The base design is simple and clean. I like the borderless photo and the unobtrusive banner on the bottom. I don't love the color scheme of the team color and white for each card; I'd like to see primary and secondary team colors on the banner. For the rookies, I think Panini played to its biggest strength, ie. licenses for both NFL and NCAA. I like the full college picture with the drafting team's logo. The Xtra Points parallels are xtra shiny, and mine are red because they are Target exclusive. WalMart has its own blue parallels.
I like the look of the Alma Maters insert, but the checklist wasn't too enticing for me. Good players, to be sure, but overall I didn't care to collect the set. I also like Banner Season insert, but I ultimately chose to chase the Phenomenal Athletes set. It was an economical decision, really, as I ended up with one in every pack and therefore am closer to finishing it than the Banner Season.
I only intended to show 4 base cards per pack, but this was quite the pack for veteran base stars. For me, personally, this was a great pack in general. Two Packer base cards, new addition Martellus Bennett as a parallel, and an insert of Green Bay draft pick Malachi Dupre (since cut). Throw in three of the hottest rookie cards available in Fournette, Cook, and Kizer, a Phenomenal Athlete to go to my set build, and a Banner Season of Kellen Winslow that will go in my All 1980s collection, and I love this pack.
Interesting veteran base cards here. The counterparts of the infamous Manning-Rivers 2004 draft trade appear side-by-side. Now that their careers are starting to wind down, it's hard to say there was a definite winner. Both quarterbacks have been solid in their careers. Both have been turnover machines at times. I think that Rivers is the better of the two, but Eli has two Super Bowl Rings. Could the Giants have won those two Super Bowls with Rivers? I don't know, but I'm sure they don't regret making the trade. I kind of doubt that the Chargers regret it, either. Then we have the Packers' two new tight ends in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks. It's interesting to me that Panini chose to Photoshop the Bennett card, but the not the Kendricks. The rookies and Xtra Points are ho-hum, but I like the inserts. Another Banner Season card that fits into a mini-collection, a Fournette insert that I will hang onto, a Connections insert featuring a Heisman player for my collection, and one card closer to completing the Phenomenal Athletes set.
I'll wrap up this post for now. You'll get to see the rest of my Target Gift Card Prestige Haul later. Thanks for reading!