I had such high expectations for Panini on a product that is retailing at $180 a box & $1,800 a 10-box case that I felt it would be enjoyable and worth a gamble backed by a quality brand. Yet I felt empty after busting my case on-line as each box felt it was lacking in over-all value. So I listed all of the cards (hits, base & redemption) I got out of the 10 box case and below you will see the final results per box. (*I didn’t subtract sales fees or shipping costs…these are straight up sold for prices)
|2013-14 Panini Gold Standard Basketball|
|1||$180||$59||-$121||Demar Derozan Gold $20|
|2||$180||$113||-$67||Kevin Durant Gold /20 $90|
|3||$180||$58||-$122||Joakim Noah Auto /25 $20|
|4||$180||$40||-$140||Kelly Olynyk Auto GU RC $10|
|5||$180||$194||$14||Scottie Pippen Auto /49 $165|
|6||$180||$53||-$127||Damien Lillard /49 $13|
|7||$180||$21||-$159||Pau Gasol Game Used $9|
|8||$180||$35||-$145||A.Davis / D.Lillard Insert /49 $12|
|9||$180||$193||$13||Dion Waiters Patch /7 $122 & Magic Johnson Auto Redemption/49 $52|
|10||$180||$45||-$135||Cody Zeller Auto GU RC $17|
7 out of the 10 boxes I lost more than $120 on each and the 2 boxes I was able to basically break even on required the major hits of the case. Just to be clear I never break expecting to make a profit. I am a collector at heart and if I have fun in the experience and come across a few cards for the Personal Collection along the way then all the better.
At the same time I don’t expect to lose a $1,000 and not even pull a card for my PC than I can get excited about. There is no “fun” in that experience. With 8 redemption cards out of 10 boxes…and duplicate autographed rookies (*See my Initial Reaction Post) Panini should be more careful in how they collate the value into their cases so that one collector or even one retail store doesn’t get such a poor case in regards to value.
Perhaps Panini was mining the Gold for themselves or we must have very different definitions and standards.