Thursday, December 13, 2012

REVIEW: PANINI TOTALLY CERTIFIED 2012-2013

One of my favorite football products I got to try this time in basketball form. And it did not disappoint and even came with an extra hit.

 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.Make sure you do too! Best in the Biz!


Box Break Down:
  • 6 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
  • (3) Autographs and (3) Memorabilia Cards Per Box!
  • Boxes run $120.

 


BASE CARDS:A micro-etched pattern that is stunning and almost makes the players jump off from the cardboard. One of my Top 3 base card designs. One that you want to put a set together of. But that might take you awhile since you don't get many cards per box.

The base breaks down as so 300-card base set with at least 75 Rookie Cards


 

 

 


INSERTS:Totally digging these. Yep..pun intended. Micro etched parallels galore!! Almost got one or two per pack. And I still like the Kobe Anthology pack thats included as well. Nice design showcasing his history in the league and a chance at Kobe memorabilia and autographs.



AUTOGRAPHS: Once again we find the micro etched technology again. This time with an autograph on it. I like the design of the micro etched rookie auto cards with the Star in the background as we know any of these can become stars someday. Harrison Barnes was a nice hit and a Totally Red parallel hit. The Glen Rice is our bonus hit of the box as each box guarantees 3 autos but we had already gotten all 6 hits when Rice was found stuck to the back of another card. No complaints here it was Totally awesome to find a bonus.


JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: This box didn't provide much for terms of explosive patch or more than one color jersey cards but believe me..they are out there and they are a thing of beauty. The memorabilia cards have parallels like rest of the product which makes for a Totally good time.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: This product is beautiful. I like the micro etched technology. My only complaint would be how easy they could chip. Other than that..wow. I like chasing the parallels and they sell well on the market too. A jersey card that would normally look plain with a one color swatch still stands out because of this technology. 6 hits in a box with half being autos. A decent price of $120 for the amount of hits. I would give it another shot for sure and recommend it to you as well. There is a lot of value to be found and you too will Totally dig this 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: 4
                Base Design: 5
                Insert Design: 5
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

REVIEW: CLASSICS HOCKEY 2012-2013

At Panini America, no seasons end. With hockey in a lockout...to take away the boredom for the puck fans you have to open up some hockey cards to feel like the puck is on the ice again. This is the highest end product I have ever opened and it was a fun bust. One auto per pack. And being a partial growing hockey fan, this was a great product to turn to.

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. If you don't follow them at all..you should! They talk to you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!



Box Break Down:
  • 6 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
  • Find (6) Autograph Cards per Box!
  • ONE AUTO PER PACK!
  • Boxes will run ya $180

Base Card

Back of Base card

More base
BASE CARDS: This is a product for the old-school-hockey collectors,  as the name suggests its a Classic with Classic players and players autos. As for the base card, its a simple throwback design. Making it have a very Classic appeal. A base set would take you awhile with only 30 cards in a box with 6 of those being autos and 6 of those being the insert cards. But that would be a fun one to chase and you have the chance to bust it a few times.



INSERTS: You get one of these die cuts per pack. I have always been a fan of die cuts. I do wished a player picture was involved instead. But still not bad in terms of design.

AUTOGRAPHS:With one per pack and possibly a hot box with 8 autos in it this product is all about its on card autographs and its nice checklist (look below for a link to one). We pulled the usual 6 autos in our box. I like the design and classic appeal to the base cards so throw in on card autos and you got a winner. The Notable Nicknames are cool with a signed Nickname of the player...I do wish they had signed their name as well to go with it but the design is very well done.

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A

OVERALL THOUGHTS:This product has appeal. Classic autographs you may not see everyday and a classic overall feel. I love the old photography on the base cards reminding us of great moments on the ice and taking the boredom that some of us might have waiting for the NHL to get over its lockout and move onto the season. I also hope Panini turns this to a football product as well. On card autos, a deep checklist, nice look and a chance at a hot box of 8 autos though the price may be steep for some and the average collector, but for those who can afford it, this is a good hockey 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: 4
                Insert Design: 3
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

And because we love ya..here is a link to the Knights Lance where you can find a checklist and SP list for this product:
 http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-panini-america-qc-gallery-checklist-2012-13-classics-signatures-hockey/

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

REVIEW: PANINI PRIZM BASKETBALL 2012-2013

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. Please check them out!! Best in the business!

