Box Busters & Contest: 2011 Donruss Elite Football

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Donruss Elite football boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What BIG card can you win by commenting on the looming NFL lockout?

Watch and find out …


  1. Jonathan Cisco
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Saw the Boxbusters video on Youtube. In my opinion the lockout will get resolved and we WILL have a football season. I predict we will have a full season and if any of the games are taken away it will be a preseason game or two. The biggest problem with the lockout, is that the incoming class of rookies will have a very short time period to get adjusted to the speed of the game. It will take longer than normal for these rookies to have an impact on the field, but I think some will finish the season strong, (Kaepernick, Locker, Ponder, Ingram, Julio, Greg Little, Von Miller). I believe those players will contribute the most for their particular teams. Nice hits in the video! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Brandon Kief
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Nice box’s you busted. As for the continuing lockout, I am very sick of it. It does not seem that either side will sign a deal until they get what they want. Players play the game and they should be paid for playing. On the other hand owners are responsible to fans, concessions and all aspects of operations. The game has definetly grown but does that mean the owners are keeping a larger piece of the pie? I am not sure. As a fan I just want to see games on Sunday and Monday and look forward to a full NFL season. Being a fan of baseball and basketball and a collector of all three I am waiting to sell any cards of football for fear they might not return. Baseball has completely lost an entire season and year and I hope the NFL learns from that.

  3. Jake Gebbia
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Great pulls in these boxes! I am looking forward to future 2011 sets that are due to release. As for the lockout, it is a joke. Its simple everyone wants the season to happen. At this rate there will be no season. Its always about money it seems to come down to. But look at it this way if their is no season the amount of money lost will be ridiculous. It is time to wrap up the lockout and both sides need to stop acting like children and come to an agreement.

  4. Dan Day
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    In regard to the lockout, I think both the players AND the owners should both agree to make LESS money, and lower ticket prices for the FANS. After all, it’s the FANS that buy the tickets. It’s the FANS that watch the product on TV and are subjected to constant marketing campaigns via corporate sponsors and commercials. It’s the FANS that buy the memorabilia, jerseys, and other gear. It’s the FANS that buy the hobby products, cards, boxes, and other licensed merchandise. It’s the FANS that fill the pockets of the players and owners with millions of dollars. And in the end, its the FANS that will suffer if there is no football season. Consequently, it’s the FANS that will lose their passion for the game they love, feeling betrayed, and possibly shifting their attention to another sport. (Drops mic and walks off.)

  5. Aaron
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I believe that there will be a full season; however the season will be of much lower quality. There will be more injuries and it will be especially tough for the rookies to prepare and get acclimated to the speed and complexity of the NFL.

  6. Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    It seems that it may be too late to put in a full NFL season, but despite the differences, there will be a football season. Both sides have too much to lose by not playing a season. At any rate, once the truncated does begin, football fans better be prepared for an unusual season. Some veterans will fall out of conditioning and not perform. Other players will be able to exploit the unpreparedness of others. Fans better expect the unexpected as some franchises may have a better chance than they otherwise would to make it to the Super Bowl.

  7. Ron Swartz
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think the owners can let this go to the point were they will miss a large part of the season. The money they make on this product is just too great and if the loss a large part of the season they will loss too much revenue by alienating their fan base. Even though the owners can afford it more than the players I think they will have to settle and give in to a lot of the player’s demands.

  8. tolentinotown
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff, everybody! To clarify and narrow the comments a bit, give us your thoughts on the NFL lockout and how it does (or doesn’t) pertain to the hobby.

  9. Jonathan Cisco
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I personally dont think the lockout will affect the hobby at all. It seems as tho the card companies are on schedule this year, and the products that have been released seem to be pretty decent. The only gripe I have is the photo’s of players from the combine in some of the products released. I know they cant picture the players in college uniforms and there is no rookie camps so players havent put on a uniform yet but I just dont like the look of a player in skin tight clothes with no team logo’s or jersey’s. They just look plain. I know that it is really the only place they could get pictures of some players, but I would rather just have the college uni with blanked out college logo’s. Also dont like that some players are wearing “00” from the premiere because they dont have a jersey number. But overall the card companies are doing what they can with what they have. Hopefully the lockout will be over soon but if not I dont really see it having an affect on the hobby.

  10. Robert Steele
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Of course there will be a season. Both sides would lose soooo much money if they were to forgo the season. They were just holding out to see who would break first. It is obvious the owners will bow first as an individual stands to lose more money than the collective whole which is the players. And we all know rich people (the owners) can’t stand to see their wallets shrink. The football card collecting public will care as the number of rookies excelling will be very small due to the lack of preparations it takes one to begin his career. Card prices are driven by excellent performances and results. What will happen? The lockout will continue thru the summer until abt 1 preseason game is left to play and thus cancelling out each teams bye week (which is fine with me as it drives me crazy to see my Giants home instead of playing the game. As for the owners, it is an ego-driven thing ($$$). Who will ultimately lose – the fans. Why? The quality of play and the quantity of injuries will all amount to one thing – a messed up season. And in the end we will have shelled out tons of dollars to collect the players that ended in misguided hype that we all thot would be the NFL’s next great superstar. It’s almost like, well, getting an autograph redemption from Panini – an unfulfilled promise!!

  11. Robert Steele
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    OH, and what sucks even more, we are going to get a whole slew of cards of players with their old teams as free agency is getting a real late start. I think even some of the rookies will be traded as well since the teams couldn’t even do that before, What an astounding mess!!

