I popped into my LCS today to see if Topps Chrome football was in, unfortunately not until tomorrow. I couldn't leave empty handed so I took a look around and saw a new product - 2012 Panini Cooperstown - and decided to pick up a couple of packs. Since buying the packs, I looked up and watched a video of a couple boxes being broken on Panini's blog but thought I would show you my two packs and give you my impressions.
Each pack contains 5 cards and each box is advertised to produce 1 Auto and 2 Manupatches. Each pack should have at least 1 insert. However, the video indicates they couldn't get the patches done quick enough to release the product in 2012 so they replaced them with wood cards. They look okay on the video but I would probably reserve judgement until I actually held one in my hands. I do think the lack of patch cards, even though manupatches are the most highly thought of insert, will eventually drive the price of this product down. There are several inserts sets and I got 2 different ones I can show you
from my packs. There are also some sparkly/shiny Crystal Collection parallels /299 but I
didn't pull any of those.
Here are the base cards of my first pack:
I actually really like the design and enjoy the black and white photography. I think it blends well with the borders. The photos are more than just portraits, either in action or posted photos which I like. It appears the Early Wynn picture is used on both the front and back but the other two are different photos, a big plus to me. The Hall of Fame logo is cool to me and adds a touch of class. There are a few sentences in the write up for each player which is nice but my only major issue with the base cards are all the copy-write text but I guess that can't be avoided. Each player has one of year of stats listed (I am guessing it is considered one of the best) and also their career stats. There are 170 cards in the base set with the last 20 being short prints (we always have to have SPs don't we?!). The video showed that the 20 SPs use color photography. The finish on these cards is nice, it is fairly slippery and shiny, not sure exactly how to describe it but the look very nice.
Here are the base cards from my second pack:
Here are the two inserts I pulled, first from pack 1 is the Famous Moments card:
Here is my insert from pack 2, a Credentials insert:
If you have been paying attention all along you may have noticed I have shown only 9 cards when I stated you get 5 cards/pack. I was lucky enough to pull the box auto hit in my two packs:
I was very happy with my 2 packs and like this product overall. As stated early, the lack of patch cards may ultimately see this product drop in price. There are 21,796 total numbered autos plus the Famous Moments aren't numbered so you figure there are 22,000ish boxes out there with one auto per box. I plan on keeping my eye on the price and jumping if the seem to come down.