Grade the Break - 2018 Unparalleled - Our 1st NFL Break

September 7, 2018

The Card Swap ripped open some Football boxes! Our first NFL break was two boxes of 2018 Unparalleled. This was exciting to rip a licensed non-Topps product. I was not let down with the quality of card because this set was beautiful and really popped for me! It kind of reminded me of High Tek in baseball, simply because of the different patterns to look for. I think it's cool how Panini puts the parallel name right on the back of the card for easy detection. You will see how lopsided the PROS v CONS list are below. This was a complete break in my opinion. 

 

PROS

* Beautiful Card Design and Quality

* Top Rookies in NFL Uniforms

* Sharp Parallels, including #'s versions (Flight, Shine, Astral (/200), Superplaid (/150), Whirl (/100), Impact (/75), Hyper (/25), Fireworks (/5), Burst (1/1)

* High Quality Inserts - Bright Futures, High Flyers, Victorious, Star Factor Die Cut - features #'s versions as well

* Veteran/HOF Autos

 

CONS

* Team Distribution was off on some teams. No Giants rec'd was a huge disappointment

* That's all I got - these are awesome

 

I usually enjoy ripping Panini products, despite the lack of logos. They make a nice product and the cards are always fun to open. The Chronicles break was no different! It was really fun opening these and being surprised by the cards that we see coming from other sets. Really fun layout, and I wish there was more like this (though I understand it would defeat the purpose). Plus what always makes a good break, getting good cards! Which we did! Take a look at the highlights:

 

Our Best Card

Baker Mayfield Auto Relic! Couldn't be happier to pull this in our first NFL break. Hope it's a good sign #nojinx

 

Our Other Hits

Ken Anderson Auto - Bengals

Jaleel Scott RC Auto Fireworks Numbered /5

 

 

Some of the parallels and numbered highlights

 

This was a fun and exciting break! I had fun learning about the different parallels and they were fun to spot. The base cards are sweet, but some of the #'s parallels really do look amazing with the different backgrounds. I think the Whirl was my favorite, but the Fireworks auto we pulled was sick! Hard to give this break anything but an A, but I do have to add the minus in this case simply because I thought there should be more rookies and more cards to spread out. Still thrilled with the really nice things we pulled. The Wentz relic was a nice get as well.  I don't want to get greedy by giving out all these A's, but we have been on quite a hot streak lately!  

 

GRADE THE BREAK!

A-

This had such a different feel than a Topps product for some reason and it makes me excited to rip more Panini NFL stuff and seeing what else is out there.  Really made me wish Panini could do licensed baseball. Thanks to everyone that joined our first NFL break!

 

There is another Unparalleled break planned with a lot of teams left. This should break middle of next week. More breaks are scheduled including Stadium Club (Tonight Friday 9/7), Fire PYT, and Fire Random. Check out whats coming up here.  

 

Thanks for reading! - Aaron B

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