  12. John Grosdidier
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    The NFL Lockout will not happen, too much is on the line for them to just leave all of that money out there. Cam and Collin are both solid rookies that should have every chance to be the quarterback.

  13. John Seidenberger
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Love the box breaks guys! As far as the lockout goes, I believe that it will all be worked out before pre-season. If anything it might help the hobby in that there will be a tougher initial read on how well rookies might perform based on them not being able to work with their respective teams and coaches, therefore the demand for the overall rookie class might remain higher verses the typical “top-flight” 3 to 4 rookies that shine early and thus sky-rocket in price.

  14. marv2404
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I personally think the lock out is a joke. Its rich people wanting to get richer!! What about us? The people that pay to go see these guys play. This will be a shame if there is no season, I personally will be bummed. The nfl needs to figure this out and continue on with a season so we the people can continue to fatten your wallets.

    Great product by the way, i love the all foil looks.

  15. Robert Potts
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    As for the lockout… Thank God theres college football. GO DAWGS

  16. Rodney Bridwell
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    There will be a season as all parties involed are money hungry. There is nothing wrong with that as the problem lies with the players and theyr desires to have a bigger piece of the pie. The players don’t seem to understand that the owners took a chance on an investment that has paid off pretty good for them. If the players want more money just save what you have and invest wisely . The owners are living out what is called “The American Dream”, the country was built on capitalism and this is an example of it in its finest stage. The playeyrs are also living “The American Dream”, they just don’t seem too understand what sacrifice these owners had to put in to be able to ay these players the saleries they already have. When the owners invest in a new item for the fans to buy they have no idea wether or not it will sell. The players could come up with an idea of their own and invest their own money.
    The cards themselves look kind of just run of the mill with nothing spectacular about them. The Tom Brady insert was by far the most impressive looking. Having the rookies in their own uniforms is always a plus.

  17. John Kenney
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    all will be fine in a few weeks, the Lions will win the NFC North, and the Rams will win the SuperBowl :)

    thanks for the great contest :)
    pbean and pbeanjr

  18. robert e gaines
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I think if the lockout drags on it will cost the hobby the younger collectors. They mostly collect the rookies and if they do not get a chance to see them play, they will not collect them. In addition, some of the older collectors will not buy some of the products they would usually buy do to being out of site, out of mind.

  19. Matt
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Another great “bust”, and thanks for the chance at some freebies! I think the lockout has already had some negative effect on the hobby. Prestige didn’t move nearly as fast as it usually does from the lcs, and in the early going elite has not moved as fast either. There could be other factors, but the first couple of products just aren’t being met with the same enthusiasm. The second problem it will likely cause, is if camps are shortened, preseason games cut, or worse, the rookies will not acclimate to the NFL schemes quick enough to get on the field and make an impact, which will slow down the speculators as well. And you have to wonder, if it does drag out, and sales start to lag, will card manufacturers cancel some products? Thanks again!

  20. Ryan
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I think Jon summed it up. All very good points, thanks.

  21. Nickfromcwe
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Great break as always and thanks for the contest! I hope and believe the lockout will be resolved so that those who are most important to the sport will not lose out : the fans. I would have to say on another level though, the lockout and the attitudes taken by both the players and owners have a profound impact on the smallest, but most impressionable viewers of the sport, that being our children. It’s no secret that Tom Brady and Drew Brees are idolized more prolifically and frequently than your neighborhood fireman. It’s about time that these players especially fully realize the impact they make on society and the impression they leave with our children. While they are not here to raise them, at the same time they have chosen a profession where they are viewed nationally and need to understand the scope of their actions. With that being said, I hope to see both sides come to a decision that is fair to the owners and the past, present and future players of the NFL. Are you ready for some football?!? I am!!

  22. Chris Wardner
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    The Lockout! It’d make a good movie title, but it’s horrible for us football fans. I believe the players and owners will reach a deal in time for a full season. However, I am disgusted by the money that is the focal point of the lockout. Tickets should be free and a jersey should be $40. Even when you consider the short and long term health considerations, these guys are making WAY too much money.

  23. Chris Wardner
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Specifically on the hobby side, the lockout may make speculation a key to this seasons hobby. Will we see rookies at their best? Probably not, and that could see some guys really making a statement a season or two later. Will card sales slump, force decreased production, making some sets potentially more valuable? Nah! The card companies will pump it out regardless : )

  24. Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Bottom line, the NFL has too much to loose to not work out a deal to assure a Football season. The drastic financial hit that would occur would far exceed that of which needs to be handled to get the season rolling. It’s just a big conspiracy to get us all hyped up for opening season.

  25. Tom Larsen
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    The lockout will slow the hobby, only slightly, as the NFL will continue on at some point. We certainly will struggle with finding good photos to use on cards, along with game used patches and gear, but so long as the NFL continues at some point the hobby will kick right back into full gear. We love football. We love seeing the Rookies grow into possible HOF’ers. We love investing in our hobby in hopes that it’ll become more priceless than just the emotional value we put on it. So long as Football has hope, so does the hobby.

