Back when I first got into football cards, Limited was a set that everyone looked forward to. Over the last few years, it has gone up and down, settling into a spot where collectors really dont even care about it any longer. Many of the things that made limited worth chasing have become commonplace, yet Panini always fails to adjust the product appropriately.
Here are the cards posted so far:
For the most part, this year's set is an upgrade from a disasterous 2013, which paired a horrid design, with a class that no one liked, but that isnt saying much. I like that they have moved away from the foil and into cards that look more higher quality with a black and white focused motif on many of the designs.
I think that for the main attractions for the set, the improvements are apparent and welcome, but there are just as many train wrecks to send this product straight into the back of our minds. Releasing this set a week after Flawless is like putting a brand new sitcom up against Seinfeld. Its not going to work out, because everyone will still be focused on the bigger draw.
This might be a makeup set for those individuals who were priced completely out of the Flawless market, but in the end it just seems like a consolation prize that no one is excited to get. The amount of posted cards shows that in the amount of people opening the boxes, and it might get worse.
Limited isnt bad looking compared to lot of other Panini products they have put out, and that serves it well. However, there are also ones like the jumbo patch cards, which look so bad there arent words for it. I have actually run out of adjectives that are a synonym for “shitty.” That being said, the base and base autos look really good, and the other memorabilia cards are an improvement all around.
Bottom line, I am going to say that this product lost a lot with a switch back to stickers since 2012, and I would implore Panini to reconsider the way it is formatted if they decide they need to keep it on the calendar. So many people would rather wait for Chrome later this month, instead of wasting money on a set whose value will tank in a day or two.