Review: 2012 Panini Crown Royale Football

Panini Crown Royale football has come out again featuring some of the best die-cut and autographed patch cards of the year. With some new features that are sure to impress die-cut aficionados and autographs from one heck of a rookie class, this product is loaded with things collectors love most. Hits, die-cuts, and low numbered parallels. Want to see what we pulled in your typical box break? Here we go.

Design:4 stars blue

The design is classic and something that is changed so subtly, that you are going to miss any little tweaks they make to the product. I’ve always loved the die-cut designs so really there isn’t much to complain about there on this side. This year, I really like the look of the inserts and the lettering and other new designs they’ve used. They went away from some of the classics and really found some great looking cards like that Clay Matthews below. I also really like the die-cut jersey cards, keeping with that tradition. Oh, and you may have missed it last year, but the parallels weren’t numbered. A very fair complaint on my part about the product, and it was remedied this year with numbering. Thank you!

Checklist:4 stars blue

Every product this year can stand up to the checklist scrutiny because of the fantastic rookie class and their beautiful play on the field this year. That would drive sales for every product no matter what the sport. My only issue is, once again, there is too much rookie content. Again, I open a $100 box with four hits, and pull all rookie hit cards. I still find this to be unacceptable, especially when 85% of the products are like this. There will be ranting soon on this, trust me.

Value:4 stars blue

The hero of the product is obviously the rookie silhouettes. Ours was a redemption so we can’t show it off, but we’ll be definitely showing it off when it arrives because it is former Oregon Duck LaMichael James! Can’t wait to see that one. But the value of the product comes in with that great rookie class. If it wasn’t for that, this product would be far from that considering all the rookie hits you can pull from the product. This year’s rookies may carry the products, but next year it may not be so lucky.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the product continues to keep the nostalgia alive while producing some beautiful signatures in the rookie silhouettes. Panini continues to innovate with new designs on the inserts, which are definitely at their peak this year then the past years of this product. But again, like many Panini products, content seems to be lacking. Too many rookies, not enough veterans. Again, this year is fine with all that top rookie talent. Next year there needs to be a shift due to the lesser rookie class, or there will be unhappy collectors. All products across the board need more veteran content. We can only wait and see.

A big thanks goes out to Panini America for providing this product for us to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of the best social media people on the planet.

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

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But for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the cards we pulled. (Not pictured: LaMichael James Rookie Silhouettes Patch/Auto Redemption)

Preview: 2012 Fleer Retro Football

This one is for the high rollers, Upper Deck will be bringing to stores near you 2012 Fleer Retro Football.

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Upper Deck is bringing one of the most popular insert creations to football, Precious Metals! You will be able to find Red, Green, and Blue versions numbered between 100 to 10. Also for the first time to football, collectors will be able to pull Jambalaya inserts.

Collector’s can also expect to pull 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963 autograph cards as well as 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 Autographics cards.

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Each box contains 2 inner boxes with 10 packs per inner box and 5 cards per pack. In each inner box, it will contain 3 autograph cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $320 a box when it releases on February 14, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on the Cardboard Connection.

Sports Card Blog Super Bowl Contest

The big game means big things on the big day. That includes a contest over here where we will be giving away some nice prizes to some lucky readers, including some rookie cards of some of the players highlighted in the game.

So we are doing our own version of Super Bowl Squares! Free to join. 25 spots are open. To join, just give me a number between 1 and 25. That will get you a random spot on the board and your chance to win some sweet prizes from us. One square per person, per household. Here are the prizes:

1st Quarter: Lot of Super Bowl and 2012 rookies (Kaepernick, Torrey Smith, Luck, RGIII, and more!) – Congrats to Waxtopia!

Halftime: Panini Player of the Day Sean Lee Autograph – Congrats to HockeyKazi!

3rd Quarter: Panini Black Christian Ponder GU Patch – Congrats to Jonathan T.!

Final Score: Every hit card (3 cards) from our review of 2012 Panini Limited football - Congrats to Tony E.!

All the squares have a random number assigned to them. Please post below in the comments area of which number you would like (1-25). After all 25 spots have been filled, the squares will be posted for all to see and where you sit.

Have fun and good luck!

09:08 PM PST: And we are full!

Winners please email me at sportscardblog (@) gmail (dot) com to claim your prizes. Please email from the same email address used when posting. Thank you!

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Preview: 2012 Topps Magic Football

After demand for collectors, Topps Magic Football is coming back.

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The first thing you’ll be able to find in Topps Magic Football is the Magic autograph cards. It will feature over 100 of the top rookies and veterans. You can also find dual and triple autographs numbered to 25 as well as six autograph cards numbered to 5.

Be sure to look out for dual mini book autograph cards that are numbered to 5. Those are sure to be a big hit. You can also find mini autographs numbered to 10.

Additional hits will bring added value for Topps Magic Football in the form of relic cards. They will be numbered to 25. You may find yourself lucky enough to pull a rookie patch card which is a 1 of 1!

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Each box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 3 autograph cards, and the chance to pull a relic card!

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases February 8, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Review: 2012 Panini Limited Football

The Limited brand continues its presence in 2012 with 2012 Panini Limited football. It continues to follow the same strategy it has for years now with the three hits per pack/box of the product. With large memorabilia pieces, unique memorabilia, and tons of autographs for collectors, it is one that many collectors like to risk on as the rewards can be huge. Did we hit it big, or was it a bust?

Design:4 stars blue

The design of Panini Limited is once again, and always, very shiny and full of foil. My only issue with that this year is that Absolute is also extremely foily and shiny this year and looks kind of similar. I do like the new inserts this year with the way they did the photos for the rookies, although I’d like to see some more game action from the rookie photos. Too many studio shots this year, in my opinion, and there hasn’t been a lockout. But other than that, it’s a solid set up and design, just one I wouldn’t reuse again next year.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The rookies are carrying football products this year like crazy. In a hugely deep and talented draft, and a product that comes out at the end of the season, you know you have the chance for extremely valuable cards. Tons of rookies made names for themselves this year. My only issue was that all my hits WERE rookies. I’m going to say this again, MORE VETERAN CONTENT. And that means every product across the board. This hobby leans too much on rookies. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Value:4 stars blue

If you look at the product as a whole, yeah, there is some good value to be found. You can find a box for $100 over at DA Card World and you have the opportunity to pull some big hits. The only issue with that is it’s a real risky product still. You can end up like me and get three rookie hits, one being a plain jersey, one being a guy you never heard of, and one being Mohammad Sanu. It’s risky business products like this. Still need to put the word veterans in this part somewhere, so I just did, needs more of them. There is no reason Devier Posey should have multiple cards in every single product.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the design of this year’s Limited it solid, although it reminds me too much of Absolute from this year with the foiling and style of the cards. I still think Limited has better potential if tweaked accordingly, but putting out the same products every year with the same types of hits does get redundant at times. Especially when you are filling them with rookies and no longer veterans of the game. I remember when Donruss would have one rookie hit per box with the other hits being veterans. I miss those days.

Thanks again to Panini America for providing this product 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.

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