I ignored my own advice and bought a few more retail packs of Panini Threads. I really did like the design and I was excited about the rookie autographs, so I couldn’t resist. I’m also waiting for the on-line black friday sales before I buy any boxes, so this seemed like the best way to scratch my itch. Though I stick by my advice in my original Threads post, I’m glad I bought the packs because I pulled one of the “wood card stock” autographed rookies.
Pictured above is a Mike Scott autograph. Though I am excited to pull an autograph out of a retail pack, I must admit that I don’t know who Mike Scott is. Best of luck to him, but I don’t recall his college career, and I’m a college basketball fan. As far as the card is concerned, I like it. The design is nice, almost retro and the autograph is on-card. The card stock itself is actually a hybrid, the back is normal card stock but the front is a thin wood veneer. The texture is interesting and it adds to the retro feel because it is cracked and imperfect. I like the idea, especially as a connection to the “hardwood,” however I do wonder how the cards will age. When I say age, I literally mean physically age. Wood cards are a bit of an unknown (please correct me if I’m forgetting about other wood cards), and I wonder if there will be any degradation of the photo or ink over time, or if the wood itself will begin to deteriorate. The signature itself has already bled into the wood and has fuzzy edges, so I’m wondering if there may be any other long term issues. Beyond those concerns, I like these cards and this idea. It has reinforced my desire to buy a box, which I should do by the end of the week.
I also pulled a Floor Generals insert, which is mostly inoffensive, but does fall under the heading of Panini inserts that I don’t care about.