Monday, December 17, 2018

REVIEW:2018 Panini Rookie And Stars Football

One of my yearly favorites since the late 90's, Rookies and Stars is back for 2018 and packing, well, rookies and stars. There is plenty to find in here so let's take a look at what I found in my break.

In every box of 2018 Panini Rookies and Stars football is 6 packs of 10 cards. There will also be 2 autographs and 2 memorabilia cards per box. Boxes are currently running $100.

The base set sticks to what we usually expect from Rookies and Stars. Some form of border and focus on the main player. I think the last few years definitely looks better than that plain while background they ran for a bit.

There are 200 cards in the base set with 100 veterans,

and 100 rookies. It seems to be the most basic base card set build for Panini now. My box lacked a Saquon so if any of you have one to trade or donate, I wouldn't mind accepting it!

As with any product, we see parallels. There are a few in Rookies and Stars but in a box there aren't many. I only found two in mine. True Blue /49 and 

a gold of future Giants QB, least I hope so with all of the cards I have of him, numbered to 10 of Kyle Lauletta.

Other parallels to find are, Green, Purple, Red, Longevity /75, Red&Blue /25,Black&Blue #5, Platinum 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Inserts are plenty and plentiful per pack. Parallels for them include, True Blue /49, Gold /10, and Platinum 1/1.

Action Packed. Why they won't make this into a product again and bring back the embossing is beyond me. I have mentioned it multiple times.

Touchdown Club:

Precision Passers (both rookies and veterans in this insert series)

Standing Ovation:

Star Studded:

Rookie Rush. Lamar Jackson who I am looking for an autograph of. Got one? Let's trade!

Saquon Barkley!!! My first Barkleys from all four boxes of reviews. True Blue parallel as well.

Airborne. These are really cool and I can't wait to see Saquon on this next year. These are printed on the chrome technology and have parallels of Red /99, Pink /85, Purple /65, Orange /35, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Great American Heroes. Once again printed on Chrome technology with parallels of,  Red /99, Pink /85, Purple /65, Orange /35, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

There are also Crusade inserts with the chrome technology but I didn't find one in this box. That's one of my favorite Panini inserts lines.

Time for the hits!

Year 1. Rookies and cardboard with memorabilia!

Great American Treasures. He his showing that this season!

This guy is pretty good on that Dallas defense *gag*

And my final hit is this  Great American Heroes /25 of Brian Urlacher.

Other hits not found in my box but could be in yours includes,
  • Airborne Signature
  • Crusade Signatures
  • Dress for Success Autograph Relics
  • Freshman Orientation Autograph Relics
  • Great American Heroes Signatures
  • Statistical Standouts Signatures
  • Stellar Rookies Signatures
  • Cross Training Relics
  • Great American Treasures Relics
  • NFL Authentic Relics
  • Prime Cuts Relics
  • Star Search Relics
  • Team Duals Relics
OVERALL, well, my hits weren't the best until I discovered that Urlacher that saved the box at the end. I loved the chrome inserts especially with their shine. The rest of the product was basic which is what I expected. If you like Rookies and Stars before, you will like it once again.

However, if you don't want to fork out the money, I think for a product like this it's best to stick with a box break and I strongly recommend using Midwest Box Breaks for your breaking needs.They are always hitting the big pulls so if they are currently breaking this, you could put yourself in a good spot.

Please thank Panini America and Tracy Hackler for providing this box for me to review to giveaway some of the hits in my Christmas giveaway!! Please follow them on all social media sites and visit their website for all your card needs, HERE.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Catching Up On Blogger Mail Days

Well, this Sunday I won't have any game updates from last week as I am typing this article on Sunday morning before the game vs when I would normally do it.

My wife's family is up for the week of 12/9 so my time is limited. To avoid not missing a day blogging, I typed up a weeks worth of posts for the week on 12/8 and 12/9. It wasn't that much fun to be honest as it felt like an extra chore.

But, don't fret, we will show off some Giants cards today regardless.

First, I got my prize mail day from Night Owl Cards that included this short print of Cy Young,

and a Paul Perkins that was a bonus,

Thanks Greg! Hope you enjoyed your Christmas surprise!

Up next, I did my first ever trade with Dions Autograph Collection blog after seeing a couple pictures on a post that caught my eye.

Jonathan Carter autograph he got in person. I like adding new autographs to my Giants PC I don't have.

Rolle was another I didn't have. Yes, he was a Cardinal but ended up going to the Giants later on in his career and made for a couple good seasons. Rolle was one of the cards that caught my eye in his post.

This guy may have had a few good years ;) Another in person autograph from Dions collection.

Sinorice Moss made no impression on the Giants but was an autograph I wanted from his post so I traded for it. Once a Giant, always a Giant.

Another IP auto, Beasley.

I didn't have a Volk either. Another nice add.

And finally, not a Giant, but a 90's PC autograph card in Yatil Green. I didn't have his yet I don't believe.

Thanks to Dion for the trade and hope to do it again!

