Guest article by Brads55

The three mini boxes included in the master box were really neat as they featured three different players on each box. I was really looking forward the arrival of this box as I loved the idea of having a box composed of strictly rookies, retired veterans, and future hall of famers (HOF) all in their school uniforms. Once you break through the plastic wrap around each mini box you find six packs with five cards in each pack. You can feel the excitement in the air as the first old school/new school pack is opened.

Description

To be honest the cards were nice but just not super appealing. They are on a black border with silver trim around the card. The trim has a bit of a vintage feel to them. The players name is boxed by the silver trim centered at the bottom of the card and a logo of the school’s team is placed in one of the upper corners.

If the player is currently playing, his photo is in color with the background in black and white. On the back of the card, you can find his school stats. If the player is retired or a HOF his photo is in black and white as well as the background and on the back of the card there is a brief description of what the player did that was special at the school he attended as well as including the years played as a professional.

There are 4 color numbered parallels of which I include the pictures below, apart from the platinium version1/1 as we didn’t pull any of those.

Then, there were these sweet All Conference inserts which show the player with their conference and school in the white background.

These cards were really nice which as they depict two players from the same school side by side. The hit of the box and was a parallel to the insert set above. The Alumni Association dual autographs feature two signatures of players from the same school.

A real interesting looking insert set is the Legendary Legacy cards. These cards show strictly the best HOF’s in the game and are picturing them in their respective school’s uniform.  Also inserted into packs are these autographs, Legendary Legacy Signatures, which are a variation of the card above.

Probably my favorite part of this product is the Saturday Swatches. The blue to white color scheme with the team logo and a jersey swatch in the middle is very attractive. There are some real nice patch variations out there as well, which we weren’t lucky enough to pull. Finally there are the Saturday Signatures. Only the best school players are featured in these cards. The autographs are hard signed under a nice gold signature script. Some players even took the time to specially sign the card (see the Brohm below).

Box Details

2008 Press Pass Legends NFL Hobby Box (3 mini boxes per hobby box)

1 Mini Box contains 6 packs with 5 cards per pack

Highlights:

  • - 5 autos and 1 game-used jersey card in every 18-pack box
    - At least 2 Legend Autos per box
    - 1 of 1 Press Plates – At least 1 per case
    - Alumni Association Ink – Dual autographed insert, featuring 2 players from the same school! Six levels of autographs to collect
    -Three levels of game-used collegiate jersey cards, including “Platinum” and “Patch” parallelsContent Breakdown:Base Set
    Rookies (60)
    Legends (40)Parallels
    Bronze – #’d to 999
    Silver – #’d to 499
    Gold – #’d to 99
    Emerald – #’d to 25
    Platinum – #’d to 1

Press Plates – #’d to 1
Look for randomly inserted autographed press plates

Regular Inserts  
Alumni Association (100) – Features 2 alumni from the same school. Inserted 1:14
Legendary Legacy (20) – Features some of the top players in the history of college football. Inserted 1:7
All Conference (20) – Features players who earned All Conference accolades during their collegiate careers. Inserted 1:7

Autographs  
Saturday Signatures (100) – Autos from the base checklist
Alumni Association Ink (10) – Dual autos of players from the same school #’d to 50 or less
Legendary Legacy Marks (20) – Auto parallel #’d to 400 or less
Legendary Legacy Marks Platinum (20) – Features platinum foil #’d to 25
All Conference Autos (20) – Auto parallel #’d to 400 or less
All Conference Autos Platinum (20) – Features platinum foil #’d to 25
Student & Teacher Dual Autos (3) – Features an auto of a coach with one of his former players

Game-Used Jersey Cards
Saturday Swatches (36) – Game-used jersey card of current player or past great
Saturday Swatches Platinum (36) – Premium swatch, platinum foil #’d to 50
Saturday Swatches Patches (36) – Parallel featuring a swatch of a patch, platinum foil, and #’d to 10 or less

The break

Mini Box 1 Pack 1
Base : 29 – John Carlson (RC)
Base : 54 – Mike Singletary
Base : 77 – Chris Spielman
Bronze Parallel : 50 – Steve Slaton (RC 34/999)
Alumni Association Insert : AA8 – Brian Bonsworth RC / Tommy MacDonald (Oklahoma)

Mini Box 1 Pack 2
Base : 7 – Joe Flacco (RC)
Base : 22 – Matt Flynn (RC)
Base : 65 – Jack Lambert
Base : 91 – Marcus Allen
Silver Parallel : 49 – Chris Long (RC 85/499)

Mini Box 1 Pack 3
Base : 9 – Andre Caldwell (RC)
Base : 52 – Gene Stallings
Base : 67 – Leonard Marshall
Base : 95 – Ollie Matson
Bronze Parallel : 53 – John Jefferson (864/999)

Mini Box 1 Pack 4
Base : 24 – Kenny Phillips (RC)
Base : 79 – Tommy McDonald
Base : 94 – Warren Moon
Silver Parallel : 63 – Alex Karras (463/499)
Autograph : Legendary Legacy Autographs : LL-CM – Craig Morton (236/392)

