2010 Press Pass Eclipse Box Break & Review

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I like the design of the 90-card base set.  This is Press Pass’s first attempt at making a textured painted product.  Not only does the base set look painted, but the texture of the card feels like a piece of canvas.  Its too bad the the painted theme stops with the base set.  The inserts, relics, and autographs I pulled seem to go off into their own little world.  The design of the autographs and relics I pulled look like they could be placed in other products too.  There isn’t anything special on them saying they came from 2010 Eclipse.  It wouldn’t surprise me if you find them, especially the autographs, in later products.  Last year’s Eclipse had a “space” theme, and you could easily see that throughout the entire product.

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Boxes are currently selling for $110.00 a piece.  I’m glad to see Press Pass is including an extra hit or two with products that contain 24 packs, but from what I pulled there wouldn’t be too much on the resale side.  You could spend less on other racing products and pull the same, if not better pulls.

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Yes, you do get 4 hits which is more than what they have been including with products that contain this many packs.  You do have the chance of pulling some great patches and autographs, but your most likely going to get high numbered tire and car cover relics.  Collectors are meant to put all the letters from one driver together in order to spell their last name.  Its a cool concept that has been done before, and at least Press Pass includes actual relics instead of manufactured letters.  I also would have liked to see the painted theme carry over to the hits as well.  Here are the notable hits I pulled:

  • Danica Patrick base #27
  • Danica Patrick Gold #27
  • Mike Skinner Blue Ink Auto
  • Joey Logano Race-Used Tire #’ed/299
  • Jimmie Johnson Race-Used Tire #’ed/250
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr Race-Used Tire #’ed/250

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Overall, I give 2010 Press Pass Eclipse a good 2 out of 5 paintbrushes (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The base set looks great with the textured painted theme, but I would have liked it to carry over into the inserts and hits.  You do get 4 hits, but they will most likely be high numbered tire and car cover cards.

New 2010 Eclipse Images

On February 24, Press Pass plans to release 2010 Eclipse which should yield 3 memorabilia hits and 1 autograph card per box.  It will be the first time they have created a textured painted set.  Be sure to check out the Press Pass Charity auction that features “Preview” cards from Eclipse.  The money raised will go to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.  Here are some new images provided by Press Pass.

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2010 Element Box Break & Review

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This year’s Element is all about “Going Green” and recycling.  Almost, if not all of the cards are printed on recycled cardboard.  The packs aren’t even wrapped in foil.  The wrappers feel like recycled paper too.  Sorta like some of the old school packs from the 90’s.  If your familiar with the Heritage products from that “other” manufacturer you’ll get the idea of how each card looks and feels.  2010 Element looks totally different than last year’s.  The 2010 cards have a clean, fresh look to them almost as if they were grown from a tree 🙂  Sometimes the black text on the reverse side can be hard to read because the cardboard is dark itself, but its not that bad.

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A hobby box will run you around $80.00.  To me, that sounds about normal.  Your not going to get a lot of new products for less than that.

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Press Pass guarantees two hits per box on average.  I ended up pulling three hits.  Every box comes with a Mystery pack on top which can yield a serial numbered card, autograph, or cash.  I pulled the following:

  • J.R. Fitzpatrick Blue Ink Autograph
  • Jimmie Johnson Finish Line Race-Used Tire #’ed/99
  • Jimmie Johnson Recycled Materials Race-Used Tire/Sheet Metal #’ed/25
  • Kevin Harvick Blue parallel #’ed/35

I’d like to think every box has a good chance of having something extra for the collector.  Press Pass seems to underestimate the number of hits you get per box.  Many of the boxes I’ve opened have had an extra hit.  You can look for Danica Patrick’s first NASCAR trading cards within this product too.  She doesn’t have any relics or autographs in Element, collectors will need to wait until Eclipse for those.

Press Pass is holding a contest where the winner will receive a complete set of 2010 Wheels Autographs numbered 1/1.  My box came with one contest card that gives you a starting point towards the answer.  I think each contest card says the same thing on the back.  You can head over to OrderOfElements.com for weekly clues until someone gets the right answer.

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Overall, I give 2010 Element 4 recycling logos out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  This product does have a lot of base cards which is great for those set collectors.  I bet you could finish a single base set with two boxes.  I like the fact that Press Pass changes the theme of this product every year.  Its just not the same thing all the time, they put a lot of thought into it.  I like cards where you can hold them up to the light and you can see the grain of the cardboard versus a plain glossy coat.

