Sunday, March 29, 2015

Retail Review #145 (11/12 Panini Elite Blaster)

Going back to some older products this week for Retail Review. This week I'm going to open up a blaster of Panini Elite. I don't recall ever opening up one of these before, so I'm pretty excited to see what comes out of one of these guys.

Price - 

Packs - 5
5 x 2011-12 Panini Elite Packs

Elite wasn't a product I bought a whole lot of when it first came out. It was a product that was a bit too similar to Certified, but without the value associated with that brand. Elite was based more on inserts rather than the limited parallel cards that Panini was known for producing. Elite was also in the same price range as Certified, and given the choice, collectors pretty much chose Certified all day long.

Elite has now been heavily discounted at both the retail and hobby levels. For just a touch more now you can get a full hobby box of Elite for what it used to cost for a blaster. I saw them for about $35 on internet sites. Crazy low! And in those you get 4 hits per box. Not a bad deal if you're looking for a fun break.

I'll go ahead and see what comes out of this blaster:

Review -
I had a lot of fun with this break... a lot more fun than I remember getting from the hobby version way back when. This blaster only had 5 packs in it, but every pack but one had either an insert, parallel, or hit in it. Though I'm not particularly a fan of the base cards, the interesting inserts made up for that.

It's not that the base cards are bad... but this all-foil look is easily smudged and is a bit generic. This foil look is a staple for how Elite looks, but I've seen it done better before.

Here are my favorite cards from this blaster:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Jordan Staal Card No. 133
I totally forgot that there were die-cut parallels in this release... though I shouldn't have thought that since Panini is a big fan of die-cutting cards.

#2 - Sidney Crosby Card No. 6
This is a very sweet looking Sid the Kid card... it's just too bad these are so common! I think all these Elite Series insert cards were of Crosby. 

#1 - Brett Connolly Card No. 5
The box guarantees a memorabilia or an autographed card. This New Breed card looks good enough, but you can tell higher levels of this card would have an autograph along with it.

Overall Value -
I would never buy one of these for the box price of $29.99. For that much you can get a hobby box. But, at $9.99 I'm willing to open up some of these blasters on Retail Review episodes. Elite wasn't a very good hobby product, but now that the price has fallen, it might be something to look at once again. There could be some hidden treasures within the remaining stock of this product!

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. To be honest this was one of the funnier Retail Reviews I've ever watched. The Elite blasters seems to include a pretty good variety of cards!

  2. I have a question for you, if you buy enough to get the free shipping on dacardworld website, can you put to your next purchse a blaster box of 11/12 victory and ship me the box please. The reason that i ask you this question it's because i can't pay 200$ and more for free shipping or the 30$ shipping because i live in Canada. It cost 3,95$ and i can give you the money back plus some san jose sharks inserts and cards. It's almost like a trade; a blaster box of 11/12 victory for the money back and some san jose sharks cards and inserts. I understand if you don't want to but please answer me on youtube. A fan of your channel Kinggaby29

  3. Luke, I was very surprised with the turnout of this product this year, it reminded me a lot like the 2013/14 prizm hockey last year with the parallel variations. Im really impressed with these cards because of the quality it has. Only thing UD should have done was to include more cards in to hobby packs instead of only 4. Great product though, and nice RC auto! :D

  4. I want to make a trade with you. A blaster box withe the lowest price for san jose inserts and cards and the money for the blaster. I suggest you the 11/12 victory blaster box for the trade. I understand if you don't want to but please answer me on youtube. A fan of your channel Kinggaby29