Certifiable…

The playoffs start in two days so what better time to check out another one of Panini’s 2011 Football releases?

Certified has been around a while and is a tried and true 4 hit per box product.

The base design is really nice.
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I love the background; it makes the player look like he is coming off the card. The foil and hologramy effect make for a spectacular look in person. One of the better looking base cards of the year. I really like that they kept the photo backgrounds in the design, it adds nice depth.

The set also has some cool photos.
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Gates aint gonna be stopped by someone hanging on to his jersey.

There are a mess of numbered parallels, my best being this Austin numbered to 25.
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Inserts

This is my favorite for obvious reasons.
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Steelers at Broncos should prove to be an interesting game this weekend.

The more traditional border of this design is a nice change from the base cards. It really helps the card stand out. Panini does that in a lot of product. Gives an insert or two a traditional design, a nice juxtapose to the ore modern design of much of their cards.

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This is a nice enough rookie themed insert set. They mirror surface looks better in person.

This is a nice looking variation on the base design.
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I like the different effect on the background here.

Hits

I got two Shirt of my Back relics.
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I have been pulling a lot of this dudes relics this year. I hope he and his boys do all right in the Playoffs.
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This is the biggest name rookie of the box. Too bad an injury will keep him out of playoff action.

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Similar to hockey these aren’t my favorites. The multi piece variations do look good though.

The big hit was pretty solid.
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Taiwan isn’t the biggest rookie name but a prime piece is always welcome. The card is nice and thick and is impressive in hand. A very nice hit quality wise.

It was a fun break with some solid looking cards.

This years amazing rookie class make just about any 2011 product worth a look.

-K-

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