2012 Panini Signature Series Baseball Box Break & Review

Design: Photobucket

So Panini decided to bring back the old Donruss Studio look from the 90’s.  For a manufacturer that doesn’t have a license to use MLB logo/names this may not have been the worst way to go.  The closeup portrait-like images means they didn’t have to deal with that many logos while at the same time utilizing a classic design.  Although team names and logos wouldn’t hurt.


I have a love hate relationship when it comes to manufactured patches.  If the manufactured patch is of something cool looking and new, I don’t have a problem with it.  Seeing the famous “Rated Rookie” logo from the 80’s in patch form is great.  The layout on these signed manufactured patches reminds me of something you would find in Rookies & Stars.  So as you can see, Panini combined the look of a few different products to make Signature Series Baseball.


Price: Photobucket

Boxes can be found for $120.00.  For what I received, its a little overpriced.  The packaging looks very similar to Panini’s Prime Signatures, and I think it would be better priced like that product – around $60.00.

“Hit” Quality: Photobucket

Like I said before, Signature Series is packaged like Prime Signatures.  In this case though you get three autographs instead of one.

I pulled the following:


  • Jordany Valdespin MLB Players Choice Auto #’ed/299
  • Brad Peacock Rated Rookie Auto #’ed/299
  • Eric Surkamp Rated Rookie Auto Redemption


  • Joe Mauer #58
  • Yu Darvish #100
  • Mark Teixeira #71

Overall: Photobucket

Overall, I give 2012 Panini Signature Series a high 2.5 baseballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  They mean well by combing two designs, and its fun to see the old Donruss Studio look make a comeback, but the price is what truly kills me.  $120.00 is just way too much.  Love the “Rated Rookie” patches.  I would like to see more classic card terms turned into patches. 


2 Responses

  1. Absolutely terrible at $120 per box, and it would still be a disaster at $60 if your pulls were typical.

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