Saturday, November 9, 2019
This is a little bit more like it.
As much as I appreciated the awesome break of 2019 Panini Phoenix, my mystery football supplier figured that I could use something a bit more casual. So, he brought in Panini Prism, a set that's been going strong for most of the decade, and is just a chromier, more impressive version of a regular base set.
12 packs, 12 cards per, meaning we're getting 144 cards about if this, which isn't a bad bang-for-your-buck, though I'm not exactly sure if I would have said that had this been a purchase and not a mysterious handoff.
Anyway, there's 3 guaranteed autos. I'm not an auto collector, or a hit guy, but...I'm still opening this box, so let's go
Also, I'm only gonna show the highlights here, so every pack might not be exactly 12 cards:
Already I like the mix of legends, as we get cards of Terry Bradshaw and Clinton Portis in here. More importantly for me, we get Packers/Eagles content with Williams and Agholor, and a pack-maker with Cam Newton.
Base design is sharp. Not out of the ordinary for Prism.
This is a camo parallel of a man whose number I've proudly adorned regularly, LeSean 'Shady' McCoy. This card is numbered to TWENTY-FIVE COPIES. THAT IS INSANE. And the fact that it's a player I collect, and adore, helps.
And our first hit, a sticker auto of Raiders safety Johnathan Abram...ain't bad. Guy was on par for a great start before an injury took him out.
This Byron Murphy RC is an orange parallel, #'d to 249. Murphy's a rookie cornerback who's been fitting in nicely with the Cards.
That was a box of Prism. It's...fine. I kinda like Phoenix better, because it throws more punches. Prism is a very basic, boilerplate sort of more-than-flagship set. Hits were fine. Parallels were plentiful. Definitely got a nice base selection. Just...not exactly a set that wows me.
This football detour was pretty nice, even if I don't keep up with collecting as much anymore. As always, if you want anything you've seen in this box or the Phoenix box, let me know. I'm wading back into trading, and I've already complied stuff for the few people who've said they wanted things thus far.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
That's right. We're doing this.
My anonymous contact doesn't really gauge whether or not I'm a premium collector. Because, I'm really not. Game-used cards and autographs are nice and all, but I love a good base design, and I'm fine with good, low-seeded inserts and numbered cards. I'm not gonna go wild if I pull a relic/auto that isn't up to par.
Phoenix is definitely a more premium set. I don't recall having seen much Phoenix at my local Wal-Mart, though I haven't exactly been looking at the football displays. This is definitely a wilder, sleeker set, and...I mean, I'm not NOT gonna open it. Come on.
12 packs, 5 cards per. Average 3 hits (2 autos, 1 game-used), but this is only an average. Let's see what the deal is:
As you can see, the parallels are easy to get in this product, as I pulled a gold one of the Colts' Darius Leonard, #'d to 75. In terms of age, we're dealing with Alvin Kamara and DeAndre Hopkins, as well as the Bengals' Trayveon Williams, who hasn't gotten a great deal of playing time yet.
And Matt Stafford's red parallel is numbered to 299.
Antonio Brown as a Raider. A team he would never play for. Orange parallel, numbered to 99. This is such an odd mojo card to pull, because it's technically a zero-year card, and it's of a much-maligned NFL figure like Brown. It's just...odd.
Not a bad box of this. My hits were decent, the parallels are cool, and there's a lot of cool, fun ideas in this set, even though it's not exactly something I'd get with my own money. I enjoyed breaking it.
Again, if anybody wants any specific cards from these football breaks, as I don't really collect this sport thoroughly, let me know. I'm trying to do more trading, even if it makes me kinda anxious. This is a good start, though.
Tomorrow, or at least soon, you'll seen Part 1 of the second box, Panini Prism. It's...alright.