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 Prizm Football

If the Basketball version was any indication, the release of Panini Prizm football may end up as product of the year for the football collectors.

Panini has kept this release simple. The first highlight of the product is their autograph cards. You can find 100 rookies, and 100 veterans autographs. The rookies will be numbered to 499 or less and veterans will be numbered to 149 or less.

Be on the lookout for decade dominance inserts as well as brilliance inserts.

The big pulls which could send the hobby into a frenzy will be the black prizm 1/1′s, if you’ve noticed the frenzy basketball collectors are in over the gold and green parallel’s, just imagine pulling a black parallel in football!

Each box contains 20 packs with 6 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 2 autograph cards and 3 prizm parallels.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases January 30, 2012.

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

Review: 2012-13 Panini Totally Certified Basketball

Totally Certified? Yes, it has returned again with the bright colors and all the hits you could ask for in one box. The parallels have returned as well, featuring some of the most collectible non-auto/memorabilia cards in the business today. Basketball collectors are unlike a lot of other collectors in that they go ga-ga for low numbered parallels. Panini fills every void with this product at multiple hits per box and multiple parallels. Let’s see what we got:

Design:4 stars blue

Not a ton has changed since the last installment of this product, but the design is still a solid one. The starburst style of design returns, but it feels like it is more…shiny than the last time this product came out. I really liked the more of a matte feel on the last ones as foilboard isn’t the answer to everything. I do really like the slight changes in the parallels as well. Very sharp looking and easy to distinguish. I just think there are enough foilboard products out there that this could use a change of direction. The colors are still bold and bright however which looks nice with the player featured. The design on the rookie autographs I can’t quite put my finger on them, it looks like it’s meant for a sticker autograph but they were on-card…kinda strange. But all together, a solid design.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The checklist is similar to the last go around as well, but this time I’m guessing there are just going to be more rookie signatures because of the double rookie class. It’s something I’m not a fan of, but probably will have to get used to for the rest of the season. In order to fit all of them in, you have to take out something. Oh well. The rest of the product is again filled with veterans and legends alike, like the sweet Lakers patch we pulled. You’ll have to check the video for that.

Value:4 stars blue

Value is again a little rough, but what makes up for it the possibility for some high valued parallels and some great rookie autographs. This is a tough product to judge because while it does have some plain jerseys in it, the autographs and parallels make it hit or miss as well. While we didn’t hit any low parallels, we did hit a low rookie parallel autograph, numbered to 15. The patch was nice as well from a Lakers old timer. It’s just trying to fill out everything else that makes this product difficult to judge when you purchase it for $120 at DA Card World.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the dynamics of the product really hasn’t changed much since the last time it came out, and that is a bit disappointing. I do slightly miss the rookie/jersey autographs that all the rookies were featured as and I still wish the hit content was a bit better. The parallels though continue to shine, and that was a pleasant surprise last time around. I’m glad to see that trend continue in products like this that needed that extra bit of value.

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

You can find the full checklist of this product over at the Cardboard Connection.

Check out the video to see our sweet hits.

Review: 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball

Panini’s baseball products are now in full swing to round out the 2012 season of baseball cards. Without the MLB license, they are putting out bigger and better products this season, especially with the addition of the Hall of Fame license, now is a great time for Panini to show what they can do. No better example would be this product. Panini Cooperstown is a product filled with just Hall of Famers and displays at the shrine to baseball’s best. Check out what we thought of the product:

Design:

The design of this product is one that takes the history of the Hall of Fame and places it directly in front of you on the card. I called it in my review video, “a time capsule on cardboard”. That truly is what the product is, more directly what it stands for, and more importantly what I believe Panini was striving for. While you won’t see symbols of the teams, or even the team city on the front of the card (the only fault I found), it showcases the players first and foremost. The inserts are just as informative in showcasing some of the greatest items the Hall has to showcase, as well as a bit about the city of Cooperstown itself. Finally, hard-signed autographs. They are just beautifully done. Well done. One final addition, I would of liked to have seen the year they were inducted on the base cards.

