On this episode of Retail Review I am opening up a product that I really liked when it came out - Panini Certified. I was skeptical about it at first, but holding the cards in hand helped me to see how much quality they had. 10/11 was the best year for Certified, and is one of my favorite product to open of all-time!
Packs - 3
10/11 Certified Packs
These Certified blasters were $30 when they were brand new. I guess that was a good price for three packs of Certified as they were about $10 each. The good thing was also that each blaster had a guaranteed hit in it. So for people wanting to get a sure hit, these were the way to go. Hypothetically, if you bought three packs of Certified from a hobby box you could get more than one hit... but that's more of a risk.
It's time to see what hit comes of this particular blaster of Certified:
So this was a very interesting break for me. The first pack had a serial numbered parallel card, the second just base... and the third... ummm... and error card? The 'hit' in the box had no hit material to speak of! Pretty crazy! I don't think I've ever had this happen to me before, but I can't say it's out of the realm of possibility. Any time there is a huge production of a product, there is bound to be some sort of error in the process. I do wonder, however, how this could have happened... it's not like the pieces just fell out. One of the jersey holes has a remnant of a jersey piece. It's just darned mysterious!
Here were the best cards of this break:
Top 3 Cards
This was probably my favorite base card from the blaster. I didn't get any Sharks or super-star names, but Zetterberg has been a great player for the Wings for a long time. He's definitely a player I respect!
My Mirror Red card was of Wane Simmonds. This card is serial numbered to 250. It's a nice looking parallel card that doesn't go crazy with super bright red shades like newer releases have. Here it's just a subtle difference with the word 'Mirror' on the bottom to identify it as a parallel.
This has got to be one of the most interesting pulls in Retail Review history! The dual jersey card with no jerseys! I'd be sad about it if the card was of a player I wanted to have, but this pull just makes for an interesting conversation piece. I wonder if I should let Panini know about it.
Overall Value -
I enjoyed opening this blaster. It wasn't the best for sure, but at least it held an interesting card to talk about. At $15, I think these blasters are priced just right. I'd be happy to open up more of this year's Certified at that price.
Let me know what you thought of my 10/11 Certified blaster box down in the comments below. Have you ever gotten anything good from one of these? I'd love to know!
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