Preview: 2011-12 Panini Titanium Hockey

Panini is breathing some more fresh air into classic products with its announcement of the release of 2011-12 Panini Titanium hockey this April. Based on the turn of the century Titanium product from Pacific, this is another remake by Panini to try to excite collectors with nostalgia from the past in today’s trading card market.

This product will be a hit per pack product featuring 4 cards per pack and 5 packs per box. One highlight of this product is the limited rookie cards, just like the former product. Every rookie card will be case hits and will be serial numbered to that player’s jersey number on their sweater.

But there will be more than just hard to find rookies in this product. Each pack will contain an autograph or memorabilia card. You will find Home Sweater Autographs that feature both a dual game used jersey piece and an autograph. You may also find Hat Tricks which feature three game used pieces. With even more memorabilia featured on a card you may even find Four Star or Six Star memorabilia pieces.

Some more possible autograph hits include quad game used jersey autographs and Game Worn Gear Patches which are said to be some of the nicest patch cards of the season.

If all of this is true, it looks to be a solid addition to the Panini hockey family that looks to establish itself even more after a solid rookie season of hockey products last year.

Why don’t you check out the Panini Peek post featuring a little more information and some more great looking cards in this product?

 

Review: 2011 Panini Limited Football

2011 Panini Limited football is here and it’s once again a product that can deliver some extremely rare and high end cards or be a complete dud. It’s the nature of the beast with this type of product that is only one pack per box and delivers either a single autograph and a couple game used pieces or a couple of autographs and a game used piece. It’s a gamble of a break at $100 but if you hit it good, you really hit it good.

Again, let me know what you think of putting all of the hits at the bottom of the review instead of near the top with this new gallery function instead of my little manual slideshow I had before.

Now, let’s take a look at this product by opening it!

Design:

Much better design over last year’s Limited product and I really like the use of the foil board here. You have the player cut out with a foil board background and just enough transparency to see the action in the background. It looks pretty good with the smaller name labels on the bottom and gives more attention to the player on the card. Even the Legend and Phenoms look great with the lettering placement. Again, I’m not a huge fan of the “white box” for autographs and really am pleading for just a lighter background in that area. As for the game used pieces, they look solid and Panini always does a great job die-cutting their products with useful information. *cough Topps*

Checklist:

I never see a real issue with Panini’s checklists most of the time. I don’t have a problem here either. They are always filled with top rookies, top veterans, decent retired players, and names people like. It was really cool pulling a Bo Jackson cards in this set as a Legend card so I really enjoyed that. I also enjoyed pulling a top rookie autograph in Demarco Murray. Jared Allen is almost as good as a defensive player hit you can get, but probably not great in terms of…

Value:

This product is just so hit or miss the value has to be right down the middle. For $100 you get a break similar to this. One autograph and a couple of game used pieces while some boxes will contain two autographs. I do like that I received a nice patch, however, I would argue that this product would be much better if you were guaranteed two autographs and one game used piece. It’s just come to the point where game used cards (besides nice patches like the one I pulled) are becoming so common it’s not adding value anymore unless it’s low numbered or a patch. At $75 this would be a better break, $100 is just too much for what it is.

Overall:

Overall, what I’ve repeatedly stated about Panini Limited as a product is still true. It’s a very hit or miss product. The design is much better then past years and it looks like a much higher end looking product. It could use some work in the insert department and the white box is starting to get annoying but it still looks good. Panini’s checklists are always solid and fruitful so no issue there. However, the value is where the issue with this product is. It needs a little bit more or the price needs to be lowered to where it used to be a few years ago where it was $75ish a box at release.

Again, thanks to Panini for providing this box for review. Make sure you check out their blog for all the Panini information you need…after you check mine :)

Here are the cards:

Review: 2011-12 Panini Certified Hockey

The Certified hockey is back bringing you some of the first rookie autographs of the season from your favorite rookies and stars. Couple that with some other great memorabilia cards and the popular mirror parallels, this is usually an early season hit with the hockey collectors out there trying to grab this year’s earlier cards. Let’s see what I pulled and you won’t believe it.

