I bought a retail box of 2016 Panini Football from the Panini booth at San Diego Comic-Con months ago, and have yet to post about it. Due to life being busy, I haven't been down to my PO Box in a little while, and soon enough my Black Friday COMC cards will roll in. If I want to post about it, I should do so now.
The box consisted of 24 packs of 10 cards.
It states on the box that one should "Find 1 Autograph or Memorabilia Card per box, on average!"
Let's look at the first half box and see what I find!
52 Jason Witten - Cowboys
48 Gary Barnidge - Browns
43 Alfred Blue - Texans
102 Cole Beasley - Cowboys
192 DeMarco Murray - Titans
155 James Starks - Packers
Knight School 11 Paxton Lynch - Broncos
(? parallel) 125 Eddie Lacy - Packers
238 Jonathan Williams - Bills
223 Tyler Ervin - Texans
Okay, I opened this months ago, but the cards have been sitting in their packs, in the order they came since then. I still don't know how to identify the parallels that I have.
From what I gather, the Lacy is either a Knight's Templar or a Shining Armor parallel. The foil doesn't scan shiny but it is reflective. Anyone know how to identify them?
Here are a couple of the card backs.
The base cards are very similar to a lot of the other Panini sets in that give stats from last year, and career, but don't say how long the players career has been. Obviously the write-up on the back of the Beasley card mentions that the 52 receptions in 2015 was a career-high, so you know that he couldn't have had 90 in 2014, but how long has he been in the league? And, no personal information on the back at all in regards to physical statistics, date/place of birth, college or draft position. I hope for more in a card. But the cards and their backs are in a color corresponding with the player's team! I expect more.
As for the insert, it is nice to see that the card recognizes that Paxton Lynch is with the Broncos, but nothing is mentioned about where he was drafted.
37 Greg Olsen - Panthers
30 Tyrann Mathieu - Cardinals
22 Frank Gore - Colts
153 Stefor Diggs - Vikings
150 Jeremy Maclin - Chiefs
146 Tyrod Taylor - Bills
Combine Champions 18 Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys
Blue Knight 216 Jalen Ramsey - Jaguars (#/99)
231 Jerell Adams - Giants
214 Jaylon Smith - Cowboys
With the Ramsey parallel being numbered, I know which parallel it is.
13 Ryan Shazier - Steelers
3 DeAngelo Williams - Steelers
93 Dorial Green-Beckham - Titans
141 Bobby Wagner - Seahawks
135 Jordy Nelson - Packers
128 Vincent Jackson - Buccaneers
Royal Family 5 Clay and Jake Matthews - Packers / Falcons
Sacrifice Die-Cut 28 C.J. Anderson - Broncos (#/199)
204 Thomas Duarte - Dolphins
294 Devontae Booker - Broncos
I do not like the stylized number 5 on the cards throughout the Panini Football set. I really don't want to have to think when I'm sorting my cards.
44 Devonta Freeman - Falcons
38 Travis Benjamin - Chargers
31 Brandin Cooks - Saints
184 T.J. Yeldon - Jaguars
154 Blake Bortles - Jaguars
151 Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers
Accolades 16 Jerry Rice - 49ers
(? parallel) 262 Maliek Collins - Cowboys
295 DeForest Buckner - 49ers
286 Paxton Lynch - Broncos
I still like Travis Benjamin so it is nice to get his card, although it won't fit in my collection. And the Collins seems to be the same as the Eddie Lacy in Pack 1, but I don't know what it is.
23 J.J. Watt - Texans
14 Sam Bradford - Eagles
94 Eli Manning - Giants
147 Michael Crabtree - Raiders
142 Ndamukong Suh - Dolphins
136 LeSean McCoy - Bills
MVP Predictor MVP-10 DeMaryius Thomas - Broncos
Sacrifice Die-Cut 133 Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings (#/199)
278 Carson Wentz - Eagles
271 Braxton Miller - Texans
I'm not as big a fan of the silver border for the Raiders cards. To me, it actually seems to scan better than it is in person.
I like seeing Predictor cards in the set. I've never actually won with one, and if I won with a Browns card I don't know what I would do because I would still want the predictor card itself. Oh, well, I really don't need to worry about that.
There were three different Predictor sets - MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, and Offensive Rookie of the Year. All three were 20 card sets with card number 20 being a Wild Card, which I assume means that it is the rest of the field. The Browns didn't have cards included in the first two categories, but have Corey Coleman and Cody Kessler in the third.
Here are the Predictor rules:
4 DeMeco Ryans - Eagles
85 Chris Johnson - Cardinals
77 Rob Gronkowski - Patriots
129 Alfred Morris - Cowboys
121 Jimmy Graham - Seahawks
112 Ryan Tannehill - Dolphins
Legends of the Shield 17 Thurman Thomas - Bills
(? parallel) 114 Rashad Jennings - Giants
249 Jake Rudock - Lions
244 Kenyan Drake - Dolphins
The parallel is shiny with a rainbow effect here. Should I assume it is the Shining Armor? And that makes the other two Knight's Templar?
