Thursday, August 09, 2012

Product Review: 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology Hockey Hobby Box

So this review comes a little late on this product. As I said in the video this was my third box of this product and it is really a nice assortment of inserts, parallels, relic and autograph cards. I was initially intrigued when my local hobby shop owner started exampling the product to me and that in each box there was a Box Topper sealed pack. A fifth hit? No way, companies don't do that anymore, do they? Well Panini sure did, and the Box Topper was either an Autograph, Autograph Relic or Relic card. How can you go wrong with 5 hits in a box that is around $100? You just can't nowadays.
Here is the general break down of a box; 10 packs per box, 5 cards per pack, 2 Autographs and 2 Relics, plus the Box Topper (Auto or Relic). In each pack you will find 1 Rookie Update card from another previously released series. These could be Pinnacle Ice Breakers, Crown Royale, or Calder Cup Contenders. In addition to these Base updates the Relics and Autographed Rookies could be from a previously release series as well. These being from Pinnacle Ice Breakers, Crown Royale, Calder Cup Contenders, Luxury Suite, Limited Phenoms, Crown Royale Silhouettes, Certified Freshman, and Bonus Autographs from other previously release sets from the past and current year. This is a packed product.
The Base set is only to 100 so for Set collectors this is decent set to try and obtain through boxes and buying singles online. Again this was my third box but this review will only be concerning the box I broke in the video.
Here are the Results:
Base: 41
Pinnacle Ice Breakers: (3) T.J. Brennan, Dmitry Orlov, Yann Sauve
Crown Royale: Ryan Thang
Calder Cup Contenders: Leland Irving /499
Rookie Treasures: Colton Sceviour Dual Jersey (Black) /499
Draft Year Combos Dual Jersey: Nick Palmieri & Wayne Simmonds (Both White jerseys)
Crown Royale Autograph: Robert Bortuzzo
Rookie Rivalry: John Moore Jonathon Blum (Both Blue jerseys)
Bonus Box Topper pack: Gabriel Landeskog Luxury Suite 2 color Patch/Autograph /99 (This is stated at 1 per case!)

In conclusion, this is my favorite product thus far for hockey. Even though it is a 2011-12 set the hits in this a great and when you can put in an addition hit for collectors, that is something special. The Base cards have a very nice design and the Rookie Update inserts into this product make it a fun break. The Box Topper I pulled was a case hit card and really nice. The Patch on it is very solid with white and Blue and numbered out of /99. And with the Rookie of the Year from last year,  this was a great pull to end the box. Again the relics I find in this product are really great, with the exception of having the same single color for both players on a dual. This product does have a load of signatures in it but mainly sticker autographs are to be found rather than on-card. I would highly recommend this product to buy for any collector.

Gambler Overall Rating: 4.75 out of 5
Cost: 5/5
Autographs: 4.5/5 
Memorabilia: 4.5/5
Design: 5/5
Rookies: 4.5/5
Fun Aspect: 5/5

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