The best way to describe 2012 Panini Black is to say that it looks like Topps Inception or 2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Baseball. For a product that is 99.9% all black, I didn’t notice as much chipping when compared to other sets designed in a similar way. The card stock is thick even for the base cards. If you need to have base cards, I prefer them to be thick.
The main “hit” are the Signature Materials Prime cards. These feature an all black background, prime patch, and an autograph signed in gold paint pen. The paint pen signatures look very good, although sometimes they can smudge.
Black is far from an all on-card autographed product. It has a large sticker selection featuring not only white boxes, but foil ones too.
Boxes are currently selling for $200.00. Not for collectors looking to pinch pennies.
Inside each box you should find at least (5) “hits”.
I pulled the following:
- David Wilson Rookie Signature Materials Prime Redemption – I knew this “hit” was going to be a redemption.
- Greg Little Marks Of Distinction Auto #’ed/99
- Marc Tyler RC Auto #’ed/199
- Marques Colston NFL Equipment Jersey #’ed/99
- Ryan Tannehill ONYX Rookie Jersey #’ed/299
- Andre Johnson / Arian Foster Materials Combos Dual Patch #’ed/49
- Ndamukong Suh Gold #’ed/49
- Greg Little Weaponry #’ed/349
- London Fletcher Captains #’ed/349
- Danny Coale RC #’ed/349
- Adrien Robinson RC #’ed/349
- Kevin Kolb #’ed/349
Overall, I give 2012 Panini Black Football an average 3 helmets out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect). Aside from the Prime Rookie Signature Material cards, there isn’t that much different when compared to previous products. I also think Panini should have named it something other than Black. Upper Deck released a few products named Black back when they had an NFL and MLB license. When I hear Black, my mind automatically thinks of Upper Deck. Panini’s Black cards don’t have the Oreo Cookie edges like Upper Deck.
After I took the plastic off my box, I realized the box surface feels like rubber.