Andy Dalton Rookie Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Tim Hertzog on being the lucky winner of the Andy Dalton 2011 Gridiron Gear Rookie Orientation Jersey #’ed/299.  Once Tim Hertzog sends me his mailing address I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Andy Dalton Rookie Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This week’s contest will be for an Andy Dalton 2011 Gridiron Gear Rookie Orientation Jersey #’ed/299.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Saturday, January 7, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2011 Gridiron Gear Box Break

Auto/Relic

  • Christian Ponder Rookie Gridiron Gems Auto/Jersey #’ed/210

Auto

  • Anthony Allen RC Auto #’ed/25

Relics

  • Blaine Gabbert Rookie Orientation Jersey #’ed/299
  • DeMarcus Ware / Ahmad Bradshaw Crash Course Jersey #’ed/250

Parallels

  • Ed Reed #’ed/25
  • Robert Quinn RC #’ed/100
  • Antonio Gates #’ed/250
  • DeAngelo Williams #’ed/250
  • Owen Marecic RC #’ed/250
  • Ray Rice #’ed/250

Game Breakers

  • Marcedes Lewis #’ed/250

NFL Nation

  • Mario Williams #’ed/250

Rookies

  • Jimmy Smith #178
  • Marcus Gilchrist #234
  • Anthony Castonzo #159
  • Stephen Burton #208
  • Anthony Allen #158
  • Terrelle Pryor #220
  • Greg McElroy #173
  • David Ausberry #223
  • Jonas Mouton #233
  • Stanley Havili #207
  • DeMarco Sampson #225
  • Da’Rel Scott #167
  • Baron Batch #215
  • Johnny White #179
  • Jordan Cameron #180
  • Martez Wilson #188
  • DeAndre Brown #224
  • Torrey Smoth Rookie Orientation #11

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2011 Panini Gridiron Gear Football Box Break & Review

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Over the last few days I’ve busted four different Panini products.  While breaking this box of Gridiron Gear, it was nice not being flooded with fancy foil.  ’11 Gridiron Gear has a clean looking base set.

Something I don’t like about it are the Rookie Gridiron Gems sticker autographs.  Panini placed the signed sticker right over the team name.  When you look at them, it just looks like scribbles.

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The background should be blank.

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You can find boxes online for around $102.00.  I think that’s a little expensive, but give it some time and the price will come down.

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Each box should contain (4) “hits” – (2) autographs and (2) relics.  I pulled the following:

Auto/Relic

  • Delone Carter Rookie Gridiron Gems Auto/Jersey #’ed/304
Auto
  • J.J. Watt Rookie Auto #’ed/299
Relics
  • Andy Daulton Rookie Orientation Jersey #’ed/299
  • Austin Pettis Rookie Gridiron Gems 3-Color Patch #’ed/50
Parallels
  • Nate Washington #’ed/250
  • Brandon Lloyd #’ed/250
  • Chad Greenway #’ed/250
  • David Ausberry RC #’ed/250
  • Michael Turner #’ed/100
  • Tim Tebow #’ed/25
Game Breakers
  • Brandon Lloyd #’ed/250
NFL Nation
  • Shawne Merriman #’ed/250
Crash Coarse
  • DeMeco Ryans / Maurice Jones-Drew #8
Rookies
  • Ronald Johnson #201
  • Ahmad Black #153
  • Chris Matthews #243
  • Brooks Reed #228
  • Adrian Clayborn #152
  • Quinton Carter #196
  • Marcus Harris #248
  • O.J. Murdock #227
  • Kealoha Pilares #183
  • Justin Houston #182
  • Ras-I Dowling #237
  • Robert Quinn #200
  • Muhammad Wilkerson #236
  • Niles Paul #191
  • Courtney Smith #244
  • Cameron Heyward #161
  • Roy Helu, Jr #202
  • Nick Fairly #190
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Overall, I give 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear Football a very generous 3 Pipino Knights out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  If your not sure who Pipino the Knight is click here.  It was nice opening a box and not being consumed by foil.  I’d redesign those Rookie Gridiron Gems sticker autographs and leave the autograph area blank.  I would also wait a bit before buying a box online.  $102.00 is a little steep for this product given what your most likely going to pull.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Ronnie “The Rattler” Lott Monsters of the Gridiron Pin

