For the third straight year, Prestige is retail-exclusive, and collectors can choose from several packaging options: Mega-boxes have 10 packs, with four cards to a pack. This product yields the biggest hits, with two autographs per box. It also has 12 rookies, four inserts and three parallels.
Blasters have eight packs, with eight cards to a pack. A collector can expect to pull either an autograph or relic card, along with eight rookies, three parallels and five inserts.
Hanger boxes contain 60 cards, while fat packs have 30. The fat boxes include four rookies, two parallels and four inserts.
Searching for retail can be an adventure at times. I was at a Target recently when the distributor arrived to put out new card product. We chatted for a bit, and he noted how some products simply “flew off the shelves” after they were put on display. Think Bowman 2020 baseball, for example.
“I’m not kidding, there are like five or six guys following me and they have a network,” the man said. “They call each other and buy all the stuff and split it among themselves.”
Well, what else are you going to do during a pandemic? There certainly aren’t any card shows going on right now.
The Prestige set is notable for having a card of quarterback Tom Brady in the uniform of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Whether Brady or the Bucs — and the entire NFL, for that matter — play this year is open to conjecture. Only the virus knows for sure.
Unlike the 2019 set, the 2020 rookies are not featured in their pro uniforms. They are depicted in action shots from their college careers. Again, blame the pandemic.
The card fronts are clean and reflect some parallel lines. The top of the card has the Prestige logo stamped in silver against the primary team color of the featured player. In the bottom right-hand corner, the player’s team and name are stamped in silver. They are slanted to complement the slanted lines that run across the top and partially down the sides of the card fronts. The player’s name is backed by the team’s primary color.
Six inserts were pulled from this blaster. Two came from the 20-card Power House subset and featured Travis Henry and Mark Ingram II. Ingram’s card was a blue Xtra Points parallel.
Other inserts I pulled included Inside the Numbers (Mike Williams), Youth Movement (Josh Jacobs), Prestigious Pros (Russell Wilson) and Worldwide (Jameis Winston).
The other four parallel cards collectors could find are Heroes, which has a comic book look; Highlight Reel; Honor Roll; Old School; and Impressions.
The hot card pulled from the blaster was a Gridiron Heritage relic of Rob Gronkowski. The card is printed on thick stock and has a dark blue swatch from Gronk’s days as a tight end with the New England Patriots.
Prestige promises to be an interesting set to build. It has enough rookie cards in a blaster box to make collectors want to complete the whole set, and getting either and autograph or a memorabilia card is a big plus for a retail product.