Sunday, April 16, 2017

Retail Review #252 (11/12 Panini Pinnacle)

I know I've opened these blasters before, it's just it's been so long I've totally forgotten about them. 2010/11 Pinnacle has been a very popular break for me, so why can't 2011/12? I'm excited about this blaster because it straight up says that there is a guaranteed memorabilia or autographed card in the blaster. I can't wait to see what it is!

Price - 

Packs - 8
11/12 Pinnacle Packs

This blaster box design is a bit more subtle than the bold black and yellow packaging of the year before. Panini toned it down quite a bit, but it does still look very good. I think it gains a bit of class in the design approach for the box. I like the white scheme. It goes well with hockey and the yellow secondary colors still connect it to the Pinnacle brand.

Similarly to last year, collectors get a good number of cards in this break. I'm expecting not only a hit, but at least a few inserts and parallel cards as well. Pinnacle has always had a nice mixture of both. At under $12, this blaster was a great deal. I will have to pick up some more soon!

I'll go ahead and open this blaster to see what's inside:

Review -
This blaster was just as good of a break when compared to its release the year before. The first thing I noticed about the packs was that they were all relatively thick. Panini really jammed a whole bunch of cards into each pack. Though all the packs were thick, I could still tell which pack had the memorabilia card in it. That particular pack was bulgy and tight - as if one of the cards contained inside were thicker than the others.

The cards themselves are very nice - especially the photos. Panini did a great job with Pinnacle in this way. Also awesome were the inclusion of the Nufex foil cards. These foil cards don't just have a foil sheen, but a textured look that is very unique. I pulled two Nufex cards in the blaster as well as some other inserts.

These were my favorite three cards from the break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Toews/Kruger Card No. 2
Card companies like to put young newcomers with veterans, and this Foundation card is a good example of that. You have an established star like Jonathan Toews alongside Marcus Kruger. 

#2 - Dustin Byfuglien Card No. 7
This is my favorite looking card out of the break. The name of the card is difficult to make out, but I believe it says Revolution. This card reminds me of something out of the 90's. It's a fun look that I wish were done more today.

#1 - Jeff Carter Card No. 13
The hit out of the blaster was this Jeff Carter jersey card. I'm no Jeff Carter fan, but I am a fan of getting hits! So that was the number one card out of my break. Sadly, this card wasn't serial numbered like the jersey cards that were inserted in 10/11 Pinnacle.

Overall Value -
I'm just a big fan of Pinnacle at the retail level. It gives collectors great cards to look at, nice looking inserts and parallels, and it also gives out a hit! I certainly recommend it to anybody looking for a nice break at a good price. I'm going to try and open up another blaster of this real soon!

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. Awesome break, definitely want my hands on this product

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