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: 2012-13 Panini Brilliance Basketball

Yes, I’m a bit behind. Graduate school and working 40 hours is catching up to me.

Panini is still bringing out all the stops with this year’s full year of basketball, and the “new” Brilliance basketball is another example of what is on the plate for the future at Panini with their basketball products. Will this rookie product shine in the lineup, or is it destined to be trade or relegated to the “second team” of products for your buck. Let’s check it out.

Design:4 stars blue

The Pros: Good looking designs when you can see them. Some old school themes with inserts. Good use of etching and team colors.

The Cons: Oh. My. God. So shiny. I know Panini loves the foilboard, I get what Brilliance once was, but when it is hard to make out the writing sometimes, you need some contrast in the colors. I had the same issue with Certified. Contrast please! Huge fonts.

Ideas: Tone down the shininess a bit with contrasting colors. Maybe change the fonts around so they don’t take up so much of the cards on the bottom half. Definitely keep the thoughts for inserts as they remind me of past products.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The Pros: Double rookie class. Interesting group of players in autograph checklist from past years. Really good checklist of players for memorabilia cards.

The Cons: Double rookie class. Are the players or fan favorites too obscure? I mean, I loved Dana Barros growing up. I love seeing his autograph in the product.  Is he worth being in the product though? Basketball is a strange mistress when it comes to cards.

Ideas: Well the double rookie class is almost over. I feel like it took over basketball products this season, so we won’t have to worry about that. I have a thought for autograph checklist of older players. Remember the Panini “Design a Card” vote? How about “Design a Checklist”? The logistics may be difficult due to contracting and such, but a post on the blog about players that people want to see would be interesting, and eye opening.

Value:3 and half stars blue

Currently, this box is sitting at $75 over at DA Card World.

The Pros: 3 hits in a box. Top rookies of the past season. Top autographs available at low print runs. Large memorabilia pieces.

The Cons: Double rookie class. Obscure players on the checklist that don’t bring value. Non-numbered cards. Memorabilia cards.

Ideas: The three hits in a box is a good start, however, two autographs and a memorabilia card isn’t the best Panini has done. The names on memorabilia are always solid, but we all know the value of the cards. Why not lower the print run on memorabilia cards in a product and have a larger checklist. I know it increases costs, but there needs to be something done with memorabilia card values. I know Panini has made great strides in increasing autographed content, we just need to figure out something to improve value in memorabilia cards now.

Overall:4 stars blue

Oh Panini. Brilliance was interesting to say the least. In the beginning, I was sort of expecting something retro. I was kinda hoping to see the late 90s Fleer product redone by Panini. Instead it is a bit overly shiny and needs some more contrast. But the cards that are done right look awfully good. The checklist could use some work and I think some tweaking in how players are decided could yield interesting results. Finally, the value can be there with the right box, but the checklist is a bit rough so it is almost there. Maybe we can also find a way to increase the value of these memorabilia cards while we are at it.

Thanks to Panini for providing this box for review. you can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can find the full checklist on Cardboard Connection.

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And here are some of the cards. (I’m a Trailblazers fan, sorry!)

 

Review: 2013 Panini USA Champions Baseball

Happy Independance Day to all of the Americans out there who read this blog. (And belated Canada Day to my Canadian friends as well!) But waiting to post the review of this product on this day was important to me. USA Baseball from Panini! Bringing the most comprehensive product in the history of USA Baseball you will get to learn the history of the program from the players that played for the country. So want to see what is in the box of this star striped product? Check it out. And let me know if this review style works better for you guys. A little more organized.

Design:4 stars blue

The Pros: The stars and stripes theme is perfect and any other way wouldn’t have been good. Great looking, patriotic inserts like Game Gear, Stars and Stripes, and Pride.

The Cons: Certified parallels don’t fit in this product for me. Same goes with Diamond Kings. First, I love the thought to bring back DK, but not in this product. At least the color scheme on the parallels is spot on.

The Ideas: Get rid of the shiny Certified parallels. Build a new parallel set that fits with the product.

Checklist:4 and half stars blue

The Pros: Everyone from the old school USA players to the 15U players. Variety of different “hit” cards from jerseys to bat knobs. Rather large checklist.

The Cons: The 15U players. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t pay attention to the want for 15U USA baseball cardboard.

The Ideas: If you want to keep the 15U players, I would limit them a bit and include more of the older teams and veterans that helped make USA baseball.

Value:4 and half stars blue

The Pros: $62 a box over at DA Card World. Multiple autographs. Multiple memorabilia cards. Parallels. One low price. And the chance to hit something REALLY nice.

The Cons: Mostly checklist issues with names you might never see again. But that is expected.

The Ideas: Don’t change too much. Great price for the content.

Overall:4 and half stars blue

Overall, Panini USA Champions baseball delivers what it promises. A history of the USA baseball national team as well as current players that will be making their way through the ranks of the national team, through collegiate, and hopefully pro ball someday. Whether or not the value will continue is up in the air, but if any of these players end up being the next big thing, we saw what happened with Bryce Harper USA cards.

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

Check out Cardbord Connection for the full product checklist.

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Or check out some pics below:

 

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.