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album: Minecraft – Time to mine TCG (Panini)

cards: 207 (1-207)

starter pack: binder + 3 packets + 4 card limited 9,90€

standard box: 18 packets (8 cards per packet) 2,99€ cad.

value pack box: 10 packets (26 cards per packet) 8,50€ cad.

Minecraft is back! In reality it is difficult to think that they had ever left, given the millions of fans that this game has all over the world, if we are on the third album (2 of cards, 1 of stickers) in a short time Panini probably also found interest. in the products made.

An important collection also in terms of costs, not exactly economic, but in contrast to other productions we can see a good quality, even in the details. As already happened in the previous collection, the back of the cards has a different image from the front. The not too high number of cards therefore allows them to be stored in the binder 9 per envelope, so as to enjoy both images.

While it is true that on the one hand Panini, for some time, has no longer considered newsstands the center of its universe, with exclusive or preview products on its website, on the other hand, at least in this case, there are also different products for the traditional market ..

In cases like these, the starting point is as important as the arrival, if the intention is to have cards to make the children happy, every single purchase can be enough, if the desire is to try to complete the collection, you need to be patient and .. a budget that is not impressive but still important. Incalculable if you decide to find all the variations.

The checklist included in the binder is essential to understand the collection which is not random, but well organized presenting the whole Minecraft world. The first 63 are mainly dedicated to the characters, from 55 to 81 space for scenarios, all nine cards are needed to get the complete image, from very interesting and original comic book fans the sketch cards, 18 and then to continue many other characters.

In our own small way, we believe fans will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the cards, also by their variety, also taking into account that out of 207 total cards 108 are special, metal or mirror effect. Do you want to look for them all, really all? Well, there are even 53 cards in “parallel” version, holographic silver or gold.

It is appreciated that the checklist is also very useful for those who want to reach the final goal. Just browse the attachment to understand what they are and how to mark them. They are details, but important and we like to point them out. Although in reality, the variants are simply those between 2 and 54. All the stickers can, if lucky, be found in the standard packets, except for the limited ones that can only be purchased in the starter packs, the standard one and the online one. on the Panini website, actually the same with the addition of two limited packets (not exactly ethical move towards newsstands, but we have already commented before).

So summarizing 207 complete basic set cards + 106 parallel + at least 6 limited edition cards = 319 total cards .. but that’s not necessarily the end of it!


MINECRAFT Treasure (Panini)

Album: MINECRAFT Treasure Album (Panini)
Stickers: 256 (1-256)
Starter pack: album + 5 packets + 3 cards limited edition 4,90€
Box: 24 packets (5 sticker per packet) 1,00€ each

Minecraft mania! Let’s admit that sticker albums on video games always put us in a bit of trouble, not being “of the trade”. For this reason, we often risk appearing as ignorant and surely there will be details of the album that are important to the fans and maybe we don’t notice. We apologize in advance.

After the collection of cards, here are the dear and old stickers, after all the brand is one of those that work, the fans are millions all over the world. The product presented by Panini is classic but also modern, classic as it is a typical sticker album to stick, modern as the stickers themselves are also interactive and particular. It could not have been otherwise with such a product, what do you say?

The first part of the album is dedicated to the themes and sets of the game, the exploration of the different settings (forest, mine, desert, etc.), interactions, creations or even constructions. Of course also the fights, because if not what video game would it be?

The next part of the album is the most dynamic and perhaps interesting. Both for the fact that it is time to play, and for the multitude of different stickers, special, mini square, mini round. The two aspects go hand in hand, to reveal the solutions you need the stickers, but also to be able to interact with the album you need the stickers to know what they represent. The idea of ​​not making a single and compact block is also nice, the games will also return in the following pages of the album.

Earlier we wrote that the games part was perhaps the most interesting. You will think the same before you get to page 24 where the Minecraft art sector begins. Here the authors have given themselves to the most unlikely but at the same time successful solutions. The graffiti-style characters, the shaped stickers to complete some really nice splash pages. Modern art meets video games, the result is successful.

The alternation of the album is another positive factor, in our opinion. It makes completing it more fun but also just browsing it. Games, art, alternating with other explorations and creations. Grand finale with a Minecraft adventure, which keeps us company for 6 pages and 34 stickers.

Given the usual quality problems of the album paper, a mention on the cost of the packets. In the first instance, not exactly cheap, but on the other hand, compared to many other collections, here the stickers have an edge. A little bigger than the standard, several specials and in particular the video stickers. By downloading the App, it will be possible to view videos related to the game.

Too bad the choice of making boxes of only 24 packets, understandable for other collections where sales forecasts are not the best, but with Minecraft we believe something more could be done. The solution is to give oneself to the wild exchange with friends and collectors, as it was once done, often, fortunately, it happens even now.



card: 230 (1-230)
starter pack: album + 3 packets + 2 LE cards € 9.90
packets: € 2.99 (8 cards, 18 packets box)

Was the chicken or the egg born first? We know that the programming of an album is six-monthly if not annual, but we like to think that this Panini release is linked to the great success of the LYON album (linked although not officially to the world of Minecraft), not so much in terms of ways, but in timing. That is, that it came out earlier than expected? 🙂

Certainly times are risky, if it is true that Minecraft has an exponential success with millions of game lovers, releasing such an expensive product simultaneously with the Queen Calciatori leaves us some perplexity. The second doubt is more personal, this review would certainly have a different setting if it were a good follower of the game, this is not the case, so forgive us the mistakes and above all the shortcomings. Certain details and details would not go unnoticed by fans.

The collection consists of 230 cards, divided between 7 genres, compared to those of Fortnite it seems more structured and refined. The binder insert is interesting where every single card is not only mentioned but has a small caption, the purpose is certainly to help understanding the game and make it more appealing.

Good Panini to sell the starter pack with the paper bag, the binder instead is plastic and we believe it is the solution that will remain so in the near future. We cannot think of an optimal alternative solution if not the infamous boxes which, however, take away all the pleasure of putting in order and inserting the cards. We are sure it is a fundamental part of the collection for everyone, even in the most traditional stickers, even those who do not attack them (we do not understand but we adapt) keep them in binders. Ordering cards is a pleasure that cannot be resisted, as well as being quite fun.

8 cards per packet, good quality, better than Adrenalyn, but 3 euro per packet risks driving away more than a few curious people. According to the category we find both simple and special cards, what unites them all is the presence on the front of the card of a small symbol that refers to one’s role in the game. Special mention for the first 9 cards, divided into three allow you to create the panoramas of the Minecraft world. They differ from the others because they have an image on the back that allows you to have an overall view even if you are physically missing the other parts to complete the panorama. Even the glow-in-the-dark cards have additions on the back, still others have hidden images. Most have characters, objects, places from the Minecraft world, who is passionate will easily recognize everything.

Division of the cards:

1-9 Panorama cards (specials)

10-45 Mobs & Players cards (standard)

46-81 Face glow cards (specials)

82-108 Structure cards (standard + specials)

109-135 Mobs foil cards (standard + specials)

136-207 Item cards (standard)

208-230 Action cards (3D)

To these must be added the LE cards, at least 6 (2 in the starter pack, 4 exclusively on the Panini website)

A curated collection, better than other similar productions by Panini itself, there remains the doubt of having chosen the right moment and the right commercial proposal. In terms of graphics and quality of the cards, it fully wins over other competitors, but sometimes it is David and not Goliath who wins.