One of the biggest debates currently in the hobby is about card manufacturers and products which do not have league licensing. There are a group of collectors who vow they will never purchase a new release unless the league also has given its blessing. Meanwhile, other collectors will say that as long as the player selection is good along with a reasonable price point, the lack of logos and trademarks on cards isn’t a big deal. While personally I understand both arguments, at the end of the day, just like most collector decisions, this all comes down to an individual choice.
Panini has cut back on the quantity of packs per box, but increased the number of parallels and tried to place more on card autographs in the product compared to last year's issue.
A box which promises two autographs and six prizms per box (and other inserts) sold so well, my LCS had to restock with his price hovering at around $60. Leading on-line retailers are now between $55-60 per box.
2014 Panini Prizm Baseball has 12 packs with six cards per pack. The silver bordered cards feature a large color photo covering with the player's name and city at the bottom (remember, Panini can’t use team nicknames because of the lack of an MLB license). The backs have biographical information, career stats as well as some information. I wish like in some other sports, the word prizm was added to the back of those cards to make them easier to identify.
Open a box and you might find a powdery substance on them, which Panini says is "a harmless organic press powder" used to prevent issues in the printing process.
Here’s a look at the yield from our box:
Base Cards: 58 cards of which eight were duplicates. There is a bit of disappointment in receiving duplicates out of a box with a smallish quantity of cards.
Short Print: David Ortiz
Prizm Parallels: Ryan Braun, Felix Hernandez, Chase Utley
Purple Prizm Parallel (#d to 99): Jeff Bagwell
Gold Prizm Parallel (#d to 10): Tim Lincecum
Fearless: Yu Darvish
Golden Gloves: Adam Wainwright
Next Era: Clint Frazier
Rookie Reign: Taijuan Walker
USA Baseball Alumni: Paul Konerko
Autographed Card: Brian Flynn
Autograph Mojo Prizm Card (#d to 75): Josh Donaldson.
Would these be better with logos? Sure, but collectors who buy this product probably understand what they’re getting. Prizm has a lot of fans, too, who like the brand and its style more than they hate the lack of logos.
Long-term value is hard to determine with non-licensed baseball cards but my LCS owner says collectors often say they feel better if they have received value from a box, regardless of license. When you receive two autographs plus more than 10 other hits for $60 or a tad less, many collectors are very happy indeed.
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