At least they’re consistent.
While bustin’ through packs of Donruss Gridiron Gear I was surprised to see the design on the base cards. They didn’t look Donruss-made. For starters, no foil or weird borders.
It wasn’t until later that I found some more Donruss-style cards in the box. Thankfully, the foil was left on the cutting room floor and collectors have been left with some of the classiest football cards I’ve ever seen from Panini … well, almost.
Everything in this box was great until I pulled a very strange autograph. The card in question, a Willie Brown sticker autograph, looks great but something is just not right. There is a plastic helmet embedded into the card but unlike 2007 Sweet Spot helmets, it’s cheap plastic and looks like something you’d get for a quarter from a grocery store vending machine.
The other “hits” in the box look great, though. I especially like the Miami Dolphins Patrick Turner autograph/ dual patch relic numbered to 10. It’s thick, well-designed, and a knockout. Unfortunately, the legal language on the back doesn’t specify whether it’s game-used or event-worn.
Judging by some of the huge hits in the sell sheet and the $85 dollar price tag at Dave & Adam’s Card World, it seems like this is one product that many football collectors will gamble on. If it hits eBay for around $70+, it’s an absolute must-buy … just be careful with those plastic helmets.
Current Price – $85 dollars at Dave & Adam’s
Guarantees – 3 game-used memorabilia or autographs per box
Look for – Mark Sanchez Mania, Joe Namath, Dan Marino autographs
Classy, elegant design
Lots of potential big “hits”
NFL Teams Plastic Helmet inserts
Dual relic – Jeremy Maclin #’d to 50
Autograph / Helmet – Willie Brown #’d to 350
Autograph / Dual relic – Patrick Turner #’d to 10
Final Grade: B