Retail Therapy: 2019 Rookies & Stars Value Pack

2019 Rookie & Stars is a really interesting product. It definitely lives up to it’s name as it has a 200 card set that is 100 of the top rookies and 100 of the top veteran players in the league. As with most of Panini’s football products, it’s also chock-full of inserts, subsets and variation cards.

The QB rookie class is a driving force in this product. Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones and Drew Locke lead the way. There’s also the highly collected rookies of Jarrett Stidham, Gardner Minshew II and Dwayne Haskins to help add some more value to opening the cards.

The Value Pack contains 40 cards and should contain 12 rookies on average. You also should get 5-6 insert cards in your pack. Here’s what we found in our pack:


Daniel Jones, Diontae Johnson, Marquise Brown, Miles Sanders, Ed Oliver, Marcus Green, Trayvon Mullen Jr., Rodney Anderson, DeAndre Baker, KeeSean Johnson, Terry Godwin II, Parris Campbell.


Tom Brady Star Studded, Saquon Barkley On Another Level, Luke Kuechly Action Packed, Deebo Samuel Rookie Rush, Deshaun Watson Precision Passers.


Jameis Winston Green, Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara, David Johnson, Drew Brees, Saquon Barkley, Matt Ryan, Marcus Mariota, Derrius Guice, Kenny Golladay, Aaron Jones, Jared Goff, Mike Evans, Ezekiel Elliott, Derek Carr, LeSean McCoy, Devonta Freeman, Devante Adams, Travis Kelce, Dalvin Cook, Jalen Ramsey, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Khalil Mack.

Grade: B-

Rookies & Stars makes for a fun break. It’s always fun getting as many as 12 rookies from one pack. It’s even more fun when you actually get one of the cards you really wanted as we did with the Daniel Jones Rookie. I’ve also been picking up Diontae Johnson as a breakout player this year, so it was nice to see him show up in the pack.

The inserts were also a pleasant surprise. It was nice to get a Tom Brady Insert, as you can’t go wrong with one of the greatest of all time. Pulling Saquon Barkley and Deshaun Watson are also pluses.

Overall, it was a really good break. There isn’t a ton of monetary value from the cards we pulled, but the cards we got had us feeling good. This product doesn’t get a ton of respect from collectors but it’s always delivered a good time.

If you would like to try your hand at a pack and can’t find them in your local retail store, you can find them on eBay for $13-15 a pack. While it’s a fun break, I don’t know that I would recommend going the secondary market route, but if you really want to open them it is an option.

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