Thursday, March 8, 2018

REVIEW:2017 Panini Vertex Football

It's time for some football! Well, that's how I feel at least. Football season never ends in my world as we have Free Agency and the Draft right around the corner so busting some new NFL products is still on the agenda.

Vertex is a new brand to the Panini line that looks very promising from the previews. So let's take a dive in and see how this product looks and what we can find.

Every box of Panini Vertex football has 8 cards per pack, 3 packs per box. You should find four autographs per box along with two memorabilia cards. Boxes started out at $300 but have since dropped to $260. Still high end and risky.

The base set is 100 cards. The base design is clean and simple with an all white background and a touch of embossing for a border. The fun thing is late season trades and moves have been updated in the product such as Adrian Peterson with the Cardinals.
However I can't find any info on a rookie like this Myles Garrett as the checklist from what I see contains veterans. If I find any updated info on this I will fix this post.
The product has border parallels which includes Quartz /99 (below), Granite /10, Marble /5, and Onyx 1/1.
The inserts in Vertex look really cool. My favorite was these Air Supremacy. Lots of color. I need to find the Eli Manning version.

Ground Control simply jumps off the cardboard at you.

Past And Present doesn't only look nice, but what a unique theme and layout of players from past and present. Can you imagine Goff handing it off to Dickerson?
Nemesis is exactly what it is. Players who built up a rivalry over the years. This one has George and Lewis. Sounds like a boxing match-up.

Now onto the hits I found in my break. It was full of painful finds.

Startups is a memorabilia set with a jumbo size swatch.
My next pull was a Capstones autograph redemption card of Latvius Murray. Ouch.
My next pull was an The Ascent autograph of Jarrod Davis.
Next up, a base cards auto of Kyle Juszczyk. Nice to see the fullbacks getting some love but this probably wasn't the type of product to do that in.
And my final pull, probably the best of the box was this Thomas Rawls Capstones autograph. Love the layout of the card.
Other hits to find in these breaks include,
Apogee Autographs , Legendary Capstones Autograph Relics, Championship Ink,Closers Relics
Difference Makers Autographs,Domination Relics,Highly Revered Autographs,Number Ones Autographs,One-of-a-Kind Autographs ,Portraits Relics, Super Bowl Autographs, Unbreakable Relics, Upper Tier Signatures, Vertex Signatures,Vertex Signatures Granite and Vertex Materials.
OVERALL:The product no doubt looks incredible. I think design-wise Panini nailed it. However, this break was terrible. A FB, A LB, a redemption of a backup RB, and two plain relics doesn't scream hobby value. Especially for close to $300 box of cards. This break would luckily at most maybe get a third of that back.

I cannot say all breaks were as bad as mine though. I have seen some incredible box breaks on Twitter from others and the checklist is full, full of big name stars.

Here is the checklist for 2017 Panini Vertex football HERE.

Like with all products especially high end ones there is always a risk factor involved. So if you don't like risks, then I suggest joining a box break of the product. I definitely will not tell you to stay away as the product looks so nice. I like the product and hope I can add some of the NY Giants from it.

Most of the hits, if not all, from this break will be given away for #SCC6YR celebration. Please, please tell Panini America and Tracy Hackler thanks for the shot at these cards. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and all social media sites.


  1. I haven't done football in awhile, but I seem to recall...I think it was Playoff...had a concept similar to "Past and Present" back in the 90s. Might have been called "Time Machine". It was really well done, too. I'll have to see if I can't dig out the one or two of those I have.

  2. Great looking product, but the price point is high. I'm sure if people want to set build out of this product they could find cheap on the secondary market. Thank you for sharing this review. As always great write up.

  3. I really, really like the look of the base card. If I was a big TTM guy, I'd probably go after singles to get signed. But wow... this product is not for me. If I was ever going to drop $260 on a box, it better include at least one HOF autograph. On the bright side... this box was free.

  4. Ju Ju is probably the best pull here and I think you'd be lucky to get a third back OUCH!