Sorry if it seems like I've been opening Panini all day... but these blaster boxes are just so affordable I can't help it! Plus, these guys came in 3 box lots so that obviously makes them just that much more plentiful than the other products available to bust. Next week I'll switch it up just a little, but for now... a blaster box of 10/11 Panini Pinnacle - should have a hit!
3 for $19.95 (current price)
Packs - 8
10/11 Pinnacle Packs
I've definitely been getting a more positive feeling opening Pinnacle recently. Though I think the base cards from 10/11 have a horrible design - the insert and memorabilia cards look great, as well as the base photography. I've opened up so much Pinnacle lately that I feel I probably have at least a few complete base sets of the product now (minus rookie cards, of course). Maybe one day I'll just have to sort them all and see.
But for now, I'll hold off on that project and bust this blaster for you!
Just like last week, my hit came in the first pack. This time I decided to wait on looking at it until the end though. You know... build up the suspense and all. Given the size of the card, I knew it would be a plain jersey. I guess that's not too exciting, but I was wondering who I had gotten, and if it was from the Threads jersey set. I have taken a liking to those particular cards so I was crossing my fingers that it would be one.
The rest of the packs yielded me a smattering of insert cards. It was interesting to note that inserts came in every other pack. I guess that's just the way Panini collated them in the packing process. That could be potentially fishy if someone opened up Pinnacle and picked out all the insert packs... but then again... it's just Pinnacle... but then again... people sometimes do stupid things. I had brought this up before in a previous post, but was reminded of it when opening this blaster.
I may have also brought this up in a previous post as well, but I'll mention again that the Nufex cards make up for the ugly base design. They just look so good! They don't scan well at all, but in person the cards are dynamite! Pinnacle wasn't released this year, but I hope it returns in 13/14.
Check out the top cards from this blaster:
Top 3 Cards
#3 - Bryan Watson Card No. BW
I had never heard of Bryan Watson before, but apparently he was quite the agitator! He played waaaay back in the day and was able to shut down even Bobby Hull during post season games. I love the Tough Times cards. I've said before that they look great, and the same holds true here. Especially cool is the really old school photo on the front. 'Ol time hockey!!!
#2 - Eric Wellwood Card No.249 (Nufex)
Nufex plus a rookie card makes this card find the number two spot this week. Wellwood has made my Retail Review top three before (I think as a Young Gun). He's currently not playing in the NHL, but hopefully he can work his way back up!
#1 - Derek Roy Card No. DR
So the jersey card did turn out to be from the Threads set! Yes! I don't remember ever really being excited pulling a jersey card for a while now. But I do enjoy these cards quite a bit. I'll be hanging on to this one and the Staal I pulled a few weeks ago. It'll be a minor PC for me.
Overall Value -
Pinnacle is a very nice product to buy in blaster form. There is just so much to like about it. I definitely recommend purchasing it if you're looking for a little bit of busting fun. This is a great product for younger collectors to enjoy. It has a super mix of current NHL players and older players like those found in the Tough Times insert set. Give it a go!
Let me know what you thought of my 10/11 Pinnacle blaster down in the comments below. What have you gotten out of these blasters? I'd love to know!
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