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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

The Sports Bookie

A sports blog by Bob D'Angelo

Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia.

Panini’s Prizm football offering colorful selections


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Many collectors have taken a shine to Panini America’s Prizm products. These cards with that buffed look are nice to look at. Kids love them; I’ve seen their reaction when going through a box full of Prizms (although I don’t know many kids who can afford a pack on their own) because it’s cool to see a reflection of yourself in the card.

I get that. As for me, I recently bought a 1956 Topps card of Bob Cerv off eBay that I needed for my collection. Condition? Good to very good; you know, when rounded corners were not intentional. Shiny? Not a chance, but still precious to me.

But I’m a vintage guy. Collectors of shiny stuff like Prizm football will enjoy this year’s more colorful model.

Prizm football hits the shelves on Sept. 24, and Panini is promising 11 different parallel chases in the set, including hobby exclusive green and neon green-yellow cards. Those collectors who buy jumbo boxes could find Pink Ribbon BCA prizms.

A hobby box will consist of 20 packs, with four cards to a pack. Panini is promising “one to two” autographs and 11 Prizm parallels per hobby box, including two base Prizms, a Panini Prizm, an orange parallel, one rookie and a Neon Green-Yellow parallel. There also will be 20 rookie cards and a short-printed rookie card variation per hobby box.

Some of the inserts collectors will find are Fresh Faces, Introductions, Believe the Hype, Hands Team and Air Marshals.

One of the autograph cards Panini showcased was of Johnny Manziel. It’s instructive to note that Manziel is pointing his finger in this photo — mercifully, his index finger.

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