2015 was a different story. I was able to take part, and I got some spectacular cards, even adding two sets to my collection that were totally absent before. (Well, I had gotten a couple of inserts from 14-15 Totally Certified, but only in the week before Thanksgiving, so, close enough)
flood on February 5th. When I wrote up the post I linked to here, I hadn't even discovered yet that the poster was destroyed. (I have since replaced about 1/3rd of the damaged cards in the post)
The very first pack out of the box turned out to be the best...
I did very well with the blue parallels as well, pulling 9 of them. It's also what I pulled from my first box, and none were duplicated. They are Serially numbered to 350.
There was also one red in the box, just as in the last box and the box of Series 1 I did. I was not lucky enough to pull a gold, which are SN to 10. The cheapest one on Ebay is 50 bucks so I won't be having any of them in my collection anytime soon. The Reds, which I now have three of, are SN35.
This was the first new card in the box.
Next up was 2014-15 Totally Certified, which I always found to be too expensive at it's original MSRP for the few amount of cards you get. You only get 20 cards in the box, 4 packs of 5 cards each. However, marked down to 1/3rd it's original price, I got a box. It's a great set, and in my first pack, I pulled a green parallel of Shabazz Napier, serially numbered 2 of 5! Panini always uses green for it's second rarest parallel, and with green being my long-time favorite color, I was happy to pull it.
Here is a base card..
Here is the Green Napier I mentioned...
Next came the box of 2012-13 Panini Marquee. This holds the record as the largest Panini set...kind of. It's 540 cards long, but it only has about 200 unique people in it. All the rookies, and the 2011-12 rookies Panini didn't give real rookie cards, each have 5 different designs. They have a Swirlorama, a Black Holofoil, a die cut, a clear plastic, and a leather, in order of rarity. (You got only one or two leathers per box, I don't remember at this late date.)
2014-15 Donruss...at this point in time, I don't really remember what exciting cards came out of that. For some reason the 2014-15 season is not really something I store in my memory, I even had to look up what the Hoops design was that year, even though I have most of them.
Let's see what my Excel collection chart shows for December 2015...
Here's a Serially numbered parallel.
The Swirlorama cards were sure cool.
The base cards look very similar to the Statline parallel.
I pulled one more serially numbered card from the box...
Overall, though, this set is not all that memorable to me. The 2015-16 Donruss set is one of my favorite Panini issues ever, but at the time I busted this box, I don't even know if it had been released yet. I gotta get my stuff in order so I remember the stuff as I'm writing about it!
Past & Present was a set concept that was cool...but could have been so much cooler. (if that isn't the Panini era's motto, it should be, as they constantly come close to greatness but end up failing miserably...moving on). The set was a mixture of modern players with some retired players, but as usual there is almost no representation of anyone pre-Magic & Bird other than token appearances by Wilt Chamberlain and George Mikan. This box had some pre-Magic & Bird, in fact my first card out of the box was Willis Reed.
Besides the base cards, this set had some interesting inserts. The Elusive Ink autograph set is a favorite of mine, because Panini tracked down some pretty rare people to sign for this set- there are some players who have their only card ever in this autograph set. (I need to look for more of them on COMC or Ebay or something...fun fact, when I did these boxes I wasn't aware of COMC yet, that came in 2016!) I didn't get any of those rare players in that box, but I did get someone who I saw many, many times and have lots of memories of.
The Changing Times insert is structurally the best- it's about how the game has changed over the years, and is largely based on ABA players. If I have not made it clear before, preserving ABA history is very important to me.
The last box was 2012-13 Timeless Treasures, another set that at it's original price point, is way out of what I will justify. These went for like $100 for 5 cards. No way, no how, can I justify that when my medicine costs $500 a box and a box lasts 9 days. When it's marked down to about $30....that is more my style. Still a little too high for what you get, but I'm glad I did it...at least once.
Base cards, meh, another set where it's just the player superimposed over nothing. Something I generally do not care for (yet it doesn't bother me in Past & Present for some reason, when it really should)
I didn't get a single jersey card, but I did get two autographs and an insert...
I also got a redemption card. My track records on redemptions is not great. One thing I will say about Panini, they do Redemption cards better than anyone else in the hobby's history. Yeah, sometimes they take a while to get to you, but they will honor them even if they have "expired"...this one did, and I got the card anyway. I wish the other companies did as well with redemptions as Panini does. I give them a lot of grief over their tiny sets but they deserve nothing but praise for this.
This turned out to be my biggest Black Friday splurge ever with Dave & Adams. 2016 gave me only one box, and 2017 saw only two boxes, but one of the was A Great One. The other, not so much. I don't know what the future holds, but hopefully it won't take me three years to write up a simple post like this again!