A long standing product in the Donruss and Panini line, Elite makes yet another return for 2017 with a lot of similarities to last year.
So let's see what 2017 has to offer shall we?
In each box of 2017 Elite football, you will find yourself enjoying 20 packs of 5 cards. There should be 3 hits per box including one on-card Pen Pals autograph. Boxes will run about $115.
The base card design is the same used for Elite Draft and similar to last years. I was just happy to find so many Giants in my box including Brandon Marshall in big blue. Not all offseason players who changed teams are on new teams.
The base set is 200 cards deep with rookies and veterans.
The rookies in the product are numbered to 499. I only found three in my box besides two parallels. So the assumption of 5 per box can be made. Key rookies to find are, Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey, Mike Williams, John Ross, Corey Davis, Leonard Fournette, and O.J. Howard.
There are plenty of fun parallels to find in Elite. There is Green, Red /149, Purple /99, Status /99, Aspirations /98, Orange /25, Aspirations Die-Cut /24, Status Die-Cut /24, Blue /15, and Gold 1/1. They all glisten and shine.
Some of my favorites...
Status Die-Cut /24 of Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
The inserts shine just like the base cards and most have the parallels of Green, Red /99, Purple #/49, Orange /25, Blue /5, and Gold 1/1.
The offerings include, Fired Up, Field Of Vision, College Ties....
Elitist, Title Waves, Homefield Advantage, Face To Face (not shown), Family Ties (not shown)
Spellbound. My favorite of the group. These spell out the players last name. Would be a fun rainbow to put together. Each card is also numbered. There are only a few players, roughly 7 in this set due to the amount of letters.
There is also parallels, those include, Green, Red /99, Purple /49, Orange /25, Blue /5, and Gold 1/1. You can define the parallel by the background. I pulled an Orange Odell and a Red Brown.
Now time for the hits which I thought were awesome.
First up, Elite Coverage dual relic. Mine is the prime version and has some nice swatches. I like the color scheme to the team featured and design. It's very easy on the eyes.
My next find, the one-per-box Pen Pals was of RB Kareem Hunt. Could play a huge role on that offense this year. I do find it odd to be called Pen Pals when only one player is featured.
And my final hit, the biggie of the box. A Turn Of The Century auto of 2nd pick Mitchell Trubisky. Best rookie pull for me in 2 years.
Other hits not found in my box are,
Elite Rookie Autographs,Elite Signatures,Back to the Future Signatures,Epic Materials ,Impact Impressions ,Passing the Torch Signatures,Passing the Torch Signatures Doubles, Pen Pals Dual Autographs ,Prime Numbers Relics,Pro Bowl Standouts Relics,Team Lineage Signatures,Throwback Threads and Throwback Threads Doubles.
OVERALL, so far my favorite football product that I have opened. Lots of numbered cards, nice looking hits, and some solid looking inserts. Like I said, I really like the Spellbound. May have to chase the base versions of Odell Beckham Jr down.
This box may have been above average compared to some, but there is so much to pull and so many big names on the autograph checklist I find it worth the risk. I hope to open another box at some point myself.