Sunday, October 27, 2013

Retail Review #72 (10/11 Panini Pinnacle Blaster)

This Sunday's blaster is a box of 2010/11 Pinnacle. In my opinion, Pinnacle was Panini's answer to Upper Deck Series 1 and 2. Panini used unique photographs and kept the price point of the product in the same ballpark as Upper Deck's main line. The only problem was that collectors didn't grab onto it in the same way as with Series 1 and 2. Though blasters of Pinnacle yield great value and content, they can be found at much lower prices than their Upper Deck counterparts.

Price - 
3 for $19.95

Packs - 8
10/11 Pinnacle Packs 

Black and yellow, black and yellow... umm... never mind! Hah, the color scheme on these blasters are certainly unique and bold. They pack a much stronger visual punch than a lot of other blaster boxes do. Panini has excellent packaging design people, and this is one definitely shows that they know how to make something stand out... which is very important in a crowded marketplace!

I'm not expecting too much out of this product. I'll be looking for the usual rookie cards and inserts. I will also be expecting to find a jersey hit (or better) in this box. It's probably not going to be a big-money card, but a hit is a hit!

I'll go ahead and open it. Let's see what we get:

Review -
There were a lot less inserts than I thought I'd be getting when I busted this blaster. Actually, besides the game-used card, the only other 'inserts' were parallel cards. The most surprising parallel card I got was an Artist Proof of rookie Brandon McMillan. I don't think I've ever gotten an Artist Proof from a blaster before. These parallels are a bit on the harder side as they come one per hobby box. It didn't make my top three, but it certainly got my attention when I pulled it.

2010/11 was a big year for big name rookies, and Magnus Paajarvi was one of the bigger name guys to pull. Now... not so much, but Magnus 'The Pirate' Paajarvi would have been sweet back then. I hope people didn't invest too much in him when his rookie cards were fetching higher amounts! They have definitely come down in price.

Let's check out the top three cards from the break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Jaroslav Halak Card No. 29
I really like it when I can pick awesome looking base cards over inserts and/or memorabilia cards. This photo of Halak is just great! I love how close you get to him, and how close you get to his mask! I love awesome photography, and this card has it.

#2 - Linus Omark Nufex Card No. 222
I remember Omark for his very flashy shootout goal. That's about it. He might just be a flash in a pan, but he was a memorable one! 

#1 - Antoine Vermette Card No. AV
What's with me and the Blue Jackets recently? I got them in my 12/13 Cup Group Break that I participated in, and now here comes Vermette from this blaster. They have definitely followed me around this week!

Overall Value -
It's not hard for me to recommend buying some Pinnacle blasters. They are fun and full of great cards to look at. This is all, of course, predicated on the price they are. And these... they're cheap! Like many of the products I've opened up recently, Pinnacle is a nice value for a fun little break on a slow day.

Let me know what you thought of this break in the comment section below. Have you ever pulled anything good out of one of these? I'd love to hear about it.

Overall Value Score:

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