Review: 2012 Panini Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball

2012 Prime Cuts has arrived, shortly after 2011 Prime Cuts, and features some of the best cards you can find of the old-timers of the game. With game used jersey swatches from legends and Hall of Famers, to cut signatures, and everything in between, there is the chance to hit something big in every pack/box. Each pack/box provides 2 cards with at least one of them being an autograph. Mine had 3 cards, so I’m not sure exactly what happened there. No complaints on the bonus. So let’s see what we pulled.


I enjoyed the design of last year’s product and this year provides little change to the successful formula from last season. One of the greatest parts about the design of the product is you often can not tell that the photos are lacking MLB logos. Panini has done a great job in this department since acquiring the MLBPA license and this product is no different. Through all the various designs, they do a good job. I even really like the design of the Team USA autographs, but we’ll have to go more into that later…


The checklist of names in this product is actually pretty decent. You can find everyone from Lou Gehrig to Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, and today’s stars like Albert Pujols and young stars like Yu Darvish. It really is a wide variety of players in this product. One of the highlights is always the old-timers and it is a reason people love to try their hand at this product. Pulling a Cobb or a Gehrig is always a thrill for those lucky enough to pull those cards. The only real issue I have with the checklist is the Team USA cards. Why are they in this product? But that is also a big issue with the…


Man, a file I don’t use too often. But right now this product is at $150 at DA Card World. For two cards and the possibility of some really weak autographs, like the Team USA autographs, it’s overpriced. Not even really a bit overpriced, but very overpriced. My break wasn’t terrible because I hit that low numbered patch of a superstar. However, I’ve seen some absolutely brutal breaks. If there is a definition for a truly hit or miss product, I think this would fall into it. If you hit a nice signature or a nice memorabilia piece you’ll be happy, but otherwise this product is a tough sell at that price. Good luck if you try it.


Somehow this product averaged out to 4 stars. It makes me wonder if I should hold more weight to the actual value of the product you are buying. Do I add in a rating or re-buy value?  The design of the product is pretty well done and that deserves the applause. A non-licensed product is tough to design so they did a good job with that. The checklist while solid as usual for this product, does have it’s serious issues that cause it not to live up to the $150 price tag for two cards. It’s a tough sell at that price, but there is the opportunity for some huge cards.

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

You can find the full checklist and other information at the Cardboard Connection.

Check out this short video, but one sweet card of a superstar pulled:



How Nice Is This 2011 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball Card?

I don’t know about you, but I’m liking some of the things I’m seeing from Panini right now in the baseball card world. One of those things is what they have done to revitalize the Prime Cuts brand.

With Panini’s new MLBPA license this season, I really hope to see some things that brought me back to the hobby in 2005. I think this card here is a great start:

That is one of the nicest baseball autographs I have seen in awhile and beats most of Topps’ autographed cards by a mile. This is a great job utilizing the MLBPA license without needing the logos.

When you have an on-card autograph as pretty as this, who needs logos?

I need this one for my collection immediately.

Want to see more photos? Check out this recent Panini blog post.

Preview: 2011 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball

Donruss (Panini) is back! One of the most revered baseball products ever created is coming back to form under the Panini label and will be bringing the heat in March. March will be known for a few things now, St. Patty’s Day, Spring Training, and Prime Cuts baseball.

With Panini’s new MLBPA licensing and their freshly minted National Baseball Hall of Fame license, this product is ready to be filled with your every want and desire (besides MLB logos).

March 15, 2012, is the day to get ready for baseball fans. Every box will contain 5 cards with at least 2 of them being autographs while the other cards being game worn memorabilia pieces. Want to know some names involved? I can’t wait to tell you.

You might find say, a 1/1 bat barrel piece of players such as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Ted Williams, Nellie Fox, or Roger Maris. Or maybe you prefer cut signatures from players like Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Thurman Munson or Mel Ott.

How about some of the living legends out there? You might find an autograph from Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz, Yogi Berra, Nolan Ryan, or a number of other stars.

If Prime Cuts baseball doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. While the price may be around $250 for a box of this product, this could be what everyone is waiting for.

Why don’t you check out some more images on the Panini blog?

How about a glimpse of the “Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat barrel card?

Panini Prime Cuts and the Deal with CMG Worldwide

Probably the most popular Donruss baseball product of all time will be coming back in March in 2011 Panini Prime Cuts. You know what will make it that much better? The deal with CMG Worldwide.

Panini America inked a deal with CMG Worldwide today, which allows them access to some of the most legendary players in baseball history to put on their newly minted MLBPA license. Some of those names include Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, Johnnie Mize, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Shoeless Joe Jackson amongst others.

You know darn well that deep within the Panini/Donruss vaults is a stash of game used jerseys and more cut autographs from these players back from the Donruss era. I personally can not wait to see what Panini has in store for Prime Cuts in March.