As some of you know, I have a love/hate relationship with Panini points. They are good when I can fill needs for random players in my collection but they offer no value and shipping is atrocious.
Lately though, it seems that there has been an abundance of points in new product released. It has hit embarrassing levels. For example the 4 boxes on Youtube that I have watched opened on Twitter of Contenders retail have all had points replace the autograph. This is is also in line with numerous football hobby releases. Every case seems to have two or more boxes of points replacing an autograph.
When I buy a product, I want a card from that product. I don’t want a hit from another product that I have to pay an additional shipping cost on. I don’t want to have to add those up to get a better hit. Collectors want instant gratification for the most part. Contenders football updated their base cards and the base cards are something that I can get excited about. I was thinking about buying a box of them from Target until I saw all of the boxes had points replacing the autograph.
The rise and prevalence of points is at the point where I am genuinely worried for the hobby and Panini as a whole. They have a new football release every week. They are oversaturating the market. I understand that this is part of the contract with the NFL and NFL players association but to me it is clear that they have not learned from the mistakes of the 90s. The industry is a period where it has risen and collectors have come out of hiding. Also people are buying more product when they buy now. Instead of buying packs, people are buying boxes to chase hits. Parallels are a dime a dozen and feel like the new base cards; don’t get me started on those. On top of the fact that football cards do not age well because of short careers and injuries decimating every team every season. My point is, I genuinely worry is Panini is overproducing base cards again to meet demand. I worry that this is why we are seeing more of those awful points replacing hits. Aren’t there enough autographs to go around so that points aren’t needed? If not, why aren’t there?