Thursday, June 5, 2014

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup hanger x2

Sport:  Soccer
Product:  2014 Panini Prizm World Cup
Break Date:  May 24, 2014
Hit Breakdown:  No guaranteed hits
Summary:  I didn't plan on breaking any of the Panini World Cup stuff, but when I saw the hangers in the card aisle at Target, I got sucked in. Each hanger box had six packs of four cards for $19.99.

I grew up a soccer fan, so this was a pretty fun break. The autograph checklist is downright absurd, frankly - every possible big name is there. I knew an auto would be a near impossible pull, since they're not even guaranteed out of a hobby box and Panini retail is a stingy beast. But, I figured what the heck - it was worth a shot.

All told, it was a fun break.  A decent chunk of colored Prizm parallels surfaced, from red and gold pulsars to a red and blue plaid thing.

But, no big names to speak of - no Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, etc. - out of the base or the inserts. The cards look great, and the inserts are really impressive - especially the Aerial Assault set, a landscape-oriented photo of a header.

I'd give the product itself a B+, simply because there are a lot of chase cards but it's a tough pull on the auto front. This break, though, is nothing more than a C+, because while I did pull some nice parallels, none were numbered, and none were anyone that I was that interested in.

Grade for the product:  B+
Grade for the break:  C+

Red White and Blue Plaid Prizm:  Fernando Muslera
Red and Yellow Pulsar World Cup Stars Prizm:  Radamel Falcao
Red and Yellow Pular Aerial Assault Prizm:  Tim Cahill
Red White and Blue Prizm:  Cameroon
Red and Yellow Pulsar Prizm:  Ghana
Prizm: Giorgio Chiellini
Cup Captains:  Darijo Srna
Guardians:  Joe Hart, Claudio Bravo
Matchups:  Sergio Aguero/Edin Dzeko, Igor Akinfeev/Thibaut Courtois
Team Card:  Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovinia
World Cup Stars:  David Silva,  Fabio Cannavaro 

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