I have let it be known across all social media places I post including this blog that I am a fan of Panini baseball products. No logos or not, their stuff is top notch. I know some of you readers have got to agree with me or maybe after a break of this you will.
I am not saying I don't like Topps baseball cards, I do. But, I think it's time for a share of the MLB logo pot. Upper Deck can be tossed in to, but Panini for sure and you will see why.
Today's Coffee Break comes via of their latest baseball product offering in 2020 Absolute baseball.
So it's a high end nostalgic brand. Panini baseball products are usually really fair priced so seeing something a tad higher is intriguing.
*takes a sip, then begins to rip. I should make that a Copyrighted saying for here*
The base cards in Absolute have 100 cards in the set and it appears no rookies are on the checklist. That's kinda rough. But there is a nice mix of legends in there so that's a positive.
There are two different forms of base card parallels to find in Absolute.
Parallel Cards of Silver /199 and Printing Plates 1/1.
Spectrum Parallels of Blue, Red /99, Gold /10, and Black 1/1.
*takes a sip of coffee, remembers the old days of Absolute baseball for a second, then continues on*
The inserts in Absolute also have their own parallels as well. Those include, Blue, Silver /99, Purple /25, and Black 1/1 for each offering.
*takes another sip, considers looking for a breakfast offering but decides to continue on as he is on a cinnamon roll. Okay, enough with the breakfast thoughts, on a roll with hot butter and toasted...nope...got to press on...because I am on a roll with sausage and egg in between....you know what, give me a few, I will be back*
We have made it to the hits section of this post. There are a lot of fun offerings in Absolute with many great looking swatches.
I do like the look of cards like these rookie baseball materials, but I really worry about autographs fading over time. I have a few football ones that were signed on faux leather from Panini that have either faded or ran over time. Positive part, these are on card and maybe Panini has found a pen or sharpie to fix that problem.
My final hit was the best of the box, but didn't appear to me in card form just yet.
*finishes up his breakfast, that wasn't anything to do with a roll but delicious regardless. Takes a sip of coffee before finishing up his coffee break*
The price point is a bit steep on this product, but there are some amazing hits to be found so a risk here could pay off. The checklist of hits is loaded with veteran, legend and rookies and with 6 per box, you could be find something very worthy of paying that steep price.
I enjoyed the overall look of the product, especially the hits. And yes, I can ignore the logoless on their helmets. You can't tell me you don't like the look of that Albies especially. There is more hits like that in here especially with the Tools Of The Trade swatches that's a tribute to the older Absolute products.
Before I close, I will also toss this in, there are a lot of people scooping up the retail version of this product and reselling it for a lot. To be honest, I haven't seen much come from those retail boxes. So remember this cautionary tale. Stick with hobby on this one and don't overpay for retail.
*done typing, gets up to stretch and grab another cup of coffee before the days chores begin*
Ratings (ratings based on 1-5 🍵)
Design 🍵🍵🍵🍵(especially the hits)