Plates and Patches: Panini Saving Best for Playoffs?

Just after we learn who will meet in the 2011 Super Bowl, Panini will launch its latest high-end product, 2010 Panini Plates and Patches football.

Sam Bradford rookie cardAt $150 per pack, it’s the latest release that comes in heavy with patch cards and autographs for collectors willing to gamble a bit.

Plates and Patches is a spin off of the company’s Gridiron Gear subset of the same name.

Each pack will include four hits:  a “Prime Piece Memorabilia Autographed Rookie Card”, two other autographed cards and one autographed or memorabilia card along with two base cards, one pJames Starks  2010 Panini Plates and Patchesarallel and one insert.

Like many late season football card releases, it will lean on this year’s rookie crop.  James Starks, who exploded on the scene in Green Bay’s playoff win over Philadelphia, has a signed rookie card in this product.

The autographs are on stickers and include some cuts from names of the past like Johnny Unitas, whose autographed card is already drawing some positive feedback.

With the NFL sea2010 Panini Plates and Patches Unitasson winding down, has Panini done a good job as one of the NFL’s trading card partners?  Paul Angilly, sports collectibles columnist for the Bristol Press, offers his take on the company’s pigskin output.