Tuesday, December 11, 2012


First off, I would like to say thanks to the WONDERFUL people at Panini America for providing us with this box to review. Here are many places you can find Panini America: official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Please check them out!! Best in the business!

The only thing that I buy from another company comes with the word Chrome. I believe Panini may have heard that I did this because they know my dedication to their products and wanted to please me (this is just kidding by the way not unless its true) and created a tremendous product named Prizm to lure me away and may have now done so especially with a football version due out in February. The review will try to show how great this product is..but you can never judge it by its pictures til its in your hands!I know I didn't know truly what this product was like til I busted a box of it.

Box Break Down:
  • 20 Packs Per Box, 6 Cards Per Pack
  • (2) Autographs and (2) Prizms Per Box!
  • A 300-card base set featuring 100 Rookies!
  • Around $100 a box
Base Card
Base card Back
Base rookie cards

Base Legends cards
BASE CARDS: They are silver like chrome. But Prizm is no Chrome. These cards as I was informed many times by others DO NOT bend like Chrome. And I believe part of that reason is because the cards are a bit thicker than chrome and you can feel it when you lift the hobby box up in comparison. I like how Panini incorporated rookies and legends into the base card checklist. The only thing I would add is putting a rookie logo on the rookie cards and adding Legends in the background of the legendary players. Other than that. I was very impressed.

INSERTS: You already know my love for the Kobe Anthology cards and finding that pack in the box gives me some hope of someday landing something great of his. But the cards look great and showcase great moments in his career which still has many more to come.I like the Finalists and USA insert cards they stick to the Prizm techology. My only argument here is what to call the reflective parallels? Panini calls them Prizms. I don't know about that (not that I am arguing with them. they know best). I think if you were hip hop they would be prizzy to the izzy. If you were southern they might be Prazyms. There are many other terms like shiny, reflective, refractors (would be an insult to use this word so I don't just giving an example) Rainbows, Golds, I really don't have a word for them myself yet. Have been trying to find one that fits.

AUTOGRAPHS:With at least 2 per box I like the Prizm theme and technology throughout and autographs look great on it. And unlike another product, this box comes with 2 autos for $100.


OVERALL THOUGHTS: This is a very attractive product from the outside (I used the box cover for the man cave and hung it up. its like a bonus card) to the inside with the technology. I would strongly suggest you give this product a try. The gold parallels though none pulled in this break are hotter than Mrs Tom Brady on the market. I think the price you pay and what you can get in here is worth the risk.

RATINGS:  Bloggers Note: Our ratings are based specifically on the blaster, box or packs we opened and do not express what the overall product could bring. Ratings based on a 1-5. 1 Being the lowest and 5 being the highest.
                Packaging: 5
                Base Design: 5
                Insert Design: 5
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4


  1. All panini basketball products except a couple cheaper sets come with the Kobe cards. Since Topps doesn't make basketball there's not much to compete with as far as "2 autos for $100" But no there not the only 1 that has that. You can find the same thing with Some sets of Leaf. The issue I have is look at the autos you got for $100..I agree these are great cards but not worth $100 with those cards. The card business is the only one that if you don't get your money's worth people are ok with it. If your going to charge $100 for any set of cards make it worth it somehow. Some of these football sets are a joke. I know they can't put a Luck in every box but make it up with other cards. Getting TJ Grahm and Levon Brazill autos in a box doesn't make it worth $120 Thats a joke. I see it all to often and I don't get how they get away with it. If people knew what these cards go for on the secondary market they would freak

    1. I know where you are coming from. It happens to me a lot. Those are the kind of players I hit as the ones you listed above. Actually a lot of lineman I usually get. And the same happens with every card company with those pulls. But I don't judge a box just by its hits. I take the overall BV of the box including the base, rookies, inserts, the bonus Kobe pack, and then the hits. So with all of this together you get back what you pay for maybe more.

      But you are right. There is a line between BV and sell value. Since I don't sell, its hard for me to be apart of that line but I do go and do research as well. This is a popular product right now. I try to give my best honest opinion taking all of what I research and value of the box

      I do just look at what you pay and what you get in return for value and possibly what you could get in another box. May not have hit it great here, but the chances are you can. And when I mentioned the 2 autos for $100 I was putting it into comparison with Topps Chrome football that costs the same but only has one auto.

      If Panini puts extra parallels to this product like I had mentioned in the review it could pass Topps Chrome.

      Thanks for leaving your input. I enjoy hearing back from collectors about the reviews done on here.