2012 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention 5-Pack Break

Once again, neither delegate from the state of Community Gum attended the National Sports Collectors Convention this year.  At least one of us should and will be roaming the show floor in 2013 when the NSCC returns to Chicago.

Even though we weren’t able to see all the amazing action in person, nor stand in ridiculous line for crazy exclusive redemption sets and packs, we were able to get our hands on 5 packs of Panini’s special National exclusives.  How, you may ask?  Well, simple.

I gave them money.  They ran a special on their website offering redemption packs for your online order along with a Rated Rookie T-Shirt while supplies lasted – all for free.  I went ahead and bought a box that was over-priced in terms of retail value but with the “free shirt and packs” built-in, it worked itself out.

Expect to see me wearing it the next time we open a box of Panini related stuff on video.  Perhaps it’s worth picking up a box of Triple Play just for that?

Considering how quickly the Topps exclusives went (better get in line right at open, and hope there aren’t 50 dealers already in line before the doors to the public open), it’s nice that Panini 1) has a stock pile of extra packs to spread the wealth; and 2) is offering them up to poor slobs like me that would like to take part but simply couldn’t make the trek.

Only 2 cards per pack. There’s some autographed cards to be found, some relic cards in there (including of Panini team members – no cooler business card, although I question their collectability), and some low-print run parallels such as the cracked ice, which as I understand are not actually numbered, but have a print-run of 25 copies.  Will I find any such things in my 5 packs?  Here’s a video to show you.  I’ll also have pictures below that of all 10 cards.  I’m nice like that.

I cut the video off abruptly, because instead of closing with my name and the blog info, I accidentally named my employer.  Damn work brain washing me.  Anyway, I didn’t want that info out in the public like that, and was too lazy to edit it past the mistake or re-record or anything, so it is what it is.  You all know where to find us if you’re reading this anyway.

For those that didn’t want to watch the video, here’s your dose of picture medicine.  By the way, ALL are available for trade.  I mainly got the box for the shirt. The packs were a fun bonus.

By the way, these exact same cards can be found on my tandem post on A Pack To Be Named Later.  Gotta help out the cause.

Not a bad numbered start

#39 – Thomas Robinson – Mr. Robinson was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, a fact you wouldn’t know from looking at the card.  That’s a little confusing and disconcerting. You have his new team on the front and back, so why not the draft status?

Insert or ??

#3 – Adam Jones – Team Colors – The biggest problem with the Panini Packs is I can’t tell what’s an insert and what’s not (if anything).  It sure looks like an insert to me.  But is the Robinson part of the main set and slightly short printed?  Is this part of the main set?

Not much of a football guy. Don't know who this is

#19 – Curtis Martin – Class of 2012 – If I had to guess a regular set this would belong to, my guess would be Prestige.  This guy was 4th in all-time rushing, yet I have no idea who he is.  Perhaps I should follow football more.

Oooo, airbrushing

#82 – Peyton Manning – What a crazy sequence of events this whole Peyton thing was, eh?  I guess the football world needed something to fill the Favre fervor fvoid in the off-season.

Get him a better nickname than "Stammer" please

#11 – Steven Stamkos – I don’t know much about hockey, but I do enjoy watching it on TV those rare occasions I’m able to sit still long enough.  I do know he’s pretty good, and 10 years younger than me.  Ugh.

Suck for Luck. Seyton for Peyton?

#21 – Andrew Luck – Yee-haw!  Woopie Ding! I is a meelion-air. moneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoney.  Watch him get hurt week 2.

Unbridled and unlicensed power

#33 – Yoenis Cespedes – People still like this kid, right?  All I ever hear about is Harper and Yu, Harper and Yu.  There are some other really good rookies getting left in the media’s dust.  This guy possibly being one of them.

Another insert?

#5 – Courtney Upshaw – Team Colors – Yep. No idea who he is. Again, don’t follow football.  Not a bad looking card at all, though.

This guy's still popular for one more year, right?

#4 – Tim Tebow – 5 packs yielded 3 big named QBs.  You can’t hope for much more than that, really.  Who’s clamoring for a Tebow card as a Jet?  I certainly don’t need it and I wouldn’t mind getting rid of it before he falls completely off the map.

Who wouldn't want this card?

#29 – Tori Spelling – #4/5 – Yes, my big hit of the 5 packs was this very limited edition National Stamped version of a non-sports figure limited to only 5 copies.  There’s gotta be a 90210 Super Collector out there somewhere, right?  Please?

I like the effort of the set. I think it’s pretty confusing and will be difficult, as these get into the wild, to know where exactly they came from.  Only the Tori is stamped with the National marking, and that’s because it’s a low-numbered parallel.  The rest don’t have a consistent design which may make finding cards of your favorite players, or god forbid the entire set, quite difficult.

Despite that, it’s fun to have a little piece of the national show up at my doorstep and while we hope to share a lot more of the NSCC next year, at least we got to let you live vicariously through our vicarious packs.

1 comment to 2012 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention 5-Pack Break

  • Count me in on the Tori and one of the others – preferably a baseball card. I’m in Japan (you can ship to my SF address) but that leaves me with limited trade bait. What can I do to interest you?

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