Review: 2013 Panini Prestige Football

The second NFL product of the season has been upon us from Panini and it is ready to grab the headlines showcasing the new rookie class. Prestige is one of those products you see year after year, but you get excited for it as it signifies the beginning of the season. Usually one of the first products with autographs, memorabilia, and players in their new uniforms, it is a great time to begin prospecting for the upcoming season. Want to see what you can pull in a box? Let’s check it out.

Design:3 and half stars blue

Pros: Inserts look great. Great use of acetate. Nice use of foil.

Cons: Same designs as last year. Huge lettering. Rookie photo choices (Just home jerseys?).

Ideas: I’m looking for something more innovative nowadays. Collectors have seen the same thing over and over again, and in some cases repeats from last year. The diecut acetate cards were awesome. Some of the foil techniques were great. I’d like to see a more innovative base card in a product like this.

Checklist:4 stars blue

Pros: Rookie in their NFL uniforms. Updated roster information.

Cons: A ton of cards of the same rookies. A lot of rookies, period.

Ideas: Knowing the rookie class wasn’t as good this year, it would have been a great time to expand the checklist with some left over inventory from last year.

Value:4 stars blue

Pros: $82 at DA Card World. Four hits per box. Top rookies and still some veterans sprinkled inside. Leon Sandcastle autographs.

Cons: Four hits per box may be all rookies. The checklist is rough for a non-hyped rookie season.

Ideas: Knowing the rookie class wouldn’t be as good and in the interest of trying to sell more product, the Leon Sandcastle gimmick was nice, but not enough. A more veteran laden product might be beneficial until the rookies can showcase themselves on the field and develop a following in a year like this.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the product is interesting this year from Panini comparatively to last year. Much of that comparison lends itself to the rookie class which prospectors deem to be sub-par. However, that can still change as soon as the season starts and into the season. However, that does not bode well for early season products. Perhaps product order could have changed a bit. But there are some things I didn’t like and some that I loved. Everyone is different, but I think my thoughts have some merit. The repetitive designs and the “all rookie” hits are a couple things. I also found some nice surprises like the acetate inserts and the price of the product. To each their own.

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

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

I don’t think I made a video of this break as I was traveling, but subscribe anyway for break videos.

And here are some of the cards. Buccaneers heavy because I can!

 

 

Review: 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball

With a full season prepared to launch after last year’s strike shortened season, this year returns to the standard of basketball card collecting that collectors were hoping for last season. With Prestige basketball number 2 on the list for this season, Panini has prepared a season full of rookies from the past two years and a season to think about where they’d like to go this year for sports cards.

Prestige is here and with it comes the first real taste of what will be going on this year. With 3 autographs and one memorabilia card per box, Prestige is one of the first products to feature quite a few rookie autographs and some of the early season’s better hits. Let’s see how it stacked up.

Design:

The basics of the design are actually nice, but the execution wasn’t very enjoyable. I like the player focused photos with the team color background over the action going on behind the player. It focuses on the player, color coordination, and it fits in perfectly. First, I can’t seem to understand the giant white line that goes across the bottom of the card. If it’s part of the design, why? It serves absolutely zero purpose. The second real issue I have is the going back and forth between vertically and horizontally oriented. This makes the actual pack opening experience annoying. Trying to go back and forth reading and looking at the cards is something that’s just not enjoyable. I like everything, except inserts, generally the same. I don’t mind a couple positioned differently, but when it’s 3-4 A PACK like that…as I said, it’s an annoying opening experience.

Checklist:

Speaking of checklists, why has Panini done away with adding them to the products? Anyway, I usually harp on the number of rookies in a set but it looks like this may be a problem this year with the double rookie class of cards. There are 100 rookies in this set and all of your favorite stars of the NBA and a few legends for those old school collectors. With 75 rookie autographs, you have just about anyone you would want to find. The veteran/legend checklist for autographs is kind of small though for such a big set. I guess they had to get those rookie autographs in.

