Preview: 2012 Panini Contenders Football

One of the more popular sets is back once again, Panini Contenders Football.

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Panini keeps it simple with Contenders Football, the cards that drive the market for this product is the rookie autograph cards which will be the highlight once again this year. Look for 100 different rookie autographs this year. There will also be autograph Playoff Ticket parallel’s that are numbered to 99 or less.

The Legendary Contenders autograph set will be returning as well, it features popular legends such as John Elway, Jerry Rice and others.

Another Autograph set that is sure to be a hit is the Rookie Ink cards. They are signed on-card and feature 30 of the top rookies from 2012.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 5 autograph cards, including at least 2 being on-card autographs!

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases February 6, 2012.

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

Preview: 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Baseball season is right around the corner, which means Topps is back with their first release of the season.

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Topps has several different autograph and jersey sets this season that you will have the chance to pull. Some of the sets featured are Chasing History, which includes over 30 players.,Chasing the Dream, which includes over 20 players, and The Great, which includes 15 players and these cards are numbered to 10 and are signed on-card.

One of my personal favorite sets is the World Series Champion set. There is an autograph and autograph jersey set, both include 5 players and are limited to 50 for each set.

Something collectors need to be on the look out for this year is the Ultimate Chase Card set. It includes 30 of the most sought after current and retired players, and will be either an autograph jersey card, or a cut autograph jersey card.

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Each box contains 36 packs with 10 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain either 1 autograph or 1 jersey card per hobby box. HTA boxes will contain 1 autograph and 2 memorabilia cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases January 30, 2012.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

New Update: To Celebrate the Chase,  Topps randomly inserted 10 Ultimate Chase Tickets in hobby boxes of Topps Series One.  Finders of the Ticket will win an authentic autographed bat signed by FIVE current and/or retired players!  Once Lucky Finder will win an ULTIMATE CHASE PASS – Their ticket to chase one team in the 2013 MLB Playoffs!

Preview: 2012 Panini Prizm Football

If the Basketball version was any indication, the release of Panini Prizm football may end up as product of the year for the football collectors.

Panini has kept this release simple. The first highlight of the product is their autograph cards. You can find 100 rookies, and 100 veterans autographs. The rookies will be numbered to 499 or less and veterans will be numbered to 149 or less.

Be on the lookout for decade dominance inserts as well as brilliance inserts.

The big pulls which could send the hobby into a frenzy will be the black prizm 1/1′s, if you’ve noticed the frenzy basketball collectors are in over the gold and green parallel’s, just imagine pulling a black parallel in football!

Each box contains 20 packs with 6 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 2 autograph cards and 3 prizm parallels.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases January 30, 2012.

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

Review: 2012-13 Panini Limited Basketball

The Limited product from Panini continues on this year, including some of the same types of hits and rare memorabilia cards that you come to expect from this long-time Panini/Donruss product. With at least 3 hits per one pack box, you will be able to find some autographs and memorabilia from some of the top young players, superstars, and retired legends of the game. With the double rookie class, you’ll be able to find top autographs from some of your favorite rookies and sophomores. Let’s see what we were able to pull in our box.

Design:4 stars blue

The design of the product is actually pretty nice overall. The one thing I absolutely love is the base cards. Similar to last year’s product, the foil background behind the player is tinted in their team’s team colors. That little addition just really makes the card come together. It looks especially nice on the Rondo base, which I don’t take a picture of for some reason. Although small, I love the change of the logo of the product to an Old English style “L”. It looks like something that would fit in very well with basketball culture. The inserts are nothing really eye catching or new to Panini products in terms of design. They aren’t terrible, it’s just something you’re used to as a Panini collector. I think a new style insert could really transform the product.

Checklist:4 stars blue

Now the double rookie class is something that I find to be sort of a detriment towards sets this year. It seems like every rookie has an autographed card and that puts a damper on finding veteran autographs in a product like this. While Kendall Marshall was a top 15 pick, and as was my redemption of Kawhi Leonard, this product contains a lot of rookie cards. Luckily, my memorabilia card was of Celtics GM Danny Ainge from his playing days. It was cool for me to pull Ainge as he used to babysit a good friend of mine. But other than that, I’d still like to see more veteran content in this product. However, you can’t complain about two top 15 first rounders.

Value:4 stars blue

The value of the product is difficult to discern as Limited has always been a hit or miss product. Even more so in the double rookie class as you have more chances to pull rookies (or sophomores) in the league. You can find the product currently for $87 a box over at DA Card World, which is actually a decent deal compared to past years. With the amount of rookie cards from the past couple of years Panini has been putting out this year, at that price it’s probably worth a shot at a Kyrie or another big name rookie.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, this is a solid product from Panini, but nothing earth shattering. I still think Panini needs a big makeover on the Limited line, but this product can still hold its own in the basketball realm. The design is nice with the team colors incorporated into the foil, but I’d like to see more out of the inserts. The checklist, while okay with the double rookie class, feels a lot like one of those rookie only products. I’d like to see a guaranteed veteran autograph in a product like this as I’m not a big rookie collector. But the value, with the lower price, is a better than past years and it’s worth a shot if you want to try and pull a big name right now.

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

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

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Preview: 2012 Panini Limited Football

Panini is back with another year of Panini Limited Football, which has become a staple of the hobby.

The popular Materials Phenom autographed rookie cards are back! These cards feature on-card autographs and include a die cut to represent each players team. Collectors are always after these cards and they are sure to be after them once again this year.

A new feature this year is the Hog Heaven autographed set. That may sound familiar, and it should. Donruss had a set in one of their products years ago. These cards will feature authentic Football swatches that are signed in silver.

Don’t forget about Limited calling-card rookie cards to return as well. It’ll feature on-card autographs with team-name die cuts and large memorabilia swatches.

Each box contains 1 pack with 7 cards. In each box, it will contain 3 autograph or  memorabilia cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $100 a box when it releases on January 16, 2013.

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