Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review: Panini Rookie Anthology Hockey 2011-2012

This product was a ton of fun to open! Surprises around every corner. And it has exactly what I look for in a hockey product in rookies. This is a product that combines many products with some rookies that weren't in their respected earlier products. Now that they suited up, Panini suited them up and made a award winning hockey product.

First off, I would like to say thanks to the WONDERFUL people at Panini America for providing us with this box to review. Here are many places you can find Panini America: official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

And as always...we will do some giveaways from this product!

Here is my review:

  
Box:  Top rookie...top look


Wrapper:  Matches box..nice!

 Base: Nice clean design..looks even better in person. I am usually one for action photography..but this design really brings out the players.

Rookies Base: Like we said earlier, you get a variety of updated products all in one. Love the Dufex from the Pinnacle. Its a combo of all of my faves in one product!


Memorabilia:  Dual jerseys..LOVE! And the rookie theme continues throughout this product.


Autographs: The autographs look great. It is surprising to land the same player in the box though. These are autos from updated products like Crown Royale (really wanted to land a rookie silhouette those look awesome) and others.


Bonus Pack! We landed this sweet auto jersey numbered out of 99  This is a updated rookie auto from Luxary Suite Panini high end brand. There is one bonus pack per box that you can land surprises like this out of!

Overall: This product was not only fun and had surprises, but this made me want another box. I highly recommend puck fans and anyone who loves to open cards and try something new to give this box a run. it is well worth the money. We got 5 hits in what is a high end feel product.

Ratings:  Bloggers Note: Our ratings are based specifically on the blaster, box or packs we opened and do not express what the overall product could bring. Ratings based on a 1-5. 1 Being the lowest and 5 being the highest.

                Packaging: 5
                Base Design: 5
                Insert Design: N/A
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 5

Friday, July 6, 2012

Review: Prestige Football Hobby Box 2012

The product I most sought after when the Football card season started was Prestige 2012 and it did not disappoint me. Despite me not hitting an RG3 or an Andrew Luck base rookie card and my hits not really being top...I still LOVE this product.

First off, I would like to say thanks to the WONDERFUL people at Panini America for providing us with this box to review. Here are many places you can find Panini America: official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

And as always...we will do some giveaways from this product!

Here is my review:


Box: I love the design. Peyton's replacement is a attention grabber. The box lets you know the hit amounts per box and it has a clean design.

Wrapper:  Just like the box..I would definitely pick up pack or two.


Base: Panini cleaned up the base card design this year and something spectacular came out. Best base design I have seen in this product! The rookie cards match the base. But with this years Prestige...the rookies are in their NFL uni's!






Inserts: As you can tell, Prestige has many different inserts you can land. The extra points are different this year but I like the change. A border on the bottom just above the players name that says Extra Points. We landed 2 of the Blue color numbered to 999 and many of the gold. The other inserts look great as well! Especially the Draft City Destinations. Something about it is very eye catching.


Rookie Variations: You get one of these per box! And this years is less confusing to figure out which is a variation and which isn't. I like how Panini did a draft pic with their teams jersey as the variation.



Memorabilia: You get 2 of these per box. The design is very nice. Really love the Ryan Matthews Prime hit!

Autographs: Two autos per box. The Draft City Destinations are signed on-card!

Overall: For around $100, You get a good mix of rookies (1 per pack), 2 autos and 2 jerseys, a decent amount of inserts and overall you get a good bang for your buck. Some great finds can be had in Prestige!

Ratings:  Bloggers Note: Our ratings are based specifically on the blaster, box or packs we opened and do not express what the overall product could bring. Ratings based on a 1-5. 1 Being the lowest and 5 being the highest.
                Packaging: 5
                Base Design: 5
                Insert Design: 4
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 5

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Panini Redemption Mail day again!

Got this sweet auto in the mail. He has a ways to go before he can become a starter for the Jets...we all know Tebow will take over by seasons end..but still a great looking card and is numbered to 49. This is my 3rd redemption card in 2 weeks. They are doing an awesome job hammering them out!

Panini Redemption Mail Day!! Jernigan Style! (Also my Favorite Card Thursday Card)

I love how huge the signature is on this card. And its on card! Not to mention its a NY Giant.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Panini Redemption Mail Day!! Contenders Auto Style!

Got this bad boy in the mail after 4 months. I don't mind waiting that long for something this nice!

What else should they put into cards for game used?

When Topps announced they were putting complete fight-used mouthpieces embedded into the cards in their July release of 2012 Topps Finest UFC .
Very unique piece
It got me to thinking...what else should card companies give us from an athlete that's game used?

First baseball, what about chewed gum..sunflower seeds...pieces of Gatorade bottles or cups. Maybe game used socks??? Disgusting to think about..but companies are putting it all out on the line now!

For Football, what about their mouth pieces, hair since there are a decent amount of players who have it long (Troy Polamalu come on! And we can see if he uses Head and Shoulders or not like in all of those commercials), and pieces of hip pads, shoulder pads game used.

And for Basketball. Gym shorts, benches they sit on, sweat bands unwashed of course! Wouldn't feel as authentic if it was. That would be a two-fer with game used sweat as well!

And finally for hockey..they should include, pieces of teeth (you know we get dino pieces from UD Goodwin Champions they could expand it to hockey where teeth are always lost and we can't get any closer than that), helmet, and pieces of the skates.

What do you think?? Would you want a piece of any of these?