While waiting for service and flipping through cards, I saw one Browns card put aside that was pretty cool. I'm not all for manufactured relics, but this card was one that I didn't have.
|2011 Topps - End Zone Icons #EZI-16|
I like the photo, and the manufactured patch but the back is pretty boring.
At least it gives the standard height, weight, college and draft info. Other people might not appreciate it but I like it to compare player sizes at their positions, and in comparison with players at those positions decades ago. It is a small piece on info but better than having nothing.
This card wasn't why they called me though. They had opened up a couple of boxes of this year's football and had pulled the Browns for me.
I hadn't opened any Panini Classics yet this year, and I really like the cards. They have an old-time feel and look to them, but of course have all the parallel tricks that you expect to see in sets these days.
We'll start with a couple of rookies.
|L: 2016 Panini Classics #288; R: 2016 Panini Classics - Red Backs #210|
I like formatting of the backs. Although this set came out after the draft, it was no doubt finalized before the draft and doesn't mention anything about who drafted the player.
If you saw any preseason week one highlights, you probably saw Cody Kessler. With his first pass he threw a touchdown, but then he followed it up by running out the back of the end-zone for a safety. There were double lines on the field for preseason where it would be filled in during the regular season, but it wasn't a good mistake. He said that he realizes he needs to be a bit more aware of his surroundings in the future. Hopefully after a long career he will be able to look back on that play and laugh.
There are a lot of expectations for first-round pick Corey Coleman. I was pretty happy to get the red back parallel among these cards.
I have mentioned before that I like having past players included in modern sets. That allows me to show two number 82s!
|L: 2016 Panini Classics #42; R: 2016 Panini Classics #121|
I like the black and white effect on the Newsome card. It somewhat hides the white highlight that outlines the player on his own card. It is interesting that the orange on the Newsome card is somewhat muted compared to the orange on the current players' cards.
It always happens, but here is another Browns card of a player that signed elsewhere as a free agent during the off-season.
|2016 Panini Classics #52|
In finishing with the Panini Classics cards that I bought, there were also a couple of numbered parallels.
|2016 Panini Classics- Timeless Tributes Bronze #42 and #32 (#/99)|
The other set that the local store opened was the recently released 2016 Donruss football. This gave me my first RGIII card in a Browns uniform. Let's see those cards.
|2016 Donruss #67, 68, 69|
|2016 Donruss #70, 71, 72|
|2016 Donruss #73, 74, 75|
Speaking of the uniform changes, these cards show five of the nine different Browns uniform combinations. And you know what? Even with all three different jerseys showing up in these cards I still prefer the classic one worn by Newsome.
Brian Hartline was released by the Browns just before training camp started, but Panini can't be faulted for including the veteran wide receiver.
As you can see with these base cards, the store didn't have any of the rookies from this set so I still have to work on getting those.
Here are a few of the Donruss card backs.
I like the simplicity of the backs, but wish that instead of the big graphic handwritten name there would be career statistics shown. And showing the one season, and career stats, I wish that they actually showed the number of games played. Haden's stats look very weak for last year despite the write-up until you realize that he was hurt most of the year.
I like how they listed the accomplishments on Joe Thomas' card. You really don't have the same stats for a tackle that you do for other players. I do wish that they had mentioned that he has not missed a snap in his career. As a veteran on a team that has had some lousy seasons, it takes dedication to play every snap of every game.
There were also two inserts put aside for me from the Donruss set, both numbered out of 999.
|L: 2016 Donruss - Dominator #27; R: 2016 Donruss - The Rookies #19|
Here are their backs.
Good write-ups, and the side coloring matches the front of the card, but they aren't very flashy. I guess they saved that for the front of the cards.
All in all I am very happy with both sets and can't wait to hunt down missing Browns from the two sets.