2011 Donruss Elite is the second football card release this year for Panini season. It’s the first opportunity to pull rookie cards with photos of the players in their uniforms. With some really nice insert sets, this should prove to be popular with football card collectors looking to build their 2011 portfolio now.
Donruss Elite Football fits nicely into our premium cards category. Each hobby box contains 20 – 5 card packs with a promise of four autograph or memorabilia cards per box. Here are some of the cards we pulled from the box.
NOTE- As usual, shiny and mirror finishes are always difficult the scan. These cards look much better in person than can be captured in pictures.
First from the base set
Adrian Peterson base, front and back
Rookie cards of Jake Locker and Jordan Todman in their team uniforms using photos from the Rookie Premier shoot.
Jeremy Kerley and Martez Wilson Rookie cards
The non-foil version of Kyle Rudolph and Daniel Thomas Rookie cards with team helmets
A.J. Green in his NFL Shield Rookie Card
From the Inserts
Vernon Davis Legends of the Fall
Reggie Bush Power Formulas
Andre Johnson Craftsmen
Brian Urlacher Hit List and Donavan McNabb Status Die Cut #/24
The hits of the box
London Flecher Hit List Game Worn Material #/299
Philip Rivers Legends of the Fall Game Worn Material #/299
Martez Wilson Rookie Auto #/499
Titus Young Rookie Auto #/299
If you like shiny mirror foil, these are the cards for you. Players really stand out against the mirror finish. Legends of the Fall are some of the nicest inserts we seen this year.
Quality and Variety of Players
100 returning star players make for a tight checklist. There are an equal number of rookie cards. Quality is definitely there; variety exists in the rookie finds.
Do the Hits satisfy? Are the cards too base heavy?
Collectors will be looking for the on card autos from the Rookie Premier and the case hits, booklets and Passing the Torch cards, dual autograph cards with some of the biggest names in football past and present. There are some nice memorabilia cards to be had like the Philip Rivers Legends of the Fall In addition to the 4 hits of the box, you should be pulling an insert or rookie card per pack.
Will you keep coming back for more?
Donruss Elite definitely feels like a two box purchase with aftermarket single searching. For collectors intent on finding a booklet or a Passing the Torch autograph, a 12 box case break could easily be justified.
4 out of 5
2011 Donruss Elite Football has potential for some big pulls and delivers a nice looking set.