Mini Box 1 Pack 5
Base : 18 – Brian Brohm (RC)
Base : 40 – Limas Sweed (RC)
Base : 50 – Steve Slaton (RC)
Bronze Parallel : 57 – Craig Morton (459/999)
Autograph : Saturday Signatures : SS-DT Devin Thomas (RC)

Mini Box 1 Pack 6
Base : 30 – Vernon Gholston (RC)
Base : 42 – Matt Forte (RC)
Base : 55 – Doug Flutie
Silver Parallel : 44 – Fred Davis (RC 458/499)
All Conference Insert : AC4 – Chris Long (RC)

Mini Box 2 Pack 1
Base : 26 – Chad Henne (RC)
Base : 35 – Ray Rice (RC)
Base : 58 – Cris Collinsworth
Silver Parallel : 83 – Brett Favre (172/499)
Autograph : Saturday Signatures : SS-BB Brian Brohm (RC)

Mini Box 2 Pack 2
Base : 3 – Matt Ryan (RC)
Base : 61 – Vince Dooley
Base : 87 – Tommy Nobis
Bronze Parallel : 72 – Roger Craig (182/999)
Alumni Association Insert : Darren McFadden RC / Felix Jones RC (Arkansas)

Mini Box 2 Pack 3
Base : 14 – Rashard Mendenhall (RC)
Base : 36 – Josh Johnson (RC)
Base : 46 – Keith Rivers (RC)
Base : 82 – Craig James
Bronze Parallel : 81 – Eric Dickerson (877/999)

Mini Box 2 Pack 4
Base : 1 – Felix Jones (RC)
Base : 27 – Mario Manningham (RC)
Base : 59 – Steve Spurrier
Base : 71 – Dan Dierdorf
Gold Parallel : 79 – Tommy McDonald (34/99)

Mini Box 2 Pack 5
Base : 12 – Colt Brennan (RC)
Base : 32 – Dennis Dixon (RC)
Base : 44 – Fred Davis (RC)
Bronze Parallel : 95 – Ollie Matson (931/999)
All Conference Insert : AC10 – Chad Henne

Mini Box 2 Pack 6
Base : 35 – Ray Rice (RC)
Base : 68 – Jimmie Johnson
Base : 80 – Barry Switzer
Silver Parallel : 88 – Don Maynard (374/499)
Autograph : Saturday Signatures : SS-RG – Randy Grandishar (RC)

Mini Box 3 Pack 1
Base : 28 – Devin Thomas (RC)
Base : 72 – Roger Craig
Base : 74 – Paul Hornung
Base : 83 – Brett Favre
Bronze Parallel : 18 – Brian Brohm (RC 54/999)

Mini Box 3 Pack 2
Base : 17 – Andre Woodson (RC)
Base : 39 – Jamaal Charles (RC)
Base : 86 – Earl Campbell
Bronze Parallel : 13 – Donnie Avery (RC 715/999)
Dual Autograph : Alumni Association Gold Parallel : AA-HMWM – Warren Moon / Hugh McElhenny (12/50)

Mini Box 3 Pack 3
Base : 5 – DeSean Jackson (RC)
Base : 16 – Jordy Nelson (RC)
Base : 38 – Erik Ainge (RC)
Base : 48 – Earl Bennett (RC)
Bronze Parallel : 27 – Mario Manningham (RC 660/999)
Jersey : Saturday Swatches : SS-CH – Chad Henne (RC)

Mini Box 3 Pack 4
Base : 20 – Glenn Dorsey (RC)
Base : 63 – Alex Karras
Base : 89 – Troy Aikman
Bronze Parallel : 25 – Mike Hart (RC 520/999)
Legendary Legacy Insert : LL-18 – George Blanda

Mini Box 3 Pack 5
Base : 19 – Harry Douglas (RC)
Base : 62 – Herschell Walker
Base : 88 – Don Maynard
Bronze Parallel : 19 – Harry Douglas (RC 744/999)
Alumni Association Insert : AA7 – Cris Collinsworth / Steve Spurrier (Gators)

Mini Box 3 Pack 6
Base : 4 – Lavelle Hawkins (RC)
Base : 15 – Aqib Talib (RC)
Base : 37 – Mike Jenkins (RC)
Base : 47 – Eddie Royal (RC)
Bronze Parallel : 17 – Andre Woodson (RC 783/999)

Comments

Overall, we received the hits expected from the sated odds. The box was a lot of fun to open as it was a joy to see the old and new players together. However, it was easy to decide not to go after a second box as I had originally planned. Maybe the addition of a couple more jersey cards would have helped or perhaps even a single patch hit. I guess beggars can’t be choosers as we did get what the box said it would give.

Final Ratings

Overall Design: 4/5
Value: 3/5
Fun: 4/5
Rebuy: 4/5
Variety: 4/5

Final Grade: 76/100

If we wouldn’t have hit that Moon dual auto and the Brohm auto this box would have been an absolute bust. But we barely broke even on this one…