Sunday, February 1, 2015

Retail Review #137 (10/11 Panini Zenith Blaster)

I'm back with a blaster box of the old Panini Zenith. Zenith underwhelmed collectors when it first came out. Panini tried to bring back a brand that collectors remembered fondly... but their execution of the product left many wanting. It wasn't worth the price then... and it's probably barely worth the price now, but these 3-pack Zenith blasters can be fun to open up given their discounted price.

Price - 

Packs - 3
10/11 Zenith Blaster Packs

I can't say that I have gotten much out of Zenith since I've bought it. Even buying the hobby version of the stuff hasn't yielded much. A quick glance at Zenith prices on eBay and in price guides tells you that this product doesn't have much in it to find. Probably the most desirable cards in the product for me has to be the National Treasures rookie cards... but those were only inserted into the oversized rip-able cards inserted one-per-hobby box. I'm not sure what I'm really looking for when I purchase a blaster of Zenith... fun, I guess? Yeah, I'm looking for a little fun.

I hope some fun comes out of this blaster:

Review -
This blaster left me with a similar feeling as the one before did... a bit underwhelmed. The blaster came with three packs, and everything was base except for the hit and the foil insert card. It was a quick break, but didn't yield anything that was too great. If I had gotten this box for $30 I definitely would not have been happy. That works out to $10 per pack... way too much!

As it was in my break, the entire blaster was just around $10. I didn't get a great hit, but it was alright for the money I guess. I really hope one day to pull a nice autographed rookie card from one of these Zenith blasters. There' just got to be one waiting for me!

Here were my top cards out of this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Peter Forsberg Card No. 103
I was a big fan of Forsberg when he first entered the NHL because I had pulled some of his cards out of packs when I was in high school. Little did I know he would become such a legendary player! It's always nice to see him on cardboard.

#2 - Kari Lehtonen Card No. 5
My only insert card besides the hit was this foil Crease is the Word card. I'm not sure how Panini comes up with some of their insert names... this one is definitely a questionable one!

#1 - Andrei Kostitsyn Card No. KO
Ahhh, Winter Warrior cards... definitely not the best design! Well, at least it is a hit, and I'm happy to pull hits whenever I buy retail. Would have been nicer if the player was bigger. Oh well!

Overall Value -
Another so-so blaster of Zenith. I'm not sure why I am drawn to these things. I think it's the large $29.99 price printed on the box. It fascinates me that this product was once sold for such a large amount of money. The price point makes you think you are getting something pretty spectacular... but really other brands from Panini like Pinnacle are better than this was, and it's a lot cheapter.

Let me know what you thought of my 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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  1. Thanks for continuing the "Retail Review" trend with another upload to welcome the month of February Luke! Recently found your channel and almost caught up on your weekly posts. Nice snags in some of your retail blasters!

    I sometimes see retailers having blasters laying around and tempted to pick some up but knowing the tendencies of some products, it's hard to pull the trigger (at regular release prices).

    My quick Pros/Cons:
    P: *Nice to see retired stars make their way into product releases - Cujo action shot!
    * Decent sized jersey swatch/window hit
    * Very fair overall value score assessment

    C: *Expensive original release price point at ~$10/pack
    *Basic looking insert even with their foil treatment

    For Panini Zenith, from a consumer standpoint, it's hard to get excited for a strong hit and miss product. I've seen others break the product here and there and snag a couple foil parallels, but wasn't enough for a thorough investment as noted with your review.

    Can't wait for next week's installment!

    YT: McBones

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