Value:

My biggest issue is there are just so many rookie autographs in this product compared to the veterans or legends. Good thing it’s a strong rookie class in general, even if combined with the rookie class from last year which was kind of weak. I’d like to see more veteran content in this product besides the relic cards. It’s tough to balance things out, I just find this product to be very unbalanced in that regard. For just about $100 a box, it’s not terrible getting four hits in a box either with 3 being autographs. You have opportunity to hit some hot autographs which of course will be valuable anyways. I’d just prefer better opportunity for some veteran autographs.

Overall:

Overall, this is a decent product from Panini. The design could use some work as it has me questioning a few things. For once, the design of the product actually had me annoyed at going through cards in the packs. It just felt unorganized. But it did have some highlights with the inserts and the basic design. The checklist was full of rookies and veterans, but rookies really stealing the show in base cards and hits. This is almost like a purely rookie product just because of the number of rookie cards you can find in this product, which hurts value a bit if you strike out with a bunch of low end rookies. But as is with rookies, you can hit it huge too. I just want to find more veteran content in the hits department. I also want to mention the damage from a few cards as well, including the Jordan Williams autograph, that bottom right corner ding is pretty bad.

As always, thanks to Panini for providing this product for review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Twitter, or Facebook pages.

For a full checklist of 2012-13 Panini Prestige basketball, check out the product information page on Cardboard Connection.

Now, for the hits:

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball

Releasing today is the second product of the 2012-13 Panini basketball season in Panini Prestige basketball. With a full season of basketball for fans and collectors to enjoy, this year will have a great combination of cards of rookies and second year players that is second to none in recent sports card history. Not since the last NHL lockout has sports cards had such a deep rookie class of cards.

And 2012-13 Prestige is there to showcase those players and your favorite veterans along the way. With three autographs and one memorabilia card per box, Panini is bringing the ink with the rookies as well. You’ll also be finding one rookie card per pack with 100 rookie cards to be found in the set from this season and last.

The highlights of the autographs those are both the rookie autographs as well as a couple of subsets. Old School Autographs and Distinctive Ink cards feature nice and clean on card autographs of some of your favorite players of today and the past. And of course, you’ll have your Panini exclusive athletes as well like Kobe, Durant, Wall, and Irving.

You’ll also find a few surprises in Prestige this year as well. With a bonus 5 card Kobe Anthology pack, you can work on your set of Kobe cards that you started when you opened Hoops. After that, you’ll find a sweepstakes entry for your chance to win a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

With Prestige releasing today for just under $100 and the huge list of solid rookies from the last two years, it’s going to be hot to get your hands on. For more information and a complete checklist, check out the Cardboard Connection product information page.

 

SCB Review: MojoBreak.com (Contest Included!)

MojoBreak.com is one of the seemingly endless number of sports card group break sites out there. Nowadays, there are new group break sites popping up daily. You need to know where the most trustworthy group breaks are, right? Well, the fine folks at Mojo Break wanted me to experience their product firsthand and were able to give me a shot in one of their group breaks for 2012 Panini Prestige football.

The type of break was a team draft style break. Everyone in the group break was listed and then randomized for draft order. The people in the break then picked the teams they wanted from the product. Of course, with this season being hyped up for Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the Colts and Redskins were the first two teams taken. As for me, I was way down in the 20s. I was stunned and happy when my favorite team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were still available, so I snatched them up. Every person gets the cards pulled from their team of choice.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my draft spot. I had thought about giving it away, but depending on where my draft position was, I thought giving away a card from the break would be better. Then I was able to grab my favorite team, so that threw another bone into what I wanted to do.

Then finally, my one hit from the product was this card:

The one card I wanted from the product for my PC was pulled. Ah, crap. Well…it looks like I’ll have to give SOMETHING away for this good luck.

So instead of giving away a PC card, which every collector would hate to do, I have a couple things here I’m going to give away to one person:

2012 Prestige Passports Ryan Broyles RC autograph and Prestige Picks Andrew Luck RC. I’ll also throw in a few more goodies as well.

