Preview: 2011 Panini Gold Standard Football

This has me amped up and ready to just go do something crazy to get rid of the adrenaline. I REALLY enjoyed 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball, you can see how much I enjoyed it with my product review. Now Panini is continuing that greatness in football? My bank account is going to be empty and my fiancee is going to wonder where all my money went.

2011 Panini Gold Standard football looks a lot similar to it’s basketball counterpart. I didn’t think Gold Standard could get much better, until I saw yesterday’s Panini Peek of 2011 Panini Gold Standard football. Now you can see why I’m so excited for Gold Standard to be coming to football. Panini’s original products have been nothing less than stunning so far. I’m hoping these next two years brings the changing of the guard on products and we have more new quality products.

But back to this goodness.

You see that little diamond looking thing? It’s a diamond. Panini is adding diamonds to the already gold themed set. You can find cards embedded with diamonds or gold this time around adding even more value to some of these beautiful cards. Trust me, if it’s anything like Gold Standard basketball, these mock ups by Panini do not give the cards any justice.

You can also find on-card rookie autographs from everyone at the Rookie Premiere, dual signatures, NFL Shield autographs, Golden Anniversary material signatures, and tons of gold or diamond embedded cards.

Each pack/box will contain 12 cards with at least 3 autographs, 2 memorabilia, 3 base and 3 inserts. Very similar to the basketball variation. I’m expecting great things out of this product just like the success of Gold Standard basketball.

This is set to arrive in November and hopefully arrives in those awesome gold bar looking boxes with a price tag hopefully around $150-$175 like basketball.

Some Gold Standard rookies for your viewing pleasure…

How about some QC images?

Contest Results #5

I think this is my fifth installment of contests here on Sports Card Blog. So I’m excited about that. I’ve given out a ton of awesome prizes and they will continue through time. Although I haven’t spun the Wheel O’ Awesome in awhile. I might need to break that out again soon, or build a better version as it runs a little rough, lol.

Anyway, you’re here for the awesome news, previews, reviews, and contests. So let’s get the results of that contest part done so the anxious can settle down.

My back is bothering me the past couple of days and today so I didn’t make a video this time around. I don’t play favorites or any of that so you’ll have to trust me on the randomizers. And no, BA Benny did not win again (still a lucky guy!)

The winner after 3 randomizations of the 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars prize pack is…

RJ! Congrats on your first win! And thanks for commenting your opinion on manufactured patch autographs!

We only got up to 53 Likes on our Facebook page. I did require that 75 be the magic number needed for a sweet dual autograph bonus for the next contest. But we did make it above 50, so I will add in a different random bonus basketball autograph for the winner.

And the winner after 3 randomizations of the 2011 Panini Gold Standard + 2011 Panini Season Update basketball double prize pack is…

Trevor Picone! Congrats on your first win as well! And thanks for the “Like” on Facebook!

I will be contacting the both of you for shipping information. You may now post your acceptance speeches in the comments area.

Thanks to everyone who entered by giving their opinions and pressed “Like” on Facebook. Make sure you use all those links at the top right to stay informed on what is going on here at Sports Card Blog. This has been a daily blog since day 1 and will strive to continue that service bringing you daily updates around the sports card world. Who knows when the next contest may pop up as well? You’ll want to stay tuned.

Preview: 2011 Panini Threads Football

With Panini tearing up the 2011 National in Chicago right now, it’s only deserved that I feature an up and coming Panini product. The NFL lockout is over which means it’s time to get to the gridiron and Panini Threads is ready to come back again for another year of NFL action.

Basing it’s product off past years, you will be able to find the always popular rookie letterman manufactured patch autographs amongst other main stays in the product. Now everyone knows by now how much I don’t like manufactured patches, but this is one of the few exceptions. I like the manufactured letter patches as it gives you a nice autograph and a little mini set to collect from your favorite player. I know it’s manufactured, but I like the way they are done.

But away from that, let’s look at the rest of the product. With 24 packs per box and 8 cards per pack you are in for quite a few cards with this product. Each box will yield 4 autographs or memorabilia cards with at least one of them being an autograph. It feels like this year when Panini says this, every other box has about 2 autographs and they seem to make sure there are 2 autographs in a box if one of them is a redemption which is nice. As far as autographs you can pull the aforementioned letterman autographs, rookie signature combos which go from duals to quad autographs, Gridiron Kings signature materials, and Franchise Fabrics signature materials. None of these are serial numbered extremely high so it’s always a nice addition to value.

You will also find 1 rookie per pack as has been a common theme with Panini this season. While I’m not a fan of making rookies so easily accessible, it is nice for the player collectors out there. You will also find 4 parallels, 2 Star Factor inserts, 2 Gridiron King inserts, and 1 each of Generations, Heritage Collection, Triple Threat, 2010 All-Rookie Team, and an addition insert.

Catch Panini Threads at your local shop on August 24, 2011 for probably the same price as last year as I can’t find a price yet.

Make sure to check out the official Panini Peek of 2011 Panini Threads football on their official blog.

