Saturday, March 31, 2012

2012 Press Pass Football Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Andrew Luck autograph cards can only be found in one product right now, 2012 Press Pass Football.  With only a 50-card base set and no inserts, just parallels, the concentration here for collectors will be on the hits, the on-card autographs.

We would normally classify 2012 Press Pass Football as trading cards becuase of the volume of cards found in a hobby, but the small base set forces us to look at these cards as premium cards.  Each hobby box contains 30 pack with 5 cards per pack and includes a total of 6 autographs.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
 Andrew Luck, front and back

 Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson

 Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd

Base Set Parallels
Andrew Luck Gold Parallel. On the base set, "Luck" is silver foil,
the parallel has his last name in gold.

Kendall Wright Reflector #/299

 The Hits
 Case Keenum Blue Auto #/50, Brian Quick Auto

 Jayron Hosley Auto, Dont'a Hightower Auto

 Mark Barron Auto, Ryan Tannehill Auto

Overall Look
I think you can see by the images, this is a decent design but very repetitive.  Using the same size bust photos for every player makes you feel like you are getting the same card over and over again.  But the Autograph cards, both the one’s we pulled and the SP variations are well designed.

Quality and Variety of Checklist
Press Pass has gone with a short list here, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality.  The Andrew Luck exclusive doesn’t hurt either.

Do the Hits satisfy?
We pulled a good percentage of autographs from players expected to go in the earlier rounds of the draft.  As always, going the on-card autograph route makes Press Pass stand out.

Will you keep coming back for more?
This really depends on the hits.  You can either keep taking your chances with additional boxes or search out aftermarket singles.

4 out of 5

2012 Press Pass Football gets its strength from the quality of the on-card autos and the exclusivity of Andrew Luck, but we wish they had put as much effort into the base set too.

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