Review: 2011 Panini Gold Standard Football

Panini’s Gold Standard line is moving to football from the basketball arena and it looks just as good, if not better, then it’s basketball counterpart. While I kind of liked the entrapped autographs, when they weren’t cutting off the signatures, they seemed to have done away with those types of autographs in football and changed things up a bit.

Our box is in for review and here are some images of what we pulled. Remember, we have just started to try out this little slideshow feature, so if you don’t like it please let me know so I can try something else. If you love it, well tell me that too. Just trying to get less clutter on the review posts.

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Design:

As Beckett’s Chris Olds said in a Twitter post, this is probably the best use of foil board to date. And it rings true. I really like the design of this product with the gold foil board and the designs put forth on the cardboard. It really has an elegant and gold feel from opening up the gold bar shaped box to shuffling through the gold colored cards to see what you pulled. A couple of things I didn’t like though starts with the big white boxes for rookie autograph stickers. Okay, I get that these might stay around for awhile until something is figured out so here is a new idea. A white rectangle the size and shape of a sticker where you just place the sticker on top of it. It wouldn’t take away from the entire bottom part of the card. I’m also still not huge on the layout of the non-memorabilia inserts with the team logo. Sometimes it looks okay, but it just doesn’t look incorporated well in inserts like the Rivers.

Checklist:

For $200 you better have the checklist to back it up and Panini provides a great checklist for you to chase after. From the great looking rookie autographs in the silver pen to even some cards embedded with diamonds from super bowl winners, you can pull the hottest rookies and the greatest to ever take the field. You can really just pull about anyone in this product which I really like. I do think there may be too many rookies in this product however and that would be really my only complaint.

Value:

$200 for a box is a tough sell when you have plain jersey cards of rookies in the product. There is a huge potential for hit or miss in this product and having the plain rookie jerseys in it really puts a damper on the value. At least patch these bad boys up in your second highest priced product of the year. I got a total of one patch, on the Locker, and it’s not only numbered to 325, it’s a single color patch. Oy vey. It’s a little rough, but at least it’s of a top rookie. I can’t imagine if I pulled a Jerrel Jernigan or Bilal Powell as my rookie patch autograph and the rest of the cards I pulled. Discounting maybe some bad luck for some, there is the potential for huge hits as well with diamond embedded Super Bowl autographed cards and NFL Shields that could bring in quite a bit of money, as well as autographs from the top rookies of the year. Products like this are always hit or miss so you’ll have a lot of complaints.

Overall:

Overall, this product has a solid design with a great use of foil board and the gold shines beautifully on these cards. With a few tweaks here and there I think it could look even better. But what would look better then some of the diamond embedded Super Bowl ring cards this product delivers featuring a great checklist of Super Bowl legends. Or maybe even a nice silver inked rookie autographed patch from a hot rookie. But you better hope you get lucky and pull a popular name as the other hits with plain jerseys and high numbered hits may drag down the value a little bit. $200 is a bit rough of a price to start out with, but if you wait it out a month or two, prices should drop a bit and you might find some better value. But if you’re up for a gamble, this is a very fun product to rip open.

As always, a big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this product for review.

Review: 2011 Topps Chrome Football

Well, I broke down and decided to try my luck with some 2011 Topps Chrome football. I saw all the great things that a ton of people had to say about the product and I decided that I wanted to try and review it myself. So I ordered a box with some money I put together and have a review for you guys. I picked this up for about $100 bucks so let’s see what we got.

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Design:

I really can’t say enough about the design. Again, Topps has put out a product that looks really great. They have done that alot with this year’s products which is a good thing. The things Topps needs to work on, in general, is content. But that’s besides the point. This product looks fantastic. Very clean design, nice borders, nice photos, and the refractors look really good. I love the look of the sepia tone refractors myself. The inserts are solid and I enjoy the Bowman Chrome design as well. Oh yeah, everyone knows I love die-cuts so the atomic refractors are great too. Nice and sparkly as well! Pretty. Not that I’m taking points off this, but I opened this up last night and I swear I can still smell the Chrome finish on my hands…ew. Can’t we get strawberry scented Chrome finish?

Checklist:

The checklist is solid. There are a ton of nice autographs to be had in either regular or paralleled form. But the thing for me is that they are rookie autographs. I would like to see at least a better possibility of pulling a bonus autograph and having it be a nice veteran autograph. Why can’t we see a few other autographs thrown in there? I mean, it’s already up to over $100 a box…I know the rookie class is good but that changes the decision on whether buying this is a good idea or not.

Value:

That leads us here to value. The prices has rocketed up on this product, but for good reason. The rookie class is doing great this year and people want to find rare cards of these rookies. This is a great product to find it, but it suffers from the same problem we find in baseball. So many parallels. These parallels effect the value in a negative light, especially if you start pulling parallels of rookies no one cares about or ride the pine. A nice cut down on the number of parallels would be nice and I go back to wanting a chance at a veteran autograph as well. The rookie patch autographs are nice and rare, but again, I don’t want a product where the only hits are rookies when there are veteran base and parallels as well. Oh, don’t get rid of the superfractor though, they are beautiful and are worth a pretty penny.

