Last year, I raved about Panini Unparalleled and how it grew on me. I have to say I like this year’s release even better! The set returns with a huge (unparalleled, in fact) variety of parallels and inserts. The main improvement is that the base cards just look better. The darker background just looks better to me than the brown or whatever it was last year. The two images below should give you an idea.
A typical hobby box contains 8 cards per pack (3 Parallels, 2 Rookies, 2 Base Cards, and 1 Insert) with 8 packs per box (including 2 autos and 1 relic).
So far, rather than just getting a hobby box for around $90, I bought a couple of hobby packs at my LCS and a bunch of cards on eBay totaling a little over $50.
In my first hobby pack, I pulled this T.J. Watt RC auto “Red Diamond Awe” parallel # 5 /15 . Awesome!
Also got a Seahawks lot from the same seller. I dig these cards, especially the lime green parallels. Here in Week 4 of the 2017 season, Eddie Lacy may never get another carry with the Hawks, Kasen Williams is now with the Browns, and Will Tukuafu is a free agent, but so what. 🙂
Picked up some of my favorite players, Marshawn Lynch, Aaron Rodgers, and Andrew Luck:
Here are some of the other cards I will probably keep:
Here are some I will most likely trade:
You may notice a “RC” for several veteran players throughout the set. I heard Panini wanted to recognize some players who were passed up in earlier years. Although I think that recognition is cool, I think labeling it an “RC” is corny at best.
Otherwise I like the dazzling array of shapes and colors in Unparalleled, the improved look for the base cards, and fact that the boxes have more autos this time around. I’d give Unparalleled 4.5 out of 5 stars, I really like it!