I won't bore you with the same story you probably already read over at the $30 habit blog.
But, I do have a bit of a contrast for you to what I posted over there. The hockey purchase at Wal Mart on Saturday was a discounted blaster of Panini Prizm. This was a shocking find, because I almost never see any discounted blasters of current year's product at the box stores around here. So this was an automatic snag.
Now, I'm going to make a point here right away. In the 8 packs, I pulled 4 rookies.
Now, I know 3 of these 4 guys (Schroeder being the only one I don't know anything about, yet). To say I know them means that I've heard of them in passing during hockey shows that I watch during the season, both in the US and Canada. So the familiarity in truth is small.
What really makes me wonder is this. If I don't care for a product like Bowman baseball because of it's affinity for going heavy on prospects, why don't I have the same disdain for hockey products that include a lot of young players as well.
It doesn't make sense if you think about it. Maybe it's because of the fact that I prefer hockey to baseball as a sport (1A vs 1B is really how they would be ranked). It's weird, but true.
These dirty bastard blue parallels are still sucking me in. Right now, they are my favorite parallel set from any of this years releases, in either sport. It's going to be hard for me not to be sucked in to chasing these cards. Very hard.
I also broke my streak of no hits in blasters, with a nice autograph of Sven Baertschi.
Sticker auto, what can you do? The card still looks really great, and is the best pull out of a pack in quite a while.
Is anyone out there collecting Panini Prizm this year, hockey or baseball? For me, it's really not a bad product, even though in my opinion it might be a little overpriced. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading, Robert