Who wants to see the first boxes opened by Panini?

2 New Contests For This Week

I think this is contest round #4 here at Sports Card Blog. We’ve only been around for a little over 3 months and we are getting some great feedback from our readers and we love you all.

See, this love seems to go both ways. What do we do when we love someone and they love us back? We give out free stuff.

So this time around we have two contests going.

Contest #1 is to read my review of 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars Football and post in the comments area of that post what you think about the product and what you think about manufactured patches like the one I pulled. A random comment will receive a Vincent Brown autograph manufactured patch rookie, 4 rookies, the Philip Rivers Longevity parallel, a rookie insert, and all my doubles of base cards. This prize pack is 19 total cards, so it’s a big one.

Contest #2 is also a big one in terms of cards. For this one, all you have to do is “Like” the Sports Card Blog page on Facebook. We currently only have 38 “Likes” so I’m looking to up that number a little bit. If you wish to post that you “Liked” the page on here, go ahead, but I’ll be picking from all the Facebook people for this prize pack. This one consists of cards pulled from my 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball review live from the 1977 Portland Trailblazers NBA Championship court and my 2010-11 Panini Season Update basketball review. Right now the prize pack consists of the Karl Malone GU, the DeJuan Blair GU, and the Chris Kaman GU. Plus 2 other numbered cards from Gold Standard and a bunch of inserts from Panini Season Update. If we can get up to 75 Likes, I will also include the Udoh/Johnson dual rookie autograph numbered to just 20.

Both of these contests will end on Sunday, August 7, 2011, at 5pm PST.

Make sure you thank Panini for giving us the opportunity to review their products and give away some of their fine cards that I pull. Make sure you visit their blog as they always have giveaways as well and up to date news on all their upcoming products.

Review: 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars Football

2011 Panini Rookies & Stars may not be at the top of your list of products to break for this NFL season, but it appears to be better than you may think. It returns this year with 4 autographs or memorabilia cards per box with at least one of them being an autograph. You can find patches, jumbo jerseys, prime jerseys, just about anything in a box of this product. It features a 100 card base set with 50 base rookies which are only inserted 1 per pack.

The inserts are plentiful too with a homage to Donruss Studio with Studio Rookies, Longevity, and Freshmen Orientation amongst other insert sets. With a bunch of parallels and so low numbered cards, it’s definitely worth the time to check out this review and decide what you think about the product.

Base:

Inserts:

Memorabilia/Autographs:

Design:

The base design on this product is better than many other Panini designs. It features an action shot of the players on the front with a little bit of the background faded into a solid white background. This is a very clean base design with clean lettering along the sides. I believe this clean base design is great and should be in more products. The inserts look great too. Freshmen Orientation is great with the memorabilia embedded and Longevity looks much better in person then on scans that I’ve seen. Impressive. Now I do not like manufactured patch autographs with the autograph on the cloth…I would much rather have a sticker or on-card autograph as it’s cleaner looking. Also, the way some inserts look when they don’t have memorabilia embedded look really weird, like the one I have pictured. It’s just a weird shape with a symbol inside? That just looks lazy.

Checklist:

The checklist features 100 veteran base cards and 50 rookie base cards. You can pull rookies and stars hence the title of the product. But I find there are more rookies than stars when it comes to memorabilia and autographs. With the abundance of rookies, it may seem like it cheapens the product a bit as it’s harder to pull veterans of the game. Other than that, you can find all the top rookies of the game from the draft for this season so there is no complaints there. The base set and rookie set is reasonable as you just about get a full set in a box. So the checklist of players is pretty solid overall. I think it could use a few more stars.

Value:

Overall, the value appears to be there. It looks to be a mostly rookie driven product, as I don’t see much in the way of stars as far as the real value, game used and autographs, goes. But a good job is done with the rookies here as there are plenty of autographs and memorabilia cards to go around and you may get to pull a nice veteran as well. The patches are nice, there are nice jumbo swatches, and autographs from all the rookies you could want. The only problem I have is the lack of veterans but also a bit of a collation issue. There are 100 cards in a the base veteran set, I’m missing two from completing it and I have like 8 dupes. Just throw in the extra 2 next time, seriously, that’s a bit tacky. Other than that, this is a decent mid-range product.

Overall:

Overall, as I said above this is a very solid mid-range product. The base design is nice but there are still a couple of issues with insert designs and I still don’t like manufactured patch autographs with the way they are done now. The checklist is full of rookies but I feel like it could use more stars in the product to fill the stars void. The value is there, but mentioned with the above issues it could be a little bit better and get 5 stars across many of the areas. But overall, it’s definitely worth looking into as your next box of cards.

I’d like to thank Panini America once again for providing this box for me to review. Check out their new Facebook page here.

The contest for the manufactured patch autograph, my base doubles, and some inserts/rookies will be to tell me what you think of this product and tell me your honest opinion on manufactured patch autographs that Panini makes. I will pick a winner from a randomizer. One per person please!