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2019 Panini Contenders Optic Football

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Contenders Optic Football

Keeping in line with making base paper product shiny and new with a chrome look, here comes Contenders Optic Football!

This set is great looking, I love the thickness of the cards, make me feel like they will hold up for a long time and not bend with age.

One thing I hope they do next year is punch up the color of the parallels, they just looked dull in some instances, like the red wasn’t as brilliant as it could be with the Aaron Rodgers parallel.

A quick rip that gets right to the point, from a box break perspective, if you are hunting for a big name hit, it was painful to keep digging into a case at the $150/box price point. I got lucky with my box and hit a Rosen Rookie Auto, considered to be one of the top tier QBs. Not sure if that held up and he may be second string come next season, when it is rumored that the Cardinals will draft Kyle Murray.

Only time will tell, in the meantime, I will enjoy the cards I hit.

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2018 Panini One Football – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini America

Product: 2018 Panini One Football

PRICE: $130/box

Brand new to the hobby from Panini America but it follows the format of Topps Dynasty and Upper Deck Splendor.

As stated on the sellsheet, 85% of the product will be patch autos. This is sure to be full of top tier rookies and lots of vets to go around.

I love the look of the cards and that they didn’t use image variations which is something I didn’t like much at all about Topps Dynasty.

Good job to Panini and I think the hobby is loving this stuff. I am one of those in love with it and look forward to its sophomore release and of course, I am waiting to see what they do with this in Basketball and Baseball. Should be great!

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— Ryan

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2018 Panini Contenders Football – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Panini Contenders Football

PRICE: $200

One of the hobby world’s sought after product for football, this set is cool and the design this year is a hit for me. I like the large team logos on the bottom right of the base cards and I do enjoy the ability to scope out and find the variation autos just by looking at the front of the card. Kudos to the design staff at Panini for taking a stab at making it easier. In the video above, you will see me finally notice the difference, now I just need to confirm it, lol.

If you are an NFL fan and in the hobby, I would urge you to take your shot at a box and GOOD LUCK, sometimes, you may get a “who?” result, to find out later, the player is ridiculously good, of course it could be the other way around, but let’s stay optimistic!

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2018 Donruss Optic Football – FOTL Premium Edition – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Donruss Optic Football First Off The Line Premium Edition

PRICE: $100

I was lucky enough to land a box of this stuff before it sold out.

If you haven’t watched the video, here is a quick summary.

It is a “premium edition” boiled down to 6 cards per pack, 1 pack per box. 2 Autographs on average, so you get to the nitty gritty fast. Essentially, you are buying two hits.

The cards are what you expect from Panini’s chrome product, thicker cards with that awesome shine to the parallels. I landed a Purple Star Auto Parallel as promised. The parallel looks cool and the stars are pretty subtle but eye catching. I also landed what I believe to be a red parallel, which as usual, is a striking color to see.

I was happy to see that the autos I did pull were both on card.

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2017 Panini Contenders Football – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2017 Panini Playoff Contenders Football

PRICE: $145.00/box

If you are a baseball collector, you know that there is a specific product everyone is buying and is THE brand of card to get when prospecting.

Well, this is what Panini Contenders is to the NFL sports card market.

I have a good time opening this product every year as there are some player autos you will hit that you never expected, some of players you never heard of. Plus of that, if that player does have a great career, there is a possibility you could be sitting on a future boom. If not, maybe it will be of a player from your Alma Mater, on your favorite team, from your hometown, or maybe is a player you can trade with friends and enjoy the hobby.

I like all of the inserts like the Legendary set that highlights players from the HOF or possible first ballot HOF’ers. Or Round Numbers, which highlight a pair of players, rookies and or vets, they leave ya wondering what’s up with that, and flipping the card over for more details, or hitting Google to find out information I was not aware of.

If you watched the video above and kept count, we only hit 4 autos in all, the box says there are at least 5 autos per box on average. Even with that, we did well in my opinion. Check the video out, speed through it if you have to, just have fun watching and comment on this post and let me know what you think!

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Short Report: Panini America Reveals More SPs, SSPs in 2017 Contenders Football

Short Report: Panini America Reveals More SPs, SSPs in 2017 Contenders Football

Short Report: Panini America Starts Sharing SPs, SSPs in 2017 Contenders Football

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2017 Panini Preferred Football – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2017 Panini Preferred Football

PRICE: $187.00/box

Well, no video this time as I opened some boxes of this at The Card Shop here in Omaha.

It was an interesting break as my first pack had 2 Rookie Silhouette Jersey Autos of OJ Howard, in the same pack, one right after the other… Not to be dissuaded, I opened more boxes. I have to tell you I hit some great cards but man, there was no way I was getting back what I spent on the box.

Here are the hits of note in no particular order.

  1. 3 Color Jumbo Patch Auto Silhouette of Doug Baldwin 06/10
  2. 1/1 Printing Plate Auto of Tony Dorsett (Magenta Plate) Sticker Auto
  3. Ted Hendricks 1 of 1 Signatures
  4. Christian McCaffrey Great X-pectations Rookie Auto Purple Parallel 06/10
  5. Morten Andersen 3/5 Prominent Scripts Emerald
  6. Dede Westbrook Great X-pectations Rookie Auto Gold Parallel 5/5
  7. Jason Witten Preferred Penmanship Red Parallel Auto
  8. Dan Marino Silhouettes Jersey Auto

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2017 Panini Spectra Football – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2017 Spectra Football

PRICE: $285.00/box

Spectra has had its ups and downs with the collector base for the few years it has been out. With the buy-in so high, most collectors and gamblers are looking at the over/under on getting a PC hit or making most of their money back. If you are going to get into a box, though, get ready for some great quality cards and a chance at some hits that look spectacular in hand.

I like the fact that you are no longer opening a single box when you get into the initial packaging this year. There are four packs and each one is thick and gives you a good feeling that there is going to be hobby goodness in each and every pack.

I expected to see the Neon Blues and Greens, and more and I had hopes for a gold vinyl 1/1. I wasn’t disappointed.

If you watched the video above you were treated to some great cards, Radiant Rookie Patch Autos that look great and I love the vertical patches, they are just different enough to set them apart from the RPA of which I did pull a Neon Blue Dalvin Cook, the Rookie Phenom from the Minnesota Vikings. I love the look of the true Rookie Patch Autos. I loved the colored ink too.

The base cards are no joke too. The same stock and acetate are used, with all of the parallels in play. I really do like the look of this stuff.

I like to think of it as PRIZM and SELECT on steroids… maybe that is a bad thing? I like it though… so for me, I like having the eye candy.

I hope you enjoyed the vid and quick review, check the details below.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HOBBY CONFIGURATION

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 4 packs per box
  • 8 boxes per case

BOX BREAK

  • 4 autographs
  • 7 memorabilia cards

THE DETAILS

  • The glitz and glamor of Spectra returns featuring four autographs, seven memorabilia cards and three prizms per box, on average!

  • Look for stunning Rookie Patch Autographs featuring the NFL’s future stars sequentially #’d/99!

  • Search for mesmerizing Rookie Dual Patch Autographs featuring a pair of signatures and prime swatches sequentially numbered to 25 or less!

  • Find on-card autographs from some of football’s greatest icons in Illustrious Legends!

  • Chase rare parallels including Neon Black Light which features white acrylic signatures and the brand new Nebula parallel!