  26. Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    The lockout makes things interesting when and if it finishes before this season starts because what i am waiting for is the trading and offloading of teams with players. This is going to be a scramble for players that want to leave certain teams and what teams will give in a hurry for these players. For big trades such as what the Eagles are wanting for Kolb and what teams are willing to sacrifice for him as time will be at the essence. Palmer, Smith, Ocho Cinco and esspecially Bush some of the bigger name players maybe traded to other clubs. This is going to be affecting the market of Fantasy Football of players especially for those who have already had their draft. I love it because there will be a season i believe and it makes good media and interesting news to what is happening with players and teams in a hurry to get their teams ready for round 1. C,mon Football !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Sweet Newton card!!! As for the lockout, I believe it will get resolved, because it does look like both sides are putting an effort into getting this issue resolve. Even thought they are putting an effort I still think that we might lose some games due to this lockout. Even if we do miss some games I still think this will be a good season for the NFL, because I believe all the players will be very anxious to play and plus all should be very well rested for the season since there won’t be a preseason for the players to get banged up just from minor contacts during those few preseason games that we usually have every year.

  28. Jeremy
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think that the lockout will affect the hobby much, mainly because I believe there will be some form of NFL season in 2011. I do believe that if the lockout were to last and the entire 2011 season was non-existant then the hobby would be affected. The brands that are making 2011 rookie cards would run into a sort of dilemma when faced with a 2012 season where 2011 rookies will be playing in their true rookie season. Do they make more rookie cards and end up with each player having a 2011 rookie card as well as a 2012 rookie card? Do they hold steady with the 2011 rookie cards and just focus on the 2012 draft class as the only rookies? (On a side note, would both the 2011 and 2012 draft classes be eligible for rookie of the year awards?)

  29. Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    i see lockout being settled in next couple weeks without having any effect on hobby. rookie qb’s will be hard pressed to learn systems. if i may i pulled an elite asdpirations a.j. green au 25/49 n a niles paul toc au 191/499 today at my lcs.

  30. Dewman
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what i am going to watch on Monday if the lockout continues. I am also hoping it doesn’t do anything to the hobby since i am just getting back into it after 10 years of being out of it now that i am a little older (25) and have a bit more disposable income.

  31. Mark
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Millionaires fighting millionaires… Plain and simple. Greed. The only people getting hurt by this lockout is the working people and the kids. Try doing something smart with the money like helping the vets that are hurting medical wise. It was because of the old timers these new players can get the money they are making. Look at the players that have passed just in the last year, most with head trauma. Makes ya sad, reminds me of Upperdeck, just plain greed on both sides.

  32. Duane Moss
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Sweet hits, guys. Congrats on the Cam…wasn’t neatly as successful as you guys with my first box, my best hit was a Jordan Todman auto. The lockout should definitely be over by the 3rd or 4th preseason game, but hopefully sooner. The worst part in my opinion is not hearing about free agent pickups or how rookies are looking in training camps with their new teams. No trade action, no releasing aged veterans or anything that would normally be going on in the football world. I also wanted to say that I like the look of the new Elite cards. They always have a nice design and are among my favorite sets every year. Nice job guys, keep up the good work.

  33. Elex Sy
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    In my opinion I feel like the NFL Lockout is being caused by the NFL owners forgetting about the fans and concentrating on the the business of the NFL. I know its all about business, but the fans and their relationship with the teams is what made the NFL the #1 sport in the US. A lockout could jeopardize and future profits for those same NFL teams and owners. Look at what happened to MLB after the 1994 strike. It took a good 5 years for them to recover. As far as the hobby goes I don’t think it will help or hurt it. The hot rookies will still be hot. What we wont have will be those breakout rookies who may have not been drafted or were late round picks who make an impact. That is what I will miss if the NFL lockout continues. Just my opinion.

  34. Mark
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    50/50 split. And will be a full season. America needs its football. And its cards.

  35. Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    i see lockout being settled in next couple weeks without having any effect on hobby. rookie qb’s will be hard pressed to learn systems.

    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    The Lock Out. Really? These billionaire owners are so greedy, it’s terrible. The players give up their body’s to entertain us. Football is by far the #1 sport in this country and they are going to kill it for us. As a fan of all sports, basketball & football need to get it together. Lets go fellas!

    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    As for collecting. It will definitely hurt the hobby if we can’t see anyone perform. It will just be a dead year for collecting football & basketball. No Cam Newton long touchdown run to see? No Blake Griffin dunks? It will be so boring. Time to get those college kids on cards, they need money right? It’s just an on off campus job for them.

  38. Paul Helin
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I think the hobby will not be effected at all,although I have seen some posts in the forums here that some people will not buy at all. As a collector I will still buy to get rookies and players I collect. Great video and super pulls Thanks Paul

  39. Tyler Harris
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I think that the current lockout will in fact cut into the 2011 NFL season. The so called experts have come out multiple times saying that things are going to be resolved only to be wrong over and over again. Until the owner’s feel they will LOSE money they won’t come together on this issue. It will be interesting to see what happens with the NFL hobby, personally I have tuned the NFL out significantly and focused my attention and spending on baseball. One thing I did notice was that cards appear to be holding their value if not increasing over the desire that fans miss the off-season. The NFL Draft this year was a complete let down for me with the lockout and unnecessary drama. Hope this thing gets resolved before September.

