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:
BOX BREAK DOWN:
- 24 Packs Per Box, 8 Cards Per Pack
- Four Autograph or Memorabilia Cards
- Around $90 per box
They have also changed the rookie cards by making them offset from the base card design, which I like, than added a variation to 25 of them. In every box you should find two of these variation cards. I consider myself lucky hitting the top two rookie QB's. I am glad to see the rookies as part of the base set again being a rookie card collector. It adds value and a chase to collecting the set.
There are a total of 200 cards in the base set. 100 rookies and 100 veterans.
Rookies Longevity Team Logo Hoil Foil
My favorite insert and I have stated this before is Crusade. They are just beautiful. If you enjoy things that are chromed and have a refractor appeal, well, these will be up your alley. I wished Panini would make a product of these just like they do in basketball. I would definitely set build em! They did this years differently having all of the veteran ones portrait while making the rookies go landscape. Being someone with Card OCD, I prefer they all face the same way especially since I put mine in binders, but, the design is so spectacular that it doesn't bother me too much.
The Crusades also have parallels, some rare.
You can find other autograph offerings such as Rookie Material Signatures, Rookie Slideshows (piece of a slide and an autograph and something I want bad) and Longevity Autographs.
I got the two memorabilia cards that were guaranteed and both were of rookies which to me is a great thing because it adds more value. I got both a rookie material and a Freshman Fabric. You can find veteran memorabilia in here as well.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Rookie and Stars has a lot going for it. One, set collectors can put together a set and I think even a master set with the rookie Sp's which I don't believe would be a daunting task but yet a fun one. The inserts are bright, colorful and offer plenty of collect-ability with their designs. Especially the Crusades and their parallels.
The overall value I got in this box was great. I hit two of the best rookie Sp's, the Manziel patch #d to 25 and Bernard auto/patch numbered to 10. I haven't seen too many bad breaks of this product and with a deep rookie checklist with the deep class there is plenty to collect in here.