Sunday, July 10, 2016

Retail Review #212 (10/11 Panini Zenith)

Today I'm opening what Panini had really put out as a premium product - Zenith. Back in its heyday, Zenith was a super-premium brand that was full of foil and thick cards. This iteration of Zenith feels anything buy premium. It's more of a mid-range product, but that's not how Panini priced it. Originally these blasters were thirty dollars a pop!

Price - 

Packs - 3
10/11 Zenith Blaster Packs

Like I mentioned, Zenith used to be cards laden with foil and glitz. I'm not sure what happened here, but the base cards are just on plain cardboard with a design that is forgettable at best. This disconnect from what it once was and what Panini came out with is what I think doomed the product.

At the time Panini was banking on collectors having a sense of nostalgia for older brands that they were reintroducing. I know that I personally was excited for Zenith at the time... but when I saw the end result I was really let down.

At least now these blasters can really be found for what they should be... just about ten bucks as collectors will typically find a jersey hit within them.

Let's see what comes out of this one:

Review -
This blaster delivered me the guaranteed hit as well as a solid number of insert cards for just three packs. I was happy to find that the pack with the jersey card also had a nice insert to go along with it. When it comes to these types of breaks, little things like this make a difference to me.

Besides the inserts and jersey card I got, I was happy to pull a base card of Dany Heatley as a Shark. He certainly is not a popular player amongst the hobby... and not really in San Jose, but as you know i am a huge fan of pulling Sharks cards and always enjoy getting them.

Here were the top three cards from this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Corey Crawford Card No. 10
I am definitely not a fan of the name of this insert set... Crease is the Word. It is just a strange sounding name. I think that's why I don't like these cards that much... sometimes the name just ruins it all.

#2 - Alex Ovechkin Card No. 2
This is a pretty cool photo of Ovi and Subban. It's certainly not the typical thing you would see on the front of a hockey card. So that's actually the main reason why I like it. It's a pretty sweet photo that just does't look like the ones on every other card.

#1 - Tomas Tatar Card No. 12
These Rookie Roll Call cards are nice and thick, and Panini spared no expense when it came to the amount of foil they used on them. Tatar may not be the best rookie from here, but I'll definitely take him. Always glad to get a hit.

Overall Value -
For about ten dollars this blaster delivered a decent opening experience. I liked the inserts I got and I'm pretty happy with the foil jersey card as well. Zenith doesn't give you too much to open, but it's a product that is fun and something to always find a hit in!

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 comment:

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