Anyone who follows this blog knows that Absolute tends to be a good break for me. Going in I knew this could be a rough break as things have returned to normal after two years of way above average rookie classes dominated the NFL. While instant rip and flip values might not be on par with 2011 and 2012, what remains is a really nice base set, a cool new insert set and some great hits to pull making 2013 Panini Absolute Football another solid choice for Football card collectors.
Panini Absolute Football falls squarely into our premium cards category. Each box contains four pillow packs with 4 cards per pack. Each master box contains four Autograph or Memorabilia cards with at least two autographs.
Here are the cards we pulled.
Adrian Peterson, Front and Back
Aaron Rodgers, Doug Martin
Pierre Garcon, Arian Foster
BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Brandon Marshall, Antonio Gates
Kenny Stills, front and back
Ben Roethlisberger, Dion Jordan, Markus Wheaton
Robert Woods #/199, Dion Jordan #/199
Ryan Tannehill #/99, Stepfan Taylor #/49
Atlanta Falcons Team Name Memorabilia #/25
Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, Roddy White & Julio Jones
Matt Scott Spectrum Autograph #/10
Marcus Lattimore Rookie Premiere Materials Autograph #/99
Mike Glennon Rookie Premiere Materials Autograph #/49
The base cards this year have gone bold with some close up photography and simplified layout. Those good looks continue to the backs of the cards, offering alternate photos, which is always appreciated, a nice write up and stat line. Inserts return this year with the cool, textured Hogg Heaven cards. The RPM Rookie Autographs are, once again, the standouts of the product and provide the exact date identification of the memorabilia swatch which is also appreciated.
Quality and Variety of Players
This checklist is tight and while rookie centric, there is still a nice variety of veterans included.
Do the Hits satisfy?
There is plenty of goodness that can be had with Absolute. While RPM Rookie Autographs will always be the highlight, Tools of the Trade autos materials with names like Marino, Montana and Elway, Autoed War Room NFL Draft Day Tickets, Patches and Plates Autos, and Leather and Laces Mem cards earn their place as premium hits too.
Will you keep coming back for more?
For some, a second box is an easy purchase and for those with deeper pockets, getting a case of these will seem reasonable.
4 1/2 out of 5
2013 Panini Absolute Football is a fun break that can provide some high end premium cards for hit seekers while also serving the needs of rookie prospectors.