Oh, and while I am typing this, why don’t you test out my new slideshow plugin I installed. All you have to do is click the image or the next button to go on to the next card. Tell me if you like it or not as I’m trying to reduce clutter on my review pages.

And oh, this is definitely a hot box so it’s hard to review.

jeffskinnercert
PatrickRoyImmortals
franzenpatch

#/25

gustavssonsig
johnnytpatch

#/25

karlssonjersey
kovalchukjersey

#/25

marcafmarvels
markstromjersey

#/399

ryansmythcert

Ryan Smyth Mirror #/10

(Not pictured: Brandon Saad Freshmen Signatures Redemption)

Design:

I really like the design of the product this year with the starburst effect. The foil board really makes it stand out and I think it’s one of Panini’s better hockey designs, so I hope this is a new trend going into hockey this year as Panini’s designs are usually easily identifiable and get kind of redundant after awhile. I like this change of pace and think they did a great job with this product’s design. The base, the inserts I did get, all looked great. It’s hard to grade design when you get mostly hits in this hot box, but these cards did look good.

Checklist:

While the checklist is above average because of all the rookie autographs put into the product this early in the season, it’s not great. The lack of legends you might find is kinda low. This may have to do with some exclusivity issues with other companies, but I do understand it’s hard to compete when there are exclusive autograph contracts done. I’m sure there are a few legends out there who don’t sign much you can add to a few of your products like Certified. I just find it lacks the star power in the legends arena.

Value:

This one is too hard for me to do myself with the hot box, so I relied more at a number of breaks online. With what I’ve seen, it looks like you can get some pretty decent hits in this product, but we don’t have as many hot rookies as last year. The Nuge is selling for a ton, but others aren’t so lucky in that regard. My rookies aren’t great and I didn’t pull one of the rookie jerseys, but the low numbered patches, jerseys, and parallels would do well on the secondary market. Oh, and got to love the on-card autograph I received.

Overall:

Overall, this is a solid early season offering from Panini. The new designs look great and I hope it is a sign of great things to come this season. The checklist could use a little more star power in the legends front especially in the autograph selection, but there are a ton of nice veteran autographs to be found. The value is there in most boxes, but the rookies really aren’t helping this season as only RNH is putting up big numbers, but we might see those rise with the breakout of a couple more rookies throughout this season or next. It’s just hard to review a few things with a hot box. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all and it was a blast.

As always, a big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this product for review.

Video to come up soon, writing this too late tonight.

Review: 2011 Topps Finest Football

Yes, I’m a little late with this one too but I really wanted to try the product. The one patch autograph and one patch jersey card per master box really caught my eyes. Plus with the addition of a ton of different refractors and the possibility for some veteran autographs was right up my alley along with the solid rookie checklist. I put down a little bit of cash on this and here is what I pulled.

Base:

Parallels:

Inserts:

Autographs:

Design:

There is really only one reason I dinged this down a little bit and that is the autographs. I’m not a huge fan of entrapped autographs that are embedded into the card. Sure it makes it look less stickery, but if you end up cutting off part of the persons signature, as seen with the Stevan Ridley…though only partially, it just takes away from the autograph. Maybe it’s just me. But also, why no on-card autographs here? You were able to get on-cards for Inception, why not here? I know it’s probably part of your process, but Panini was able to get a ton of rookies done on card. That Cam would of looked so much better on-card then it already does. But I love everything else, the die-cuts, the refractors, the dotted design in the background, thumbs up.

Checklist:

Again, a great showing here. With the rookies AND veterans, this product would please just about everyone on the map, besides those who want legend possibilities in their product too. I dinged it a half star because I would of liked to see a little more depth with the veteran autographs and a little more with the Finest Moments cards. The non-autoed Finest Moments are probably the only thing I don’t like alot about this product. I know it’s been around awhile, I don’t mind it, but compared to everything else it’s just there.

