Monday, September 15, 2014
Box Break: 2014 Panini Elite Football
...I think we've got a good one!
Last Year, I broke a box of Elite, and was very, very impressed. Not just with the base set. I was impressed with the EFFORT. Panini could have brought back a treasured Donruss product and severely screwed it up. They could have totally mailed it in. But they didn't. They made it exactly like what an Elite set would be like if Donruss was still making it.
My mystery contact heard I liked Elite. They gave me another box. How very, very kind of them.
20 packs. 5 cards for pack. Relics should be abound.
You get to see the base set here, and I'll be honest in saying I don't like it as much as last year's. It's still pretty sleek though, and does have the kind of Elite quality, or at least a 2004-2005 Elite quality. Maybe it'll grow on me.
...only sucky part is that I can't fit it into a binder page very easily.
Hang on...there's something else in this pack...
...one more card in the pack...
...someone from a team that doesn't piss me off?
Someone that's actually a really nice player??
This is a Gridiron Kings relic of Derrick Johnson. Even better, that is a big 'ol red swatch of jersey, which is a nice one. Johnson is sadly injured right now, but he's a great player, and this is a nice pull, especially considering the rookies I usually end up pulling from this.
Pack 13 features two of my favorite Philadelphia Eagles, and one of my favorite former Packers. THAT is how you rebound from a Cowboys relic.
Overall: Not as good as the 2013 release, but I was still very impressed. Very well done, Panini. This box made me regain my respect for you.