Well, just like last year, I was sure to make a Black Friday stop at my LCS. Unlike last year, though, it was the only Black Friday stop I made, as I let my wife deal with the late-night shopping, while I stayed home and watched a couple movies.
Anyway, my Black Friday purchase consisted of three boxes: 2013-14 Prizm Hockey, 2013 Limited Football, and 2013 Playbook Football. I'll post on those this week, as time, energy, and "feeling-like-it" permits, but that purchase was good for 12 of Panini's Black Friday promotional redemption packs. Considering these were all, basically, free cards, I'd say I did pretty well, but here's the pack-by-pack breakdown of what I got.
Pack 1: Mike Trout Cracked Ice, Peyton Manning
Ebay sellers have the Cracked Ice parallels listed as /25, even though they are not numbered, but I have not seen anything about Panini confirming that.
Pack 2: Sidney Crosby, Troy Tulowitzki, Snoop Dogg HRX
An awesome pull for me with the Crosby. Anytime I pull a card of his, it's just one more that I don't have to search for on the secondary market.
Pack 3: Denard Robinson Printing Proof, Steven Stamkos
The printing proof cards look like printing plates, but are on cardboard and have a blank, white backing. I'm not sure what these are supposed to represent, or what the point of them is, but it's still a pretty cool pull. Most Ebay sellers have these listed as /5, but again, take that for what it's worth.
Pack 4: Kevin Durant, Anthony Bennett, Tupac HRX
The HRX cards feature Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Notorious B.I.G., and are always inserted as the third card of a two-card pack. The backs of these cards contain a QR code, which can be scanned for some special video features.
Pack 5: Kevin Garnett, Wes Welker
Pack 6: Yadier Molina Cracked Ice, Yadier Molina, Notorious B.I.G. HRX
Two cards of the same player? Would have been much better if it was Crosby.
Pack 7: Alex Galchenyuk, Tuukka Rask
An all-hockey pack? Can't go wrong with that!
Pack 8: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard
There appear to be two different sets, with different designs, and different numbering, which is fine. My only issue is that there are no set names to differentiate the two. It may not matter to most, but for me, when it comes to organizing these cards, it would be nice.
Pack 9: Guy Lafleur Select Red Prizm 1/35, Tuukka Rask
This is an awesome card of Lafleur, it's rare, has a low serial number, and the red color matches the Canadiens sweater perfectly.
Pack 10: Anthony Davis, Victor Olidapo Score Hot Rookies, Tupac HRX
Pack 11: Jonathan Huberdeau, Adrian Peterson, Snoop Dogg HRX
Pack 12: Blake Griffinm Snoop Dogg HRX, Greg Zuerlein Breast Cancer Awareness Football Relic
Hey, a hit! Even if it is of the Rams' kicker, I'll take it.
Well, that's it for the Black Friday redemption pack portion of my Shopping weekend. I'll post the individual boxes as I am able to, but I work another three 12-hour night shifts before my next day off, so don't hold your breath too long waiting for them. I didn't get anything worthy of my Top 10 Pulls of 2013, but I did get some pretty cool cards, especially from Playbook.
See you all then!