2011 Panini Gridiron Gear Football is a solid set of cards that can be a bit of a chase if you are trying to collect all of the base rookies. With some nice hits, this set serves as a good middle ground between the set building of Prestige and Rookies & Stars and the premium hits of Certified and Absolute Memorabilia.
Gridiron Gear Football falls under our premium cards category. Each box contains 18 – 8 card packs. It says on the box you get 2 Autograph OR Memorabilia cards per box but I think it should be 2 Autos AND 2 Memorabilia cards because that seems to be the norm.
Here are some of the cards we pulled from our box.
Drew Brees base, front and back
Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Tim Tebow
Wes Welker, Frank Gore, LeSean McCoy
Rookies - Denarius Moore, Prince Amukamara
Base Card Parallels
Matt Schaub #/250, Dane Sanzenbacher #/250, Marques Coleston #/250
Peyton Hillis #/100, Robert Quinn #/100
A.J. Green non-numbered, Titus Young #/250, Jamie Harper #/100
Ray Lewis - Rashard Mendenhall Crash Course #/250
Arian Foster Breast Cancer Awareness #/250
A.J. Green Memorabilia #/299, Beanie Wells Prime Material #/50, Martez Wilson Auto #/299
Vincent Brown Rookie Gridiron Gems Auto #/299
The design is pretty consistent with previous releases of Gridiron Gear. The inclusion of Breast Cancer Awareness cards is a nice touch. The standouts, from a design level, are the Rookie Gridiron Gems pulls out autographs and the Gridiron Signatures.
Quality and Variety of Players
There is a fine selection of 150 veteran players. At 100 total, the rookie cards checklist is deep.
Do the Hits satisfy?
There are many low numbered big hits here, but this is called Gridiron Gear so expect some of the bigger hits to come in the Memorabilia cards. Even having said that, the autograph cards cannot be overlooked.
Will you keep coming back for more?
This is the type of product that crosses line, working for different types of collectors. Since only a handful of Rookie Cards can be found in each box, set builders will be in for multiple boxes breaks.
4 out of 5
2011 Panini Gridiron Gear Football is somewhat of a hybrid release that finds a comfortable place in the middle of the pack, providing opportunities for a wide range of collectors.