  40. Terry Blevins
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    The BILLIONAIRES vs. The MILLIONAIRES / Wow,where do I start regarding the lock out? It is hard to understand how the owners(the billionairs) and the players(the millionairs) can’t agree on how they are going spilt up the billions of dollars the game will create for them over the length of the next contract. Especialy when you consider the current economic situation and see how it has effected many americans. It is almost offencive to those of us whose lives and lifestyles have been changed forever by the current economy. With that being said I will want to be mad enough to not watch football to teach both sides a lesson but I know I love the game too much and will watch and love the game when it continues. I predict that the two sides will reach an agreement and I would not be suprised if it were soon so the revenue for the upcoming season is not effected. Also, I love the Donruss Elite! It is as always a great looking product and one of the best values for the money. The Cam Newton card is absolutly sic. Keep up the good work, love your website. Terry Blevins

  41. Gregory Harper
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Just give me some NFL football! I need fantacy football. College football is not the same as the NFL. If they end up having replacement players play this year will they do card sets of them?

  42. Darren Friedman
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Fans in New York have spent thousands of dollars just for obtaining licenses for seats at the Meadowlands, not including the price of tickets. Even though, the lockout will not hurt footballs fan base, fans will become frustrated with both owners and players if the lockout is not resolved soon. Fans know that 6 billion dollars is at stake if the season is cancelled, that’s alot of money that owners and players can ill afford to lose. Along, with the lost revenue from the playoffs and the Superbowl. Owners and players need to put their differences aside, sign a new agreement and get the season started already.

  43. Jerry Pyle
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Nice box pulls. As for the how the lockout affects the hobby. I believe it will affect the hobby. I believe it (the hobby), the big draft picks (Newton, Jones, Ingram, Miller) will probably not be affected too much their cards will remain HOT, but the lesser known rookies, like (Titus, Leshoure, etc) will be affected more as not getting the time to show off there talents to make the big splash in the hobby market. The ones that didn’t get drafted are even in worse shape as they will probably not have many cards out which might help there card value if they would even have any. I think it will end soon but it might be too late.

  44. Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I wish they would just resolve the issue so we could have football! I really miss getting ready for my fantasy football draft. Since the Lockout I have not been very interested in football because, there has been no ota’s or training camps to check out or get excited about. Oh.. almost forgot, Free agent signings!! Please Football gods, bless us with a season, Thanks guys, Chris O.

  45. Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I wish they would just resolve the issue so we could have football! I really miss getting ready for my fantasy football draft. Since the Lockout I have not been very interested in football because, there has been no ota’s or training camps to check out or get excited about. Oh.. almost forgot, Free agent signings!! Please Football gods, bless us with a season, Thanks guys, Chris O.

  46. Tommy Callaway
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Being an Auburn fan, I love the Cam Newton card. Great product looking forward to getting some of these cards this weekend. As for the lockout, I think both sides are full of hot air. The networks like ESPN, Fox and CBS will lose a ton of advertising money if there is no season. I’m sure the networks and the NFL with the money involved in the television side of the business will never let a full season lockout occur. We may lose a couple of games, but there will be football this year.

  47. Jamie M
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Lets play ball.

  48. jason jones
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I think football is the greatest sport. hopefully there is no football strick. hopefully everthing
    is settled. if not i think it would really hurt the sport.

  49. Ronald Doucette
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    I believe everything will end up gettting worked out in july but rookies will have almost no effect on this season it will almost be another season just like we had with all the same players.

  50. Jordan Gohman
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    In my opinion the lockout will not happen. Both sides have too much to lose. If no deal is reached soon will will miss some of our games and that just plain sucks. I don’t believe if we did miss an entire season it will affect the hobby too much. My collecting is completely seperate from my passion for the game. I’ll still get my sets and buy my packs, it would be great to have the season for the fact that it will drive up the rookoie prices and there will always be the one longshot that has a stellar season and make his card that much more desireable. As a Vikes fan I hope we get things settled soon, Ponder will be our QB and will need all the time with the team to get comfortable with his receivers. Great hits I hope I will get a couple godd ones also, thanks for the shot at the auto’s guy’s!

  51. Michael Ippolito
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Well there’s too much money to lose for the season to be canceled. We all know when the season start is looming, a deal will be done because the only thing worse than less money is no money. And since owners love to complain they feel a hurt on the bottom line, the blame will be on them if there’s no season which would harm their pocketbooks, relationship with players, and if not most important of all, fans. Nice cards, looks like I should pick up some product.

  52. Michael Ippolito
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Well there’s too much money to lose for the season to be canceled. We all know when the season start is looming, a deal will be done because the only thing worse than less money is no money. Hopefully the hobby isn’t affected but this product is pretty nice, definitely looks worth a shot to try. Nice cast, thanks again guys.

  53. Ed Knizner
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Lock Out?? What Lock Out?? Cincinnati has a professional football team. I am sure the lock out won’t hurt the book value on the Bengals cards. Maybe the NFL won’t settle and that will prevent the Bengals from finishing last in the division again.

  54. Corey Swinney
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    nice product me what the cam newton Auto Jersey

  55. Ben Downey
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    More than the money, the lockout is about making a statement. The owners are telling the players that they take the financial risk. They are the ones investing in new players, updated stadiums, cutting edge equipment and technology. Just look to baseball (the Dodgers) at what can happen to an owner. They didn’t become owners of a money-making juggernaut like an NFL franchise by giving their money away. They are out to make money. But as reasonable as that may sound, we still scoff that they can’t split $9 BILLION! And the players scoff right along with us, indignant that the owners could possibly asK for MORE money. Their message is about putting their bodies on the line, especially with the danger of concussions. In fact, some recent studies of retired players show decreases in their brain functions. All for a game. And if they let the owners take an inch, they’ll end up taking a foot. If you give a mouse a cookie…The good news? Both sides didn’t get where they are by being stupid. They know that playing football in 2011 is the best possible thing, and will continue to work on a deal until they can ask the fans, “ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!” But I’m definitely ready now!

