You know the drill, Panini sends me a box, I bust it, write a review and give away the cards. These boxes can be had for 59 dollars cash money. 3 autos or Memos per box.
Base Cards: The photography on these is old school grainy, which I like. The stock feels solid and the cards were in good shape out of the pack. I like the 84 donruss backs too. One issue. The cards should not be full bleed. They should have white borders and ok two issues, less glossy
Team Checklists: Old School and Cool
Rated Rookies: I like that the backs are a different color, but again white border and less glossy.
You have the emeralds which are not serialed, have a green donruss logo and are die cut. I pulled a mess off these. This would be a cool parallel set to complete
Artists Proof /100 with superfractory technology goodness
Inserts: Eleventy Billion Inserts that I could seriously do without. The Stockton is a base parallel and the Nash is an emarald and die cut for some reason.
The LeBron is an emerald and looks more miscut than anything else. The Green Donruss logo was enough of a cue that it is a parallel
The Jerseys /399 - The both of them - I go back and forth about these. I'm not sure how much Panini could sell these boxes for without the two jersey cards. If it would shave $10 off the cost of a box (not likely) I could do without them.
The Auto: Brandon Roy /10 In my neck of the woods, this is a good pull. Still would prefer on card. One on card auto per box would be sweet.
4 out of 5 Joes would recommend this product. Why you ask, I'll tell you why. Its the same reason that the jersey cards aren't really needed in this product. There is a lot of value in the box from the collectors perspective. The parallels are easy to follow (something that is lacking in some Panini products though they did a better job this year in certified red blue etc) and you get enough in a box to make them reasonably collectible. The auto checklist is decent and the autos are parallels of the set which I like. Plus $59 a box is decent when you have a a set to build as well. I had much more fun opening this box than the timeless treasures even though I pulled a Wall auto out of that. One note on the Timeless, It seems that my box was a bit of an anomaly with two so so jerseys.