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Topps isn’t off the hook either (looking at you Rising Rookies)

Also in the Blaster Spree that included the Panini Prestige blaster from the previous post, I bought a box of Topps Rising Rookies. Rising Rookies as a whole looks much better than Prestige but it’s still not that exciting of a set. There isn’t any additional photos of the player on the back of the base set and they have they have these ugly 2011 insert cards of draft picks with a _huge_ NFL Draft Shield taking up most of the right hand side of the card. It’s obvious that this design was made for the auto parallel version, which is essentially like the non-auto one but instead they reduce the size of the player photo to add the autograph.

Also the set is called Rising Rookies but the base set has tons of veterans/stars that aren’t close to being in their rookie season.At least the back of the card talks about their rookie season so it’s somewhat related.

Hopefully this is the last post for a while where the entirety of it is to point out the disappointment I have in opening a box. Maybe if the NFL season actually comes to fruition, I’ll be more happy about having bought Rising Rookies and Prestige but I’m not buying another pack again until they actually confirm the 2011 season. If they don’t then collecting cards from this year will just be a waste of time.


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June 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

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1 blaster review of Panini Prestige 2011 (Disappointment Ahead)

I had heard bad things about the design of Panini football from the Sports Cards Uncensored blog. Since I don’t know him it’s hard to tell where his hatred of Panini comes from. I definitely agree with a lot of his points about the design of the cards and how they are just bland looking. However I wanted to open a blaster myself to see how it went.

In a word, not very good.

First off, the only products I had opened up recently were Topps products, mainly because they’re the only ones doing baseball. There’s a small detail that I find is taken for granted when opening a Topps product: And that is the ease of opening up the wax. I don’t know how other people open wax, but when I open wax I like to just take the top  rip it down against the crease. With Topps, the wax easily gives way along the crease. However with Prestige I couldn’t do that, the more pressure I applied the more it was trying to resist being opened. I ended up having to open the pack like it was a bag of potato chips and I don’t really like to do that. There’s a bigger risk in damaging the cards with your hands from the extra pressure to squeeze the wax, so to prevent that I have to spend a lot of time making sure that doesn’t happen by slowing trying to pry the wax apart.  I have rarely opened a product that didn’t rip right open. All the Topps products were fine (although to be fair, Series 2 Blasters sometimes wouldn’t give way and I’d have to use the bottom of the crease) and all the old UD junk wax I recently opened easily as well.

So there it is, I’ve had to write a paragraph about the quality of how easily the wax gives way in a collectors fumbling hands. It’s stupid that I have to spend time writing about that, but this is just one of the small problems I encountered opening Prestige that it turns into a product I don’t “enjoy” opening.

Now to the cards. Again the only thing I can really compare this to is Topps. And with Topps at least there is some color in their cards. Besides the base there is a ton of color from the inserts, which in Series 2 was 2 per pack, GQ always had a mini and at least one other insert. What does Panini Prestige 2011 have? Lots and lots of the same design and of all the colors to use to decorate your cards they chose to use gray. Also why doesn’t the front have color to match with the team colors of the players like it does on the back? It seems like something that’s very trivial to do and instantly adds variation to the base set. The pictures of the players are okay, but they are marred by the white fade Panini applies to the top of all the base cards.

Then there’s the back of the cards. One line of stats with  the _same_ exact picture from the front being reused, except this time there’s no white fade in the picture. The card has the same exact design on the front and back, which makes it look like they’re just using it because they can’t think of anything else. Get rid of the ridiculous hump border design and use another picture that takes up more than 30% of the back of the card.

Then there’s the inserts. I bought a retail blaster so I wasn’t really expecting to get a relic or an autograph. But here are the 3 insert cards I got in a blaster of 8 packs. That means for 5 packs all I saw were base cards. 5 packs. I’m not expecting something spectacular in each pack, I’d just like to have something to look at other than the bland base design.

Here’s the 3 inserts I received

Julio Jones “Draft Picks Rookie” /999


I didn’t get the base Julio Jones card but I’m assuming its the same exact card sans the “Draft Picks” lettering on the sides. But look at this card! Would you be able to tell that this is an insert numbered to /999? I certainly didn’t until I went back through my cards to look at the backs (that was a really boring process) and saw that it was an insert. According to Panini, an insert is essentially putting in color decorative instead of the gray decorative  in the base set.

Stephen Paea, Passport unnumbered insert


3 things wrong with this card.

  1. The picture of the player is maybe 1/6th of the entire front.
  2. There is a design in the card on the upper right corner that makes it look like the card has a severely worn and bent edge. What the hell is that?
  3. I seriously could not tell which side is the front and which one is the back. When I pulled this one I thought it was facing the wrong way and I turn it around and it seems to be the same exact side, so I flipped it again until I realized the two sides were actually different. I mena did you even tell that I put the back of the card first up there in the image?

Lastly, League Leaders, w/ E Manning, Palmer, Rodgers and Brady. Take a minute to look at whats wrong with this card.


Besides repeating the same 4 pictures on the back of the card, only this time in black and white, there’s a major problem with the included players: The top 4 leaders in terms of passing yards was: Rivers, Peyton Manning, Brees, Schaub. What exactly is Eli Manning, Palmer, Rodgers and Brady doing on a league leaders card where the passing yard stat  is on the front of the card? These four on the card were 5th-8th in terms of passing yards.

Look at these 2 cards I pulled from COMC

One has the 2 LEAGUE LEADERS in receiving TDs along with the 2 LEAGUE LEADERS in rushing TDs. The other is the top 4 LEAGUE LEADERS in passing TDs.

I’ve tried to sort every passing category over at and I cannot find a stat where these 4 would be considered the best 4 in that category. There is always another QB grouped with it that breaks it up.

So here is the final word. A card manufacturer’s job is to make people want to open more packs of their product. If they don’t do that then that product is a failure. No one wants to buy cards that are bland or have inserts that are exactly the same as the base set (colored/foil parallels are different in that they’re at least some variation). People want to be able to find cool inserts in the pack. Maybe I got a bad blaster but I wouldn’t buy another pack because I don’t feel anything for this product.

Written by deadwaxsociety

June 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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