24 August 2017

Pack of the Day 171: A Box of 2016 Panini Certified Racing

Back in May I ordered a few boxes from Dave & Adam's Card World. I never really got around to posting most of the stuff, because it wasn't the most exciting bunch of breaks in the world. I did finally get a Topps Star Wars High Tek box from that order posted here a couple of weeks ago, and now it's time for some NASCAR content.

I picked up a box of 2016 Panini Certified Racing in this order. It promises 2 autographs and 2 memorabilia cards per box (on average), as well as base cards, parallels, inserts, and parallels of inserts.

The base cards look like other base cards from Panini's racing product lines. These have a silver theme to the front, with team colors on the back. Retired drivers or drivers without consistent sponsor support get a basic silver and gray card back. Some of the cars get cards, too.

There is a subset for retired drivers called 'Immortals,' and there are also cards for some drivers in the lower series' that feed into the top NASCAR circuit.

This is the parallel that I got in the box. It's a Mirror Blue version of Joey Logano's car. It's got the eBay 1 / 1 thing going for it, as the serial number matches his car door's number, # 22 / 50.

This Mirror Gold parallel of Matt Kenseth's Epix insert is pretty limited and also an eBay 1 / 1, with a serial number of # 25 / 25.

I also got this die-cut Famed Rides insert of Terry Labonte's Kellogg's Corn Flakes car, numbered # 022 / 199. This insert set is pretty neat, with a focus on some memorable paint schemes that have run in NASCAR over the years. It's the sort of insert that might be up Billy from Cardboard History's alley, although his series on special paint schemes tends to focus on paint jobs that only ran once. 

I pulled another Kyle Petty autograph from this box, after pulling one with the same picture on it from a box of Donruss Racing I opened in March. This one is numbered # 161 / 299. Like I said back then, Petty's career happened before I got into racing, so I don't know much about him.

My other autograph pull was a base autograph from the Certified Potential portion of the set, featuring Nicole Behar, who currently races a car in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. It is numbered # 208 / 299.

My first relic from the box was this Sprint Cup Swatches Dual card of Regan Smith. It is a Mirror Red parallel, numbered # 61 / 75. I wish that Panini would label the different relic windows with what piece of gear they came from, like Press Pass did on their relic cards. Sometimes you can tell or make a pretty good guess, but many times it is pretty difficult.

The final hit of the box was this four-swatch Complete Materials Mirror Green parallel featuring Kevin Harvick. Not a bad pull, and it's numbered # 5 / 5, making it a pretty scarce card. I like the colored lettering on the tire swatches.

That does it for this break. I pulled some decent low-numbered parallels and relic cards. I feel like I whiffed a bit on the autograph side of things, but that's kind of how it goes when you break boxes instead of cherry-picking singles on eBay.


  1. I keep thinking someday I am going to pull the trigger on NASCAR cards, but I can't.

    1. I like them, but I can understand the need to keep away from adding another collecting interest. I am overwhelmed as it is, but I keep finding shiny new things to chase. It's the curse of being a collector.

  2. Damn. That Harvick is sweet!

    1. It is a pretty nice card. Definitely the hit of the break.

  3. Nice box, and thanks for the plug! I do like those cards...I pulled Rust Wallace from one of my two blasters.
    Kyle Petty has a nice signature. The same photo is kind of a letdown, and he had Mello Yello from 1991-94 so did they really need to use a black and white photo?

    1. I try to plug your blog in my NASCAR posts, as I figure anyone reading my NASCAR posts might have an interest in your content. Petty does have a nice signature.