I was a big fan of Topps Inception. There were so many reasons why it was a game changing product that it isnt even worth recounting them all. Panini, being the uncreative bunch of rip off artists that they are, decided that it was worth their time to rip off every last little detail, and the result is Origins. Yes, they couldnt even come up with their own product. That is the company that now owns the NFL. Perfect.
Here are some of the bigger hits up so far:
The sad thing is, Panini really failed to see all the minor details that Topps used to their advantage, and as a result, the product is about half of what it could have been. The stock isnt as nice, the retouching of the photos is less professional, and there are more 00 jerseys than there should be. Players like Braxton Miller were assigned a number the day after the draft, but has 00 in his photo. I dont get it.
All in all, I bought a few boxes just because I know on card autos and Panini are like oil and water. You dont get on card unless you wait for super premium with them. I was so disappointed in the quality of the product that it makes me sick to think how Topps lost out on a license where they produced the top cards on the market hands down.
Overall, if you are looking for Diet Inception, this is it. Origins does a good job of making a knock off version of inception, but as we know, knockoffs never measure up to the real deal. Plus, its Panini basically conceding that their design team cant match wits with Topps, as this literal copy shows absolutely zero creativity.
Football is a sad state of affairs this year, especially if this is all we have to look forward to. At least Inception will live on in Digital.