Since these cards take forever to scan, due to their Chromeyness (if Shakespeare can make up words, so can I) and don't look all that good in scans anyway, I decided to take pictures.
First things first, Panini actually includes car cards, which is a great thing!
It's still better than Press Pass, which didn't bother to give us cards of cars at all! Unfortunately, not every driver got a car card. That's one of 3 things that keep me from giving this set a perfect rating.
|the green reflecting is my shirt|
The third thing that keeps me from giving the set a perfect rating is the back of the cards have no stats at all. I didn't expect full stats as Panini simply never bothers to do that, but I expected last season's and career totals- and this is even more important as Racing-Reference.info may be shutting down due to the owner's poor health. (Something I'm very familiar with- get well soon!)
Now, I bet you are wondering what my promised three "hits" are...
Here they are!
The Carl Edwards autograph came up next, and it's a Gold Prizm, which means it's Serially Numbered to 10! I got SN05/10.
The Matt DiBenedetto patch came out of the very last pack and is SN 05/25. It's one of the nicest NASCAR patches I've ever pulled, and I've always supported BK Racing...for hopefully obvious reasons! The back of the card talks about his 6th place finish at Bristol this year, the text, while limited, is nicely done on all the cards I've read, although to be honest I have not read all that many yet because I've been working on getting this post and the pack I did on A Pack to Be Named Later up!
Overall, I am REALLY happy with Panini's first NASCAR effort, and I'm glad I was able to get a hobby box of it. It's the first box I've done since (I think) October so it was double the thrill.
There is certainly room for improvement but for the first effort they did a fantastic job. I have not looked forward to a NASCAR set this much in quite some time, and it really didn't disappoint. We need more car pictures, we need stats, we need more cards- 100 cards doesn't cover a sport at all- but what we did get is great.
Panini had three more sets due in 2016, but I don't think I'm going to be able to afford boxes of them; one of them is scheduled to be several hundred dollars for 5 or 6 cards, I wouldn't do that even if I could afford it. It takes a LOT of the fun out of it, (I don't like buying singles, opening a pack and being surprised is the most exciting to me) but I will pick up whatever card is cheapest on COMC just so the set is represented in my collection, eventually. The next set due out is supposed to be a blaster-only set and the cards are going to have a dark gray theme.
Thanks for reading, and thanks to Panini for bringing cards back to the sport!