Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day Week 4 Winner!

A big congratulations to the Week 4 winner…..KJ Lamb! KJ squeaked by with a 1 point victory over two opponents who scored 7 points each to win an official Panini NFL Player of the Day t-shirt and a set of Panini NFL Player of the Day trading cards! That also puts KJ in the lead for the October monthly grand prize!

Here are the scores for the week:

KJ – 8
Michael G – 7
RJ Reyes – 7
Jay Reeder – 6
Harley Edwards – 6
Shane K – 6
Dylan C – 5
Pauly C – 5
Edwin G – 5
Weirdmaniac – 5
Madison V – 5
Matt G. – 4

So everyone is still in the race for the second monthly prize! Look for the next contest posting again this Thursday! I’ll be asking for addresses for the first 4 winners in the coming days to send out their prizes!

Preview: 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends Football

Topps is bringing out a brand new releases this season that showcases some of the game’s past legends, current legends, and future legends. Like what I did there? Everyone one of these legend filled boxes will have a guaranteed 4 hits per hobby box which include a bevy of autographs and relics.

Some of the autographs include autographed rookie cards, 1956 Topps reprint autographs with players who were in that set, Legends autographs with autographs from former stars and Hall of Famers, Canton Hopefuls autographs from players who could be inducted someday in the future, Future Legends autographs with autographs from the cream of the rookie crop, dual and triple autographs, and Stamp of Approval autographs with autographs from the player and a stamp from their home state. Alot of these autographs have a limited patch autograph version as well which should turn out nice for some lucky collectors who hit one of those.

Also, collectors will find some relic cards like Gridiron Legacies relics, Aspiring Legacies relics which are rookie relics, and Legendary Combo relics which are dual relics of two legends of the game.

You will also find 1 parallel per pack and 9 inserts per box.

At $78 a box with 18 packs per box and 8 cards per pack, you might be able to find some good value from this product. I’m really digging the design for this too so I’m hoping this product lives up to the sell sheet when it arrives in stores on October 12, 2011.

Join Panini and the NFL in Going Pink for Breast Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month in the United States. With breast cancer being the most common cancer affecting woman today, breast cancer awareness is extremely important. Coming from a family where breast cancer is prevalent amongst the women, it’s always been a topic of conversation at family get togethers as we find out someone else has had breast cancer.

Even only two days ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer.

Join Panini and the NFL in going pink for breast cancer awareness. Throughout October, NFL players and referees will be sporting pink equipment in showing their support for breast cancer awareness.

Panini has even fashioned a 64 card set, with this year’s Gridiron Gear design, with some pink highlights showing their support for breast cancer awareness. Check out their blog for some more great images. You may even see some of these cards inserted into 2011 Gridiron Gear football.

I’m hoping Panini buys some of these pieces of apparel at NFL Auctions in order to include pieces of them into future products. The money they spend will go towards a good cause, and I think it would make great collectibles.

Review: 2011 Panini Threads Football

2011 Panini Threads football has been out for a bit now and once again has divided the football card collecting community. Some people love it, some people hate it, and there really isn’t anything in between. But don’t worry, I am here to bring you that voice of the collector who is the one person out there who doesn’t love it, but doesn’t hate it either.

After opening and going through the product, it looks to me to just be an average mid-range product. There are some highlights though that you won’t find in other Panini products like autographed manufactured letterman patches, a wider crop of rookie autographs with some that may not have made prior releases, and some really nice insert sets that I haven’t seen before. So let’s see what we got…

Base:

Inserts:

Autographs/Memorabilia:

Design:

Okay, I’ll start with the things I like. I love the use of team colors across this product. It seems like every card incorporates the team colors of the team that player plays on. From the regular base set to the inserts, the team colors proudly wave across the cards. I also really enjoy the action shots and the horizontal design of the cards. The inserts are also done very well, I especially enjoy the Gridiron Kings and Star Factor sets. Now, the bad. I still don’t like manufactured patches but in a product called “Threads” I can live with it. I also don’t like the random stripes going down the side of some cards that have the set names and the team logo. For example, I already love the Gridiron Kings set but would love it even more without the stripe. I know you use it for placement of game used material, but couldn’t there be a less intrusive way? Maybe it’s just me.

Checklist:

I really like a nice base set like this. A ton of different players from your favorite teams can be pulled. I’m still not a huge fan of the rookie per pack thing, I’d like to see Panini do something like Upper Deck does with hockey and Young Guns. Limit the rookies in the product to keep them at a higher value. It seems like product after product is one rookie per pack. Other than that, they feature quite a few players from today and years gone by, which is always nice in moderation. This is definitely my type of product with the small insertion of former players. As always, Panini does a great job of inserting case hits being stars of the NFL including the newly added Troy Polamalu autographs can be found in this product. I was lucky enough to pull a nice patch card of his.

Value:

At $85 a box, I think it may be a little high. I mean, I only received one autograph in the box and we all know autographs are really what collectors are looking for nowadays. Some boxes have 2 autographs in them, but I’d like to see 2 autographs and 2 memorabilia in each box. Even if it was another rookie of some sort, at least that has more potential to rise in value while game used memorabilia cards are going down in value what seems like every day. The Polamalu should hold decent value as he doesn’t have many out there, but the Tebow and the Packers rookies might not. Then again, fans of both are pretty rabid. I’d just like to see a little more ink.

Overall:

Part of me really thinks that with some tweaking, this product has the potential to be a really great product. The designs have improved and have some really great things to see. I love the use of team colors and the action shots showing everything is really nice. Even the inserts look nice, but I would still find a way to get rid of that line down the side. The checklist is pretty good, but I’d still like to limit the rookies. I say this through a lot of products, but it’s just something I see over and over again. It was nice to pull a Julius Thomas rookie finally for my PC though. Finally, I would find somewhere to add a little more value or lower the price $10 or so. Make it two autographs and two memorabilia or even add in an extra memorabilia card and I think it would hold up pretty well. But I think with a few minor tweaks, this product has the potential to be so much better.

Again, thanks to Panini for providing this box for me to review. I will be giving away some cards from it in the future because I have the Panini NFL POD contests going on until November so make sure to check those out.

I’ll have the video up shortly, it is kind of a long one.

Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day Week 1 Winner

I’ve tabulated the scores so far for this weekend, and it appears that no one can catch the leader for the week with tonight’s football game between the St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants.

Your week 1 winner is Edwin G. aka Biggie! He narrowly edged out both RJ and Michael G. last night with the great Sunday night football game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles as he was the only one of those 3 to pick the Falcons.

Congratulations goes to Edwin G. aka Biggie for the week 1 victory. He will be receiving a Panini NFL Player of the Day t-shirt and a set of Panini NFL Player of the Day trading cards. They will be sent out when my allotment of prizes arrives sometime this week, I believe. Even more valuable, he will receive at least 5 points towards the grand prizes!

Don’t worry if you didn’t win. Everyone who entered will receive at least 1 point toward the grand prize just for participating. If you “Beat the Blogger” this round, you will receive an extra 2 bonus points as well. There will be ample time to catch up over the next 10 weeks! So keep on entering every week!

Look for the Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day Week 2 contest to be posted on Thursday! It will be a little different and will contain a different prize! Make sure you check out the Panini NFL Player of the Day website to learn all the details on how you can win a day with an NFL player!