  56. doug stumpf
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Great Box Break and thanks for the contests…..

    The lockout will end soon once pressure is put on both sides that they will be losing millions if not billions if they start missing games. The lockout is a big joke for a league making billions and you can’t share all that money? The owners are going to be the losers in my opinion they look very greedy and it really pissed me off draft weekend when lockout was lifted thenthe owners put it back in place like a day later. Just split the revenues 50/50 between players and owners. NFL is so popular once the lockout is over there probably won’t be as bad a backlash as the NHL and MLB got when they cameback. People will want the NFL so bad they will over look the whole lockout and spend money on games and merchandise.

  57. David Moya
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    The lockout will probably affect the pricing on of certain rookie card but not to much on the veteran cards i don’t think, as for buying i don’t think it will affect the hobby at all we will still buy to be close to the game.

  58. jordan reddick
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    I can’t believe the lockout has lasted this long. They just need to make a deal asap because they are gonna have alot of very angry fans if there is no football. There being greedy and need to get there heads out of there butts. I know I will go crazy if I can’t watch my dolphins!

  59. steve miller
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Football is so popular in America that I don’t think the lockout is affecting the hobby of football card collecting very much at all. Card collector’s are hardcore in general & are always anxious for new cardboard, whether they are wax junkies or singles buyers.

  60. Corey Tams
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    The lookout is an unfortunate thing. So much money is made from the NFL, I believe in week 2 of the season one of sides will cave. Once they see there is a real chance of no season I believe the players will give in. They make so much just playing a handful of games per year and most of them enjoy the game. For owners and management there is a lot of tasks they have to oversee. Yes they are greedy, but look at a team like the Houston Texans which costed $1 billion. How will the owners ever make money on that? They will never even recoup what they paid for it unless they sell the team. As for the CARDS :). I still love them, but the trading card hobby is pretty dead as it is that this lockout could hurt products that would have been released during the season. I remember in the mid 90s when trading cards were very popular, but now it seems like like it’s a dwindled amount of those kids that grew up like me who are still into collecting. Trading cards will be popular again but a lockout is sure to hurt the sale and amount of cards produced. Which could make the rookie cards from this year rare if the supply of total product (all series) decreases. I think it all goes back on the players because some make a fortune for doing what they love. Of course your boss (the owners) will make significantly more than you whether they deserve it or not. I work harder than my boss, but only make 1/4 of his salary. Is it fair? No. But that is how society works in the USA.

  61. Matthew Gilman
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Sweet Box!! Thanks for sharing!!

  62. Chet Cobb
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    First off, I really enjoy watching the box break videos. In regards to the lockout negotiations, I think that both sides will settle since there is too much money to be lost if the season is delayed or postponed in any manner. It will be hard enough for the teams to be cohesive without the offseason training and practices. Some of the players stated that the reason they are not going to the independent team player organized camps is that if they get injured, the teams can cut them once all is said and done due to conduct (participation in unsanctioned events). Both sides just need to be a little more flexible and play football, not just pay the attorneys.

    So, in closing the real reason for this comment is that I want that Cam Newton auto/patch.


    Just being honest!! Best wishes fellow collectors on Super Card Pulls!

  63. Eric Musu
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    The NFL lockout is a necessary evil. Lots of things need to be improved, impementing a rookie wage scale is a must, and the NFL has to be more visible with their numbers to create trust with the players. The owners want an 18 game schedule, but the season can’t get any longer due to injuries. Lets hope it gets resolved soon, but I expect a couple games to be missed because the players will start to feel the impact of not receiving their game checks and will want to the issue to be resolved at that point.

  64. Michael Lee << WINNER (Cam Newton)
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Great bust! How will the lockout effect the hobby? Collectors will always love their guys. The real change will be be in who to prospect. With no camp or way to see how they will transition to the pros, it becomes a “I hope he pans out”, more so than if there was no lockout. College followers will go for their school, but the rest becomes great speculation. Those dark horse RCs become even darker. Who will be the diamond in the rough? As for how it will impact fans, when millionaires and billionaires argue over money, we the general public get completely jaded. When they say “We’ll lose a million this year, WAH!”, when they make 10 to 20 million, it makes you want to kick their wallet up between their shoulder blades. Ultimately, these guys makes huge amounts of money playing a game. Everyone involved needs to get some perspective and do what’s best for the sport. You take care of that, and everyone wins. I hope these guys get things done and we do have a season. Seriously, with world seeming to want to tear itself apart these days, I’m ready for some football.

  65. Chris
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The lock out is some over paid cry babies who need to be let go for a year so they car realize oh S@*t guess we better all agree on something before we waste our talent and have to work for minimum wage at some construction job or God for bid get the degree and have a hard under paid job. They just need to realize if the lock out goes on they will lose fan’s I think faster than ever. I know a few people who don’t care for football but have started to watch because I do and have a slight understanding of the game. I make nothing compared to what they do and believe me my job is far more stressful and harder that playing some Sunday night football. Give me something to drink a few bud’s to while having my buds over.

  66. Joe Abrams
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    The lock-out sucks. We want football and we want it now. Let’s face greed rules the world and football. Tell the NFL to give me a call. I’ll solve the problem with.

