Product Reviews | 11.10.13

2013 Panini Certified Hot Box Review

Certified is always a nice product. This particular box was a Platinum Parallel Hot Box which turned a normally good product into great. Even without the Hot Box aspect this product has a lot of potential for big hits.

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PRODUCT BREAKDOWN

HIGHLIGHTS

REVIEW

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BASE CARD

This box did not contain a base card because it was the Parallel Hot Box. So for this review the base card is a Platinum Red Parallel. These cards replace all the base cards in the box. They are a nice looking design, not serial numbered but only available in the Hot Boxes.

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ROOKIE CARD

Rookie cards are called New Generation and are really nothing special. They look just like the base card but are numbered to 999. These come in many different parallels; I believe 9 to be exact. You will find a few in each box which is nice.

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PARALLEL CARDS

There are 10 parallels of the base card in this set. Platinum Red, Mirror Red /250, Mirror Blue /100, Platinum Blue /100, Mirror Gold /25, Platinum Gold /25, Mirror Emerald /5, Platinum Emerald /5, Mirror Black /1, Platinum Black /1 and autographed cards can be found in all Mirror variation parallels. These are nice to see as you’re going through the packs since they add a really nice pop of color. This product lacks color in the base card so it makes the parallels stand out.

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INSERT CARDS

As many sets seem to have the custom there really are no insert sets. The closest thing to an insert would be the Immortals. These cards include 50 different players from the past. The cards are considered to be part of the base set and are numbered to /999. Again, you can find these in all 10 parallel forms.

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AUTOGRAPHS

These are unfortunately sticker autographs. Again autographed cards can be found in each Mirror parallel. One nice aspect with these is that you can find veteran autos – it is not rookie exclusive.

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MATERIAL CARDS

I have noticed you normally get 2 memorabilia cards per box – 1 rookie and 1 veteran. The rookie material cards are the Certified Potential which has a nice modern design. The veteran material cards are the same as last year, just the base card with a piece of jersey added.

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FRESHMAN FABRIC SIGNATURE CARDS

Normally this card is the highlight in the box. Every box I have opened has included one of these. However, I have seen 1 box opened that did not include one of these cards. These cards are awesome with a nice die-cut jersey design. You can find some very nice patches and they come in many different serial number variations starting from /499 down to 1/1. You can also find this same design card without the autograph but I have yet to acquire one of them.

FINAL REMARKS

Overall this is in our top 5 so far since the start of the football card season. The season is still young and there are many more products to come but Certified is nice. The fact that this box was a Hot Box definitely adds to the fun and value. These are not incredibly rare as I have seen quite a few of them opened up. There are also some other very nice cards that you can find in these boxes that we did not. The possibilities in this product definitely add to the value and fun. Below are a few more nice cards we have pulled from this product.

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