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!

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That’s right. We are giving away a 1/1 we received from our break of 2012 Panini Totally Certified football (spoiler for the review, oops). All the thanks goes out to our over 1400 Twitter followers who stepped up and retweeted this card over 120 times. I promised I would give it away if we got 100 retweets and we got 20% more! Why don’t you check out that beauty below first to get your mouth watering:

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Preview: 2012 Panini Totally Certified Football

A staple of Panini’s Football brand is back in 2012 Panini Totally Certified.

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The most popular part of Panini Totally Certified is and always has been the Freshman Fabric autographs. These cards feature the top rookies and will be signed on-card. There are also Platinum Black 1 of 1 versions to be pulled!

Collectors can also look for Certified Future jersey autographs. These will also be signed on-card and will be numbered to 175 unless you pull a prime parallel, which will then be numbered to 49. Also be on the look out for Down & Dirty jersey cards numbered to 299 or less with prime versions being numbered to 49.

A real treat that will be featured in Panini Totally Certified this year are the HRX cards. These are video cards that should be highly collectible. The best part is there are autograph versions numbered to 10, or maybe you will be lucky enough to pull a 14K gold autographed HRX card numbered 1 of 1! Just imagine how nice that would look in your collection.

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Each box contains 6 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 1 on-card rookie autograph, 1 additional autograph as well as 4 autograph or memorabilia cards per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $113 when it releases March 6, 2013.

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

Review: 2012-13 Panini Totally Certified Basketball

Totally Certified? Yes, it has returned again with the bright colors and all the hits you could ask for in one box. The parallels have returned as well, featuring some of the most collectible non-auto/memorabilia cards in the business today. Basketball collectors are unlike a lot of other collectors in that they go ga-ga for low numbered parallels. Panini fills every void with this product at multiple hits per box and multiple parallels. Let’s see what we got:

Design:4 stars blue

Not a ton has changed since the last installment of this product, but the design is still a solid one. The starburst style of design returns, but it feels like it is more…shiny than the last time this product came out. I really liked the more of a matte feel on the last ones as foilboard isn’t the answer to everything. I do really like the slight changes in the parallels as well. Very sharp looking and easy to distinguish. I just think there are enough foilboard products out there that this could use a change of direction. The colors are still bold and bright however which looks nice with the player featured. The design on the rookie autographs I can’t quite put my finger on them, it looks like it’s meant for a sticker autograph but they were on-card…kinda strange. But all together, a solid design.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The checklist is similar to the last go around as well, but this time I’m guessing there are just going to be more rookie signatures because of the double rookie class. It’s something I’m not a fan of, but probably will have to get used to for the rest of the season. In order to fit all of them in, you have to take out something. Oh well. The rest of the product is again filled with veterans and legends alike, like the sweet Lakers patch we pulled. You’ll have to check the video for that.

Value:4 stars blue

Value is again a little rough, but what makes up for it the possibility for some high valued parallels and some great rookie autographs. This is a tough product to judge because while it does have some plain jerseys in it, the autographs and parallels make it hit or miss as well. While we didn’t hit any low parallels, we did hit a low rookie parallel autograph, numbered to 15. The patch was nice as well from a Lakers old timer. It’s just trying to fill out everything else that makes this product difficult to judge when you purchase it for $120 at DA Card World.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the dynamics of the product really hasn’t changed much since the last time it came out, and that is a bit disappointing. I do slightly miss the rookie/jersey autographs that all the rookies were featured as and I still wish the hit content was a bit better. The parallels though continue to shine, and that was a pleasant surprise last time around. I’m glad to see that trend continue in products like this that needed that extra bit of value.

Thanks to Panini America for providing this box 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.

Check out the video to see our sweet hits.

Preview: 2011 Panini Totally Certified Football

The future of the Panini Certified brand is here.

2011 Panini Totally Certified football will be released this January. The best part about this product? Panini’s HRX video cards will be coming to football! These limited cards are embedded with a highlight video of your favorite player and some include an autograph as well.

Another great part about this product is the crazy designs this product brings. Remember my review of Totally Certified basketball? I loved those designs and they are being brought over to the football product. These cards should look great, but here is some more information.

Each set will have 100 base cards, 50 Immortals, 50 Freshmen Phenoms, and 36 on-card rookie autographs. Every box contains 6 packs at one hit per pack. Every box will contain at least one on-card autographed jersey rookie card to 499 or less, one additional autograph numbered to 299 or less, and four memorabilia cards…just like it’s basketball counterpart.

These subset hits will include cards like Stitches in Time, which features four players with a piece of memorabilia for each player featuring some of the greatest players in the game. You will find some Totally Certified Future Materials which includes jerseys worn by top players at the Rookie Premiere. The Immortals set with 50 of the greatest players ever, each with an autograph. Pieces of the Game which features a piece of the players jersey. And also Heritage Collection which will feature game worn jerseys from some of the most collected retired NFL Players. So there is a big lineup of possible hits in this product with a great veteran focus in some of the insert sets.

I know I’m excited as I loved the design and look of Totally Certified basketball. Let’s just hope it translates well to the football arena. We’ll find out in late January.

You can check out the official Panini Peek here with more information and images.