Since Panini America became a sponsor of Wax Heaven I have busted three products of theirs. 2009 Prestige, Playoff Absolute Memorabilia 2009, and 2009 Certified . Of those three, without a shadow of a doubt, 2009 Certified was the most-fun and rewarding.
Like Playoff Absolute Memorabilia 2009, this year’s Certified Football features an all-foil base card. To be completely honest, there are very few Panini products that don’t use foil but unlike Playoff Football, none of the cards I pulled featured chipped foil or were damaged.
Clearly, Panini worked extra hard on the design of the relics and autographs because unlike Prestige Basketball, these look wonderful. There is some tricky language, however, like “Event-Used” and once again the autographs are stickers but it really doesn’t take away much from the product.
As for the base cards, they are a little “busy” in the design department and for some bizarre reason all the helmets of the players are slightly cut-off at the top, with some being worse than others. As for the parallels, it’s just Rainbow foil, similar to Playoff FB with different color foil stamping on the fronts for the levels.
I really wish Panini could make baseball cards like they have done in football this year. It’s not often that you can find a box with a good amount of base cards & parallels, lots of flash, and four “hits” for well under $100 dollars. It just won’t happen, at least not anytime soon.
Current eBay price – $70-$75 per box
Guarantees – 50 cards plus 4 autographs or memorabilia cards on average
Look for – First Brett Favre Vikings autograph, Mark Sanchez Mania
Foil on each card looks better than Playoff FB
Great autograph & relic card design
Base card photography clips helmets
Not enough variation in parallels
Relic – Michael Crabtree (featuring stamp) #’d 62/99
Relic – Tony Romo #’d 15/25
Redemption – Card #193
Relic / Autograph – Marques Colston #’d 10/10
Final Grade: A-