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Collect call: 2013 Panini Prizm football

Posted Oct 29, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. I wrote it for Panini America’s Prizm hockey set and repeated it for Prizm baseball. And now, I will say the same for Prizm football:

The look can really floor you. The cards are shiny, almost glossy with a buffed look, and it’s interesting to examine the subtle etchings when you turn the card every which way.  I really felt guilty not wearing white gloves to examine these; I didn’t want to smudge them.

Here are the particulars. A hobby box of Prizm football contains 20 packs, with six cards to a pack. Panini is promising two autograph cards per hobby box.

The base set has 200 cards, with an additional 100 rookie cards. Rookies are seeded one to a pack. There are several different parallels, with base Prizm, orange die-cuts numbered to 50, light-blue die-cuts numbered to 15 and 1/1 Finite Prizms. There are also parallels that are exclusive to retail packs sold at Target and Wal-Mart.

The hobby box I opened included two base Prizm parallels. There also were 20 rookie cards.

The orange die-cut card featured Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and was numbered to 50.

Monday Night Heroes is an interesting insert, as it highlights a player who excelled during “Monday Night Football.” There were two such cards in the box I pulled — 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Decade Dominance is a 25-card insert set that falls two to each hobby box. The cards I pulled featured tight end Shannon Sharpe and Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Brilliance is also a 25-card set, and there were two regular inserts (Patrick Peterson and Andrew Luck) and a Prizm parallel (Alfred Morris. Rookie Impact touts 25 different rookies who could make a difference this season. The cards I pulled were Chiefs running back Knile Davis and Detroit defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.

True to Panini’s promise, there were two autograph cards. They were sticker versions, but like in other versions of Prizm, they are hidden well. The signature cards were of Bengals running back Rex Burkhead and Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown.

There were 20 HRX inserts in the box I opened, but three of them were duplicates.  These cards in the 25-card set contain a QRL code on the back, which, when activated by a special app, shows video footage of each player captured at the 2013 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

The app is free and takes less than a minute to download.

iPhone users can download the free Platinum League Media Player at the iTunes store, while Android users can download the free Platinum League M-Card Reader at the Android Market.

It was a nice box break, and the cards and design are nice. The etchings give the cards some nice depth and it’s one of those cards you can turn around in different directions to experience the full effect.

I am not a fan of the shiny stuff, but this year’s versions of Prizm have made me waver just a bit.

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