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rchurchward
11-11-2008, 10:06 PM
I like to thank Donruss for allowing me the opportunity to open this wonderful box.


Break Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C24YNeMnkg


Break Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_0-dvK4brg

*Props to my wonderful fiancee, Kathryn, for doing the amazing video work!*


2008 Donruss Gridiron Gear Football
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Boxes Run $75-85
5 cards/pack
18 packs/box

PER BOX ITEMS
3 Autographs or Memorabilia Cards
3 parallels
3 rookies
And 5 Others of the following:
Parallels
Next Generation
Rivals
Playbook
Player Timeline
Performers
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Look for autographed Jumbo Swatch Rookie Cards, ON-CARD autographs on the NFL Gridiron Fields and Pull-Out jumbo swatches, and team helmet cards feature autographs of all the 2008 Rookie Premiere players including Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Matt Ryan, Felix Jones, Rashard Mendenhall and Joe Flacco.
NFL Team Pro Gridiron Signatures:
Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson
Jumbo Prime Swatches Featuring:
Joe Montana, Barry Sanders, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Sammy Baugh, Steve Young
Look for HOT BOXES featuring additional material and autograph cards
CARD SETS
Commons (100)
The top roster of NFL stars are portrayed in a beautiful design and include the following Xs and Os parallels.
Silver Parallel Xs (100)
Serial #'d to 250.
Silver Parallel Os (100)
Serial #'d to 250.
Gold Parallel Xs (100)
Serial #'d to 100.
Gold Parallel Os (100)
Serial #'d to 100.
Platinum Parallel Xs (100)
Serial #'d to 25.
Platinum Parallel Os (100)
Serial #'d to 25.
Materials Jerseys (100)
A partial parallel to the base with a jersey swatch. Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Materials Jerseys Xs (100)
Serial #'d to 100 or less.
Materials Prime (100)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookies (100)
The key rookies featuring the top newcomers for the 2008 NFL rookie class. Serial #'d to 999.
Rookies Gold Xs (100)
Serial #'d to 100.
Rookies Platinum Xs (100)
Serial #'d to 25.
Rookie Signatures Gold (100)
A partial parallel to the base Rookie set with an autograph. Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Rookie Signatures Platinum (100)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Jumbo Signatures (34)
These cards will feature a signed ON-CARD pull-out swatch of jersey. Serial #'d to 100 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Jumbo (34)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Prime Jumbo (34)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Trios (34)
A partial parallel to the base rookie with three jersey swatches. Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Trios Prime (34)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Trios Prime Signatures (34)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Combos (34)
A partial parallel to the base rookie with two jersey swatches. Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Combo Prime (34)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Combo Prime Signatures (34)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems (34)
A partial parallel to the base rookie with a jersey swatch. Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Prime (34)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Rookie Gridiron Gems Prime Signatures (34)
Serial #'d to 50 pr less.
Next Generation (40)
Featuring 40 of the NFL's future stars. Serial #'d to 500.
Next Generation Silver (40)
Serial #'d to 250.
Next Generation Gold (40)
Serial #'d to 100.
Next Generation Platinum (40)
Serial #'d to 25.
Next Generation Jerseys (40)
Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Next Generation Jersey Signatures (40)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Next Generation Jersey Prime (40)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Next Generation Jersey Prime Signatures (40)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Next Generation Combos Prime (40)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Next Generation Combos Prime Signatures (40)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Next Generation Jumbo Swatch (40)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Next Generation Jumbo Prime Swatch (40)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Rivals (10)
Features two opponents from the NFL's top teams. Serial #'d to 500.
Rivals Silver (10)
Serial #'d to 250.
Rivals Gold (10)
Serial #'d to 100.
Rivals Platinum (10)
Serial #'d to 25.
Rivals Jerseys (10)
Serial #'d to 100 or less.
Rivals Jerseys Prime (10)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Playbook (25)
Features 25 of the top players in the NFL. Serial #'d to 500.
Playbook Silver (25)
Serial #'d to 250.
Playbook Gold (25)
Serial #'d to 100.
Playbook Platinum (25)
Serial #'d to 25.
Playbook Jerseys Xs (25)
A partial parallel to Playbook with a jersey swatch. Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Playbook Jerseys Os (25)
Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Playbook Patches (25)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Plates & Patches (15)
Features ten of the NFL's most popular players with two prime jersey swatches. Serial #'d to 100 or less.
Plates & Patches Signatures (15)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Player Timeline (25)
Insert featuring 25 of NFL's biggest names. Serial #'d to 500.
Player Timeline Silver (25)
Serial #'d to 250.
Player Timeline Gold (25)
Serial #'d to 100.
Player Timeline Platinum (25)
Serial #'d to 25.
Player Timeline Signatures (25)
A partial parallel to Player Timeline with an autograph. Serial #'d to 100 or less.
Player Timeline Jersey (25)
A partial parallel to Player Timeline with a jersey swatch. Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Player Timeline Jersey Signatures (25)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Player Timeline Combos (25)
Serial #'d to 100 or less.
Player Timeline Combos Signatures (25)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Player Timeline Combos Prime (25)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Player Timeline Combos Prime Signatures (25)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Player Timeline Jersey Prime (25)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Player Timeline Jersey Prime Signatures (25)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Player Timeline Jumbo Swatch (25)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Player Timeline Jumbo Prime Swatch (25)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Performers (50)
Features 50 of the NFL's biggest stars. Serial #'d to 500.
Performers Silver (50)
Serial #'d to 250.
Performers Gold (50)
Serial #'d to 100.
Performers Platinum (50)
Serial #'d to 25.
Performers Signatures (50)
A partial parallel to Performers with an autograph. Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Performers Jersey (50)
Serial #'d to 250 or less.
Performers Jersey Signatures (50)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Performers Jersey Prime (50)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Performers Jersey Prime Signatures (50)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Performers Combos (50)
Serial #'d to 100 or less.
Performers Combos Signatures (50)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Performers Combos Prime (50)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Performers Combos Prime Signatures (50)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
Performers Jumbo Swatch (50)
Serial #'d to 50 or less.
Performers Jumbo Prime Swatch (50)
Serial #'d to 25 or less.
NFL Gridiron Rookie Signatures (34)
This insert features signed ON-CARD NFL fields from some of the top rookies from this year's NFL Draft. Serial #'d to 40 or less.
NFL Team Rookie Signatures (35)
These cards feature a mini NFL helmet and signature from some of the top rookies from this year's NFL Draft. Serial #'d to 30 or less.
NFL Team Pro Gridiron Signatures (31)
These cards feature a mini NFL helmet and signature from some of the top players in the NFL. Serial #'d to 32 or less.