16 Matt Forte - Jets
6 Jay Cutler - Bears
96 Giovani Bernard - Bengals
144 Jason Pierre-Paul - Giants
138 Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Buccaneers
131 Richard Sherman - Seahawks
Decorated 16 Jerry Rice - 49ers
(? parallel) 123 Michael Griffin - Titans
206 Sterling Shepard - Giants
296 Demarcus Ayers - Steelers
Well, the Griffin card is another shiny/rainbow parallel. Wheee! What fun this game is!
79 Terrell Suggs - Ravens
87 Chandler Jones - Cardinals
72 Terrance Williams - Cowboys
123 Michael Griffin - Titans
114 Rashad Jennings - Giants
104 Odell Beckham Jr. - Giants
Knight School 12 Shaq Lawson - Bills
(? parallel) 140 Justin Houston - Chiefs
287 Myles Jack - Jaguars
279 Nate Sudfeld - Redskins
As you can see without the reflection in the scan, the Houston card appears to be the regular foil parallel, whatever that is.
And as a Canadian, I grew up with the small text saying that a player had been traded to or signed with another team so the Chandler Jones card doesn't bother me at all.
66 A.J. Green - Bengals
45 Darrelle Revis - Jets
39 Joe Flacco - Ravens
194 Julius Thomas - Jaguars
185 Cam Newton - Panthers
177 Todd Gurley II - Rams
Accolades 15 Ted Hendricks - Raiders
(? parallel) 219 Darius Jackson - Cowboys
272 Cody Kessler - Browns
266 Leonard Floyd - Bears
Ummm, okay, a different type of shiny/rainbow parallel. This may help clear things up. There is a Chainmail Armor parallel, and those kind of look like links... I may have figured this out! I wish it were of a different Cowboys rookie running back though.
Oh, and I am happy to get a second Browns card. There are 11 in the 300 card base set.
32 Robert Mathis - Colts
24 Malcolm Jenkins - Eagles
15 Ryan Fitzpatrick - Jets
152 DeVante Parker - Dolphins
148 Lavonte David - Buccaneers
143 Adrian Peterson - Vikings
Legends of the Shield 16 Joe Montana - 49ers
Sacrifice Die-Cut 40 Philip Rivers - Chargers (#/199)
245 Kelvin Taylor - 49ers
239 Moritz Bohringer - Vikings
Bohringer was one of the fun stories of the draft so it was nice to get his card.
5 Brandon Marshall - Jets
95 Ameer Abdullah - Lions
86 Jeremy Hill - Bengals
137 Latavius Murray - Raiders
130 Travis Kelce - Chiefs
122 Jarvis Landry - Dolphins
Combine Champions 17 Tyler Ervin - Texans
Sacrifice Die-Cut 295 DeForest Buckner - 49ers (#/199)
232 Vernon Butler - Panthers
215 Karl Joseph - Raiders
There are two players that I enjoy watching on the NFL Network - Brandon Marshall and Von Miller.
We see here that rookies have a different shape die-cut than the veterans, and still with the rookies, I really like the Karl Joseph card at a press conference. Something different, I guess.
78 Donte Whitner - Browns
71 Russell Wilson - Seahawks
49 Steve Smith Sr. - Ravens
113 Antonio Andrews - Titans
103 Delanie Walker - Titans
193 Calvin Johnson - Lions
Decorated 17 John Elway - Broncos
Knight's Templar parallel? 133 Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings
224 William Jackson III - Bengals
205 Shilique Calhoun - Raiders
Started and finished the first half of the box with a Browns card. I don't mind that at all. However, as a Browns fan I do not like John Elway so that hurts the pack.
As I said, I'm going to now assume that this type of parallel is the Knight's Templar one.
And I think this is the first card I've pulled of a person with the name of Shilique.
So, after looking at these cards, you can see that the first six cards are base cards, then two inserts, and finally two rookie cards. So with twelve packs opened, I have:
72/200 base veteran cards
24/100 base rookie cards
3/11 base Browns cards
2/20 Accolades insert set
2/20 Combine Champions insert set
2/20 Decorated insert set
2/15 Knight School insert set
2/20 Legends of the Shield insert set
1/20 MVP Predictor insert set
1/5 Royal Family insert set
The interesting things with the insert sets is that for all the sets that I have two cards of, they are of consecutive numbers. I'll have to check to see if the other half-box continues that trend.
4 Sacrifice Die-Cut parallels (#/199)
4 Knight's Templar parallels, I think
1 Blue Knight parallel (#/99)
2 Shining Armor parallels, I think
1 Chainmail Armor parallel
I hope to post the rest of the box tomorrow.