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05-31-2009, 01:24 PM #1
SCF Official Review: 2009 Press Pass Stealth
First and foremost, I'd like to thank our sponsor, Press Pass, for providing us with this box.
24 packs per box
5 cards per pack
MSRP: 94.99 - 104.99
- 2 HITS PER BOX! 1 AUTOGRAPH CARD AND 1 MEMORABILIA CARD PER BOX! TWICE THE HITS OF STEALTH RACING 2008 AT THE SAME PRICE!
- MEMORABILIA: "BATTLE ARMOR" - GENUINE PIECE OF RACE-USED SHEET METAL FROM 18 TEAMS IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING!
- BATTLE ARMOR SIGNATURE SERIES - SPECIAL VERSION WITH AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPHS OF TOP NASCAR DRIVERS. CARDS #'D TO DRIVER'S DOOR NUMBER!
- PRESS PASS SIGNINGS - AN AUTOGRAPH PROGRAM INCLUDING APPROXIMATELY SIXTY OF YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW'S STARS OF NASCAR!
- COLLECT ALL 90 BASE CARDS - COLLECTOR FAVORITE! EXCLUSIVE HOBBY-ONLY "CHROME EDITION"!
Press Pass Stealth is the only NASCAR® release to feature unique hobby and retail base sets, with a special etched "Chrome Edition" Hobby Version. Stealth includes the top drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and NASCAR Nationwide Series with a theme focused around track performance. From short tracks to superspeedways, find out where your favorite driver performs best!
HALF CASE SUMMARY
10 AUTOGRAPHS + 10 MEMORABILIA CARDS
"BATTLE ARMOR" - Now 1 per hobby box (1:24)!
These race-used sheet metal cards receive an upgrade in 2009. Look for Battle Armor cards sequentially numbered by sheet metal color.
PRESS PASS SIGNINGS - 1 per hobby box (1:20)!
For the first time, the popular Press Pass Signings autograph program will kick off in Press Pass Stealth 2009. There are five unique levels to collect including an exclusive hobby level!
Several new Four Wide memorabilia cards, highlighting many of the 2009 sponsor and team changes, make their debut in Press Pass Stealth.
WHAT WE PULLED
Base - 90/90 (100%)
Dupes - 7, including one variation (#71, Carl Edwards Dual Operator)
Mach 09 (4) - Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, David Ragan
Press Pass Confidential Bronze (Confidential!) (12) - Carl Edwards, Scott Speed, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Sam Hornish Jr, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, David Stremme, David Ragan
Press Pass Confidential Silver (Secret!) (3) - Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick
Holofoil /99 (2) - Michael Waltrip (Door numbered), Joey Logano
Brushed Metal /25 (1) - Jeff Gordon
Press Pass Signings Autograph (1) - Regan Smith
Battle Armor Sheet Metal Multi /185 (1) - Dale Earnhardt Jr
Final Ratings (Out of 5):
Base set: 5/5
Overall design: 4.5/5
Overall: 22.75/25 (91%)
Press Pass Stealth once again is an amazing product. The chrome look accentuates the base cards wonderfully. The obligatory variation cards are there, forcing collectors to pay attention to the cards instead of glossing them over looking for the "hits".
This is another release where the Nationwide drivers get some attention in the base set. However, there are a couple of drivers who are featured with the Sprint Cup subset as well. Would prefer to see drivers only in one subset so that more drivers overall can be featured.
The limited number of inserts makes it enjoyable to open and collect. Really like the raised letters and picture on the Mach 09 inserts. The shiny gloss makes those cards really stand out. As for the holofoil and brushed metal cards, other than the numbering, not really sure what other differences there are between the two cards.
I know it started with Premium, but I am a huge fan of the race used cards stating the type of piece it contains and the cards being numbered to that type. It allows collectors to know how rare their card is over the entire production run. Just another way Press Pass is looking out for its consumers.
Overall, Stealth is a great product year in and year out. Some will say that the price point as compared to what you get is a bit steep. If you base it on "hits", then you are probably correct. However, the value of the box is not just contained in those couple of cards. It's what you get out of the entire box and for that, Stealth is standing in Victory Lane.
Once again, thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Press Pass, for giving us this opportunity to open and review this release. If interested in more information on this product or others, be sure to check them out at www.presspassinc.com.
06-02-2009, 03:21 PM #2
Great break and review! Thank you Press Pass for providing this!
06-02-2009, 04:01 PM #3
Solid product. Thanks Press Pass.
06-02-2009, 05:51 PM #4
Very nice break T, I myself have always enjoyed the Stealth product. Glade to see you were one of the lucky ones and recieved a complete base set. Great hits on this box also. Thanks for doing the breaks on these and a big thanks to Press Pass affording us the oppurtunity to have these box breaks.
06-02-2009, 11:20 PM #5
Big thanks to Press Pass. Great break Tony.
07-14-2009, 09:37 PM #6
08-08-2009, 10:20 PM #7
Nice break and review! I don't know alot about NASCAR, but I do know who Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon are! Thanks Press Pass!Kevin Garnett collector - own 1501 (25.1%) different! Always looking for more!
Collecting Minnesota Timberwolves (1009) and Chicago Bulls (385), too!
"Anything is possible" - Kevin Garnett
Looking for: 2009-10 Limited Jumbo Kevin Garnett /10 square swatch AND jersey number swatch.