Saturday, January 14, 2017

REVIEW:2016-2017 Totally Certified Basketball Box 1

Many of us 90's collectors will remember the Totally Certified brand and how excited we were when Panini announced they were bringing it back.

Well, it back again for another year on the hard-court.

How did my break go in Box 1 review and my thoughts, well, read on!

In every box of 2016-2017 Totally Certified basketball, you will find 8 packs with 5 cards per pack. There should be 1 autograph and 2 memorabilia cards to find per box. Panini has played with the amount of hits per box, packs, etc for years now trying to figure out what's best. I actually liked the one-hit-per-pack deal on these. Boxes this year run you around $80.

The base cards look great. They are silver and embossed with a squiggly background design.The base set is 140 cards deep featuring players also on their new teams. 100 of those will be star players while

40 are rookies. I think you will find about one rookie per pack on average making it not easy to land top stars with only 6-8 per box.
This years parallel cards look absolutely stunning. Not sure how many of you saw have seen a Fleer Metal PMG with the reflective shine it gives, but these do the same. Probably the best mirrors they have ever put in the product.
Mine above are red #d to 199, but you can also find Blue #/99, Orange #/60, Camo #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, and Holo Blue 1/1.

Staying with the product layout, Franchise Foundations are also embossed and have parallels.I pulled a blue of Leonard and red of Butler. There is also, Orange #/60, Camo #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Holo and Blue 1/1.

Once again, Energizers and Return To Sender stay true to the overall product. They are embossed and have Red #/199, Blue #/99, Orange #/60, Camo #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, and Holo Blue 1/1 parallels. I really liked finding the John Starks one and Energizers looks really cool.

2016-17 Panini Totally Certified Basketball 

Up next, Calling Cards featuring players and their most known "calling card" in the league. These also have parallels of Mirror #d to 25.
Time for the hits. 

Fabric Of The Game is a staple throughout the Certified brand name. The rookie and veteran designs are different. This is what you will find with the rookie and

this is what you will find with the veteran. Panini has played with the design of Fabric Of The Game over the years as well. I tend to like the words written out with the embedded fabric. These designs aren't bad as they all look good on this surface.
And my autograph hit from the box, a Rookie Roll Call autograph. Another standby autograph set in Totally Certified. These are signed on-card. It's just too bad it's of a player assigned by the Magic to NBA development league and not even a guy currently in the NBA.
Other hits not found in my box are, Draft Day Ink Set, Representatives Autographs Set, Rookie Autographs Set, Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Totally Certified Materials Set. All materials have prime parallels which I bet look really good on this design. 
Overall, my box was a bit of a tough one. I didn't pull any top tier rookies, my hits were a little below par. I only found 4 parallels which were higher numbered ones.  

If just based on design, the product is a winner. However, this box wasn't.

Tomorrow Box 2 will be posted. Will it be better than Box 1, well, come back to see. There will be a giveaway too.

By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and check out their site for products like this one and others. Also thank Tracy Hackler and give him a Twitter follow too!


  1. I hadn't seen these yet. I like the Calling Card cards. Good post. Thanks.

  2. Saw a box of this broken yesterday, those Return to sender inserts are fun. That box had 2 autos, both on card!