Card of the Day: Danica Patrick 2010 Wheels Element Preview 1/1

Collectors seem to really enjoy these Press Pass Preview cards that are sold exclusively on eBay.  This Danica Patrick 2010 Wheels Element Preview card is numbered 1/1 and is already over $200.00.  I can’t wait to see how her relics and autographs do this year.

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2010 Eclipse Preview

Press Pass has decided to get a little artistic with the newest version of Eclipse that is due out in February.  From the preview images they released today, it looks as if many of the cards will have a painted look to them.  Each hobby box will contain (1) autograph and (3) memorabilia cards on average.  They also will have a code-cracking program that will let select winners receive cool stuff from their Vault.

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Danica Patrick’s First Press Pass Cards

After Danica Patrick signed with JR Motorsports last week, it sure didn’t take Press Pass too long to release a few images of what her new NASCAR trading cards will look like in 2010.  She will be part of every Press Pass 2010 product starting with Element which is due out on 1-20-10.  Her autographs and memorabilia cards will be included in products after Element.

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Press Pass 2010 Racing Box Break & Review

Press Pass sent over a box of their new 2010 Racing product for me to break and review.  This is their flagship racing product which can appeal to both set collectors and individuals looking for nice hits they can ad to their collection.  Check out what I pulled and my product review.

Don’t forget to enter the ’09 Fusion Contest that ends this Friday for a chance to win a Jimmie Johnson Race-Used Firesuit relic #’ed/65 + more!!!

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Press Pass’s flagship racing product continues to have great photos.  A majority of the base set reminds me of the old Stadium Club cards from the 90’s.  Probably my favorite part of the base set are the Winning Numbers cards, which feature a closeup image of each driver’s car number.  The 50-card By The Numbers die cut set and Tradin’-Paint inserts are nicely designed as well.  The only drawback I saw was on my autographed card.  Some drivers will have an Earnhardt, Jr hologram placed over a portion of the on-card signature.  I’m not sure why the hologram has to go over part of the signature.  You can see through it, but why not place it to the side?  I find it ironic that collectors can’t get away from stickers, even when the autograph is on-card 🙂

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Hobby boxes are selling for around $72.00 which seems about right for this type of product.  Its nothing too outrageous.

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Usually I wouldn’t give a product that only guarantees one memorabilia card per box this high of a rating, but Press Pass has some really unique relics this time around.  Along with autographs of top drivers, they have included pieces of sheet metal used from alternate paint schemes you normally don’t see your favorite drivers in.  I pulled the following hits:

  • Brad Keselowski autograph
  • Juan Pablo Montoya Tradin’-Paint Race-Used Sheet Metal #’ed/42
  • Joey Logano parallel #’ed/100
  • Red Farmer parallel #’ed/100
  • MPH parallel #’ed/100

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Overall, I give this product 4 paint buckets out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The 129-card base set features great photography and there are plenty of inserts to collect.  I like how Press Pass created cards emphasizing the different paint schemes for each of the drivers.  The serial numbers are much easier to read on this product versus some of their others.  Putting the authentication sticker over some of the on-card autographs seems weird.  Why not just place it to the side or on the back?  It probably has something to do with the individual drivers, because not all of the autographs have them.

New 2010 Element Images

Press Pass started up their knew website today dedicated to their 2010 Wheels Element product that is due out in January.  A majority of the cards will be printed on recycled cardboard and you can look for (1) autograph and (1) relic card per box on average.  They also plan to insert $20.00 and $100.00 bills into random boxes.  These updated images look really nice.

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New Press Pass Stuff

Here are a few images of the cards you’ll have the chance to pull from boxes of Press Pass 2010 and Eclipse.  Even if your not a fan of racing, you have to admit that they do have some really nice looking patches.  The Four-Wide relics use almost the same design as they have for previous products.

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I wonder why the authentication stickers are over the autographs on these last two cards?

Press Pass Element 2010 Preview

Last year’s Element was designed around the periodic chart.  In January, Press Pass plans to release Element again with a little twist.  Many of the cards are printed on recycled card stock.  Each box will contain (1) autograph and (1) relic among the 24 packs.  2010 Element will also have box toppers that allow collectors to pull a serial numbered blue parallel or autograph.  It sounds like a good product, but the serial numbers look a little hard to see.

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