Checklist:

What makes this great is that you buy the product knowing full well that every card, including autographs, feature Hall of Famers or those with displays in the Hall. In a lot of products you might end up with with less desirable cards, but there is no denying what will be in this box in terms of content. You will find everyone from Lou Gehrig to Joe Tinker, and the Doubleday ball to Walter Johnson’s glove. Everyone and everything is immortalized.

Value:

You will be able to find these boxes for about $90 over at DA Card World. I find that price to be a tad bit high for only one or two autographs per box. At two autographs it is a bit easier to take, but I also understand the money probably needed to secure Hall of Fame autographs as well as the Hall of Fame license. It’s not terrible though. With a checklist full of Hall of Fame talent, how can you really go wrong with this product? There are also 20 SPs and a number of different numbered cards as well. Definitely fair though.

Overall:

Overall, this is by far Panini’s best baseball product it has put out since acquiring the MLBPA license. The fantastic design, complete checklist, and Hall of Fame credentials makes this a real complete product. Add in hard signed autographs from Hall of Famers, and you continue to have a fantastic product from the people over at Panini. With this product now being looked back upon, you hope that this translates to other great products to come out from Panini.

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

To view the full checklist of the product check out Cardboard Connection.

I’m STILL having trouble with photos, but check out this video on YouTube….it’s a bit long.

Review: 2011 Panini Prime Signatures Football

2011 Panini Prime Signatures was released recently and we were about to snag a box to review for you guys as I know you love the reviews. 2011 Panini Prime Signatures is the revitalization of a older Panini product brought back in the football arena.

It features 4 cards per pack and is a single pack product. Each box is guaranteed to have an autograph and every card is numbered. There really isn’t much else to the product besides the 200+ card base set, but we’ll discuss that in the review.

Design:

While it sort of looks like a Rookies & Stars knockoff, the design is still extremely clean and solid. The solid white background with the colorful player and faded design looks extremely well done. The thick card stock is extremely nice as well which makes it feel like a premium product when it isn’t exactly a premium product. Although you may argue it is just based on the number of cards in a pack. The different colored foil for the different parallels is a Panini staple and something I don’t mind either. This is a great looking product all around. Although in this review, I can’t say anything about the autographs.

Checklist:

The thing I don’t like the most about this product is kind of the set up and collation of the product. Over 200+ base cards in a product where you get 2 base cards per box? That’s a little…crazy. This product is nice enough looking all around where you would want to put a base set together. The large checklist makes this virtually impossible to do. There is alot a large number of rookie autographs which in itself isn’t bad as you can find a ton of different rookies. But it also takes a hit on the…

Value:

For $55 you will get a box of this product. However, the 86 different rookie autographs and the smaller number of veteran autographs are really where the value lies. And the large number of players you can possibly pull makes this one extreme gamble. A gamble that would have gone terrible in my box break. I received a redemption of Nathan Enderle, backup QB for the Bears. Recent sales of this redemption have not hit $2. So this is definitely going to be hit or miss as it seems like that kind of product. I would almost recommend either making this a bigger product with say 3 autographs a pack and raise the price or make this a rookie only product and market it similar to Topps Magic football.

Overall:

This overall is rounded up from 3.8. As I stated in my preview, it’s like a mix of Topps Inception and Panini Limited. If you want to take the gamble, go for it. But you may hit big with a great rookie or veteran autograph, or end up like me. While it’s a cheaper gamble than other products out there, the one autograph from a large number of possibilities makes it that gamble. But there is no way anyone should really complain about the design, it’s clear and actually quite good. The thick card stock just makes it that much nicer. But if you pull a top rookie or veteran, you’re pretty good in all aspects.

Thanks again to Panini America for providing this box for review. You can check them out on their official website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, and everywhere else on the internet.

Not shown: Redemption for Nathan Enderle Rookie Signatures Gold