  67. Gantry Paniaha
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    one thing I think is stupid is that they(as I’n the NFL) want to protect Players but the commissioner wants to increase the game schedule. So I don’t think that makes quite sense and then the free agents don’t have a chance to prove themselves. Look at key players who were free agents like James Harrison back In 2002 I think but look, see what happens

  68. Falcon Punch
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Wow what a sick newton card

  69. Tom Sisti
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    This lockout is just getting ridiculous. I know football is far and away America’s #1 sport, but at this point they are just alienating the fans. No matter what either side says in their defense, the fans don’t really care. They aren’t going to give any sympathy to millionaires, let alone billionaires. They just want their football. It amazed me how it makes the news that they are talking and lines like, “The owners are saying they want to get this deal done.” Well I sure hope so! Looking back at previous lockouts across the major sports, it’s clear they do lose a varying amount of fans in the process. If they cancel this season because of this mess, I assure you many fans will come back, but I bet there will be a group of fans who are pushed away and never come back. The NFL is the best thing running, if both sides are smart they won’t do anything to screw that up.

  70. Kelly M
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I think that these leaders need to get their stuff together so we can have a football season this year. The owners will lose money, the players cannot play the game, and us fans cannot have the games that we love to watch. Their are no winners with the lockout. As far as the hobby goes, it will be terrible for football cards. Who wants to buy cards of athletes, especially rookies who aren’t even playing? Just get this thing resolved already.

  71. Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Keep doing Box Breaks! The lockout will end before any games & most likely any pre-season games are missed. Most of the NFL owners are smart enough to know that there can not be a strike in the current economy. The millions unemployed would destroy the NFL if the owners cancel games in a fight over billions of profit bucks.

  72. Matthew Gilman
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I messed up first time commenting on this by hitting the button too fast. So here is my entry. The lockout is a mess. It has taken away the offseason which i love to watch the moves by teams, the workouts and everything about football. Being a die hard fan, watching my sport go down in flames as of right now, its awful. they should stop worrying about the money and worry more about the money us fans give them. Because without us, they are not them. so they should get their heads out of the ground, and solve this money issue and give us the fans what we want. As it was said at the draft WE WANT FOOTBALL!!!

  73. marco casini
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Of course it will effect the hobby, who knows what will happen with the 2011 rookies if there is no season. Their skill could decrease without competitive football making it tougher for them to make a team next year. Or they could go other places(Arena,CFL just a few examples) and maybe get comfortable there and decide to stay. Some will go to jail and some will find work in a different area,a lot of smart guys in this years draft that have something to fall back on.

    Also if there is a lockout who will really buy 2011 football products? Everyone loves a new product,therefore I think a lot of people will jump to different sports.

  74. Brian Wiedmer
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    The NFL lock out is all about the money. It’s a shame that the owners are willing to hurt so many fans lives and lives of employees so they can get a bigger piece of the $9 billion pie. A pie that won’t even exist if there is no season this… year. I believe that the lockout will be resolved and there will be a season. If there is no season, then the lockout is for nothing since the owners will lose out on even more money and there won’t be that $ 9 billion available to squabble over. The lockout affects the lives of everyone from the owners to the common everyday fan of the sport. See More

  75. Ben
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Great break. I really like 2011 Elite. As far as the lockout and it’s possible affect on the hobby collecting world, I think it does have some affect on the sportscard business. The veteran cards (base, autos, or relics) won’t be affected much because they have established a following among fans and have played multiple seasons to justify their level of demand. The rookie class this year will be a little harder to gauge value and demand as long as the hold out continues to happen. Every year its hard to gauge what rookies will live up to the hype, which won’t pan out and which will surprise everybody, but with the possibility of a shorter season, I think that the lack of playing time and exposure for the rookies will hurt sportscards in the short-term. With the first couple of 2011 products to roll out, there hasn’t been as great a demand as previous years. I don’t think the lockout will last all season, football is too important for all the parties involved. Whether the season is shorter or a full season, I think football cards will only begin to really heat up and take off once fans can be fully confident that they players they collect are playing every week.

  76. Jacob
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Nice boxes guys. The bottom line is that the lockout situation needs to be settled so we have football for the future.

  77. Colby Bunner
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    The potential lock out will suck because I won’t have fantasy football to waste my time.

  78. Brant Hill
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Nice cards! The lockout will end by July 15th. Both sides cannot afford to not come to an agreement. Everyone is sick of it and both owners and players make tons of money as it is. Did ya’ll ever give away that Brady Sterling auto/jersey 1/1 for supercollector submissions? thanks

  79. David Herbert
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    The lcokout is about a bunch of little cry babies wanting more of our money. The NFL made $9 billion last year, and the owners are complaining that they are in a financial crisis! The NFL needs to realize that it is us fans that are willing to shell out roughly $100-$400 to pay to see a game that you could see for how much you pay your cable provider, and roughly 18 out of the 32 teams raised ticket prices, even with the lockout.

  80. ben
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the contest! I think the lockout will end soon and all will return to normal. However if the lockout does continue then I think that it will decrease the value of this year’s class and greatly increase the value of next year’s rookie class as everyone gets excited for a return to the game we love!

  81. Ryan Williams
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I honestly do not think that the lockout will affect the hobby in the slightest. It’s pretty much like a rain delay on the sport which will inevitably end in the coming weeks. The parties involved have too much money at stake to let this unneccesary lockout go on any further. Again, my opinion is that there is no way that this will affect the hobby.

    But on the flipside if there really isn’t any NFL this year, then I expect football card sells to drop substantially. Above average collectors will continue but casual collectors, like myself, would probably fade a little. Hypothetically.

