5FW Cardboard Corner: 2011-12 Panini Titanium

This is clearly a very tough part of the job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Panini America was kind enough to send me a few boxes of hockey cards to review here at 5 For Writing, but there was a catch. You guys get the cards.

So, after I get done taking you through a box of 2011-12 Panini Titanium Hockey, check out the bottom of the post to see how you can win all the inserts I got. And, for proof I’m not stiffing you, I have videos on YouTube of me very, very dorkily opening the boxes.

2011-12 Panini Titanium Hockey — What We Got

Game Gear Game-Worn Jersey Cards: Tuukka Rask, Kyle Okposo
Game Gear Game-Worn Dual Jersey Card: Ryan Malone/Brett Connolly
New Wave Autograph: Justin Falk
Dual Jersey and Autograph: Ryan Ellis
Rookie Card (Draft Position Parallel): Jonathan Blum

We did pretty well here. No real big names in the jersey or autograph inserts (best known in the industry as “hits”) but we got one of the really awesome-looking die-cut dual jersey and autographs and a very short-printed rookie draft position parallel.

The truth is, I’m a huge card dork, even though I can’t really afford to open any of the premium stuff myself. So, big thanks to Panini’s Tracy Hackler for not only setting this up for us, but also finally letting me break one of these myself. I watch box breaks online…all…the…time (just ask my poor girlfriend) and I can’t even begin to tell you how many Titanium boxes and cases I’ve seen cracked. For the money, this is probably my favorite product Panini has put out. Although they certainly have higher-end products that deliver far more bigger hits, stuff like Prime and Dominion are also quite pricey.

The base cards have a solid design, and the player photo really pops. I typically prefer an action photo that takes up the full card and not a player laid out over a background — as the Titanium base cards are — but I will say that these are well done. My favorite part of the base cards, however, is that there are two separate photos…one on the front and one on the back. All too often, companies will get lazy and just use a smaller version on the back of the same shot they used for the front. So kudos to Panini for getting a small detail right.

The standard Game Gear jersey cards have a clean design, and the memorabilia piece stands out. I wish they would have numbered the single jerseys — game-worn jersey cards, especially at a one-per-pack ratio, are a dime a dozen these days, so numbering would help a little…still cool, but the point stands — but numbering the dual jerseys was a nice touch.

By far, my favorite cards in this set — and if you can dig up the video and watch my reaction when we get it, you’ll see I’m not kidding — are the die-cut jersey dual jersey and auto cards. I absolutely love, love, love the design of those and how they’re different than anything else that’s been produced to date. Really neat cards, and how can you complain about two pieces of jersey and an autograph on the same card?

The actual rookies are numbered to the players jersey number (i.e. a Gabriel Landeskog would have 92 copies produced), but we got a draft position parallel, which are numbered to the spot in the draft which the player was taken. So, to get that Blum card out of 26 was quite a nice hit. The regular rookies typically come one per case, but this is more short-printed than a lot of those cards would be.

I’d give a big thumbs up to 2011-12 Panini Titanium, even though by collecting standards this wasn’t a particularly good box. You certainly aren’t going to make your money back on this one (I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t pay for it then) but there were some quality cards in here, and if you’re looking at card collecting as being fun — what a novel concept, imagine that — then you’re going to have fun here. One hit per pack, with the chance at some pretty big cards and a great rookie class? Not much to complain about with this product.

OK, so hopefully you want to win these cards. I’ll give all the hits from 11-12 Titanium to one lucky reader…so that’s the Rask, Okposo, Malone/Connolly, Falk, Ellis and Blum cards; three jerseys, an autograph, a dual jersey and auto and a rookie. And having a chance is pretty basic. All you have to do is send me an e-mail at mashmore98 AT gmail.com with the subject “5FW card contest” and your name in the body of the e-mail, and I’ll put all the entrants in an online randomizer (random.org) and will pick a winner that way.

I’ll contact the winner, and will either mail the cards, or you can pick them up from me personally at a Trenton Titans game.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


One Response to “5FW Cardboard Corner: 2011-12 Panini Titanium”

  1. Quick Recap Of Media Day « Inside The Trenton Titans with Mike Ashmore Says:

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