Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Titanium Hockey 2013-2014

A popular product among hockey card fans, Titanium returns with all of your favorites plus more. This is the first time I have busted this product and I was pretty impressed with it. With each box packing 5 hits and some of the rarest cards on the market you just never know what you could find behind the flap of the box and inside of the wrappers.

Before I start my review, 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 should! They interact with you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!

Now onto the review:

  • 5 packs per box. 4 cards per pack
  • At least one autograph per box
  • 4 Rookie Cards or Rookie Parallel Cards Per Box
PRICE: You can find most boxes around $95



Memorabilia (non-autographed):
TJ Oshie Game Worn Gear
Duncan Keith/Corey Crawford/Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane Team Building #d 50/100

Autographs/Autograph Memorabilia
Filip Forsberg Titanium Reserve Autographs
Ryan Hamilton Titanium Reserve Autographs
Mark Arcobello Home Sweaters Memorabilia Autographs PRIME #d 18/25

I have always been a fan of foil board especially when done right. Panini did a great job with it here not getting ready of the background of the action shot. That is very important to me. I just don't want a plain ole silver base card with just a player. I like the player to stand out while not taking away the action on the ice in the background. That was done here.

I like the design also of the Team Building quad memorabilia cards and the Titanium Reserve autographs.

The  Home Sweaters Memorabilia Autographs are well done as well and a unique concept. The only other thing I would have liked to seen here was the players head above the jersey. I think that would have make it look even more appealing.

The most limited rookie cards on the market are available in Titanium, with each card serial numbered to the rookie's jersey number. This makes them both rare and valuable. No other product offers this. You can also find Hobby Exclusive parallels, featuring veteran cards serial numbered to the player's jersey number and draft position. Another fun thing to find is Social Signatures, featuring autographs of skaters with inscriptions of their social media handles. One more cool note is that this product packed with the #paninidoublerookieclass and has Dual and Triple Autograph cards of these new skaters.

THOUGHTS: There seems to be potential for a lot of value in a box of Titanium. Though my box didn't provide the boom that some may provide, I was still happy with the results.

 I like the aspect that they made parallels and rookie cards pretty much impossible to pull to help with values, it made it very hard for me not to find either as it was base cards then a hit. I would have liked to seen maybe one or the other per box. Don't overdo it, but have one or the other at least to help a little more with the value and the pack hunting.

Overall, a product that can come packing with some serious value especially if you hit one of the top tier rookies or parallels that are very rare and very valuable. Well designed product too. This product may not be for everyone however, as the price is a little steep and there is some risk involved if you don't hit it big in your box. However if you do, it will pay off in the long run.

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