As I mentioned a few days ago, Playbook football is live and hitting ebay today with the official release. I mentioned that I believe that many of the cards are relatively forgettable, but the base rookie booklet autos definitely look incredible. All of this seemed to be pointing to a normal Panini release, with one or two good cards, and the rest not really being that excited.
Here is what surprised me.
They have a second set of booklets in this set that, for some god forsaken reason, take a page from Topps Triple Threads (Yeah, I dont know why either). These booklets feature die cut words and phrases cut into the books, and aside from having a terrible design, are confusing as hell. Many of the words that are cut into these cards have PASSIVE relevance to the player AT BEST, with some being really out there.
Here are the best of the worst:
2012 Playbook Robert Griffin III Die Cut Booklet – I guess because he has it? Im not sure.
2012 Playbook Brandon Weeden Die Cut Booklet – Even the picture of Brandon Weeden thinks this adjective used to describe him is laughable.
2012 Playbook Brandon Weeden Die Cut Booklet 2 – An adjective to describe the Browns’ QB situation?
2012 Playbook Doug Martin Die Cut Booklet 2 – Not even close to a clue on this one.
2012 Playbook Nick Foles Die Cut Booklet – He went to a desert school? Or his eventual action once he figures out how bad the Eagles will be this year?
2012 Playbook Brock Osweiler Die Cut Booklet – What he will need to do to his game to ever start in the NFL?
I dont get the obsession with diecutting anything but a player’s number, team or name into a card. These stupid phrases that make triple threads what it is every year,are beyond horrid, and I dont see why people find them so attractive. Even though these booklets feature on card autos, the stupid design coupled with the words make this one of the biggest WTF card of the year.
Again, these = Good.
But these ones? Terrifyingly horrible.