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?

Review: 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

The Gold Standard has arrived by Panini. This product is one of those single pack products that tries to bring the boom with every hit. Not only are there great possibilities for autographs in this product, you can pull cards either with a piece of gold embedded into them or pull a card made entirely of gold itself. This product redefines value in terms of adding actual gold to cards. I think it’s a cool idea, which is why I was excited to receive a box in the mail to review for you guys.

2011 Panini Gold Standard basketball is one pack with 12 cards per pack. The first thing I noticed was how amazing the packaging is. If I could give a rating for design of packaging, that would be 5 stars. It looks like a gold bar. Nothing denotes a product based on gold then having gold bar packaging! Let’s get to the goods from what I pulled.

Base:

Inserts:

Autographs/Memorabilia:

Design:

Some of you may like the design and others will hate it. I love it and think it looks great. I think you may only hate it if you haven’t held the cards live in your hands as they look great in person. The inserts look just as good as the base and I enjoyed all the gold themed inserts. The Gold Record is solid but I love the gold insert with the team ring up top in the corner and the year the player won the title. Finally, I actually like the use of sticker autographs in this product. I like how they used a gold background to give it that gold look and may even look best that way. The only thing I don’t like is the manufactured patches in this high end of a product. Meh.

Checklist:

The checklist is solid all around. You can pull anyone from some of the top rookies to Kobe Bryant and even some great Hall of Famers like I did. David Robinson! There are always a few duds mixed in there but I think overall you have a better chance at pulling something decent then you do not pulling something decent. Rookies, veterans, hall of famers, very good retired players…overall there is something for everyone in this product in all the insert sets. No complaints here as there are a ton of different hits for each player.

Value:

In my opinion, there are a couple of things that really hurt the value of this product. One being manufactured patches. Why would you put manufactured patches like that in a high end product like this? Sure they are gold threaded, but it’s just not the place to be putting those types of cards. Again, take the autograph off the cloth and I would like them a lot more and find more value in them. Secondly, plain game used cards. I received two plain game used cards. I believe in a product that is priced this high you have to guarantee at least one patch. Patches are the standard nowadays when it comes to higher priced products so this just needs to be guaranteed here. I don’t mind one regular swatch, but make one a patch.

Overall:

Some of you are going to completely hate me for my overall grade and some are going to agree with me. That’s only the nature of the beast with this product. If my camera wouldn’t have died taking photographs at the 3 on 3 Portland Trailblazers Street Jam, I would of showed you some of the reactions from people around the area whom I showed the cards to. Most were very impressed and some of the kids who were watching from a distance while I was taping were impressed too. I told them to meet up with me tomorrow and I’d give them some cards. I’m a nice guy. But am I being too nice with my review here? I really don’t think so. Despite the couple of things I didn’t like, I really found this to be a great and fun product to break.

As for the contest to win some cards here, I am going to combine it with my next review and have a super big contest for a bunch of cards. Stay tuned for how to win that!

This video was live from the 1977 NBA Champion Portland Trailblazers court assembled outside the “glass palace” known as the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Have fun.

Preview: Panini Gold Standard Basketball

Panini Gold Standard basketball is the next high end product to come out from Panini will be released on May 25, 2011. This isn’t your regular high end product though, this one is trying to set the golden standard amongst high end products with real gold in your cards. That’s right, 14 karats of solid gold will be found in some of these cards. Inside you will find 3 autographs, 2 memorabilia, 3 inserts, and 3 base. All of which are numbered and some may contain real gold.

Marketing idea? Yes. Good marketing idea? I’ve seen worse. I remember Topps Treasury basketball having rip cards that you could rip and pull out real American currency. I think there may have been one more product made by Topps that featured currency as well, but I can’t remember what it was. It must not have been that good. Panini Gold Standard is one product that will be remembered.

Whether or not it will be remembered for good or bad is still up in the air. From what I’ve seen on the sell sheet I’m not impressed with some of the designs and something that really grinds my gears is the manufactured patch autographs. I can’t think of anyone who enjoys pulling those and that is something that will prevent me from buying a product. 2010-11 Limited hockey? I would of loved to get it, but pulling a manufactured patch autograph as one of my hits is not something I enjoy. Finally, I really hope there isn’t any sticker autographs in this product. At a $200 price tag for a box, I hope it’s like National Treasures where everything is hard signed.

However, I do love a few things. I love the Golden Tickets where you can win some cool stuff like a meet and greet with Kobe Bryant. It may seem weird, but I definitely am interested in the 14 karat gold pieces. What card actually puts something worth money in their cards? Well besides the nickels in Topps Heritage. I would also like to see 14 karat gold cards like found in recent Panini football cards. What better product to put those in?

In all, this product will definitely have it’s niche crowd going out to buy it as well as those high end collectors. The fact that a card has 14k gold pieces in some of the cards is definitely a selling point as it’s something that hasn’t been done (unless you count Topps diamonds). And the autograph checklist of possible pulls looks great. But will it live up to all the hype? Will it be one and done or live a long career as a high end product? When you go to your local hobby shop and you see that gold bar packaging on the shelf, you will definitely want to see what is inside.

Panini has posted an abundance of links featuring this product in their blog to get you hyped. You can see if it’s worth the hype with these links:

Panini Peek: 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

Mining & Pining: An Early Exploration of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

More Precious Metal Previews from 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

There’s Gold in Them Thar Cards! Seriously. More News on 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

As of July 12, 2011, there is even more finished product on display here!

The first box off the presses opened by Panini!

See that sweet packaging below.