2022 Panini Prestige Football – Good Enough for the Start of the Season

I got a blaster of 2022 Panini Heritage Football from Target. It was $25.99+tax for 6 packs with 11 cards per pack. Overall I’d say they’re fine. Nothing spectacular but a nice way to kick off the new football season in a timely fashion. You know, like before it starts or even ends.

The first card I saw was Jonathan Taylor’s. That was pretty cosmic because I plan to select him with the first overall pick in this year’s fantasy draft! I saw the back first and then the front. I mean it doesn’t have the awesome “Fun Facts” like last year’s Score release, but it has a nice overview paragraph plus the standard stats. The front has the glossy picture with a relatively unobtrusive modern design. Given this cosmic occurrence, I wondered if this would be some kind of super blaster. It wasn’t lol.

The Rookie Cards are pretty much the same, with the RC logo. They come about two per pack. The blaster had 6 (need to double check that) RC’s including parallels. Here is Boye Mafe from the Seahawks (he made the roster!).

Speaking of parallels, there was a nice assortment with various colors and patterns, including the blaster exclusive diamonds. 🙂 There were also some cool inserts.

No Seahawks other than the Mafe rookie, but I did pull a Russell Wilson card. Even if he’s on the Cyber Horses, I’m still a fan. 🙂 Mile High Cyber Horses, that would be a pretty cool fantasy team name, although my all-time favorites remain my sister-in-law’s Victorious Secret and my wife’s Football Team (well before there was a Washington Football Team btw).

That reminds me, I have a nice autographed Russell Wilson 8×10 with a blue auto that’s a little hard to read. Think I will scan it, print it, and trace the auto with a silver or “rave green” paint pen to make the auto easier to read! Then I can also put up the enhanced reprint while safely filing away the original auto.

Back to the card, some of the players on new teams have updated pictures (don’t know if they are Photoshopped or real) while some have pics with the uniform of the old team but the logo of the new team with the little explanation.

My favorite card was in the last pack, a Kyler Murray “Heroes” insert. Sweet! Refractor looks even better in person of course. 🙂 (By the way, under the influence of this card, I drafted Murray for my fantasy team lol.)

So overall, the blaster was pretty middle-of-the road. Nothing bad, reasonably priced (which is saying a lot these days), just not much spectacular. It’s definitely nice to have some new cards heading into the fantasy draft and the actual NFL season. Who knows I might get another blaster or pick up some individual cards. (For Prestige, the hobby box relics and autos are at a completely different level and price point than the blaster offerings.). Overall, I give 2022 Panini Prestige Football blaster 3 out of 5 stars.

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