Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Panini Gold Standard Football NFL Trading Cards Box Break Recap and Review

2011 Panini Gold Standard Football is the follow up release to the explosive debut of 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball.  There are some small, but significant changes.  While the Basketball version seemed to yield golden nuggets with every box, for Football you will have to do a little more prospecting to uncover gold.

Gold Standard fits into our premium cards category.  Each golden bar box contains 12 cards with 3 Autographs and 2 Memorabilia Cards.

Here are the cards we pulled from the box.

 Matt Schaub and Dallas Clark veteran base #/299

 Greg McElroy and Patrick Peterson rookie base #/299

 Y.A. Tittle legend base #/299

 Darren McFadden Gold Rush #/299, Charles Woodson Golden Anniversary #/299

 Delone Carter Gold Leaf Rookies Memorabilia #/299

 Philips Rivers Gridiron Gold Memorabilia #/299

 Cecil Shorts III and Lance Kendricks rookie auto #/499

Clyde Gates RPS Gold Rookies auto #/525

Overall Look
The gold bar box is still impressive, even the second time around.  Every card is still tied into a golden theme. The cards for the most part still look great, but there is a significant change that comes with the design of the sticker auto cards.  For Basketball the stickers where imbedded into the card, giving them a regal, crafted look that blended well with the golden background.  For Football, the stickers are simply placed on top of the card making them appear somewhat ordinary.  The RPS Gold Rookies, like our Clyde Gates, look fantastic when the paint pen signature comes out clean but as with any paint pen signature there are examples out there of splatters, smudges and streaking.  In addition, we’ve seen examples where certain autographs have been done in black or blue sharpie over the black background rendering the signature barely visable.

Quality and Variety of Players
There are some amazing players to collect but the checklist feels very rookie heavy making this more of a prospecting product.

Do the Hits satisfy?
Pull one of the super rare cards with legends autos, veteran star players, maybe even gold or diamond embedded cards and you’re golden, but there are a few glitches in the system otherwise.  While the base cards are numbered to 299 most, 30 out of the 36, of the RPS Gold Rookies are numbered to 525 and regular rookie autos are numbered to 499.  Needless to say, having hits that are higher numbered than the base cards is awkward.  On the plus side, it increases you chances of pulling a card from the upper echelon of Rookies, even though the numbers for Newton, Green, Locker, Gabbert, Ponder, and Ingram drop down to 325.

Will you keep coming back for more?
For those who are looking for a well-rounded chance of hitting established player autographs, this is worth a shot or two, but this will appeal more to rookie prospectors who will want to spread the high risk over a case of Gold Standard to increase their chances of a high reward.

 4 out of 5

2011 Panini Gold Standard Football, when taken as a rookie-prospecting product, provides a fun break with the chance of hitting gold.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

2011 Panini NFL Stickers For Week 15 And Players To Watch This Week

We are in week 15 of filling in our 2011 Panini NFL Sticker Collection Album and the football season.  Last week was a rebound week for us with Philip Rivers passing for 240 yard & 3TDs, LeSean McCoy continuing his hot streak with 2 TD rushes and Calvin Johnson... well...  he was on the field.

This week’s players to watch have nothing to do with their match-ups.  These three are players worth watching every week.  The three most dominant Quarterbacks in the game today.

It is funny to think there was a question as to whether Aaron Rodgers could carry the Green Bay Packers with Brett Favre leaving the team.  Setting records and destined for more, Rodgers has been near perfect in an undefeated season

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is the master of the pass under coverage.  With the addition of Rob Gronkowski to his arsenal of receivers, Brady can now go under and over coverage to complete passes.

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is a yardage machine.  Doesn’t matter how bad the field position when he gets the ball, he is a consistent threat to score at will.

In addition to these three great Quarterbacks, here are the stickers going into our album.

Larry Fitzgerald, Houston Texans, Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This week we have 5 more completed teams.

The New England Patriots

The Houston Texans

The Green Bay Packers

The New Orleans Saints

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Arizona Cardinals

Be on the look out for more additions to our sticker album next week.