Panini is a company that I generally like, but truth be told I haven’t really cared for many of their products from this season or last season. It’s like they try really hard, but in the end they do a few things I dislike (glossy parallels in Score, making Ice Kings really hard to get, no updates for many of their sets, and so forth). So I am generally cautious when buying any of their hockey cards.
But then I saw this box of 2011-12 Panini Contenders at a local card shop. On the box it said “Three Autographs Per Box”. I haven’t opened anything in a while, i like getting autographed cards and I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.
The box had 18 packs, and each pack had 5 cards. Here is what I got:
83 Base Cards
I’m not sure how I feel about the design. It is kind of neat to put everything at the bottom in a “capsule,” but is the conference logo really necessary. This would be a great layout for a CCG (collectible card game) type set like Adrenalyn. One nice thing is that I did not get any doubles.
1 Calder Contenders
Harri Sateri was a backup goalie for the Sharks this season for at least one game, but didn’t actually get into a game. Sorry if I can’t get too excited about this “Calder Contender.” This insert is limited to 999 copies.
2 Cup Contenders
So, those were my three autographs.
I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, I would beat the odds and get a fourth signed card.
And I did:
So, I ended with 3 autographed cards, a promissory note for a 4th one, and 83% of a base set. If anyone else has some base cards for trade, let me know. I’d like to get the last 17 cards I need to finish this base set–see my Want List.
Likewise, the Sateri, Bryzgalov and Gomez short prints are for trade.
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