Panini started off their 2009 season in mid-May with the first NFL Licensed Football product of the year; 09 Playoff Prestige. This also marked the first Panini release in the United States. After taking over Donruss just a few months ago the pressure has been on Panini to deliver a product on par or even better than what we’ve come to expect with Donruss.
The base card design is a little graphic intensive, not just your basic picture and player name. However, the look still gives off a simple and clean look. Then when we flip the card over to look at the back…you be the judge of what “stands out” the most.
Rookie cards share the same design as the base set with the word “ROOKIE” printed on the left and right sides. Rookie parallels include “Draft Picks” and “Xtra Points” (different variations). As always Prestige has short-printed a number of rookie cards but the list has yet to be released.
Various insert sets throughout the product include: Xtra Points, TD Sensations, True Colors, True Colors, NFL Draft 2009, Prestigious Pros, Prestigious Picks, Rookie Review, Stars of the NFL, Inside the Numb3ers, and Connections. With each insert set including game used and autographed variations.
Busting a 12-box case yielded the following:
Base RC: 291
DRAFT PICKS RC /999: 36
XTRA PT RC (Red/Gold/Purple/Black): 18
XTRA PT Parallels (Red/Gold/Green/Purple): 18
Prestigious Pros (All Variations): 29
Prestigious Picks (All Variations): 33
Rookie Reviews: 12
Stars of the NFL: 7
Inside the Numb3ers: 3
NFL Draft 2009: 12
True Colors: 1
TD Sensations: 6
HITS: 47 Total Hits (Shorted One)
League Leaders: 4
Prestigious Pros GU (All Variations): 10 (2 Patches)
Prestigious Picks GU (All Variations): 5
Prestigious Picks Auto (All Variations): 4
True Colors GU: 1 (Patch)
True Colors Auto: 1
NFL Draft Auto: 2
Rookie Review GU: 5
Rookie Review Auto: 5
Rookie Draft Picks Auto: 7
Starts of the NFL GU: 1 (Patch)
NFL Draft Patch Auto: 1
TD Sensations GU: 1
During the time leading up to the release of this product I read the news about Donruss being bought out by Panini after Panini had already signed an exclusive deal with the NBA. I knew little to nothing about Panini, but seeing these two large moves they made into our hobby gave me the impression they’d only make this hobby better.
Opening the first pack of the much anticipated 2009 Playoff Prestige (Panini) Football I felt utter disappointment. Holding that first card in my hand I could immediately see and feel the lack of quality. If I had to sum it up in two words they’d be “Cut Corners” (no pun intended). With the weakened economy I understand businesses looking for ways to save money and increase profits, but Panini cut way too many corners. Ruining what DLP created with 2008 Playoff Prestige (man was that a great product!). This year we have cheaper, thinner card stock, lack of foil accents, (such as Playoff Prestige logo). As long as I’ve known Playoff Prestige in previous years as well as other DLP products we’ve come to expect the brand logo foil embossed into the card; now all we have is the brand logo simply printed in ink. The XTRA POINTS and DRAFT PICKS parallels look very cheap as well. Once again the lack of foil accents and lack of the reflective surface we've come to know with those parallels.