As with most new things in the hobby, there are some ups and downs, the Panini Rewards program fits that bill. In one of my recent box reviews I pulled my first ever Panini Rewards got and got excited. First off, you don't have to wait for a certain player to sign your card. Secondly, you get to pick what you like! Sounded like a good deal to me!
I didn't get one of the higher end points and yes I could have saved the 150 and combined it with future points, but I wanted to check out this new rewards program to see how it was.
I went to the Panini Rewards SITE to sign up for an account and get my points traded in.
The site ran very smooth as I was able to get my account set up and points ready within minutes. There was the first positive.
However, there wasn't many choices for 150 points and especially when I narrowed the search to just NY Giants who had only seven cards available overall. I know this is the first run with the program so they probably don't have a lot of inventory yet, but they need to get more stocked soon. First negative.
I ended up choosing this card which I found pretty impressive. Second Positive.
If I hadn't gotten the points in the box who knows what I would have gotten especially having been a lower point total. It would have been more than likely a no name rookie auto. Third positive.
However upon requesting the card to be shipped, I found out there was a shipping fee. Second Negative.
Not only was there a shipping fee, but an outrageous one at that. I roughly estimated this card valued at $8-$10 so when I found out my shipping cost was a little over $4...I was a bit furious. That's almost half of what the card is worth. Not to mention I most likely could have gotten this card off from eBay cheaper. Third Negative.
I ended up paying the shipping and had it shipped to me. It arrived in about 5 days.
So, overall, I have three ups and three downs.
The biggest positive to me was not pulling a redemption card and being able to pick a card that I wanted right there and have it be something I collected. Because honestly, most of the time I never pull something I collect. That's for everyone else to do.
The Biggest negative, no surprise here, the shipping costs. Paying over $4 for shipping is nuts. You have already paid $80 for the box, why should you have to pay to have a card shipped to you that should have already been in the box in the first place?! I guess that is one thing redemptions had going for them, Panini didn't charge you to redeem them and ship them to you. Why should this be any different?