Saturday, June 18, 2011

2011 Panini Prestige Football NFL Trading Cards. An All About Cards Review

2011 Panini Prestige Football is the first football release of the year for Panini, the first post draft release, and it’s the first set of 2011 football cards that also contain returning players for any release.  Prestige features cards that were created live during the draft, some SP’s and other surprises.

We classify this set as trading cards. You can find them at retail outlets and your local card shop.   Hobby Boxes come with 24 – 8 card packs and you’ll find at least 4 Memorabilia or Autograph cards per box.

Lets take a look at some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.

First from the base cards

 Sam Bradford base - front and back

 Von Miller rookie - front and back

Julio Jones rookie SP

Xrta Points cards - Green #/25, Purple #/50, RFed #/100, Gold #/250
Rob Gronkowski, Percy Harvin, Arian Foster, Dez Bryant & Sam Bradford

Xtra Points Rookies - Gold #/250, Light Blue #/999
Aaron Williams, Jabaal Sheard, Edmond Gates & Courtney Smith

From the inserts
Randall Cobb NFL Passport

Mike Williams Rookie Review

 Drew Brees Inside the Numbers

Prestige Pros
Lee Evans, Darren Sproles, Brent Celek & Reggie Bush

NFl Draft Class
DeAndre McDaniel, Pat Devlin & Blaine Gabbert

Maurice Jones - Drew & Adrian Peterson League Leaders

Stars of the NFL
Knowshon Moreno, LeSean McCoy, Antonio Gates & Brian Urlacher

Here are the hits of the box

 Sam Bradford Rookie Review

 Andre Johnson Stars of the NFL Game Worn #/250

 Arian Foster & Jamaal Charles League Leaders Game Worn #/200

 Matt Ryan Preferred Prime Patch Game Worn #/50

Cameron Heyward Rookie Auto #/599

Overall Look
Prestige has a familiar and simple design.  The photography is good. The best of the design elements are reserved for the insert cards.  

Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets.
200 base cards, 100 rookies.  Easy enough to build a set with the returning players you want and the incoming class.  Extra Point variations make for some nice numbered cards to chase.

Do the hits hold up?
All the names from the recent NFL Draft can be found in various auto rookie cards.  Prime patches are nice.  

Will you want to collect them all? 
Set builders will want all of this, the first complete release for the year.

3 1/2 out of 5

Football card collecting fans can start their season.  Lets hope the NFL follows.

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