Tuesday, March 5, 2013

2012 Panini Crown Royale Football Box Break Recap and Review

For collectors that appreciate die-cut cards, some of the best you will find are in the Crown Royale line of cards.  2012 Panini Crown Royale Football is a visual feast that continues to make this a great set.  The consistency of theme and respect for the history of the brand makes these cards a pleasure to collect.  While there is one less card per pack compared to last year’s configuration, it is still one of the nicest looking premium offerings available.

There is also a surprise that was unannounced at release time.  There are very rare color parallels of the base cards that were not die-cut and we happen to pull one of those.  There is more information on this below, next to the image of the card.

Panini Crown Royale Football falls into our premium cards category.  Each box contains 4 packs with 5 cards each with a promise of four autograph or memorabilia cards that include at least 1 Rookie Silhouette Signature, 1 Rookie Signature and 2 other auto/memorabilia cards.

Here are the cards we pulled.

 Base Cards
 A. J. Green, front and back
 Josh Freeman, Victor Cruz
 Michael Crabtree, Antonio Brown
 Michael Brockers, Jonathan Martin

Base Card Parallels
Charles Woodson Silver #/149, Tommy Streeter Silver #/149  
A. J. Green Gold #/99

Non Die-Cut Color Parallel
  James Hanna Green - Not Numbered with a print run of 3

As a bonus Panini has included these color parallels of the base cards, veteran and rookies, that have not been die-cut.  These full 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 cards are instantly recognizable.  There is no numbering on these cards, but in a video box break on The Knight's Lance, the print run was revealed by Tracy Hackler and Carlos Torrez.  If you find one of these cards, you can tell the rarity by the color of the crown.  If these cards had been numbered it would have been Silver #/5, Gold #/4, Green #/3, Purple #/2 and Blue 1/1. 

 Steven Jackson NFL Regime, Laurent Robinson Majestic Motion 
Aaron Hernandez Pivotal Players, Takeo Spikes Field Force 

The Hits
Coty Sensabaugh Rookie Auto #/245, Dan Herron Rookie Auto #/245
Ryan Mathews Sunday Soldiers Memorabilia #/99 
Michael Egnew Rookie Silhouette Signatures #/149

Overall Look
These are some of the best-looking cards produced each year and this set is no exception.  Sophisticated design with nice foil accents and fabulous die-cuts.  This year’s inserts are particularly nice with styling that sticks very well to the theme of the set with enough design elements that separates them from the base cards.  The Rookie Silhouette Signatures are some of the best looking autograph cards out there.

Quality and Variety of Players
This checklist gives you a little of everything with nice rookie prospecting, established veterans and greats of the game.

Do the Hits satisfy?
With a wide variety of desirable autos and a Rookie Silhouette Signature card in every box, you bet they satisfy.

Will you keep coming back for more?
Crown Royale is worthy of multiple box purchases.

 5 out of 5

2012 Panini Crown Royale Football is a visual treat and full of desirable hits.

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