What We Pulled:

Base: Numerous star players (78% Base Set Complete; 78/100 Cards)
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The base set, as always with Donruss Gridiron Gear, is a beautiful looking set. Only 100 cards big, the set ONLY includes the super stars of the NFL! The picture of the player is crystal clear and always an action photo. The players name and team helmet are centered at the bottom of the card with the Donruss Gridiron Gear logo in the top right corner.

Rookies: Andre’ Woodson (949/999), Jalen Parmele (013/999), Paul Hubbard (829/999), Alex Brink (392/999), Sam Keller ‘X’ (78/100)
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The rookie set this year is loaded with potential stars of tomorrow! With a really cool futuristic design, the rookie is normally pictured in their NFL Uniform, unless a parallel (like the Sam Keller), in which case they will be pictured in college uniform. Like the base, player name and team helmet are centered at the bottom of the card. Really like the design of this set! Beautiful!

Parallel and Inserts: Devin Hester ‘O’ (099/250), Jerricho Cotchery ‘X’ (030/100), Ryan Grant ‘Next Generation’ (141/250), Fred Dryer ‘Performers’ (242/250), Willie Davis ‘Performers’ (018/500), Julius Jones ‘Player Timeline’ (238/500)
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One thing that I LOVE about Donruss Gridiron Gear is that almost ALWAYS will your parallel and inserts be numbered. Relying on their hit insert/parallel sets from previous years, Gridiron Gear promises you a great selection of parallels and inserts from stars of the NFL today as well as familiar faces from the NFL of yesterday! My particular favorite set would be the ‘Next Generation’ insert set. Beautiful cards!

And now for what you all came for…the HITS! We got lucky to spring a HOT BOX!

Autographs: Phillip Merling ‘Rookie Autograph’ (064/250), Zach Miller ‘NFL Teams Autograph’ (06/25)
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The NFL Teams autograph insert set is an absolutely wonderful hit! With cards numbered out of 25, this set includes a rubber NFL team logo centered in the middle of the card with the players autograph underneath. Featuring some of the greatest stars in the NFL, this set promises to be a hot one for collectors. The rookie autograph set looks beautiful as well, with the same design as the base rookie card. The only complaint here was the fact that Phillip Merling decided to autograph his stickers using a ball point pen. But then of course, there’s nothing that Donruss can do about that, so it’s all good.

Base Game Used: Willis McGahee ‘X’ (033/100), Frank Gore ‘X’ (012/100), Larry Fitzgerald ‘O’ (020/100)
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Even the base game used in Donruss Gridiron Gear are beautiful. Taking the same picture from the base parallel cards, the game used versions offer a generous piece of the player’s authentic game used jersey located near the center of the card. With a beautiful rainbow holofoil design on the rest of the card, these really pop out and give great aesthetic pleasure!

