Every year, cards are created and released that I question as to why the thought even was approached. There are so many, in fact that I have almost become desensitized to it. Then, every so often, I come across one or two that just baffle me. They challenge my ideas of how bad things could get, and for the most part it still isnt that shocking.
Now that the Father’s day promotion is pretty much in full swing from Panini, we are getting a good idea of what is in the packs. Two subsets in particular are really testing my power of sight.
I understand that Panini is basically giving these cards away, but that still doesnt excuse them or give them a pass for this crap. Even in free giveaways, you still have a responsibility to provide some level of quality. Obviously, with these cards, there is none. Panini basically took some VERY candid photos at the Rookie Debut, which happens at draft time, and used these photos to create a set. Im not sure why. Not only do the pictures look like someone snapped them while walking the red carpet alongside them, but the addition of swatches really makes no sense. For reference, Duron Carter is the son of HOF receiver Cris Carter, and was invited for a WORKOUT with the Vikings in May. It is about as unlikely as it can be that he will make the team or even get invited to training camp. Didnt stop Panini from making this card. Value by pedigree, yay!
Similarly, Panini has really taken to creating cards with no picture on the front. They feel as though the swatch is more important than anything, basically producing a card sized swatch with a border and back on it. I find this to be A) lazy, B) Ugly, and C) stupid. Over time, collectors have gravitated to ridiculous patch cards, I get that, but is that really what this hobby has become? Horrible.
The terms “value added” and “help to move product” are assigned to this giveaway, but if it is stuffed full of cards like this, Im going to pass and advise you to do the same.