PACK BREAK: 2016 Panini Prizm Football Hanger Pack

Living in Fort Worth, it’s difficult to turn on any kind of media without hearing about the Dallas Cowboys. I despised them for so long, but I admit that I’ve become interested enough that I want to see them win (it’s always better for the local economy). That, combined with the “never leave the last one on the shelf” philosophy many of us have, led to me picking up one of these this evening at a local Target.

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Each one comes with three four-card packs and a three-card pack of Red, White and Blue Prizm cards.  If you read the blog often, you probably know that I’m a fan of packs that offer guaranteed exclusive parallels.  Continue reading

PACK BREAK: 2016 Score Football Pack #4 Review

Well, I was accurate in my initial assessment of this fourth pack seeming slightly heavier as I did receive a false hit.  I suppose I am getting ‘warmer’ as it were towards pulling an actual hit from this small bunch of five retail packs. With one pack left, that again seems to be heavier and larger than the rest, my anticipation and hope grows as the odds of pulling a hit would appear to be in my favor. But for now, let’s focus on what was a mediocre fourth pack.

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For the commons I received my first duplicates in the form of two RBs, David Johnson and DeAngelo Williams, both of which I pulled in my first pack opening — apparently they are pack besties. I also pulled one of my favorite halfbacks to watch, Devonta Freeman, a dual-threat back with burst and excellent between-tackle vision who ranked 5th in the league in total yards from scrimmage (1634) and tied for 1st in combined rushing/receiving TDs (14). I also picked up a decent inside linebacker and tight end with Lawrence Timmons and Travis Kelce, respectively.

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For inserts, I came away with two pairs; a couple QBs with a Franchise Blake Bortles and a Sidelines Jameis Winston and two now teammates with a red-foil parallel Chain Reaction of Chargers’ running back Danny Woodhead and a Toe the Line of San Diego’s newly acquired pass catcher, Travis Benjamin. Apparently, Benjamin “wanted to play with a better quarterback.” — and he’s definitely got one in Philip Rivers.

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On the rookie front, nothing special here; a wideout with unsure hands with the Lions’ Jay Lee, a receiver who struggles breaking through first contact in Cincinnati’s 2nd round pick-up Tyler Boyd, and a Dolphins 3rd round pick, running back Kenyan Drake — who I assume will play somewhat of a rotational role splitting time in the backfield with Miami’s current back, Jay Ajayi.

This set having such a large base of 440 common cards, I was slightly disappointed to already pull two duplicates only four packs in — not to mention the bummer of getting a false hit too. And while I enjoyed pulling Devonta Freeman and expanding on a couple inserts as well as gaining my first Chain Reaction and Toe the Line, this pack did leave a lot to be desired. (Rating: 4.5/10)

As always, stay tuned for more pack reviews coming soon! Until then, leave us your feedback in the comments section below. And stay up-to-date on all the latest content by following @beansbcardblog and me, @JalapenoYumYum on Twitter.

PACK BREAK: 2016 Score Football Retail Pack #3 Review

This is the first post from our new writer, Michael.  You can follow him on twitter @JalapenoYumYum.  One of the great things about Michael is that he is into some things that we really aren’t, giving fresh thoughts for all of you to read.  Please welcome him to the team! 

You can also find his first pack break here.  

Well, three packs in and I still have yet to ‘Score‘ a hit, but all puns aside, there is a silver… and black lining; this is the second pack in a row that I have managed to pull an Oakland Raider — albeit just in base form but a Raider nonetheless.

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So let’s get to it. The five base commons I received were nothing too exciting; a good mix of teams but very focused on pass catchers and halfbacks. In my opinion, the only standouts in this bunch are Cleveland wideout Brian Hartline and Oakland’s running back Latavius Murray. Hartline isn’t putting up video game-like stats but the numbers he has put up over the last seven years have been quite consistent — not to mention a couple of 1,000+ yard seasons with Miami back in ’12 and ’13. Murray on the other hand is going into his fourth season but only has two years of work under his belt, and while there was nothing flashy about his ’14 season he did manage to break the 1,000 yard mark last season as the Raiders’ featured back — combine that with Oakland’s top tier offensive line and an impressive wide receiver in Amari Cooper that can spread the defense and you have what looks to be the necessary building blocks for a superb follow-up for Murray in 2016.

As for the inserts, not too shabby. I received a couple of the leagues best quarterbacks with a Franchise Arron Rodgers and a Signal Callers Drew Brees. I also came away with an All-American Melvin Gordon, who had an all-star outing at Wisconsin in 2014 coming away with 2,587 yards which was good enough for second-best in FBS history, and a pretty strapping black parallel of a Stoppers Kam Chancellor, one of the hardest hitting safeties to play the game. Unfortunately, the Chancellor card came stock with a mild ding in the top right corner — or top left if viewing from the back. I suppose that’s just how it goes sometimes.

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Rookie-wise, there is nothing too special here except for the 11th overall pick, which went to the Bucs via trade from the Bears, Vernon Hargreaves III — who in my opinion is probably one of the best, if not the best, man-to-man corners in this year’s draft. Rounding out the rest of the rookies we have Malcolm Mitchell who went to New England in the 4th round and safety Vonn Bell who was scooped up early on in the 2nd round by the Saints — one of twelve draft picks that came from Ohio State this year, so that’s pretty impressive.
Overall, this was a decent, middle-of-the-road pack. (Rating: 5/10)
Stay tuned for more pack reviews coming soon! Until then, leave us your feedback and witty banter in the comments section below.

Mailday from @SAGECards – And We Pass on the Love (Giveaway)

I checked the mail when I got home from work today and a bubble mailer from SAGE was there.  I was one of the chose followers that won cards that night.  Thank you, SAGE!

What I’ve decided to do is pass along the love!  Below is the card that I won, and I am going to give it away to one of our followers.

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I’m giving the base cards to my nephew that collects.  He’s going to love them!  You can win the Hunter Henry autograph, if you follow the contest rules.

1.)  You must follow us @beansbcardblog on Twitter.

2.) You must follow SAGE on Twitter @SAGECards.

3.) You must retweet the original tweet of this story.  That is where the winner will be taken from.

We will select a random winner and once it’s verified that they have met all contest rules, we will let them know!  The contest will end…sometime in the next week.  So, get on the follows and retweets !

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