Insert Game Used: Early Doucett III ‘Next Generation’ (189/250), Jamaal Charles ‘Next Generation’ (181/250)
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Going along with one of their greatest insert sets, “Next Generation”, these game used cards feature a single swatch jersey piece from some of the greatest rookies in the 2008 class and some of the future stars of tomorrow. I love the design of the player in action, team logo in the top corner, and the eye-catching “Next Generation” along the bottom of the card. A generous jersey piece of located along the left side of the card.

Insert Game Used: Ted Hendricks ‘Performers’ (008/100), LaDainian Tomlinson ‘Playbook’ (241/250)
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Besides ‘Next Generation’, the ‘Performers’ is one of my favorite insert sets of Donruss Gridiron Gear. Offering a great selection of star players from the past, the game used version of ‘Performers’ offers a dual jersey swatch. Of course, pulling a jersey swatch from one of the greatest running backs in the game is always a plus!

And now for some nice rookie MOJO!

James Hardy ‘Rookie Gridiron Gems’ JUMBO 4 Color Jersey Patch (11/50)
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With the mojo rookie hit of the box, this patch is HUGE! It measures about 1.5x2 inches and contains 4 colors, most likely from the players jersey number. Being numbered so low, this card is a must have for any collector. Beautiful!

Final Ratings (out of 5):
Base Set – 4.5/5
Fun – 5/5
Overall Design – 5/5
Value – 4.5/5
Rebuy – 4.5/5

Total = 23.5/25 (94%)

Final Remarks:

I would like to take this time to thank Donruss again for providing www.Sportscardforum.com with this great box break.

Donruss Gridiron Gear has long been my favorite football product and with another knock-out year, Gridiron Gear promises to remain at the top of the football collectors charts! With an amazing selection of star caliber cards and an array of inserts and parallels, Donruss Gridiron Gear contains something for every type of collector.

If I was a collector looking for a box to bust that not only promises me lots of fun but some good hits, base, inserts and parallel, my first and foremost choice would be 2008 Donruss Gridiron Gear. Pack after pack, Donruss keeps you guessing about what stars could show up in your next pack. My advice to members thinking about investing in some Gridiron Gear: stop thinking and do it!

Thanks again to Donruss and www.sportscardforum for providing me this chance to review this wonderful product!

-Ryan

htwheelz01
11-11-2008, 10:12 PM
Nice review man!

mikesilvia
11-11-2008, 10:25 PM
Excellent break! Thanks to Donruss for the nice box.

jdio13
11-11-2008, 10:30 PM
Looks great Ryan!!! Awesome review!!

(Looks like you had a problem getting the plastic wrapper off that box :sign0020:)

Jason

hagansp
11-11-2008, 10:38 PM
Thanks to Donruss!!

I cant believe you went and used the line you showed me...aesthetic pleasure!...too much man too much!

hagansp
11-11-2008, 10:39 PM
also I must add...amazing camera work by the fiance! props to her!!

acecardking34
11-11-2008, 10:40 PM
great review, thanks

rchurchward
11-11-2008, 10:40 PM
You need to get your mind out of the gutter ASAP. Do I need to remind you that this is a family environment? HAHA. Thanks for the comments guys!

rchurchward
11-11-2008, 10:40 PM
also I must add...amazing camera work by the fiance! props to her!!

I totally meant to give a shout out to her in the video. I'm bummed that I forgot.

EDIT: Edited a shout out in.

Crater_Satori
11-11-2008, 11:44 PM
Nice job on the review, that is one crazy box you got open!!

TheTGB
11-11-2008, 11:51 PM
Wow, great break, I didn't realize there were so many hits in that product and the cards are beautiful!

rchurchward
11-12-2008, 12:20 AM
Wow, great break, I didn't realize there were so many hits in that product and the cards are beautiful!

Looks like we have a new bangwagon Gridiron Gear fan!

etmill01
11-12-2008, 12:30 AM
great job on the review..Awesome pulls too..Thanks Ed

TurdFerguson
11-12-2008, 04:13 AM
Great job on the break !

JKC
11-12-2008, 05:25 AM
Nice job on the break and review!

Thanks to Donruss for providing this for SCF to review!

Darin

dallascisco
11-12-2008, 08:25 AM
Awesome Hardy patch.

spuds1961
11-12-2008, 08:55 AM
great break and even greater review take care Steve

andrewcstein
11-12-2008, 11:06 AM
Sweet patch!

garnett_21
11-12-2008, 04:44 PM
Awesome break and review Ryan! Nice patch! Really cool that it was a hot box! Thanks Donruss!

RenegadeLonghorn
11-20-2008, 11:59 PM
Great break and review!

Po.verse
02-02-2009, 03:39 PM
Nice review, i really think this will be the box i open when I get $. But sucks that it most likely wont be as good as yours haha

Jeremy_Falcons
07-12-2009, 02:19 PM
Good review.