 

All you have to do to enter this contest is click on the little box on the right that will direct you to MojoBreak.com. Check out their site, maybe join a group break or two if that’s your thing, and report back to me what you think of their site or services. Simple as that. One random entrant will receive the two cards listed above. This contest will run for one week, so get moving!

Review: 2012 Panini Prestige Football

The first real football product of the season has been released and made its way to the masses. No disrespect to the unlicensed companies or Topps’ release of Bowman Signatures, but this is the first product where everyone is featured in their NFL jerseys, including the rookies.

Prestige has a brand new look after sharp criticisms from last year, along with a brand new style, and some great new photography. From the previews, it looked like Panini has taken a huge step forward with this product, and you will see just how much of a step forward it has taken in the review. So let’s see what we got and how it fares.

Design:

I may have given this only four stars, but it’s a high four stars. First, it’s a huge improvement over last year’s product and is more of something you would want to expect product after product from Panini. It’s not phenomenal by any means, but it’s a great start to the season and the new direction Panini is going with their designs. I especially love the Stars of the NFL insert set as well as the memorabilia versions. It’s a very clean and slick looking card that could be made for a foundation for any set out there and look good. But it doesn’t come without the drawbacks. The rookie inserts like the Passports and Draft Tickets are kind of redundant styles and are getting kind of…well for lack of better words, annoying. I love the idea and have always been fond of it, but too much of a good thing is bad. In addition, I’m not a huge fan of the Rookie Premiere photography and how it’s utilized. The bare stands in the background detract from the photo used and it either needs to be filled in digitally, cropped out, or filled with real people. Oh, did I forget to mention the Tim Tebow set in Prestige is gorgeous?

Checklist:

Besides retired players, this product has everyone you could want in the NFL. Retired players generally aren’t in early season products as they should revolve mostly rookies and current players. Panini does just that with all the great rookies and veteran talent in this product. As most collectors know, Prestige is mostly about the rookies and getting their first autographs and cards out there on the market. With on-card autographs from some of the top rookies and other great rookie autographs, it’s a great start to the season to get those in your collection before they explode. We were also able to pull a couple of veteran memorabilia cards as well with a triple game used card and a single color patch card of great players in the league. While we didn’t pull any veteran autographs, you can still find them in the product, although they are more rare than finding rookies.

Value:

At a little less than $100 a box, it’s not a terrible value for the product, although with the larger amount of rookie autographs, I would kind of price it a little lower to be better value in terms of price per box. However, the inside of the product isn’t terrible either. With a rookie class that is as hyped up as this class is, you’re going to find some good value, especially if you pull one of the top picks. We were lucky enough to pull a Trent Richardson autograph numbered to 299 in our box, which would give you a good chunk of your money back in just that one card. The patch card was a nice touch in this product and Jamaal Charles is a stud despite his injury last season, so that was a nice surprise as well. Finally, with this year’s Rookie Premiere having all skill positions invited, it provides the opportunity for any of these rookie autographs to explode at any moment with a big game or even a big season. And the base rookie parallels don’t hurt either.

Overall:

Overall, this is a huge step forward for Panini in their opening product of the season. It really sets the table for the rest of the season and I hope the successful changes in this product permeates through the rest of the products for the season. The design changes are a huge plus for collectors out there, and despite it only being visual, it definitely increases value a bit. The checklist is great for the first product of year featuring top rookies and veteran talent, even short printed cards featuring players in their new uniforms. Finally, the value is a little above average with the great looking rookie class and the autographs obtained, but it’s nothing spectacular with the price tag at $100 for a box of cards. Who knows though, you might get “lucky” with Mr. Luck or RG3, the big sellers of the product.

Thanks again goes out to Panini for providing this box for review. You can find them on their official site, blog, Twitter, Facebook, and everywhere else on the net.

Now check out the rest of the haul.