2023 training camp talk is on the horizon but 2022 football products continue to trickle out. The latest to arrive is Panini Select Football. The shop recently brought in some blaster boxes for our customers to test the waters.
The blasters offer six, four card packs, so I guess 24 cards constitutes a blaster box these days. Does anyone else remember the 88 (or more) card blasters from back in the day?
The first pack who was the home of one of our three guaranteed red, white, and blue prizm die cuts that are exclusive to these smaller boxes. This one featuredCincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon. These are very nice looking cards, there’s no doubt about that.
Really early on we pulled a Dameon Pierce Turbo Charged rookie insert card. Pierce had a great rookie campaign coming up just a few yards short of 1,000 for the season.
In a third pack, we pulled probably our best card of the box in the form of our second red, white, and blue prizm die cut. This time the subject was Buffalo Bills DB Damar Hamlin. This one carries the RC logo, as Hamlin never had official rookie cards, only draft cards from his rookie season.
The colors are Bills color matched, which makes for a great visual. That’s significant, too. Hamlin suffered an incredibly scary and highly publicized cardiac arrest on field last season and after being in the worldwide news cycle for months, seems to be recovered and gearing up to a return to the field this season. What a great new chapter to his story that would be.
In the next pack, we pulled a premier level Justin Jefferson card. The 2022 NFL OPOY is a superstar and one of the most exciting players in the league. We grabbed a few club and premiere level cards throughout the blaster.
We intercepted our third, red, white, and blue prizm parallel in our next pack, one that featured then Los Angeles Rams now Miami Dolphins stud cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Although not carrying any monetary value, these various colors and die cuts are catchy.
Our best rookies came in the form of a Drake London base rookie and a Kyle Hamilton insert. London hauled in more than 70 passes for nearly 900 yards as a rook. Expect another fine season from the young man.
That wraps up our brief blaster break. The cards are attractive but with a price tag at just under $40, we’d be lucky to break even right now if we choose to sell what was inside.
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