I'm 2 for 2 pulling autos from Panini retail boxes, so we'll see if that luck holds up. I have 3 more retail boxes I'll be ripping throughout the rest of the month.
But even without the autos, I think these products have a ton of value, and some of the nicer card designs from the last few years.
The parallels didn't come out so well in the scans, but look great in person. I didn't know about the orange retail parallel until I opened this box, and I think they are actually my favorite of the bunch.
The Cy Young card is one of the cooler cards I've seen in recent years. The photo is clearly a much older Cy, and from the backdrop you can tell he isn't exactly at Yankee Stadium.
In the early part of the century, it was actually pretty common for retired players to continue playing ball well into their middle years on an assortment of semi-pro teams that would play in various industrial leagues or city leagues. Honus Wagner was playing on sandlot teams for well over a decade after he retired from the Pirates. And given the economics of baseball at the time, some incredibly talented players actually shortened their careers because they could bring in more money moonlighting for 3 or 4 different semi-pro teams throughout the year than they could playing for one Major League club.
I'm sure Panini wasn't looking to tap into baseball history when the selected the photo. But it's a case where a picture really can tell a thousand words.