Wednesday, October 4, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Panini XR Football

Panini has released quite a few new football products out for 2017 and one of them includes today's release, Panini XR. I am not sure most of the time what the abbreviations or names are supposed to mean except that they sound kinda cool.

Let's see how my first break of this brand new product went.

 Each box of 2017 Panini XR football will guarantee One Rookie Autograph Jersey, One Rookie/Veteran/Retired Auto, One Rookie Jumbo or Triple Swatch Card, One Insert, Four Parallels, Four Base Cards, and Two Rookies. There are 7 cards per pack and two packs per box. Boxes are currently running just under $100.

The base set is a simple design that reminds me of something I would possibly find in the 90's so I dig it. It's got a gray rough background with a tinge of rainbow foil. The main focus is only on the player despite the subtle background of other players.

The base set is only 160 cards broken down to 100 veterans.

and 60 rookies. All of the key rookies are included such as Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey, Mike Williams, John Ross, Corey Davis, Leonard Fournette, O.J. Howard, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, DeShone Kizer, Kenny Golladay, and Chris Godwin.

The rookies felt a bit more glossed with more rainbow foil.

As with any product today, there are parallels to be found. These are very bold in color and the selections include,

Blue /199

Red /299

and Orange /75, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Each box comes with 1 insert. Mine was a Mirrored of Gronk and the soon to be Giants great Evan Engram. This card is /49.

Other inserts not in this box include, Gilded Greats, Illustrious, Notorious and Glass that's a case hit.

Speaking of hits, let's check mine out.

My first one was this Rookie Jumbo Materials. It's a pretty sharp looking card.

My next hit, which was my first of two autographs was this Luminous Endorsements of Nathan Peterman. Cool looking Shadowbox design and a very bold signature. These are numbered to 99 and less.

My last pull, which is technically apart of the base set filling in 40 more players to give it a 200 total, is this Rookie Triple Swatch auto of my man Wayne Gallman. I don't like to count autographed items as apart of the base set because it's called a base set. These still to me are hits. I do like the design and layout of these.
Other hits not found in my box but are found in the product are, Rookies Autographs, Rookie Swatch Autographs, Autograph Swatches, Dual Autographed Swatches, Triple Autographed Swatches, Illustrious Ink, X-Alted Signatures, Team Trios Materials, Rookie Triple Threats Materials, NFL Shields Relics and Maximal Materials.

OVERALL, a bit of a tough break in terms of value here. As a Giants fan, I was pleasantly happy but for the overall fan, I am sure not many would be. I know I say this a million times, but every product is a gamble. You will have some good boxes and some bad and all of us know that risk ahead of time when purchasing. I think it also comes from perspective of what you call a good and bad box. Not all of us have the same opinion on what a good and bad break is.

As for the product in general, I like the design of everything in the product and I hope it makes a 2018 return.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Panini America for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add more cards to my Player Of The Day


  1. Congrats on the Giants hit! Those shadowbox autos are pretty sharp, too.

  2. I have seen some absolutely loaded boxes of XR as w3ll as some really brutal ones. Overall I do like the product though.

  3. I like that they're only putting one insert in the entire box. I've been wanting Topps to reduce the number of inserts they put into their flagship baseball product for a few years now. Hopefully by making them limited, it will create more interest in inserts again.