09 April 2015

Pack of the Day 97: 2014 Panini Father's Day

I think this pack might have been another booster to get past a threshold for free shipping on a card order. It comes from Panini's 2014 Father's Day promotion and contains a couple of cards.

First up is a team collection hit featuring George Springer of the Houston Astros. It comes from the Rookies portion of the base checklist and is numbered # 389 / 599. There are Cracked Ice # / 25 and Lava Flow 1 / 1 variations out there as well. Springer is one of the promising young Astros that did make the Opening Day roster, unlike my PC target and the subject of early trade rumors, Jon Singleton.

The Cordarrelle Patterson card is from a Rookie insert set of some kind. It is not serially-numbered. I don't really understand all of the different subsets and inserts that come out of the Father's Day packs. It's kind of like Panini took a bunch of 'hot' players, threw their names into a hat, and then drew a handful out at a time and made a subset based on them. I guess some of them have a theme, but the set as a whole seems a bit hodge-podge and thrown together based on the Cardboard Connection checklist. I had Cordarrelle Patterson on some of my fantasy football rosters early last season based on his hype and play-making ability, but so far that hasn't really materialized.

The backs of the cards feature a couple of highlights from each player's career along with the usual copyright and legal whatnots and a bunch of diagonal lines.

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