Hobby Musings: Panini Transitions from Classics to Legacy – One of the football products I most look forward to every year is Panini Classics. Coming back after a long layoff, it provided a nice checklist mix of rookies, veterans and retired legends. With a good collation of base, inserts, numbered parallels and hits, Classics was a good value product that gave collectors good potential at a cheaper buy-in relatively speaking.
I also pulled a couple of rookie parallels among my numbered inserts in the box. I didn’t come away with anything too low-numbered, but the variety of numbered parallels from rookies to legends was good. The inserts themselves were also pretty nice, and I liked that players like Billy Jo Dupree, who don’t often get a lot of hobby love, were included. One big difference I noticed is that the base checklist doesn’t include retired legends like Classics did. For players who switched teams like Antonio Brown, the cards didn’t show them in their new uniforms, but it did have text explain the team change.
Panini also included a nice variety of players in the autographed checklist. In addition to rookie ink like Murray and Daniel Jones, you can also find legends like Terry Bradshaw. This mix was on display in my box as I pulled a parallel signature of QB prospect Tyree Jackson numbered to 50. My second signature yielded Packers legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer. Not numbered, the card featured a sticker autograph, as did the Jackson.
All in all, Legacy provided an enjoyable box break on par with Classics. While I didn’t pull one in mine, there are rookie autographed relic cards. One drawback for collectors may be not having the rookies in their professional uniforms. A downside of releasing a product this early makes it hard to get the updated photography, but it does get collectors their rookie cards a little earlier in the year. Legacy is currently around the $90 mark online, so there’s some value there to be had, especially if you pull a nice autograph. Either way, I hope Panini chooses to keep it around. Not every box has to be mega-expensive to make a splash, and I think Legacy is one of Panini’s better value products for the football line.
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