Before I start my review, here are many places you can find Panini America: Their official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook. If you don't follow them you 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:
- 20 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
- Four Autograph or Memorabilia Card
- Around $100 per box
Not pictured, for some reason the blog deleted them, is the Turn Of The Century parallel and the Passing The Torch inserts I pulled. Turn Of The Century is one of a few parallels you can find in Elite. Others are die-cut parallels such as Aspirations and Status that also have different colored versions of them. Not to mention there are autographs this way too.
Here is an example I borrowed from Panini's blog to show you what the Turn Of The Century (I pulled Eddie Lacy numbered to 199) and Passing The Torch (I pulled Randy Moss/Cordarrelle Patterson) inserts look like:
I can honestly say there wasn't one insert pulled in this box that I didn't find worth collecting. Some would make great sets.
One auto is a sticker and one is on-card. But both are top picks, including Ebron who could be a big part of the Lions offense this year. I have always been a fan of acetate autographs, however, I would have rather seen it on-card instead of the base auto. I would have switched the sticker and on-card here.
Elite also has other autographed offerings such as the great Passing The Torch autos that is double-sided matching up players with equal talents and Rookie Inscriptions which is another acetate auto offering of the 2014 rookie class.
I do like the design and swatch size of the memorabilia card I did land in Gridiron Kings.
Some other memorabilia offerings in Elite are New Breed, Sophomore Swatches and the can be rare Down And Distance.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: There are some fun offerings in Elite. I am a little concerned in terms of return value on Elite as I have seen some rough breaks and for $100 you hope for a decent return. I know my wasn't the best, but in this hobby it is all about risk.
There are some great things to be pulled in Elite and the inserts are quite impressive in person. The parallels are also something that are very popular among collectors. So if you don't have a problem with taking a tiny risk, I say give Elite a try.
Each Box contains Four Autographs or Memorabilia Cards, Three Rookies Card #'d to 999 or less, One Turn of the Century, One Passing the Torch Silver, One Clarity (Plexi-Glass Card), and Six additional inserts! - See more at: http://www.dacardworld.com/sports-cards/2014-panini-elite-football-hobby-box#sthash.WcrZTaV2.dpuf