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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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2018-19 Panini Prizm Choice Basketball – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018-19 Panini Prizm Choice Basketball

PRICE: $???

Got my hands on some Asia exclusive product. It was a fun rip. I liked the parallels and the quick rip. No base to worry about really after the fact. I hope they release this in the U.S. next season. I bet it will be a big hit with everyone depending on the buy-in.

By the way, the Tiger stripe? New favorite parallel.

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Giuseppe – Panini National Treasures – Cigar Box Guitar

Giuseppe

Let me introduce you to Giuseppe. He is the 17th Guitar crafted by Rodney Green by Green Geetars (@GreenGeetars).

Panini National Treasures a premier product name from Panini for years. It brings excitement when we as collectors get to cut through the tape seal on the front of the box, and as we open the box, we hear the all to familiar pop of the seal on the back side of the box, and then… well and then, we get hit with the smell of the box. Man, what an awesome experience it is.

After opening boxes of this product, I always had crazy ideas for a second life, but the boxes would be stacked and use to store some pc cards, or given to my son and other kids in the neighborhood as a container for their cards.

A few months ago, a friend of mine asked me to like a page her husband started on Facebook, Rodney’s Cigar Box Geetars. I stopped by the page and knew right there, these boxes I had stacked up and collecting dust, were meant for a second life. Bringing more great experiences past what their life was for the sports card hobby.

I got a hold of Rodney and we talked about his process in a quick excited and passionate pace. I could see that he was just as excited about creating something with these boxes. We threw around ideas for a few days, I sent him photos of National Treasures Baseball Cards with bat barrels and knobs. I then got the idea to get a Louisville slugger to him to use in the design of the guitars.

I really left Rodney to go through the creative process alone for the most part. As another creative, I could see his passion and excitement and rather than taint it, I was doing my best to just add some by making decisions on items he wanted my input on. I knew 100%, he was going to create something beautiful.

 

 

I met with Rodney to discuss some final decisions and when I saw Giuseppe… I was blown away. I had let him know that the company, Panini America, was part of Panini, an Italian company. Why is that significant? His wife is Italian. I thought it would be a little cool tidbit for him. Little did I know he would do more homework on the company and with that info added the Panini laser etched logo on the fret board and the name… Well the name is of Panini Group‘s original founder, Giuseppe Panini.

I hope that Panini America will enjoy seeing something they work hard on, enjoying a second life as playable art.

I really hope they do because I sent Giuseppe to them! ?

 

If you are reading this and wondering why I did this…

When I got back into the hobby around 2011 – 2012, I was looking for something myself and my son Jaxson could do together. He has since moved on to video games, but when he was into sportscards, we met Tracy and then Scott at the National Sports Collectors Convention. We met them once. Since then Tracy and Scott never fail to ask about myself and Jaxson. How cool is that right? So, it isn’t for any cards, or anything material. For me, it’s about the people.

Enjoy!

PS, I have a twin to Giuseppe, the 16th guitar by Green Geetars. Also known as Giuseppe… 🙂 I will be posting videos of me playing soon here and on YouTube.

For now… Here is Rodney Green from Green Geetars doing a sound check:

 

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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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2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball – Product Review

 

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball

PRICE: $??/box

Jaxson and I want to send a shoutout and thank you to @GeDannyS for this hobby box. Jaxson and I shared the opening, I know I should have let Jaxson do it all, but I had to get in on the fun. #BadDad

We both liked all of the insert sets and that you receive them in each pack. Jaxson is a fan of the Old School Colors and after thinking about it, I am too. The card stock is rather thin but the designs highlighted by some foil, cracked ice, or other parallel is really nice.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HOBBY CONFIGURATION

  • 8 cards per pack
  • 24 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case
  • 5 autographs
  • 24 class reunion
  • 24 college connections
  • 24 game day tickets
  • 24 school colors

THE DETAILS

  • The iconic Contenders brand hits the hardwood for its second season giving the Contenders ticket treatment to the 2016-17 NBA rookies and NBA veterans! College Tickets once again is highlighted by the top draft picks from this year’s NBA Draft Class.
  • Find all of your favorite current NBA stars in their college uniforms in Season Tickets! Season Cracked Ice Ticket are sequentially #’d/23 with Printing Plate versions numbered to 1!
  • Alumni Ink: This 20-card insert delivers autographs from college and NBA all-time greats, including Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal!
  • Look for signed and unsigned versions of insert cards, including School Colors, Old School Colors and Collegiate Connections!
  • International Tickets returns and features the top foreign-born players from the 2016 NBA Draft. Autographed parallel versions are sequentially numbered from 99 to 1!