Sunday, June 11, 2017

Retail Review #260 (11/12 Panini Pinnacle)

Last week I had the unfortunate experience of opening up a tampered blaster. That blaster did not have the official Panini wrap on it. Thankfully, did me a solid and credited me with an amount on my account equal to what I paid for it in effect refunding my money. This week I've checked the wrap... and it has the Panini logos! This one should be good to go!

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Packs - 8
11/12 Pinnacle Packs

I've really gotten to love this year's Pinnacle product recently. The 11/12 Pinnacle product has a lot going for it. First of all, the base cards feature some really unique photography featuring NHL players both on and off the ice. It reminds me a lot of Upper Deck's Series One and Two releases. The cards themselves aren't at that quality, but the photography selection certainly is.

Though this isn't a premium product, blasters of Pinnacle generally have a hit inside them. Often times these hits are just jersey cards... but a hit is a hit! It's certainly more than Upper Deck can say about their retail products.

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

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You could definitely see when dumping out the packs which one had a hit in it. It was so much larger than the other ones in the box. If someone were to search the blaster boxes, it would be extremely easy to cherry pick the hit and leave the rest for some unfortunate soul.

Once again I really enjoyed this break. A majority of the packs in the blaster contained a special non-base card to check out. Each of the blasters of 11/12 Pinnacle I have opened has had a wide variety that was cool to take a closer look at. In the video I stopped a few times just to see the image on the base card - that doesn't happen that often!

These were my favorite three cards from the break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - John Tavares Card No. 196
This Nufex parallel of John Tavares was one of the first non-base cards to come out of the box. JT is a great hockey player with tremendous skill. Playing for the dreadful Islanders all these years hasn't helped him gain popularity, but he is a great player to pull.

#2 - PK Subban/Shea Weber Card No. 9
You guys know I really love Team Pinnacle cards. Getting a Subban one is great for me as I am a fan of his. This card actually features Shea Weber on the back as well. Only the front side of the card is done in Nufex though.

#1 - Brandon McMillan Card No. 37
So my hit ultimately wasn't that great, but you know what? It's a whole lot better than you can say for many Upper Deck products out there nowadays. The Pinnacle Threads jersey cards have a solid design and a nice sized piece of patch for a lower-end product!

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I really recommend getting some 11/12 Panini Pinnacle if you can find it. It's a solid retail product and should be able to be had for a good price nowadays. Each blaster has a hit in it, so there's really nothing to lose!

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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