When you think of prospecting products in baseball, usually the first thought that pops into everyone's mind is Bowman. Yes, it does me to but I am not as big of a fan of it as I used to be. Feels like Topps had put that on repeat.
So as normal, I think outside of the normal collector realm and found something I enjoy 100 TIMES more than Bowman, Panini Elite Extra Edition. Not only does this have prospects, it's LOADED with autographs, parallels and jersey cards all for about the same price. Why wouldn't you choose this over it.
See why I am so into this product as you read on.
In every box of 2015 Elite Extra Edition you will find 20 packs per box with 5 cards per pack. Most boxes will average about 6 autographs and 1 jersey card. Mine came with an extra. There are some HOT boxes that can land you up to 10 hits. Boxes will run you roughly $90.
The base cards are sharp. Foil done in a design similar to 1997 Donruss Preferred featuring the prospects in their college uni's. There are also 200 cards in the base set so that's not completely out of reach in a few boxes.
So you take an already great looking base set and add some color and rainbow to it. Even more impressive. You can find four numbered cards per box. There are also die cut parallels.
And harder to find ones. This one of D-Backs prospect Domingo Leyba is numbered to 10.
There are other inserts besides the parallels to find. These aren't quite as impressive, but not bad in design.
I would have liked to seen this done in foil.
Now onto the autographs. You get regular base and parallels to these as well. Including chances at printing plates. I pulled some pretty decent ones for myself including
Kaprielian (even prettier in person) and
Jeter's future replacement?, Kyle Holder. This one is numbered to 10 as well. That makes two low numbered pulls so far.
Each box also comes with one jersey card. I thought the design popped on here.
I also pulled this autographed jersey card numbered to 50 as well. Like I said, this product is impressive. But even more impressive was my final pull....
A Boston Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada Rookie autographed silhouette /10. The silhouettes are making their EEE debut this year and I think it is an added winner for sure. One of my favorite designed rookie cards on the market.
Overall, not to sound cliche-ish, but Panini hit a home run here. Great looking base cards, impressive parallels and hits galore. I found value around every corner here and every pack I busted brought more excitement.
This isn't even all of the awesome stuff that EEE offers. Check out the details on The Knights Lance, HERE. You will see even more offerings that I didn't pull such as Passing The Torch autographs that have Mariano Rivera on them.
Writers Note: Look for some of these cards in future giveaways and #SCCGivesBack mail days. Stay Tuned and make sure to thank Panini America and Tracy Hackler.