if there will be a new edition of Topps Monopoly baseball coming to stores soon?

Obviously, collectors voices haven’t been heard in this matter, nor do I think the MLB really cares. But for shits and giggles, MLB.com has information here on how to contact their licensing department:

For licensing information, please send an e-mail to the following addresses:

Wait a minute, that’s not Howard Smith’s email. Maybe try Howard.Smith? Somebody, somewhere has to listen to the collectors. This is an issue with Topps looking out for their own business, which is fine, but listening to collectors over this isn’t in their best interest. The best place to go would be with the MLB, where they ultimately decide they want an exclusive.

Anyway, I’m not writing this to ream Topps. It’s really not even their fault. They are a business and their job to make money. If offering a ton of money to do so makes them more money, then by all means, go ahead and do it. Your shareholders will love you. A recent article by Sports Card Radio details that part nicely. If you want to blame anybody, blame Major League Baseball. They took the offer as it was all about money.

I understand, it’s just business. And I do like to collect some Topps baseball products. But I have a new motto: “Try and have fun until 2021!”