Sunday, September 4, 2016

Retail Review #220 (12/13 Panini Certified)

I am desperately hoping to find a hit in a blaster at this point! Last week I opened up a blaster of 10/11 Certified and did not get a hit. This blaster guarantees a hit, so I'm hoping that it will have what it promises. 12/13 isn't as nice as 10//11 Certified, but if this gives me a hit I'll be completely happy with it!

Price - 

Packs - 3
12/13 Certified Hockey

For its current price, I think Certified blasters are a great deal. They are affordable, fun to open, and of course, should net you a hit. Panini's Certified brand was one of their most rock solid offerings that delivered a great opening experience. It's mix of premium foil base cards, colorful parallels, and varied hits was a perfect blend that anyone in the hobby could enjoy.

Originally these blasters were $30. I have to admit that is a bit steep. But prices have plunged and the price of the blaster is about the same price as one pack used to be. The great thing is that these blasters guarantee you a hit, and that's not something you can say about getting a pack from a hobby box.

Let's open this blaster and see what comes out of it:

Review -
Three more thin looking packs! It made me a bit nervous at first seeing that because last week's unopened packs looked much the same. Thankfully, an autographed card came out of this blaster... albeit in the third and final pack. The player I got isn't one to jump up and down over, but at this point I'm just happy that this blaster delivered on what it was supposed to have!

Here's the top three cards from this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Logan Couture Card No. 39
I've got to put my PC guy in the top three, you knew I would! The awesome thing about this card is its number. It's card number 39 in the set, the same as Logan's jersey. I'm pretty sure that this was on purpose on Panini's part as they do that on occasion, Upper Deck too.

#2 - Rick Nash Card No. 61
I'm not a huge fan of Rick Nash, but he has been a very good hockey player for many years. This Mirror Red card is extremely good looking, especially in person. The red holo foil Panini uses really makes this card pop. It's also nice that the card has serial numbering on it.

#1 - Mark Stone Card No. 155
My top card from the brea is of course my autographed hit of Mark Stone. It's a sticker autograph, and the card doesn't have the best design, but I'll take it!

Overall Value -
Certified is a brand I can definitely recommend at the retail level. You may have an anomaly like the blaster I opened last week, but over all it is a product you can pretty much rely on if you're looking for a good break. I'll definitely be getting more of Certified to open on Retail Review in the future.

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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  1. The base cards look really good and it is a good price for the blaster

  2. Mark Stone is actually a really good player! You could have done a lot worse than that, nice break!

  3. Love the Rick Nash. Not a Rangers fan but cool looking card