Overall:

Overall though, I had a ton of fun opening this product. It just leaves a little tiny bit to be desired in the checklist and value portions. Otherwise, this is a great product which I can see being the rookie card everyone wants to get every season like Bowman Chrome is to baseball. The cards look sharp in all their parallel forms, but maybe try and get a few more on-card signatures. If Panini can do it, anyone can. I would like to see a little more work put in the value, but there already is some great value if you pull the right players and they seem to hold value pretty well. I’m going to harp on this again though, I would like to see some veteran hits. Good work Topps.

The video will be here when I get a chance to upload it.

Still looking for my first Cam Newton card of the year…

 

Preview: 2011 Panini Prime Signatures Football

Is it love at first sight? Or is this just lust? February 15, 2012, we will find out.

2011 Panini Prime Signatures football is a newly rehashed product based off of it’s old product by Donruss in 2002. As the name of the brand says, this product will contain purely signatures inside a 4 card box.

The contents of that box are as follows: an autographed card numbered to 299 or less, 2 base cards numbered to 499, and either an additional base card or an added insert.

For a small product, the checklist is quite big. At 261 cards, you will find a wide range of cards, making set building this product near impossible. There are 175 currents stars and retired players and 86 rookies. However, every rookie card is autographed and the players who attended the Rookie Premiere will feature on-card autographs.

There are 30 boxes in a case which leads me to believe that the price on this product may not be too bad either. Each case will yield 8 to 9 on-card rookie autographs, 10 to 11 other rookie autographs, and 10 to 11 current stars or retired player autographs.

Every veteran autograph will be paralleled to 75, 25, 5, and 1 of 1 cards along with printing plates with a checklist highlighted by players like Troy Polamalu, Matthew Stafford, John Elway, Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, and Joe Montana. While the rookie autographs will be paralleled to 199, 49, 25, and 1 of 1 cards along with printing plates.

You can also find some other subsets like Signing Bonus Signatures featuring dual autographs numbered to 49 or less of players like Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning. Or maybe you’ll pull a Call to the Hall signatures or dual signature card featuring members of the NFL Hall of Fame.

All this and more in a product that looks like a mix of Topps Inception and Panini’s Limited product.

Check out the Panini Peek of this product for more information and images.

How about some more cards from Prime Signatures?

Preview: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Football

Thanksgiving will have come and past, Black Friday will be a week ago memory, and Christmas will be on the horizon. Are you single and have some extra money from your Christmas bonus to blow? Maybe you hide your card collecting from your significant other and want to gamble on a high end box. Or maybe you know someone who would love a box of this product, like myself, and want to send them an early Christmas present. (If you need my address let me know!)

2011 Topps Triple Threads football is back and better than ever with an extra hit per pack giving you 4 hits per box now instead of just two at the same price we are accustomed to. First, I’m happy to see they are giving you an extra hit per box. I just hope it’s slightly better then the boring plain single jersey swatches you get in Triple Threads baseball.

Each pack will contain 2 base parallel cards numbered to 350 or less, 3 numbered base cards, 1 triple relic numbered to 36 or less, and 1 Triple Threads Unity autograph relics card numbered to 99 or less. Or you may get a pack with 1 autographed triple relic card numbered to 99 or less and 1 Triple Threads Unity relic card numbered to 36 or less. Which means there will be some boring plain single jersey cards in this $175 product as one of your 4 hits.

Some of the case hits include 1 of 1 autographed triple relic cards and triple autographed relic cards numbered to 36 or less. So at least the case hits look like they will be something nice to behold, but aren’t they always?

Another worry I have is that Topps has included way too many rookies compared to veterans in their products this year. I know it’s a pretty good rookie class, but a lot of the rookies are still not even worthy of being in a product like this. I just hope there are more veteran possibilities with less of the crappy rookies. I mean, in my review last year, I got lucky and pulled a book card of a Hall of Famer, but if I pulled another swatch of a rookie, it would have been terrible. We’ll see what happens this year.

November 30, 2011 is the release date. It’s definitely one of the bigger gambles, but it has some great possibilities for big hits as well.

Preview: 2011 Panini Totally Certified Football

The future of the Panini Certified brand is here.

2011 Panini Totally Certified football will be released this January. The best part about this product? Panini’s HRX video cards will be coming to football! These limited cards are embedded with a highlight video of your favorite player and some include an autograph as well.

Another great part about this product is the crazy designs this product brings. Remember my review of Totally Certified basketball? I loved those designs and they are being brought over to the football product. These cards should look great, but here is some more information.

Each set will have 100 base cards, 50 Immortals, 50 Freshmen Phenoms, and 36 on-card rookie autographs. Every box contains 6 packs at one hit per pack. Every box will contain at least one on-card autographed jersey rookie card to 499 or less, one additional autograph numbered to 299 or less, and four memorabilia cards…just like it’s basketball counterpart.

These subset hits will include cards like Stitches in Time, which features four players with a piece of memorabilia for each player featuring some of the greatest players in the game. You will find some Totally Certified Future Materials which includes jerseys worn by top players at the Rookie Premiere. The Immortals set with 50 of the greatest players ever, each with an autograph. Pieces of the Game which features a piece of the players jersey. And also Heritage Collection which will feature game worn jerseys from some of the most collected retired NFL Players. So there is a big lineup of possible hits in this product with a great veteran focus in some of the insert sets.

I know I’m excited as I loved the design and look of Totally Certified basketball. Let’s just hope it translates well to the football arena. We’ll find out in late January.

You can check out the official Panini Peek here with more information and images.