Preview: 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball

Topps decided this product was so good in Football and Basketball that they should make it in Baseball, so 2012 Panini Prizm is coming to all the Baseball collectors!

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The first thing collectors should look for are the Rookie Prizm Autographs. You can find rookies such as Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes, Trevor Bauer and others.

Something cool you can find in Prizm Baseball will be the Elite Extra Edition Autograph Prizms. These cards will be numbered to 25 and will feature top prospects such as Joey Gallo, Addison Russell, Dylan Bundy and more. I think it’s a neat idea to add more value by giving an insert set like this instead of making a separate product. There will also be Elite Extra Edition Gold Prizms numbered to 10 which will include the 2012 #1 overall pick Carlos Correa.

And of course, with Prizm, the big draw are the gold parallels, or in this case, the Rookie Relevance Gold Prizms. These cards will be numbered to 10 and feature rookies such as Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and others.

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

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $100 when it releases April 17, 2013.

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

Review: 2012 Panini Totally Certified Football

One of Panini’s newer products has come back this year in 2012 Panini Totally Certified football. It’s one of the Panini products that is loaded with hits for the collector that likes autographs and game used memorabilia trading cards. With the hot rookie class this season, it has surely been a hit amongst collectors with some big hits coming out of the product. Want to see what we pulled? Check out the review and pictures below.

Design: 4 stars blue

The one thing I have always loved about Totally Certified has been that background. The colors are bold, there is some sort of shininess to it, and it really makes the players stand out on the card designs. My one real issue with that is…that’s really all it is. Across their inserts for rookie autographs, base memorabilia cards, it is basically all of the same thing. Maybe a little more variety could go a long way with some of the insert sets. I love the base, don’t get me wrong. In fact, a design like that would be fun to collect in a more base-centric product. Just a little more oomph is needed in the inserts.

Checklist: 4 and half stars blue

Hot rookies? Check. Veteran laden? Check. Sweet cards of rookies and veterans? Check. Really, how could this checklist get any better besides more veteran ink in the product? Not much. This product is often packed with some good content so I’m happy with just about every pull in the product. Still, needs more veteran ink though.

Value: 4 and half stars blue

This was actually tough determining doing 4 or 4.5 stars. Currently, the product sits for just north of $100 at DA Card World. I received six hits in my box including 3 autographs. First, six hits for $100 is genuinely a steal in today’s hobby. Can’t really beat that. The rookie class is strong so it will deliver value in itself with a number of cards. Chalk that up to a great season. One on-card autograph per box…well I didn’t get that part. Patches? Yup. HRX video cards? Uh huh. My main issue is still the lack of veteran ink. You know what…I originally had 4 stars, let’s make it 4.5. 6 hits for $100 is a good deal today.

Overall: 4 and half stars blue

Overall, I think Totally Certified has taken a step in the right direction. A couple more hits, a lower price tag, and more veteran content in terms of memorabilia. It has a little bit of something for everyone and with the number of hits you get per box, it is well worth the price of admission, especially this year. I’d like to see a little improvement on design of inserts, but other than that, good work.

Once again, a big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this box for review. You can find them on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

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

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Check out the hits below! Woo!

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: