2012 Panini Prizm Baseball 4 Box Break & Review

So I saw 4 boxes of the new 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball opened today.  My first reaction was that the cards looked nice, but man would they be awesome with logos.  Panini did a nice job with the inserts.  The USA cards are sharp as are most of the other inserts.  My biggest complaint is that there aren’t more different color prizms.  Why not have blue, orange, green, etc?  The golds looks awesome as you can see:

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Those are really nice looking.  And being #ed to 10, they should do quite well.  I just worry because they won’t be super easy to hit.  Luckily they hit 1 in these 4 boxes.  But there are only 2-3 Prizms per box.  Had Panini thrown in reds #ed to 100, blues #ed to 75, green #ed to 50 and orange #ed to 25 I feel like the boxes would be a lot more fun to open.  The Prizms do look nice though.

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The autographs were so-so.  They did hit a Rickey Henderson, which is very nice.  However, it’s a redemption so that kind of stinks.  The other autographs were nothing to write home about.  They were Doug Fister, Skip Schumaker, Cody Ross (redemption), Jarrod Parker, Grant Balfour, Alex Rios and Joe Girardi.  The autographs don’t look bad at all.  I do wish they could be on-card and it would be nice to have more parallels of these as well.  Here is a picture of the Girardi:

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Overall, I like the product.  The cards look nice and it would be a nice set to build.  I do hope the Golds sell well in the baseball like they did/do in the basketball and football.  If they do, this will be a solid product.  I will caution those of you who like to buy 1 or 2 boxes.  Because it’s not super easy to hit a big autograph or a Gold Prizm, you could get hit pretty hard on just a few boxes.  Then again, you could get lucky and pull a Bryce Harper gold or Strasburg autograph.

The checklist does have a lot of good autographs on it such as Strasburg, Mike Trout, Ken Griffey Jr., Justin Upton, Buster Posey, Justin Verlander, Andrew McCutchen, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes, Cal Ripken Jr., George Brett, Bo Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly, Tony Gwynn, Deion Sanders and more.

They did a good job with the insert checklists as well.  This helps because it means guys like Strasburg, Trout, Harper and Darvish have multiple different cards to hit the Prizms and Gold Prizms.

The last thing I’ll mention are the Elite Extra Edition cards.  These cards do look really nice.  I do wonder about the checklist on these.  You get 1 per box with random autographs and Prizm parallels.  You would think Panini would have only used the top prospects for these cards.  However, the one Prizm Elite that was hit was Damion Carroll.  He is a 6th rounder whose autographs don’t sell for $2.  Why put him in the set?  Why not make it a 10-20 card insert set using only guys like Carlos Crorrea, Albert Almora, Mike Zunino, Byron Buxton, David Dahl, Addison Russell, etc?  Here is what they look like:

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Truth be told, if the Prizm Baseball stays around $90-$100 and doesn’t shoot up like the basketball and football did, I think it will be a solid break.  If it does start shooting up, I’d stay away.


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