Preview: 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball

Panini is bringing a new product for the Baseball collectors, and it’s one of the higher-end sets you’ll see all year in 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball.

panini-america-national-treasures-baseball-preview-1

Panini is pulling out all the stops this year. Collectors will be able to find button cards numbered to 8, Legends Booklets numbered to 25 or less, and Bat Knob cards which are 1/1′s!

Collectors can also look for Rated Rookie Signature Material Gold cards which feature top rookies such as Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish numbered to 25.

Be on the lookout for the Hall of Fame Logo Signature cards that includes players such as Stan Musial, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr. and more.

panini-america-national-treasures-baseball-preview-23

Each box contains 1 pack with 8 cards. In each box, every card will be either a memorabilia or autograph card including 1 on-card autograph and 1 booklet card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $340 a box when it releases on February 27, 2013.

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

Preview: 2012 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

The 7th year of Topps Triple Threads baseball has returned for 2012. The hit seekers will be happy to see that not much has changed in the configuration of the product. At $200, I still consider it more of a gambling product.

Each mini-box will contain one pack that has an autographed card and a relic inside it. Based on the pack, it will be either a single autograph card or an autographed relic along with a relic card. All autograph hits are numbered to 99 or less while all relic hits are numbered to 36 or less.

You’ll also be finding 3 regular base cards and 2 parallels per mini box. Each parallel is numbered from 625, the Sepia parallel, to the 1/1 Ruby parallel. There will also be printing plates from the product as well. And with over 300 different players on the checklist, there is a lot of different options for collectors here.

Now, the fantastic hits are hard to find in this product, which is why I always consider this product to be one of the bigger gambles when it comes to higher end cards. But when I say fantastic hits, they really are fantastic hits to be found. Autographed patch booklets, bat knobs, laundry tags, jumbo sleeve patches, cut signatures, lettermans, MLB logo patches, and apparently more. It’s a cornucopia of unique items that can be found.

Take your chance with 2012 Topps Triple Threads baseball when it arrives in stores on September 19, 2012, for around $200 a box.

For more information on the product, check out Cardboard Connection’s product information page.

 

Preview: 2011-12 Panini Dominion Hockey

I stated the other night on Twitter that I would double up the posts for today because of my lack of posting yesterday, so here it is. We are going to feature our preview for one of the top products in the hockey realm, 2011-12 Panini Dominion hockey.

At $400 a box, it’s high end for a reason. With only 8 cards, you want to get what you pay for and Panini has done everything in their power to upgrade the rookie superstar to sophomore sensation with some of the additions and tweaks to the product.

First, returning are some of the fan favorites from last year. Tape to Tape will return, as well as Engravatures and Strapping Lads. These were some of the favorite pulls collectors could pull and made for some great cards.

Also returning but also with a nice upgrade include Peerless Patches which will continue to showcase some of the best patches in the hobby, but also now will include an autograph version. Rookie patch autographs of course will return, however you will now find one per box like Panini’s competition, and there will be less parallels included in the product which will increase value and the variety of cards.

There is still a ton more to be looked at with this product, and I’m sure Panini will also throw in a few surprises for collectors as well. So get ready and get set for an improved product that could really bring their competition to the limit.

You can check out more information on the Panini blog and get ready for the release of this product sometime near the end of August most likely.

 

Review: 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball

2011-12 Panini Preferred basketball is the first high end offering from Panini during this shortened NBA season. It features four cards per pack/box with 3 autographs and one booklet card. At $200 it’s quite a gamble, but the product is a nice mix of a bunch of products that Panini would have put out this season if it wasn’t for the NBA lockout.

It features some of it’s higher end cards from a couple products, including the collector favorite Silhouettes from Crown Royale. We got our box in for review and can show you what kind of amazing cards you can pull from this product, as we pulled a sweet patch autograph in which you will see below the review.

If you want to see some other possibilities in this product, check out our official preview of 2011-12 Panini Preferred basketball after checking out this product review. Until then, check out what we pulled and you can possibly win in future contests here!

Design:

Trying to rate the design on this product is interesting. You have a bunch of different designs that would of all been in separate products had Panini had a full season of products. So while there is no real underlying theme to this set, the cards they chose to pack out in this product are some of their best designs in the respective products they used. For instance, the Silhouettes patch autograph we pulled is absolutely beautiful and a beautiful patch with an on-card autograph. The booklet card looks great, but wish they included autographs in booklets in the product. Otherwise, I’d be impressed whether these were in separate products but it’s cool they are combined into one.

Checklist:

The one thing I always enjoy about Panini products is the mix of current players and NBA legends. The one thing I don’t like about this product is the lack of rookies. I buy the excuse of the lockout a little bit, but I’ve seen some cards produced of players in their new uniforms without an issue so the rookies could of been made. Other than that, I received a nice second year player autograph, a current budding star, and a Hall of Famer for my autographs as well as a great mix of retired players in my booklet.

Value:

I actually got great value out of my box and I really think a lot of boxes will provide some pretty decent value. The three autographs is great with the chance for low paralleled autographs and solid booklet combinations, despite there not being autographed booklets. The checklist helps too with the great number of veteran players and retired players whom collectors do like to search for. At $200 a box, it may be well worth the gamble considering what Panini is trying to do this season with their products. It’s definitely fun to open as well.

Overall:

I shouldn’t be surprised on how good this product can be considering the types of cards they are putting into it, but it’s a nice pleasant surprise to get a $200 product and get some pretty good value in it despite getting only 4 cards in the box. The design is solid and uses some of the best designs over a number of Panini products. The checklist is very good despite the lack of rookies, and the value looks like it could actually have some good value across the entire run at average. I’d have to see more of what others pulled, to see if this box was better than average, but while I didn’t get big names except for the redemption, I think I still just about came out even.

As always, I appreciate Panini sending out this product for review. You can find them on their official blog, Twitter, or website.

Now, for the haul. Not shown: Hakeem Olajuwon Autograph Redemption #/10

Preview: 2011 Panini Playbook Football

A new Panini football product is on the horizon for this season, and it’s 2011 Panini Playbook football. It looks like kind of a mix of National Treasures and Gold Standard as far as the product set up goes, but with booklet cards.

Coming in April 4, 2012, Playbook is a high-end product with 4 cards per pack featuring one on-card autographed prime memorabilia rookie booklet card, one regular rookie autograph, one memorabilia card, and one additional autograph, prime material, or autographed booklet card. You can now see why the name of this product is “Playbook”.

The set is 136 card with 50 common signatures (#’d to 99 or less), 50 rookie signatures silver (#’d to 299 or less), and 36 rookie booklets silver (#’d to 399 or less).

Some of the better hits in this product will be Chronicle Signature Booklets featuring 8 signatures and will be numbered to just 10, Playbook Materials Booklets which will have 8 pieces of game used material, Accolades Signatures which are some of the best veteran and retired autographs in the game, and Limited Edition Materials which feature some memorabilia swatches.

Remember, April 4, 2012, and about $200 for this product.

Look for more details soon but check out this post on the Panini blog for some more information and pictures. Personally, I love the use of booklets here as booklets are becoming ever more popular and a good on-card signature booklet card is a great collectible. Kudos to Panini on getting some on-card autographs for these beautiful looking cards.