Random Review: Cheap Hobby Box #1

September 16, 2015 § 1 Comment

A few weeks ago my favorite hobby shop posted about a sale for a hobby box that I could actually afford to buy from them. I had a credit card gift card from coaching my nephews baseball team and finally found an excuse to use it. I sat on the box for about a month before I opened it to celebrate a recent event in my life.

At $40, 2013 Panini Totally Certified is a hobby box a lot of budget collectors can afford. On top of that it has 6 hits per box. The only caveat is the absurdly awful draft class behind the product.

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 (Pardon my hand in the picture. My Kindle  has an odd camera placement.)

So lets get cracking.

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This box would’ve been great if it was 2013 but this is 2015 and hindsight is 20/20.
The autographs were
Margus Hunt – numbered to 10
Kenny Vaccaro – numbered to 499
Matt Elam – numbered to 499

The jerseys were
Dion Jordan – numbered to 299
Donald Brown – numbered to 99
Brandon Weeden – numbered to 299

Also a Justin Hunter rookie numbered to 99.

I can’t complain at all about the jerseys that I got. Sure, I wish that at least one was a patch but I genuinely like 2 of the players. Donald Brown went Connecticut and Brand Weeden was a Dodgers prospect. Those are 2 cards that have true personal collection value for me. Hunt was a golden boy on the show ‘Hard Knocks’ when they had the Bengals on the show, as they painted him as someone who the Bengals hoped would be like J.J. Watt.
I really liked the Thanksgiving cards in the set. Those were fun to go through.

Overall – With a draft class that sucked, I feel that I did pretty good. I am sure that there were better hits in the case but this is far from a dud.  You can probably do better if you are looking for a cheap hobby box but I have no qualms about recommending it as long as you can get it for under $50. It was clear that Panini really tried with this product; they couldn’t help that the draft class was a stinker. There is still time for the class to turn around. http://www.dacardworld.com/sports-cards/2013-panini-totally-certified-football-hobby-box

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