Today we get our first look at this year’s version of Threads, and though original mockups look promising, I am cautious before giving Panini any praise until the final product hits shelves. I will say that if everything holds up the way it is being previewed, Panini has finally taken a theme and concept and done it well. The running “thread” (pun intended) that is in these previews is that each of the cards uses the motif of jerseys and pieces of jersey as the background idea for the set. This is something I absolutely love, especially when done well, and hopefully, these cards will end up that way.
I will say that for 2010 threads, the full game shots on the base set were a welcome change from the usual photoshop backgrounds that Panini is infamous for using. This year, it looks to be a similar approach which is awesome, even though the parallels are usually done in the hideous rainbow foil board that Panini must have stockpiled in a secret warehouse somewhere. I also like the design of the three inserts with the pro players on them, if not only because the cards wont look ridiculous if the jersey swatch stays where it is for the non-auto’ed version.
I still very much think the manu-letter autos are not worth anyone’s time in the way that they are done. There is ABSOLUTELY no reason that they just cant take the name of the team and have the premiere attendees sign those instead of the black and white “teamless” nameplates. I would much have a Purple and White signed “VIKINGS” nameplate than a Black and White “PONDER” name plate. Its beyond stupid.
Overall, im sure Panini will find a way to screw over everyone on these cards. They did it with the great design and Contenders last year, and this probably wont be much different. You, as well as I, probably noticed that the cards that drive this product are eerily absent from the preview, something that I hope was NOT on purpose. Ill guess ill just have more fodder for criticism as soon as the rookie collection cards are finally previewed down the road.
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