The brand new 2023 Panini Plates & Patches Football hobby boxes have made their way to the shop. This product is as advertised, as you will find printing plates in metallic form coupled with eye catching patch inserts.
Boxes consist of five cards, including two autographs and one memorabilia card and a few base or parallels, making it a perfect fit for the Brief Box Break.
We see Atlanta Falcons rookie running back sensation Bijan Robinson as the cover boy as we rip into our box/pack.
The first card in our shiny silver pack is a Saquon Barkley metal card. The material used to produce the cards make photographing them a bit challenging, but hopefully you get the idea.
Our next card is a Rookie Steel Signature metal autograph of Detroit Lions rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs. The rookie running back out of Alabama was a bit of a surprise pick but has shown some early promise.
Rookies are featured in their pro unis, but one of the drawbacks is the generic double zero (00) jersey numbering, which definitely takes away from the product’s appeal. The graphic design sorcery just isn’t worth the effort.
This one is numbered 65 of 300.
The base card in our box was one of third year star running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Najee Harris. The base cards definitely have some flair, as the player is featured in a shiny foil against a more dull, paper backdrop, which really makes the player in action stand out.
We definitely got the running back box as our second autograph is yet another Steel Signatures metal card, this time featuring Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Zach Charbonnet out of UCLA.
This rookie auto is also numbered out of 300.
The lone patch in our Plates & Patches box is a Double coverage insert of Cleveland Browns rookie Cedric Tillman, numbered out of 25. The card and design is very eye-catching with a bold and busy design and two really nice pieces of memorabilia, although not for any specific game, event player, sport or planet.
With a best online price hovering at around $285, our box didn’t exactly surrender a big bang for the buck, but it’s a little too early to measure the quality of the rookies we pulled.