It happened again.
In the weeks leading up to the release of Topps Series 1, the shelves have been flooded with products I don't particularly want, but with money burning a hole, I end up getting a pack or two anyway.
The good news is that this time I at least got a product that's actually pretty awesome- 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars, which is another awesome set from the people who brought you Panini Elite and Score. I've been getting more and more Panini lately, which is why I figured another product couldn't hurt.
Just for fun, I will tally up which players are still in the hunt for the Super Bowl. Keep in mind, this post was written before both of the games from today had started.
11- Steve Johnson, a member of the regularly-pathetic Bills
34- Ronnie Hillman. Playoffs: 1.
91- James Laurinaitis, whose Rams had a nice start and then promptly nose-dived off the face of the Earth
49- Marcedes Lewis. Not even the new helmets could save the Jags.
7- Jacquizz Rodgers. Wow, the Broncos have been the only non-disappointing team to show up thus far.
65- Eli Manning, who had a decent enough season.
23- Benjarvus Green Ellis. Man, I wish those Bengals could actually do something in the playoffs.
80- Philip Rivers. Proof that the Eagles curse is BS.
NFL Nation insert of David Wilson, who I just keep getting cards of.
114- Cobi Hamilton rookie.
171- Montee Ball rookie. Playoffs- 2.
47- Justin Blackmon.
5- Julio Jones, whose Falcons really need a better season in 2014.
63- Marques Colston. Not even his injury could stop the Saints from crushing my Eagles.
21- Andy Dalton. Underrated QB.
78- Jonathan Dwyer.
35- Matt Stafford, whose Lions really had us all going there.
59- Tom Brady. BOOOOOOOOO. Playoffs- 3.
17- Jay Cutler, whose Bears had a well timed collapse.
74- Michael Vick. Speaking of well timed collapses...
92- Josh Freeman, who was deemed too good for the Bucs.
50- Dwayne Bowe.
8- Joe Flacco. Okay, so he had an okay season. No need to keep saying he sucks.
66- Victor Cruuuuuuz
24- Josh Gordon, the sole reason to go to Browns games.
81- Ryan Mathews
38- Aaron Rodgers, one of the best QBs in the game.
95- Jake Locker, who was more-successfully succeeded by Ryan Fitzpatrick this year.
53- Ryan Tannehill. Given the circumstances, he did well.
198- Xavier Rhodes
156- LeVeon Bell
71- Matt Flynn, before his trade back to Green Bay.
28- Dez Bryant.
85- Frank Gore. Playoffs- 4.
43- Arian Foster, whose Texans just decided to be pathetic again this year.
1- Larry Fitzgerald.
18- Brandon Marshall.
75- DeSean Jackson, who had a killer season for the Eagles.
32- DeMaryius Thomas. Manning's favorite target. Playoffs- .
89- Sam Bradford. When Kellen Clemens can do your job better than you, it's time to go.
So, that's the pack. I really like the set, how it's designed, and how sleek it looks.