2009 Press Pass Element Racing Review

2009 Press Pass Element Racing has to be one of the most educational card releases in history.  Not only does it educate the collector about the sport of NASCAR, but also the science.  Did you know that some cars are fitted with a radiator intake that channels cooler outside air through the radiator flues to keep the water temperature at an acceptable level?  If not, these are the types of things you will learn when busting a product like this.  

Every hobby box contains 24 packs, with 5 cards per pack.  Each box should have at least one autograph and one relic.  Now, lets break this box down and see what Sports Card Info thinks.


5 Tires = Perfect

1 Tire = Poor

Design: Photobucket

This is the first trading card set that I have seen which brings a lot of science to the hobby.  Almost every base card in the set looks like an element on the periodic table.  I have never seen this design used before.  The rookie cards are very easy to locate because the word “rookie” is stamped right on the front.  That may sound like a very common sense thing to do, but in today’s hobby some manufacturers still make finding the rookie cards difficult.  2009 Element Racing contains a ton of inserts and parallels that will keep collectors hunting for years.  The Combustion set looks very nice, but since it has black borders that makes them easy targets for being chipped and could hurt if a collector wants to get them graded.  My favorite insert design within this product would have to be the Kinetic Energy cards.  They all have a refractor like finish that gives the card a special glow.

Price:  Photobucket

A hobby box of 2009 Elements Racing can range in price from $70.00 to $85.00.   If collectors are looking for that huge hit that will pay for the box, I don’t think the odds are going to be with you.  This product is made for set collectors, and it seems to be within the price range for that type of product.  Even though my box contained three hits that almost would pay for a full hobby box, there will be those boxes that may just have two basic hits and might pay for half.

Hit Quality:  Photobucket

On the outside of the box it states that you should receive one autograph and one memorabilia card per box.  My box contained three hits which makes me think that there could be other boxes out there with better than average hits.  The box I received contained:


Jimmie Johnson Race Used Tire #’ed/48


Greg Biffle Blue Ink Autograph


Jeff Gordon Race Used White Flag #’ed/75

Since ’09 Elements is a set builders product, the hits you are most likely going pull aren’t going to pay for the box.  Some collectors may like that and others may not.  I think my box contained some really nice hits.  I would be careful when placing a Race Used Tire card in a penny sleeve.  When I did it, I found that the window around the tire was slightly raised higher than the average relic placed into a card which resulted in the sleeve catching the card.  I don’t think that tire relics should be placed on a dark background.  I almost didn’t recognize it when I opened the pack.  The same goes for white flag cards.

Overall: Photobucket  

Overall, I give 2009 Element Racing 4 out of 5 possible tires.  It was very fun to open and the set design is unique.  The box I received contained three hits instead of the normal two.  Set builders will love going after all the parallels and inserts.  Even if your not that big of a racing fan, I would suggest stepping out of your “element” and giving a box of this stuff a try.


3 Responses

  1. i have a 2009 kyle busch 1/1 card with a state quarter in it, is this a legit card

  2. […] Pass.  In fact, Press Pass sent over the first product Sports Card Info ever reviewed – 2009 Element Racing.  All of these sponsors help keep Sports Card Info going.  I’ve had the pleasure of […]

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