Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015-16 Panini Hoops Basketball hobby box x 2

Sport:  Basketball
Product:  2015-16 Panini Hoops
Break Date:  October 24, 2015
Hit Breakdown:   Two autographs
Summary:  I thought last year's Hoops product was a step forward for Panini's flagship low-end release. They added nice parallels and did a good job with the inserts, so it made for a fun break.

This year, they took a bigger step in the right direction with Hoops - it's a really strong product. 

First off - the inserts. With fewer inserts per box, they seemed to have focused on quality, and really did an outstanding job. Panini has used holofoil to accent the card designs, and they look real sharp.

Second - card quality. I think they did a great job on improving the overall quality of the printing process. Last year, the black accents seemed to come out of the box chipped in places, and these seemed to be fairly clean.

And lastly, the autographs, The card designs (Hot Signatures, at least) seem tailor-made for sticker autographs, so while some folk will feel it's lipstick on a pig, I think they're making the best of a hard situation. I don't expect on-card autos at Hoops's price point.

As far as my particular break, though - not exactly thrilling. The first box had two fairly week autographs; the second at least had Devin Booker, who was a lottery pick. 

The inserts were nice, but all the numbered cards and parallels were fairly blase – at least one of the two Artist's Proofs /99 was Zach Randolph, a nice PC card. The gold and green parallels were basically no one to blow my skirt up.

Overall, I really like Hoops, and generally I'm not opening any product, let alone one like Hoops, to make any sort of profit. That said, I wish I had walked away with some more PC stuff...but I also know you can't win 'em all. If Devin Booker turns into a stud, then maybe it'll end up being a better break. As of now, though, the major cards from these boxes were merely pedestrian.

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

Autographs:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Larry Nance Jr. (RC)
Artist's Proof /99:  TJ Warren 
Silver /299:  Anderson Varejao, Kent Bazemore, Joe Johnson  
Road to the Finals /499:  Stephen Curry 
Road to the Finals /2015:  Tim Duncan, Josh Smith 
Bird's Eye View:  Kobe Bryant 
High Flyers:  Blake Griffin, Dwyane Wade
Highlights:  LeBron James
Triple Double:  Chris Paul
Team Leaders:  Kenneth Faried, Damian Lillard
Gold:  Kevon Looney (RC), Patrick Patterson, Al Jefferson
Green:  Chris Andersen, Patrick Beverly
Red Back:  Justise Winslow (RC), Deron Williams, DeAndre Jordan, Tim Duncan

Autographs:  Matthew Dellavedova, Devin Booker (RC) 
Artist's Proof /99:  Zach Randoph 
Silver /299:  Sam Dekker (RC), Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo 
Road to the Finals /999:  Jeff Teague 
Road to the Finals /2015:  Kyle Korver, Kyrie Irving 
Dreams:  Karl-Anthony Towns 
Picture Perfect:  Kobe Bryant 
High Flyers:  Anfernee Hardaway
Bird's Eye View:  Chris Paul
Highlights:  LeBron James
Triple Double:  Tim Duncan
Team Leaders:  Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan
Gold:  Alexis Ajinca, Dante Exum
Green:  Tony Wroten, Paul Pierce
Red Back:  Cameron Payne (RC), Brook Lopez, Mario Chalmers, Carmelo Anthony

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