Release Date: September 12, 2012
Box Break: September 30, 2012
John Randle Team Threads Prime Autograph Patch #2/5
Rookie Salute Robert Griffin III #237/375
David Wilson Triple Material Autograph RC #26/49
Brett Favre Jersey Card #182/199
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I was pretty excited about this product before I even got a box from Panini America, so we appreciate them giving us a shot at opening one. I really like the theme of this product, especially because Gold is selling for record high prices. I think that they could experiment with Silver, Titanium, rare stones/gems/rubies, and maybe even Platinum materials in future sets.
To start with some negatives, the cut windows on the autograph cards above cut off some of the signatures … so it’d be nice to see those larger. Also, the pattern in the background looks like a gold spider web, which isn’t quite the image I get when I think gold. A more elegant design, classy and simple would be good to see in future years.
The good thing is, there are lots of things to like and LOVE about this set. For RC card chasers, find another product to bust, this is a NBA fans dream … most everything in the checklist is veteran/star/HOF type players. Most of the time when you get a redemption in a box, its for a veteran player … in this product our redemption was for the RC, and we got all our veteran hits inside the box. While your odds at landing a Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant or Magic Johnson autograph might be slim … you’ve got more in this product than most.
The fact that this set uses the ‘Gold theme’ throughout the entire set, including the packaging … really helps it stand out among the vast array of products already on dealers shelves. Collectors won’t have any problem knowing what set these cards came from when flipping through boxes of singles, or scanning the pages on eBay … which is how most sets really should be. Hopefully we continue to see the development of brands like this in the future.
For basketball fans, it doesn’t get much better than this. You should find singles selling for reasonable prices … and boxes/cases can still be found at the current moment. The rookie cards are signed on-card, and I have purchased a Gary Neal myself (and I have been outbid at least 10 times on others:). I encourage you to take a look at this set … it stands out amongst all the Panini Basketball sets this year with a large checklist and nice theme.
2011 Prestige Football Value Pack
Pack Break Date: July 20, 2011
Suggested Retail Price: $4.99
40 Cards Per Value Pack
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2011 Panini Prestige Football was the companies very first NFL trading card release of the new season. When Prestige came out, the NFL and it’s players were involved in a lockout which could have hampered Panini’s ability to obtain items like autographs and jerseys in this set. But Panini came through during the 2011 NFL Draft and got many of the top rookies that were selected that night to ink their name onto trading cards.
If you are real fortunate you can pull an Extra Points Black Autograph card that is serial numbered #/25 or less. Many big names have autographs in the insert parallel set including: Joe Flacco, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, DeSean Jackson, Percy Harvin and many others. Check out the complete checklist of 2011 Panini Prestige Football for a full list of all the cards available.
It should be pointed out that getting 40 cards for $4.99 is a real good deal compared to the regular packs that sell for $2.99 at retail. If you want to get some Prestige Football, I highly suggested buying a $4.99 Value Pack because it actually is true to it’s name – a real good value pack. We did okay in our pack break – getting a rookie card of #1 overall pick Cam Newton.
2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite Hockey
Box Break Date: July 16, 2011
4 Packs Per Box – 3 Cards Per Pack
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2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite Hockey is a high end hobby only product from Panini that features all of the top names in the sport as well as 125 fresh face NHL rookies. As you can see from the box break video, each and every card in 10-11 Luxury Suite is a rookie #/899, an autograph, or a memorabilia card. The cards themselves are some of the thickest I’ve seen. You’ll need a pack of extra thick soft-sleeves and/or top loaders for these cards. On the secondary market, boxes are selling for around $120.00-$140.00 – but if that is to rich for you – don’t worry, look around and find some of the single cards which are modestly priced.
All of the autographs in 2010-11 Luxury Suite are signed on-card. The autographed rookie cards of players like Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, Brandon Yip and others will be some of the most sought after in the hobby. I would highly suggest getting an autograph from Luxury Suite of your favorite 10-11 NHL rookie because these cards are some of the most well produced this year. When you combine an on-card autograph – with the thickness and quality of a Luxury Suite card – the values on the secondary market will be strong if the rookie goes on and has a great career.
The autographed rookie card we pulled of Brayden Irwin #/499 only sells for around $5 on the secondary market. If I was a fan of Irwin I would be buying as many as I could at that price. The card is beautiful and would go up in value if Irwin becomes a star. Check out the 2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite Hockey Checklist and see if you can find a rookie you want to invest in.
2011 Allen & Ginter Value Pack
Suggested Retail Price: $4.99
12 Cards Per Value Pack
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Baseball card collectors eagerly anticipate the arrival of Allen & Ginter every year and the new 2011 version hit retail and hobby stores in mid July. These 12 card value packs can be found at Target, Wal-Mart and other retail locations for $4.99 per pack. We did get one of the top rookie cards in the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Checklist – card #92 Seattle Mariners young ace Michael Pineda.
Buying Allen & Ginter at retail isn’t a bad idea if hobby boxes get real expensive. Many of the hobby boxes do not have an autograph and early prices were in the $80-90 range. Buying a retail blaster box for $20 or a few loose packs might be the best option unless you are in love with the set. Be sure to check out the 2011 Ginter Checklist on Sports Card Radio to see a list of all the cards available in the set.