The only thing that I buy from another company comes with the word Chrome. I believe Panini may have heard that I did this because they know my dedication to their products and wanted to please me (this is just kidding by the way not unless its true) and created a tremendous product named Prizm to lure me away and may have now done so especially with a football version due out in February. The review will try to show how great this product is..but you can never judge it by its pictures til its in your hands!I know I didn't know truly what this product was like til I busted a box of it.


Box Break Down:
  • 20 Packs Per Box, 6 Cards Per Pack
  • (2) Autographs and (2) Prizms Per Box!
  • A 300-card base set featuring 100 Rookies!
  • Around $100 a box
Base Card
Base card Back
Base rookie cards

Base Legends cards
BASE CARDS: They are silver like chrome. But Prizm is no Chrome. These cards as I was informed many times by others DO NOT bend like Chrome. And I believe part of that reason is because the cards are a bit thicker than chrome and you can feel it when you lift the hobby box up in comparison. I like how Panini incorporated rookies and legends into the base card checklist. The only thing I would add is putting a rookie logo on the rookie cards and adding Legends in the background of the legendary players. Other than that. I was very impressed.




INSERTS: You already know my love for the Kobe Anthology cards and finding that pack in the box gives me some hope of someday landing something great of his. But the cards look great and showcase great moments in his career which still has many more to come.I like the Finalists and USA insert cards they stick to the Prizm techology. My only argument here is what to call the reflective parallels? Panini calls them Prizms. I don't know about that (not that I am arguing with them. they know best). I think if you were hip hop they would be prizzy to the izzy. If you were southern they might be Prazyms. There are many other terms like shiny, reflective, refractors (would be an insult to use this word so I don't just giving an example) Rainbows, Golds, I really don't have a word for them myself yet. Have been trying to find one that fits.


 
AUTOGRAPHS:With at least 2 per box I like the Prizm theme and technology throughout and autographs look great on it. And unlike another product, this box comes with 2 autos for $100.

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A

OVERALL THOUGHTS: This is a very attractive product from the outside (I used the box cover for the man cave and hung it up. its like a bonus card) to the inside with the technology. I would strongly suggest you give this product a try. The gold parallels though none pulled in this break are hotter than Mrs Tom Brady on the market. I think the price you pay and what you can get in here is worth the risk.

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: 5
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

Monday, December 10, 2012

REVIEW: PANINI PRIME CUTS BASEBALL 2012

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

This is my first break of any Panini baseball product. I think the last time I broke a box of baseball for Donruss (now Panini) was back in 04 or 05. So its been awhile. I have been very tempted though by the images of Panini's 2012 baseball card lineup on their Knights Lance Blog. So this was exciting for me to be able to review this product.

Outside box

Inner box containing the goods
Box Break Down:
  • 1 Pack Per Box, 2 Cards Per Pack
  • (2) Autographs or Memorabilia Cards per box!
  • (1) Autograph in every box!
  • $150 PER BOX

BASE CARDS: NONE


INSERTS: NONE


 
AUTOGRAPHS: With one guaranteed auto per box...we landed a redemption card. I know most people would complain...but I don't. Its expected sometimes. The only issue is, is not knowing the design of the card so I can review it. So I did some research and found these on the Knights Lance:

2012 Prime Cuts NOTABLE NICKNAMES_Murray  
 2012 Prime Cuts NOTABLE NICKNAMES_cut_Evers

The assumption would be its the Eddie Murray version which is very nice clean design. Not to mention its of Whitey Ford. A career Yankee and Hall of Famer. Not a bad pull.And its numbered to 49.

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: This box landed a one color swatch of top Twins player Joe Mauer. The design isn't bad. I like the way the name is placed and decorated. Without a MLB license Panini is still doing a great job with baseball cards.

We may not have much to show...but here is the official Knights Lance gallery of this product and its stunning to say the least of what you could pull:

http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/the-panini-america-quality-control-gallery-2012-prime-cuts-baseball-85-images/

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Price is a concern for two cards though both are hits but price and value may not always equal. I am a collector who likes to look for the balance in price of product vs box value. As for rest of my thoughts, I think a nice base card design with some inserts and parallels would really help this product. Last years product, 2011 Prime Cuts came with 5 cards and 5 hits. Not to mention a shot at a Mike Trout rookie card. I like that this product packs a punch and like most high end products its all about high risk that could reward you a high return. Hit or miss is another way to look at it.

But for my first break of a Panini baseball card product they are definitely heading in a great direction and I think they should continue to be aggressive for that MLB license as well. I would love to see MLB Panini products out on the market.

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: 3
                Base Design: NA
                Insert Design: NA
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4