With the release of Crown Royale officially happening yesterday and today, we are starting to get our first look at just how bad this product really is. I know I am going to get the usual mixed bag of responses on this, but I honestly believe this is one of the ugliest post-premiere products of the year, as the cards look beyond hideous to me. Not only that, but because of the structure of the product, there is a high probability of buying a higher cost pack and getting nothing but a worthless jersey or scrub auto.
Here are some of the main cards posted so far:
My biggest complaint is with the Rookie Silhouette cards, which have been one of my favorite Panini cards of the last few years. It was a great idea to overlay the player photo with the relic underneath, and adding on card signatures last year was a rare treat in Panini’s extensive calendar of products that are all structured and look the same. This year, the design for these cards changed significantly, with the design inexplicably being switch to create a white box to trap the on card signature. Not only does this make the cards drastically less visually appealing, but it really makes me question why the company would opt to trap an on card signature. Add in the multi colored foil bordering and lettering, which clashes horribly with many of the uniform pictures, and its a recipe for disaster.
Outside of the rookie silhouettes, there are more cards that employ the usual white box mentality that Panini cannot move away from. Rather than designing the card to factor in the stickers are signed in a dark ink, they just slap a white box with a hard border on it. Crown Royale presents a unique opportunity to use an ornate design to wrap the stickers, but that was ditched in favor of a disgusting looking composition.
I would be entirely surprised if these cards had any legs to make it until Contenders is released, and I think you would be hard pressed to find someone that would say this entire set wont be forgotten after that date. This product has no redeeming qualities at all, and its sad considering how cool some of the previous examples proved to be.