    Thanks for the video breaks!

  82. jason zetts
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I think the lockout does have a negative affect on the hobby. Speaking for myself I’ve really slowed down on buying due to the fact of not having the daily buzz of FA signings, rookies impressing in camp that type of stuff it’s just kind of slow right now! I’m hoping for a quick solution so we can get to it already! Once a deal is signed it will be right back to normal! Football is America’s Game! No doubt!!

  83. tom waldron
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Dan and Andrew great break as always very informative. I do like the Legends of fall insert have a nice 4 color nasty patch of Vernon Davis.
    Now the lockout is a mess but I don’t think the Nfl the players and Owners want to loose the BILLIONS in revenue they make. It would crush the Nfl and the Hobby would really take a hit.
    I think a lot of Hobby shops depend on the Nfl revenue stream the same way College football supports all other college athletics. Footbal is a tried and tru money maker for all and not to mention the major networks loss. What we will see is a shortened season 10 games and no pre-season or 1 at most. So far the money at hobby level hasn’t turnes to many away……. so far
    thanks I really could use the Cam Newton or the Kapernic

  84. Andrew Wishon
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Nice Product. I believe the lockout will have a minimal impact on the hobby. The only major topic I could see is, if there is no season, are the rookie cards produced this year really the player’s rookies, even if they didn’t play. We’ll also have to live with more nasty airbrushed action photos.

  85. Jeff F.
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    The lockout definitely will have some impact on the football card market – you only need remember how the baseball strike in ’94 affected the baseball card market. And I’m doubtful that the lockout will be resolved before the start of the season. And yet, even as diehard a NFL fan as I am, I’ve got to say, if the players are actually willing to deny us a full season of NFL action out of their own selfishness and not resolve this thing somehow before the regular season starts???, good riddance – bring on replacement players, baby!!! I’d just as happily watch a bunch of temporary-NFL-ers getting the opportunity of a lifetime and playing more for the sheer love of the game and not for the seven-and-eight-figure salaries as I would watching the familiar faces I’ve grown to love. I just want my full season of football, irregardless WHO is wearing the uniforms!

  86. Jason Winchell
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I predict the lockout will end before the season starts. How else can the Packers defend their Superbowl title. However, if there is no season then they get to keep the championship title for a whole other year by default. Go Pack Go

  87. christopherpineda
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    nice cards!did u guys give away the cam newton jersey autograph because im a serious card collector and i really want a cam newton card and that is my favorite player of all time

  88. Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Nice boxes guys.

    I think the lockout will end pretty soon. Both sides and their egos will come to a decision because they’ll realize making money this year is better then not making any money and they will hammer it out before the season starts. The hit professional football could take if they miss part or the whole season will be debilitating just like when it’s happened in the other sports and they all know that.

  89. kent chisler
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Nice break guys. As for the lockout it will be over shortly as there is too much to lose for both sides. I think it has reached the point where both sides have realized they are making hand over foot in money and need to get back on the field to continue doing so.

  90. CL
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    I’m going against what most on the board is saying in that I believe the lockout will have a more positive effect on the hobby. Average collectors like myself will now have more time and potentially more funds (without tickets, team gear, tailgating, DirectTV packages, etc. to buy) to address their collection needs accordingly this summer/fall. If I heard you correctly, the price point for these cards was around $6.00/pack. The average NFL ticket (in Indy at least) is around $85. That’s about 3/4 of a box for me to buy each week that I don’t go to a game! Plus you have to factor in the other intangibles I mentioned before. In the end, I envision myself buying much MORE football (and baseball, but that’s another story) cards this summer/fall should the lockout continue. So long as my wife doesn’t find out and use the funds elsewhere.

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  92. Kirk Bickel
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Hopefully they can get the lockout solved and still have a full football season. I think that if they miss part or all of the season it could be devastating for the card industry and cause lots of people to focus on college sports.

  93. Derek
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    I like the Donruss Elite cards, except that if you put all the names at the bottom of the card in your collection the backs of the rookies are upside down. Lockout needs to end soon. I AM READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!

  94. Posted June 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Above average box imo. Definitely better than some I’ve seen opened online and the one at my LCS.

    I feel this is a minor blip on the vast radar of the NFL, it’s reach and popularity is so vast I don’t think this will have the residual effect that labor issues have had on other sports. First off, I don’t think any meaningful games will be missed. I project that based on the trends with negotiations in the last 2 weeks we will have a resolution plus or minus July 15th, giving teams and players about 2 weeks to get contracts done and get everybody into camp for July 31. Second, as long as there’s a quality brand of football on the field I can’t see anyone holding this little squabble against the league, players or owners long term. America loves the NFL too much right now to hold a grudge like people did in the years after the MLB strike. Third, I am supremely confident that the owners will pass to end to this whole thing because they don’t have the necessary 9 votes to stop the 75% majority to implement a new deal when one is proposed. Too many owners are making too much money to let a small group completely tank their operation. The NBA situation is actually a lot worse if you read the reports about how many owners are currently losing money despite higher TV ratings, etc. So long story short it’s not in anyone’s best interests to continue this into “meaningful time” and the only people who have been hurt by this are the “little people” who work at stadiums, run fantasy websites and have businesses based on the league that they’ve lost money on in all this.

    Thanks for the contest!