Value:

Value, value, value. I got great value. Others may not have done too hot. I also spent more because the prices with this product have gone up as well. But overall, this has more value then most of Topps football products this season. With the inclusion of the veteran hits and the patch autographs, this rivals Topps Chrome as Topps’ best full product of the year. (Inception is a different type of product with it’s few cards) Not only are you guaranteed a patch auto and jersey auto, you may get a bonus hit…like mine. I just wish the patch autographs weren’t all numbered so high, but when every box has one, I guess that should be expected.

Overall:

Overall, there really isn’t much bad to say about this product. It is as close to perfection as you can get, in my eyes. You have a great looking design all the way around. You have a checklist with rookies and veterans and possible hits for both. You also have a solid value because of the nice rookie class and the inclusion of those veteran hits and rookie patch autographs. I thoroughly enjoyed opening this product and if I had the cash, I would probably put down enough for a case of it. I had that much fun. This is my kind of product.

Funny how my first Cam Newton card of the season is an autograph numbered to 25!

Review: 2011 Topps Chrome Football

Well, I broke down and decided to try my luck with some 2011 Topps Chrome football. I saw all the great things that a ton of people had to say about the product and I decided that I wanted to try and review it myself. So I ordered a box with some money I put together and have a review for you guys. I picked this up for about $100 bucks so let’s see what we got.

Base:

Parallels:

Inserts:

Autograph:

Design:

I really can’t say enough about the design. Again, Topps has put out a product that looks really great. They have done that alot with this year’s products which is a good thing. The things Topps needs to work on, in general, is content. But that’s besides the point. This product looks fantastic. Very clean design, nice borders, nice photos, and the refractors look really good. I love the look of the sepia tone refractors myself. The inserts are solid and I enjoy the Bowman Chrome design as well. Oh yeah, everyone knows I love die-cuts so the atomic refractors are great too. Nice and sparkly as well! Pretty. Not that I’m taking points off this, but I opened this up last night and I swear I can still smell the Chrome finish on my hands…ew. Can’t we get strawberry scented Chrome finish?

Checklist:

The checklist is solid. There are a ton of nice autographs to be had in either regular or paralleled form. But the thing for me is that they are rookie autographs. I would like to see at least a better possibility of pulling a bonus autograph and having it be a nice veteran autograph. Why can’t we see a few other autographs thrown in there? I mean, it’s already up to over $100 a box…I know the rookie class is good but that changes the decision on whether buying this is a good idea or not.

Value:

That leads us here to value. The prices has rocketed up on this product, but for good reason. The rookie class is doing great this year and people want to find rare cards of these rookies. This is a great product to find it, but it suffers from the same problem we find in baseball. So many parallels. These parallels effect the value in a negative light, especially if you start pulling parallels of rookies no one cares about or ride the pine. A nice cut down on the number of parallels would be nice and I go back to wanting a chance at a veteran autograph as well. The rookie patch autographs are nice and rare, but again, I don’t want a product where the only hits are rookies when there are veteran base and parallels as well. Oh, don’t get rid of the superfractor though, they are beautiful and are worth a pretty penny.

Overall:

Overall though, I had a ton of fun opening this product. It just leaves a little tiny bit to be desired in the checklist and value portions. Otherwise, this is a great product which I can see being the rookie card everyone wants to get every season like Bowman Chrome is to baseball. The cards look sharp in all their parallel forms, but maybe try and get a few more on-card signatures. If Panini can do it, anyone can. I would like to see a little more work put in the value, but there already is some great value if you pull the right players and they seem to hold value pretty well. I’m going to harp on this again though, I would like to see some veteran hits. Good work Topps.

The video will be here when I get a chance to upload it.

Still looking for my first Cam Newton card of the year…