Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Review Not Necessary: 2009 Leaf Rookies And Stars

I didn’t actually realize that Leaf Rookies and Stars comes out as well as UD Philadelphia, but to tell you the truth, I am glad that was the case. This is due to the fact that even though Rookies and Stars looks nothing like last year's product, which is a feat for Panini, it could be the worst design choice of the year. In fact, im not even going to waste the hour writing the product review, only to give it less of a score than Score Inscriptions got.

R&S takes the same idea as Inscriptions of going "urban" with the design, incorporating graffiti like bordering, as well as a weird obsession with paint spills. The text and font choice is just as bad, as the way it is featured could not look more stupid. Imagine the way a neon sign looks when it is turned off, and you have the font for some of the subsets of R&S. Otherwise its just weird looking stencils.

This product is also FILLED with floating plain swatch cards with hundreds of parallels, just the way Panini loves to do it. Honestly, why are these cards even necessary? Oh, right, because they are too lazy to fill out a whole set.

Lastly, we have the worst of the worst. As if you thought the Panini style Manu-patch autos werent enough in Prestige, THEY'RE BAAAACKK! Only this time, the players are stuffed onto a smaller border and covered in a paint spill. Cmon, enough with this poop of a product.

Ill be honest, of all the products that have been released since 2007, Leaf Rookies and Stars is the one product that I have never bought a single, pack, or box of, mainly because the cards have always been so stupid looking. The main rookie part of this set has helmet off pics, so it makes it even less attractive to me, and the design has NEVER been good.

Add this set to the list of products that needs to get the axe.


  1. The Jared Cook card isn't that bad - it's not the worst I've ever seen, but it's not really good either. But holy shit, it looks like somebody puked on that Chris Johnson card! It actually looks like he's running away from the puke, which is kinda funny. And the Donald Brown card wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that the jersey is a meaningless "event used" jersey. I'll never understand why anyone values those.

  2. Yeah, I saw this was coming up, looked for a few card images, and was not impressed. I decided to spend the time I would have spent on writing up a "Live Today:" preview by painting my laundry room.

    Remember when Leaf R&S was actually a relevant and decent product? Now it's just another Panini product, which are all starting to look the same...

  3. Dave, i almost didnt realize the Jared Cook card was a rookie card, I mean, it only says it 6 times on the card. Haha.

    Goal, R&S hasnt been a relevant product since 2004.

  4. It's great that you posted that McNabb card. I don't think I even need to say what it looks like somebody to that card. Absolutely hilarious!

  5. OK, I just figured out the deal with that McNabb card. It was produced with the jizz that resulted from one of the lovemaking sessions between Tracy Hackler and the Donruss execs...

  6. WOW, I'm usually happy with all sets but this crap looks worse than inscriptions!