  95. j.berry
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    wow!!! u guys definately have the greatest job in the world,and u guys also have the best luck by pulling some of the greatest pulls ive ever seen. i think u guys do great job posting videos and offering some of the best insight on the latest and greatest of products. now on the looming lock out as it may interfere with the nfl season but i dont think it will interfere with the production of nfl cards. i think with the great new crop of rookies led by mr cam newton himself more people will be focusing more on collecting even if a lock out stays put because like myself if im not watchin my beloved eagles i will be at my local card shop ripping away for the future. as always keep up the good work and looking forward to see who gets to be lucky winner of the giveaways…….jb

  96. Jon Maus
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I see the lockout ending, but there may not be preseason football. I’m getting sick of the lockout, when two groups bicker about how they will split 9 billion dollars there is an issue! I mean comeon why nickel and dime the fan when the industry is arguing over that! Also, the players are expected to take less money and play more games? Comeon let’s be practical. I think that both sides need to suck it up or that large sum of money will diminish some from disgraced and fed up fans. However, I see the lockout having a positive affect on the hobby. If fans are unable to watch football maybe they will turn towards collecting their favorite players or team. All the money the fan would pay during the season could be flipped into the collecting industry. Personally, if there is no football this season, I will collect more football than previous years just to keep connected to the sport.

  97. Travis Tithof
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Of course the lockout comes at the exact time when the Detroit Lions look to be a legitimate threat in the NFC North. As for its effect on the hobby, it hurts the value of some of these rookie cards. If we don’t get to see Newton play this year, the talk next year will be Andrew Luck instead. It is not fair to the collectors who will buy this years’ products.


  98. Brooks Craig
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Box Busters is the main reason I come to I really like this version of Elite so much that I am participating in my first case break on a case of 2011 Elite. Wish me luck.
    I have been a fan of the NFL for 42 years. I have gone through two strike shortened seasons and replacement players. I have only been to 3 games in my life, as a kid my dad took me to the Cleveland Stadium to see the Browns and The Miami Dolphins (my team). The Fins lost. And thirty years later I took my daughter to see the Carolina Panthers (her team) beat my Fins. Then a few years later I took her to see her Panthers lose to the Miami Dolphins. OK, so I only got to see my team win once but they were all great memories. As much as I understand that the owners and players have valid reasons for the dispute. I really do not think the truely understand how much their business means to our memories. will the Lockout end? Yes. Will it end soon enough to have a full season? I really hope so. Are we going to have to explain to our children that the game they enjoy and dream about is not around because the owners and players could not agree to have their game? I really hope not.

  99. Posted June 30, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    The lockout has already cost jobs and money to players, owners, card companies and even the little guys like team staff and field staff. With the bulk of NFL releases still to come collectors are already starting to shy away from product that has already hit and with upper end product on the schedule you know that Topps and Panini execs are already starting to sweat the potential sales figures or more specifically the lower then projected sales figures. I would not be surprised to see delays in product or even a cancellation or two if the lockout runs in to the Fall. Hopefully things get worked out.

  100. Damian
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I think the lockout situation will cause the sale of trading cards both initially and on the secondary market to be somewhat “sluggish” until everything’s back to normal. When things do return to normal hopefully we’ll see the same type of passion that has surrounded the hobby in the past. What I can see happening is the releases later in the year being the more collected products over time simply because those products will have the draft picks in their pro uniforms. These initial releases may be just forgotten or disregarded. Also, the economic conditions in our country have made card collecting a much more difficult hobby to participate in for more and more people everyday. The lockout just compounds things even more.

  101. Tim Shea
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Short but sweet – Both owners and players should be ashamed in the way they have argued how to spit up over 9 billion dollars in revenue, when in fact there are millions of people in this country losing everything because of the economy. They need to think of the impact they have in this economy, and get back to work. Just a thought – how much do you need to be happy?

  102. Robbe Lenzen
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Wow, nice pull on the Cam auto… I can tell you as a season ticket holder that he definitely has kept the North Carolina area abuzz with positive thinking! I, like every other NFL fan, should be done worrying about the lockout. With D Smith and Roger Goodell sharing flights to Minnesota for Rookie Symposiums and then flying back to Minnesota, they seem to be getting along quite well. Additionally, just in the past week, we’ve heard about how they have opened discussions on things like the Television money and rookie wage scales, which before weren’t even on the radar. We’ll be seeing football back in action by July 15th at the latest… leaving us 2 weeks for free agency and then full minicamps and preseason.

  103. kris burak
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    The lockout is spam, I keep thinking about the MLB strike and blah blah tons of money blah blah blah….ridiculous.

  104. Joe
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Nice pull on the Newton card … hope he gets his chance to show his stuff… It is a shame that all parties involved have not learned lessons from work stoppages past. Cal and the HR Race saved baseball after the last strike (of course now we know how tainted that probably was) … the lockout only hurts everyone in the long run …

  105. Steve C.
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    I dont feel sorry for the players and owners the ticket prices etc for football keep rising and economy is not in that great shape.

    I say let them strike for a year and hit them both in the wallets.

  106. Matthew Gilman
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Any winner yet?

  107. tolentinotown
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks for the responses, everybody. Our two winners are … drumroll … Michael Lee (Cam Newton card) and Corky (Colin Kaepernick card).

    Since we received so many responses on this particular topic, we included a handful of your astute observations in the coming issue of Beckett Football. Be sure to pick up a copy and see if you made the cut.

    Thanks again!


  108. Mark Collins
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    I predict there will be a very short lock out.

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