Thursday, January 21, 2016

2012 Panini Prizm - Green Retail Prizm Parallel

Year: 2012
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Prizm
Card Number: 147
Card Type: Color Parallel
Parallel Set: Retail Green
Note: Not serial numbered

This is the second card I picked up from the latest wfbookman ebay auction.  2012 was the first year that Panini did a baseball version of Prizm.  Prizm of course is the evolution of the original Pacific Prism sets of yore and is Panini's Chrome brand.  I remember that 2012 Prizm didn't go over that hot.  Maybe it's because a lot of the images look like Robin's card here.  It's a very ugly card and the main color parallels  were only found in retail, with the very sought after Gold and Black Finites (#/1) being found in hobby along with the base prizm refractors.  There were 3 retail color parallels, red for Target, blue for Wal-mart, and green for everywhere else.  I'm not sure if the green parallels were available in packs sold at Target and Wal-mart as well or were reserved for other retail markets.  Anyone know?  

But other than Robin's base Prizm refractor I rarely see these color parallels come up for sale and that seems odd given that they're not numbered and were widely available at retail markets.  Maybe it's because collector's shy'd away from it.  

If you couldn't tell I'm not a big fan of this set either or this card.  It looks like a super-premium food issue card from the 80's.  The uniform colors are off, but I'm sure that's done for legal reasons, you do get some sense of a background, but it's all blurred out, and the over all card design really isn't that appealing.  That being said the green shininess is pretty awesome and I like that the card is labeled as a Green Prizm on the back.

 Besides Robin's base card this is the only other Prizm card I have of his.

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