Well, I hope the Giants won last week so this game vs the Titans today at one has meaning. We will see and I will update more on the Giants next Sunday!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

REVIEW:2018 Playoff Football

Playoff football is back 90's fans! Much different layout than the 90's. It's even double the amount of hits from 2017. Instead of two, this years has four. I actually think that's the better layout and might attract more collectors to it.

This is my first break of it since it's return so let's see how that goes.
In every box of 2018 Playoff football there are 12 packs of 8 cards per pack. Boxes have two autographs and two memorabilia cards per box. Boxes run about $100 so not bad for the amount of hits. I would rather take a risk here for that price with 96 cards per box instead of a higher end product with only 7 cards.

The base set is 300 cards. 200 of those are veterans and 100 are rookies. The design is pretty simple but has some nice photographs.

The rookie photos are from the rookie photo shoot. (no Barkley in my box)

There are also parallels to find as well in the product as with any product.  I pulled two 1st downs /99 (Garoppolo and Sutton) and one 3rd down /25 of Coutee.

Then this /10 Fourth Down of Julius Peppers.

Inserts include the following parallels, Gold, and Touchdown 1/1.

The inserts in Playoff are reminiscent of those from the 90's. They all look great and I was really happy with the insert finds here with all of the rainbow shine foil. The layouts and design were well done too. Probably the best inserts I have seen Panini do yet.

Playoff Heroes:

Rookie Wave: (I want the Barkley!!)

Hidden Gems:

Air Command:

Thunder and Lightning:

Star Gazing:

Now onto the hits.

Accolades of Matt Ryan

Turning Pro. Nice four color patch of DJ Chark Jr.

Nice! Another Sony Michel find! The autograph cards are thick like a jersey card vs the thinner base.

And a Rookie Ticket autograph preview from Contenders. Playoff has a few preview autograph products such as Contenders and Optic. This one is /24 because it's a variation of Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage.
Other hits not found in my box but could be in yours include,
  • Rookies Autographs Red Zone
  • Rookies Autographs Touchdown
  • Rookie Autograph Variations
  • Rookie Autograph Variations 4th Down
  • Game Day Signatures
  • Hall of Fame Autographs
  • Touchdown Tandems Autographs
  • Contenders Preview Rookie Ticket Autograph
  • Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Autograph Bronze
  • Game Day Memorabilia
  • Rookie Stallions Memorabilia
OVERALL: A fun product overall. Nice looking base set to chase, some big hits await and most of all finally some nice looking inserts. All of which I would build a set of if I was looking at sets currently. Right now I have enough other projects but who knows, maybe I will return to it.

The product is also pretty affordable for four hits and also comes in retail box form at $40 and two hits including one autograph. Rookie cards however are not plentiful in the product as I found I got veterans 3:1 over rookie cards.

However, if you don't want to fork out the money, I think for a product like this it's best to stick with a box break and I strongly recommend using Midwest Box Breaks for your breaking needs. THEY HIT ME A HUGE CARD in this product and I can't wait to show it off. They are always hitting the big pulls so if they are currently breaking this, you could put yourself in a good spot.

Please thank Panini America and Tracy Hackler for providing this box for me to review to giveaway some of the hits in my Christmas giveaway!! Please follow them on all social media sites and visit their website for all your card needs, HERE.

Friday, December 14, 2018

That's My Jam!

I know I complain a lot about today's NBA and how much I don't like it, but one thing you will never hear me complain about is 90's NBA and especially 90's NBA cards.

There was plenty of those to find in my latest cube break from Wes.

This cube starts off with a Kevin Garnett rookie on top. That's a great beginning in my opinion.

Here it is out of the cube. I have many of these already but I don't mind adding more.

I know this isn't 90's but it isn't basketball to me either. But, i dig the Antonio Gates prizm refractor crossover sport card. He is best known on the gridiron

KOOOOOOOBE!

Allen Iverson on this great looking Pacific card. I sometimes forget about these, what I would call oddball issues from the 90's.

My first one of these rookie card.

Who wears short shorts? Phil wears short shorts! I always wanted Jackson to coach the Knicks and carry them to victory especially when Patrick Ewing played. He deserved a ring.

Russell Westbrook still doing his thing without Durant.

MJ in a Wizards uniform is like that Emmitt in a Cardinals one, you should have just retired and stayed with the one team. Though MJ had a better experience in Washington than Emmitt did in Arizona.

Great photo on this one.

90's Jordan insert!!! Woo Hoo!

I hated MJ in the 90's for always winning and for always beating my Knicks when they were so close to going to the Finals. But, as I have aged, I appreciate everything that MJ brought to the game and even though it was tough to watch my team lose, I had to appreciate the way he always did it. There is no comparison to him. Lebron James will NEVER be Jordan. EVER. If you pit those two against each other in their primes one on one, I bet MJ wins. So over the years I have built a very small MJ side pc. Probably roughly 100 cards but nothing too special. I was glad to add these cards to it above.

Here area few hits that ended the cube.
Another solid cube break. There are still more to go in this series and hopefully I will have the rest posted by years end so I can start off the New Year with new material.