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Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
05-18-2016, 01:36 AM
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Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
I was adding some 2012 Absolute's to Org and was wondering what difference was between the two versions, for example, 2012 Absolute #34 Tom Brady and 2012 Absolute Retail #34 Tom Brady?
Basically, what the difference is between the "2012 Absolute Retail" and "2012 Absolute" versions and if there are any distinguishing marks between the two versions listed in ORG.
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05-18-2016, 02:13 AM
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RE: Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
Usually it is simply card stock. The retail is usually thinner, where the hobby is thicker and more rigid.

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05-18-2016, 10:56 AM (This post was last modified: 05-18-2016 10:57 AM by djohn.)
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RE: Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
The hobby ones have a refractor like finish, while the retail ones don't. It's hard to see in pictures sometimes, but here is a comparison.
RETAIL: [Image: Tom-Brady.jpg?id=424013d0-960d-46c5-8c65...e=original]HOBBY:[Image: Tom-Brady.jpg?id=b2fea0be-6b19-49e9-bcfc...e=original]

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05-18-2016, 04:41 PM
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RE: Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
It's really hard to tell sometimes without having one next to the other for comparison.

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05-22-2016, 11:38 AM
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RE: Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
It's annoying as heck trying to figure those out...

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05-23-2016, 04:23 AM
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RE: Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
(05-22-2016 11:38 AM)savagenate Wrote:  It's annoying as heck trying to figure those out...
I hate that Panini makes separate hobby and retail versions of the same product. I wish they would call it something different. At least back in the day when Playoff did it they used the EXP and SSD identifiers and made the products distinctly different. What is even more annoying is that Panini makes Prestige in 3 different retails versions for basketball (regular, Plus, and Premium).

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06-11-2016, 10:37 PM
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RE: Panini Absolute vs. Panini Absolute Retail
These have bugged me for years b/c most people have no idea what the difference is or how to tell. The answer is easy though. Absolute & Absolute Memorabilia (Panini and Donruss versions) have a holofoil coating on the entire front for the hobby cards and the retail cards do not have holofoil at all.

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