Friday, July 17, 2020

Coffee Break:2020 Chronicles Draft Picks Football

*Sits down to type up this break that reminded him of The Soup Nazi episode on Seinfeld and creates The Card Nazi from it. Grabs a cup of coffee and begins to grind out this post*

2020 football card releases have been flowing out of Panini since some of the Covid restrictions have been lifted and it's been hard to keep up with whats out...or even able to find any....or even able to afford any as most hobby box prices have been insane this year so far.

I was finally able to land a box of a product I really wanted to break in 2020 Chronicles draft football. It features many of Panini's standalone products all packed into one offering. Though I am not a huge college football guy or one at all, it's what all of the early releases are so I have to deal with it knowing I need those rookie cards.

After breaking this, I was left surprised by the results to say the least. I don't remember complaining about the hobby or even bread for that matter before breaking this, but it appears The Card Nazi saw something. This box wasn't as expected.

*takes a sip of delicious coffee, drips butter from his freshly made bagel on the keyboard, wipes it up and continues on*

Every hobby box 2020 Chronicles Draft football comes with 6 packs of 8 cards each. There should be three autographs and one relic card per box and boxes are currently sitting at just under $230. It is completely a rookie laden product with no veteran content.

The basis of the product is 20+ products all into one from low end finds to high end products such as Spectra. I am reminded of the song 32 Flavors by Ani DiFranco and would put this product into perspective as, It is 20+ products and then some, seeing surprises as they come....it is 20+ products and then some, it's become real for some....

There is no correlation though with the products. Meaning, it's not all one base set. Each product has it's own base set which to me is lame. I would prefer a multi layered product. Make it a 400 card base set and the higher end products Sp's towards the the end of the product.

Instead, I bring to you the following breakdown of how many base are in each set along with corresponding parallels for each.

There are 25 cards to the Chronicles base set.
Parallels include, Blue, Green, Red, Black /5, Platinum 1/1,and Printing Plates 1/1.

There are 25 cards in the Donruss Rated Rookie set
Parallels include, Blue, Green, Red, Black /5, Platinum 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

25 to put together for Playoff
Parallels include, Goal Line, Kickoff, Red Zone, Touchdown /5, Platinum 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Elite which usually has it's own draft product has 20 cards to find
Parallels include,  Aspirations, Status Blue, Blue, Red, Purple /25, Orange /20, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

20 in XR
Parallels include, Blue, Red, Purple /25, Orange /20, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Absolute has 20 cards in it's base set
Parallels include, Blue, Red, Purple /25, Orange /20, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Prestige has 25 cards
Parallels include,  Blue, Green, Red, Black /5, Platinum 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

25 in Spectra
Parallels include, Blue, Red, White Sparkle, Purple /99, Hyper /49, Mojo /25, Ice /15, Gold /10, Black /7, Green /5, and Gold Vinyl 1/1.

Donruss Optic has 25 cards to chase
Parallels include, Blue, Red, White Sparkle, Purple /99, Hyper /49, Mojo /25, Ice /15, Gold /10, Black /7, Green /5, and Gold Vinyl 1/1.

Limited has 20 cards as well
Parallels include, Blue, Red, Purple /25, Orange /20, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Phoenix has 25 cards to collect
Parallels include, Blue, Red, White Sparkle, Purple /99, Hyper /49, Mojo /25, Ice /15, Gold /10, Black /7, Green /5, and Gold Vinyl 1/1.

25 in Select.
Parallels include, Blue, Red, White Sparkle, Purple /99, Hyper /49, Mojo /25, Ice /15, Gold /10, Black /7, Green /5, and Gold Vinyl 1/1.

Certified has 20 cards in its base set
Parallels include, Blue, Red, Purple /25, Orange /20, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Crown Royale is the biggest set in the product, yes I know what you are thinking that the Chronicles should be and I think that to, but I love the look of these. By far my favorite of the product. There are 100 cards to collect.

Parallels include, Blue, Red, Holo /149, Purple /25, Orange /20, Gold /10, Green /5, and Platinum 1/1.

*finishes up bagel, takes a chug of coffee, moves on to the next part*

My box came with one parallel, when most are supposed to come with two. Mine was a purple from Spectra of Zack Moss numbered to 99.

*takes a deep breath, steps into the hobby shop in his mind which is run by The Card Nazi*

"Hey, I like Panini Chronicles Draft Picks so far! The combination of different products really makes it pop," I said as I got closer to the counter.
"Good for you," The Card Nazi replies.
"I just wished this was an NFL version and not college football."

I could see him begin glare at me, shake his head in disapproval as he pointed his finger directing me out the door.

NO

HITS

FOR 

YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He yelled as I exited.

*gets back to reality to finish up this post*

You read that right. Not a single hit in this box. What should have been three autographs and one relic turned out none. I have never had this happen before. One hit missing sure. Relic card from a retail box yes. But, the entire box without a hit and shorted a parallel, yikes.

So in my mind I just picture a Joe Burrow autograph being hit out of this.

Overall, this is a fun product to open and to see all of the fun variety of products. It was just tough being left wondering what hits may had been in here. So it's hard to rate and judge this product overall without that piece.


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24 comments:

  1. Hope this was a box that Panini hooked you up with to review. If that's the case... it sucks, but at least the box was free. If you paid for this box... then I'd probably call them up and see if they can take care of this issue.

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    1. it was a bit surprising to say the least lol

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  2. I would have been freaking steaming if I bought that box even though Panini would make it right in the end. But with how expensive the hobby boxes are now that’s not good to go hit less in a product where you’re supposed to get 4 hits JGfan24ever

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  3. Here from twitter hope I win!

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  4. Oh my goodness. That just stinks. I do like the look of this product.

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  5. I can feel the ache from here :(

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  6. That is brutal. Not sure panini will help though. The boxes say "on average." Somewhere some dude is blogging about his six autos and two relics in the greatest box of Chronicles ever created. Sorry you were on the short end.

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  7. Always a fan of rated rookies but never a fan of wheres the cards. Hello Newman.. where are my hits?

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  8. Ouch. Are you going to reach out to Panini about that? There are some good looking cards here, but I don't think I understand Chronicles.

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  9. These products confuse me, but I am not much of a prospector. Sorry about the ridiculous collation!

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  10. If that box wasn't sent free email me for the contact info over at Panini, I know some people there.

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  11. I like the product, but I would have been livid if I cracked a box and none of the hits 'on average' were in there. I hope Panini will do something for you to make it right.

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  12. Ooof. Rough break.

    I do like all the colors and the photography is sharp, though.

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  13. Crown Royale is my favorite also

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  14. That is awful. Hopefully Panini made it right. All the sets does make it hard to keep track of what you have. I’m having a hard with tracking Claypool. Puts my on the fence to buy this.

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  15. That blows since that should never happen, plus this product is one of the cooler ones in terms of variety of hits (and designs in general, which I think is awesome). I hope they make it right for you!

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  16. I liked the different types of cards in this, wished I could find more in retail

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  17. Rated Rookies are my favorite cards. Brings back the late 80’s

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  18. You can't go wrong with Rated Rookies. Classic.

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