Sunday, May 3, 2015

Retail Review #150 (13/14 Panini Prizm Blaster)

This week for Retail Review I'm opening up a blaster of 13/14 Panini Prizm. Prizm is a brand I really want to like at the retail level. The cards have a great look to them, and there are definitely interesting parallels to pull. But I just haven't done well with this product the last couple times I've opened up. Hopefully that will change today!

Price - 

Packs - 7
13/14 Prizm Packs

Prizm is a product that I think non-collectors would really enjoy opening. The cards are shiny, thick, and look very futuristic - it's not your normal cardboard. Unfortunately, Prizm cards aren't regarded as super-premium in the hobby and the cards aren't particularly worth a lot. I even hesitate when thinking of buying Prizm at the hobby level. There just isn't anything that's incredible in it. For all its glitz and glam, Prizm is actually pretty ordinary. Upper Deck Series 1 and 2 would be much better overall buys than this.

That being said, it is fun to open something a little different, and I haven't opened Prizm in a while. Prizm should deliver some nice parallel cards I'm hoping. At the very least there should be a bonus parallel pack included within this blaster.

Let's see what comes out of this blaster box:

Review -
Sadly, this Prizm blaster didn't change my mind about its value. The best that came out of this blaster were some insert cards... and there was only one colored parallel in the pack portion of the blaster. Any hope of redemption in the cellophane extra pack was dashed as I pulled players that I just wasn't interested in.

All-in-all I ended up with four red parallel cards and three inserts. This was definitely not a satisfying blaster. If I recall my last Prizm blaster, I felt underwhelmed... and so it continues here with this one.

Here were my top picks from this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Evgeni Nabokov Card No. ND-5
Look, it's Nabby! The former Sharks goalie is always a fun little pull for me. It's always strange to see him in another team's uniform, but that's the biz I guess!

#2 - Justin Schultz Card No. II-12
I'm pretty sure I have a few of this particular card in my collection already. Maybe this particular card is following me around.

#1 - Jonathan Huberdeau Card No. PP-12
I don't have a lot of Huberdeau cards in my collection, so I guess it was good to get this card in my blaster. He was one of the better rookies to get in the dual rookie class year.

Overall Value -
I can't say that I'm liking Prizm too much. For collectors who enjoy a nice looking card at the retail level this could be an option, but from what I've seen come out of these there are much better choices to buy into than this.

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.

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