Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Contest Question #4

Here is your 4th chance to enter the December Contest. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to answer the first three questions. Feel free to go back and answer any you might have missed.

Question #4.

Most of us have seen a Panini product in the recent past. Based on what you've seen from them, do you think they should be the company that enters the licensed baseball card market when the Topps monopoly expires?

I think we'll have one more question tomorrow and then I'll wrap this thing up.

35 comments:

  1. Nope.

    I have never seen a single Panini product that is memorable or impressive to me. UNLESS they entered exclusively under the Donruss name. Donruss is baseball cards, Panini is stickers (and sandwiches).

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  2. I'm not looking forward to Panini's entry into baseball. I have never liked how they do their inserts and hits. It's all pretty lazy looking. The Americana inserts look EXACTLY like the hits but of course the hits either have a swatch of clothing or auto in them. Now, if they get creative and bring back Donruss, Diamond Kings and cool sub-sets, I'd be all for it.

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  3. half of me agrees with the dimwit...but the other half says - go ahead. try it. nobodys requiring us to buy it if its a crappy product. they just might hit on a good design and learn from past criticisms

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  4. Leaf is coming out with some fun stuff. I'd rather see them than Panini, although if Fleer wants to play then I'd allow it!

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  5. Except for that Josh Hamilton sample card, the only thing I associate with Panini are non-baseball products, which means I've paid so little attention that I don't feel qualified to answer this.

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  6. I've seen some previews of some of their products, and some of them look nice. If they keep doing the same stuff they did in 2005, though, they aren't the right company to get a license. They need standout products that the 99% wants - great designs, interesting inserts, and value in box busting. While Topps has some nice cards, they aren't worth buying boxes of. At least with Panini we'll get a sample of what they want to do with a full MLBPA license.

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  7. Naw, not really. And that's coming from a guy named The Diamond King. Panini owns that brand now.

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  8. No. I think there stuff is very generic and boring. If a physician or the government "created" cards, they would look like Panini

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  9. If Upper Deck could make a re-entrance, they'd get my vote. Not that it'll happen anytime soon, if ever. But still, they did put out some beautiful stuff.

    Aside from UD, Leaf seems like it could be good. On-card is a plus.

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  10. No, they wouldn't be my first choice, BUT...
    Simply have another licensed option can only be GREAT for the hobby. When Upper Deck was putting out GREAT looking cards, I still just plunked down my $ to Topps... I crave the competetion and look forward to SOMEONE keeping Topps honest. I would prefer it be UD or even Fleer, but if Panini has the juice, desire and resources - bring it on!

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  11. I'm all for competition so I say bring on Panini. Nobody said I had to buy it.

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  12. I say sure why not. It would give me something to collect after ive finished with the topps base and update set

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  13. All the Panini stuff is non baseball so I haven't paid any attention to how it looked.

    For me it is allot easier to chase all the Topps only stuff than it was to chase everything so I'm not looking forward to adding more companies again.

    I'm sure someone is going to blast that comment...

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  14. I've always liked Panini, especially the team logo stckers. I'd be happy to have them back.

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  15. I like some of the Americana stuff I've seen, though I've yet to get a hit from anything Panini yet. I agree with my good friend Troll when he said competition is good for us collectors.

    I say open the licensing to more companies and let us vote with our wallets, for the crap won't sell much and the better designs will sell out.

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  16. Panini is a lock to put out baseball cards. They already have an MLBPA licence. So it's inevitable.

    Their hockey releases are 98% horrid. Just awful. The same crap release after release. It's worse than Bowman baseball.
    So no, I won't be buying any of it unless it changes radically.

    However.... I'm hoping with competition, that Topps actually starts putting out good stuff again. Any competition is a good thing.

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  17. I'm cool with any company that challenges Topps monopoly on baseball cards. I'd be cool with 2 or 3 companies making baseball cards as long as they cut down on the amount of different products each company releases.

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  18. Yes - Panini has done great things since re-entering the hockey market, and they would do amazing things if allowed back in baseball!

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  19. I want someone to come in and challenge Topps. My order of preference would be: UD (like that will happen), Leaf, Panini or some new innovative company. It might even be nice to let 2 people in on it.

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  20. I like how fan friendly they are, so I'd be on board with them jumping in.

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  21. I would like to see someone give Topps some competition. I am getting tired of 17 products that half are the same design with some extra foil or shredded foil or whatever. Anyone is better than noone at least at the time.

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  22. I have no desire to pick up any Panini next year. A 1988-1992 Donruss would be much better than any non-descript Panini. I think for baseball I will stay with Topps flagship for next year.

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  23. Panini from what I've seen in the past with their hockey releases puts out some nice products. I'd rather see them fully licensed (MLB & MLBPA) before they cross over into the baseball market...but that's just me.

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  24. Panini cards are dull to me. I have never been impressed by there work.

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  25. Bringing in just panini would be a waste. Let Leaf in, too. Panini can make the bland unimaginitve crap, topps can load you with inserts you don't want, and leaf can give you the quality and respect you are looking for.

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  26. Oh HELL no.
    Panini is absolutely everything terrible about Donruss baseball from 2001-2006 with NONE of the good stuff. They have almost single handedly killed my interest in Football and Basketball cards. MY interest in new baseball product is tenuous enough right now, thank you.

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  27. I'm not impressed with Panini, their offerings are too similar.

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  28. I'm not qualified to answer about Panini. I like some of the 2011 Americana stuff. I miss Upper Deck.

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  29. I honestly have not seen any Panini, since I only do baseball. But I browsed a few sets on COMC just for this question. Not terrible looking sets, but nothing amazing. Just competence, and if there's one thing I hate, it's competent mediocrity. I've been an editor for numerous literary magazines that get thousands of submissions per year. I read more competent stories (written by university-trained writers) than I can stand. I either want to read a story that knocks my socks off, that's completely unique and amazing, or I want to read total trainwrecks that make me laugh. So that's my very long parallel. We don't need any more competence. We get plenty of that already.

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  30. I have never seen a Panini product, other than stickers. I don't think that they will be the ones to challenge Topps.

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  31. Since they own the Donruss name, I'd like to see a Donruss set with Diamond Kings put out. I've always seen Upper Deck as "not for me" for some reason, so I'll say yes, give me Panini/Donruss.

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  32. There's a lot of things I like about Panini, as a company, so yeah, if anyone is going to put up a fight against Topps, I think they're the ones to do it. I've never been a fan of team logo-less products, even 2010 Upper Deck, which didn't leave them off, they just went at some creative angles. I say, bring it on!

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  33. Nope. I want In The Game in the game.

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