Panini to make a cut Autograph based product similar to Sp Legendary Cuts

A story was posted on Beckett.com earlier today preview a product from Panini titled 2011 Donruss Limited Cuts. This product mimics the release of 2011 Sp Legendary cuts with a mixture of cuts of Major athletes as well as other celebrities and personalities. Hopefully Panini can provide enough value to collectors on a box by box basis to make for the shortfalls that this product could potentially have. Without pictures on the cards, it is extremely important to have a good design and quality cuts to make this set a success or it could fail miserably. From the initial looks of the product it seems like Panini is using a nice design with quality cuts but it could just be a mock-up and we will have to wait and see what is actually contained in the product before making a final judgment. I also am not a fan of using living players in a cut product even if they are paired with deceased players, although it is cool to have a tiger woods auto with a Ben Hogan.

 

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Product Preview: 2011 Topps Heritage Rookie Edition

Recently, Beckett posted a preview of 2011 Topps heritage Rookie Edition here. This product will be using the design of the 2011 Topps heritage set but it will be rookies only.  While I like the idea behind this set, there are some major flaws right out of the gate.  First of all, do we need another rookie based product? We have Bowman, Bowman chrome, Bowman draft, Bowman platinum, Bowman Sterling, Topps Debut and Topps Chrome which are all primarily rookie driven. Do we need another new product for rookies? Couldn’t this product have replaced another product line or at least have been added to it? Another issue I have with this product is the use of stickers for the autograph cards. Every year of Topps Heritage baseball has featured on card autograph cards and that has been one of the main draws to the set, but this 2011 Topps Heritage rookie set looks to have sticker autographs and ugly ones at that. This might change, and they might have only used stickers for the mock-up, but from the pictures the autograph cards look pretty ugly. I do like the look of the patch cards and I do like the design of the heritage set itself, but I am not sure if this is the right set for Topps to do right now, especially when there entire product line is lacking qood, quality sets that appeal to all collectors and not just the rookie collectors and prospectors.