Product: 2012-13 Panini Retrospection Collection
Break Date: November 17, 2013
Hit Breakdown: No guaranteed hits
Summary: So, was at a local retail outlet, and saw this silver blaster - Panini's Retrospection Collection. Never seen one before, so picked it up to get a closer look.
$19.99...five hobby packs inside: two packs of Past & Present, two packs of Elite, and one pack of Contenders. Seemed reasonable enough.
Panini breaks can be rough, and this was no different. Nothing out of the Past & Present outside of an Alonzo Mourning short print and an insert or two.
The Elite packs were bad as well - the only thing remotely resembling a hit was a serial-numbered Malcolm Lee rookie...not even a good rookie.
There was a neat Shaq insert in the Contenders, but the hit of that pack may have been the Lebron base card.
All in all, this is no bigger a gamble than the standard Panini-produced blaster, and the prospect of hobby packs from retail is always interesting. This year's Past & Present release is pretty awful, so it's a good way for the manufacturer to unload excess inventory, but for us consumers, we're forced to take that on in order to get the nicer cards.
Grade for the product: B
Grade for the break: C-
What we pulled:
Contenders Playoff Contenders: Shaquille O'Neal
Elite Rookie: Malcolm Lee #343/599
Past & Present Rise Short Print Variation: Alonzo Mourning
Past & Present Headbands: Paul Pierce
Past & Present Rise N Shine: Carmelo Anthony, Ray Allen