Win a Panini Totally Certified Darren Sproles 1/1

That’s right. We are giving away a 1/1 we received from our break of 2012 Panini Totally Certified football (spoiler for the review, oops). All the thanks goes out to our over 1400 Twitter followers who stepped up and retweeted this card over 120 times. I promised I would give it away if we got 100 retweets and we got 20% more! Why don’t you check out that beauty below first to get your mouth watering:

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To make it even more special, I’ll send the card in an empty Panini “Super Bowl Black Box” to make the opening experience that much more memorable. Or wait, I removed the inner lining that protects the card from the box…um, I’ll figure something out to send it in the box. It may not be as pretty though.

To Win: All you have to do to win is to post a response to this blog post and tell me what you love about the blog or following the Twitter account @SportsCardBlog. Post the response below, get an entry. Simple as that.

Ends: Contest ends on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 11:59 PST. Winner will be randomized. One entry per person/household.

Who dat gonna win this card?

Winner! Lushan H. is the one who wins this card! Congratulations on winning that 1/1 patch. Please email me at sportscardblog@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Select Basketball

A first time product is coming from Panini, and it’s 2012-13 Select Basketball

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The big thing collectors are always after are the autograph cards, and Panini Select will have those with Select Rookie Autographs. These will be on-card autographs from the top rookies in the 2011 and 2012 drafts.

Even better then Select Rookie Autographs? Select Rookie Autograph/Memorabilia Combo cards! These will also be signed on-card and will have a relic piece as well.

There will be autographed jersey cards from the Select Stars set as well.

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Each box contains 14 packs with 6 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 4 autograph cards per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases April 3, 2013.

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

Preview: 2012 Panini National Treasures Football

One of the most high-end sets Panini releases in their Football schedule is set to come out, National Treasures.

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The first thing collectors should be looking for in 2012 Panini National Treasures Football are the Rookie Signature Materials cards. These cards are signed on-card, feature a game worn patch and are numbered to 99 or less. This year there will also be press plate versions numbered to 1. These are always the most desirable cards in National Treasures and have been the staple of the product.

A veteran Autograph set will be included in Virtuoso Signatures. This set will feature players such as Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning. These are also on-card signatures and will be numbered to 50 or less.

Don’t forget about the NFL’s Greatest Signatures set, though. These will be on-card autographs from some of the best players in NFL history, and will be numbered to 50 or less.

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Each box contains 1 pack with 8 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 3 autographs and 3 memorabilia cards per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases April 10, 2013.

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

Review: 2012 Panini Contenders Football

Panini Contenders is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this season, which means you can find some special surprises in this year’s rendition of the product. As always, you can find your top rookie autographs of the season along with some of the most popular short printed cards in any product or in any sport. Contenders continues to make their mark on the hobby this season with one of the best rookie classes in quite some time. Want to see what you can pull from a box? Check this out.

Design:4 stars blue

Unlike many others out there, I’m not huge on the design. It does pay homage to the past of the product which is cool, but I’m not big on one thing. Vertical signatures. When you have a trading card oriented a certain direction, and then put on an autograph in the other direction, it sort of throws off the card. Luckily, some players didn’t heed the warnings and signed the cards “correctly” so it makes it look better. But the white spot on the right with the players name really faded into the background looks off. But you know what it makes me think of? How cool an acetate based Contenders product would be with that kind of design. Sort of reminds me of the old school Fleer E-X design if they did that. I can’t see Contenders breaking tradition to do it, but I think it would be cool to explore.

Checklist:4 and half stars blue

Contenders always has, and always will be a rookie centric product. With that in mind, you have one of the best NFL draft classes in a long time when it comes to skill players, especially quarterbacks. That makes this season even better when it comes to the rookie checklists. Of course you will find your no name rookies in the product, but one of the best parts about Contenders is that some of those rookies are VERY short printed and will get high secondary prices just because of that. Lower tier names aren’t worth as much, but short print them in a set that people always want to collect the entire set of, and you’ll have some positive pulls even if it’s just a DE.

Value:4 and half stars blue

Contenders holds its value better than any other product out there by Panini. If you don’t like Panini products, it is still the one product you want to buy year after year. I’ve seen even the biggest Panini haters get boxes of this product, so you don’t have to just quote me on that. There is proof. It is one of the most highly collected products of the season and at 5-6 autographs per box at $143 at DA Card World, it is a winner. The additions of the Cracked Ice anniversary parallels? Awesome. Adding that to the great rookie class and this is a product that will continue to sell well until supplies have disappeared.

Overall:4 and half stars blue

Overall, Contenders continues to be a winner for Panini year after year. The design this year is above average, but there are still little things that seem a little off to me. But no one buys this product for the design anyway (although I do love the ticket themes). They buy it for the rookies and this year has a ton of the rookies everyone loves this year. At the current price for a chance at some superb autographs that will hold their value, Contenders is one of the best.

Thanks to Panini for providing this box to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can find the full checklist over on Cardboard Connection.

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Wanna see what we pulled right now in photo form? I’m having issues with uploading, but at least I got the hits up! Look below:

 

Preview: 2012 Panini Playbook Football

Panini releases a new Football product in 2012 Panini Playbook Football.

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Look for the top rookies of the 2012 season with the Rookie Signatures set. All cards will be numbered to 149 or less, including black parallels numbered to 1. Also look out for Accolades Signatures which features some of the best players in NFL history, these cards are numbered to 49 or less.

There will also be various relic sets including Fabled Fabrics which features NFL legends and are numbered to 99 or less. There are also prime versions numbered to 49 or less.

Don’t forget about the Rookie Booklet cards either. These cards are sure to look amazing, with a jumbo swatch, jumbo patch and autograph all on one card? Sign me up for that, these cards will be numbered to 149 or less, including Printing Press Plate 1 of 1′s.

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Each box contains 1 pack with 4 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 1 rookie autograph, 1 memorabilia card, 1 on-card rookie booklet, and 1 autograph or memorabilia card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $190 when it releases April 3, 2013.

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