Before I start my review, 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. If you don't follow them at all..you should! They interact with you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!
Now onto the review:
BOX BREAK DOWN:
- 12 Packs Per Box, 6 Cards Per Pack
- Two Autographs Per Box
- Six Prizm Refractors Per Box
There are 200 cards in the base set consisting of 170 veterans and retired along with 30 rookies including baseball slugging White Sox rookie Jose Abreu shown above.
The Victorino shown here is a Red Prizm numbered to 25
These BLUE MOJO Prizms are such a thing of beauty! Panini did a great job with these and they are numbered to 75.
- Sliver - randomly inserted
- Purple - numbered to 99
- Blue Mojo - numbered to 75
- Orange Die-Cut - numbered to 60
- 42 Jackie Robinson Tribute - numbered to 42 (Hobby Exclusive)
- Red - numbered to 25
- Gold - numbered to 10 (Hobby Exclusive)
- Finite Black - numbered 1 of 1 (Hobby Exclusive)
There are also Prizm parallel's of their other insert cards as well. They are truly a thing of beauty. I know if I could afford the singles, I would for certain put a rainbow together. But, the singles sell well on the market as they are a red hot commodity especially the harder to find ones.
Every box promises 6 Prizms, two are supposed to be numbered (I got three), which this box provided.
As for the design, I had seen some collectors unhappy about the size of the white box on these for the players autographs. Honestly, it doesn't bother me at all. I find the layout on these well balanced. I think the only thing that does bother me a little is having the top of the player's head chopped off. But, I understand why they did that, they had to hide the logos.
Some of the big signers in this product are: Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Chris Sale, Mark Trumbo, Brandon Phillips, Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes, Buster Posey, Jose Fernandez, Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki, David Ortiz, Clayton Kershaw, Jordan Zimmermann, Pete Rose, Jeff Bagwell, Mark Grace, Craig Biggio, Don Mattingly,Chris Davis, Tom Glavine, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton,to name a few.
MEMORABILIA CARDS: N/A However that would be awesome for Panini to expand to with these!
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Value comes to mind when busting a box of Prizm. With a lower price point, more Prizms with guaranteed numbered ones and two autographs I find Prizm to be a steal. It also helps that the design is nice as well.
The one thing to note about Prizm is a powder substance that you will immediately notice when handling the cards. I can try to explain what it is but it will serve you best to go straight to the source, Panini's blog The Knights Lance. I have provided the link with that info below: