Saturday, January 24, 2015

Breakin Wax: 2014 Prestige Football Hobby Box

Prestige, simply one of my favorite releases yearly and this year proved to be no different. It used to come out right after the draft, but Panini decided to switch the Score and Prestige release dates so this product falls a little later now. That just means I get more impatient.

My wife knows about my impatience with the product and was nice enough to pick me up a box. You will have to read on to see how I did.

In every box of 2014 Prestige football, there are 24 packs per box with 8 cards per pack. Most packs come with at least one rookie. You will also find one box topper and 4 autographs/memorabilia cards per box

Here is the box topper wrapper.

The cards are the same Draft Picks version you can find in the packs, but just done in jumbo size. They look really cool up close.

At first glance, I didn't care for the base card design. But, upon further looking at them and looking at all of them, I like it. Panini used team color schemes for the back ground split 50/50 with the team logo watermarked behind the player. Some of the team combinations on these look really nice. One of my favorites is Seattle's.

Back of base card

Rookie cards. These were the top rookie cards I pulled in my box. It was very weak in terms of rookies.

Extra Points parallels. These are the reds that fall 1:13.

Here is the purple Extra Points, these are numbered to 199.

Inserts. I was really impressed with the designs and layouts.

Acetate! Might be a tad bit too much since more than one inserts is made with it. I would rather see one done with acetate and find another way to do the rest. If I had to choose one of these designs to stick with , I would choose the Captain one.

Micro-Etched madness! See acetate feeling above...

My pulls. Nothing terrific, but one thing I know, you have got to give rookies time to see how they pan out.

HAHAHAHAHAHA only my third auto of his this year!! This one is an autograph Extra Points red parallel.

And finally, you should get one on-card auto per box. Mine, Mr. Cody Latimer. Another one of those, "you find a hit in every box" kind guy.
Overall, not the best Prestige break I have ever had. I did much better in 2013. I do like the base card designs, the inserts look nice but are a tad bit overdone, and the hits were okay. It will probably be one of those products since I am a Prestige fan that I will have to get a second glance on before deciding if I really like it or not.