While perusing the card aisle at Target a couple weeks ago, I came across what looked to be a hobby box of 2013 Rookies & Stars Longevity. It didn't have a price tag on it, but after finding a price checker on the other side of the store, I was surprised to find out that it was priced at just $49.95. With a promised four hits per box, and at half the price of most hobby boxes, I figured it was worth a shot.
As it turns out, I didn't have an actual hobby box. Longevity is a Target-exclusive product put out by Panini, but has all of the appearance and hit-content of a hobby box at half the price.
Anyway, here's what my box gave me:
Apart from the base cards, which are basically shiny versions of the regular Rookies & Stars release, each box also includes four red parallels. Mine were of Josh Freeman, Dwayne Bowe, Mike Gillislee, and Travis Kelce. Yikes.
The first of my four hits was a Freshman Orientation card of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills These jersey cards are designed with a "getting to know" theme, informing collectors of a player's origins. So far this season, stills has played in six games, but has only 10 receptions for 19 total yards, with one touchdown.
Next is a Dress for Success jersey card of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones. Jones was named after legendary Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry, but has yet to see any action in a regular-season NFL game.
I also got a Dress for Success jersey card of Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods.In seven games this season, Woods has caught 21 passes for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns.
For my last hit, I got an autographed jersey card of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, numbered 13/99. The 2013 third-round draft pick has played in four games so far this year, starting three of them, and has completed 58.6% of his 181 pass attempts for 6 touchdowns, and has a quarterback rating of 78.0.
Rookies & Stars Longevity is definitely a low-risk/low-reward product. You aren't going to get anything phenomenal, although the Glennon card wasn't too bad of a pull, but for the price you pay, it's a fun break.