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This pin is part of a 28-pin set sponsored by Coca-Cola for the 1995 NFL Experience show.  Those collectors that had ten wrappers of the show version of NFL Experience could redeem those wrappers at dealer booths in exchange for a pin.  NFL Experience was football card set made by Classic which was owned by The Score Board, Inc.  The other pins in the set include:

  • Sean “Ghost” Jones
  • Pat “Chillin” Swilling
  • Eric “The Red” Swann
  • John “Runaway Train” Randle
  • Hardy “Hyena” Nickerson
  • Cornelius “Big Bear” Bennett
  • Marshall”The Missile” Faulk
  • Steve “The Bandit”Atwater
  • Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson
  • Shane “The Barbarian” Conlan
  • Emmitt “Lone Star Sheriff” Smith
  • Jessie “Tarantula” Tuggle
  • Ken “Jackhammer”Harvey
  • Ken “Commando” Norton
  • Renaldo “Raging” Turnbull
  • Junior “Stealth” Seau
  • Marco “Cobra” Coleman
  • Neil “Knight Raider” O’Donnell
  • Chris “Zorro” Zorich
  • Ray “Scarecrow” Childress
  • Chester”Renegade Raider” McGlockton
  • Bruce “Pile Driver” Armstrong
  • Eric “Bad Bone” Turner
  • Cortez “Tez Rex” Kennedy
  • Randall “Rocket Man” Cunningham
  • John “Jumbo” Elliot
  • Derrick “Attack Cat” Thomas
  • Tom “Psycho” Rathman – limited to 1,000

Card of the Day: Joe Paterno 1992 Gridiron #80

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Party Pull

Last night I attended a Christmas party, and everyone that was invited got a gift.  I received 13 packs ranging from 1994 to 2010 and covered all sports.  The first pack I dove into came from 2006 Donruss Gridiron Gear Football.  I wasn’t expecting to pull any hits, but I did.  From just a single pack I pulled a Carnell “Cadillac” Williams autograph #’ed 2/5.  Imagine how surprised I was when I saw that?  There are lots of cool stuff still sitting in older products.

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The “Best” Contest Ever! – NOW CLOSED

Isn’t this a sweet looking Jahvid Best 2010 Gridiron Gear – Rookie Gridiron Gems Dual Patch & Football Relic #’ed/50?  Its up for grabs.  Just enter the contest!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2010 Gridiron Gear Football Box Break & Review

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Crisp, clean, and enjoyable to look at.  Previous Gridiron Gear sets have been covered in foil, but this one isn’t.  Many of the relic cards remind me of Absolute Memorabilia, but without the foil.

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A hobby box will run you about $90.00.

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Collectors can look for (4) hits per box on average.  I pulled the following:

  • Vernon Davis Game Breakers Jersey #’ed/100
  • Suh/Berry/McLain Rookie Orientation Triple Jersey #’ed/250
  • Bryan Bulaga RC Auto #’ed/299
  • Armanti Edwards Jersey/Football/Jersey Auto #’ed/20
  • Jahvid Best Patch/Football/Patch #’ed/50

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Overall, I give 2010 Gridiron Gear 4 footballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The base set and inserts have been designed better, but the relics remind me of Absolute Memorabilia without the foil.  I didn’t pull any Hidden Gems autographs, but they do look very cool.

Exclusive Gallery: 2010 Gridiron Gems Autographs

Take a look at some of the Gridiron Gems that can be found in the new 2010 Gridiron Gear Football.  Panini has released 35 early images that can only be found on a select number of blogs.  I would like to thank Panini for including Sports Card Info within that small group.  Check them out!

For even more images, check out the following blogs:

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