I have to say that Panini has really stepped it up with this super premium product. Each "box" contains 8 cards all hits of some kind. Including one book card and one on card auto guaranteed. The one thing I would like to tell Panini is when you advertise your product you might not want to refer to most of your subjects as commons. When you look at the sell sheet and the collection breakdown it says 150 commons and 75 rookies. That's a terrible way to sell your product. Might I suggest you say something like this, 150 active, retired, and hall of famers and 75 rookies. Calling the majority of your players commons really doesn't lend to how great of a product you're trying to put out, especially when your product is 8 cards in a box inside a tin.
But I digress. There are no base cards in this product. There are lots of different themes and subsets but they are all either memorabilia, autographed or both. And I know I'm usually hard on Panini, but I have to say from what I've seen I really like this product.
Panini released a pretty extensive drool gallery before the product launch and one of the really stand outs were the button cards. Topps will also be putting out button cards in Gypsy Queen this year.
One of my other favorite themed cards in the set are the Hall of Fame auto cards.
This will be one of the cards I'm going after. I do believe these are numbered to just 25 and are all hard signed. A great design with the players year of induction and the HOF's logo.
But probably the best cards I've seen and I have no chance of ever owning one, because the few that I've been tracking in ebay are going for crazy money, are these bat knob cards.
I mean this would probably be the crown of my collection if ever it was to be acquired, or something like this.
Color me impressed Panini. If Panini can transfer this kind of effort over to more mid to low range offerings, if and when they were to get an MLB license, well it just might work out all right. And the more I thought about it after my whole Look Back at Topps Exclusive License, the more I wouldn't mind the return of Rated Rookies and Diamond Kings. Maybe there's hope on the horizon. Anyways congrats to Panini for putting out a great product that I will never buy a box of. But damn if it ain't fun to window shop.