The best-looking product this year that I have seen was Panini Immaculate. It came out in the summer and people immediately started pulling out some amazing cards from it (that Brett went for $460). There were quite a few case breaks happening for it, but the prices for a slot were going for more than I wanted to pay, and I just kept getting outbid on them. Instead, I decided to take the money that would have gone for a slot in the case break and just pick up a few singles on Ebay...creating my own cheaper break. I watched several breaks that I had bid on (and lost), and there were no Royals cards in there that were better than these (and about half of them were shutouts for the Royals), so I don't feel like I missed out on them.
The card at the top was a great value -- Raul Mondesi /99 - Immaculate Materials - 5 swatches. The fabric is blurry in the scan since it is so thick. The Royals have rushed Mondesi before...hopefully they are patient with him and he will develop into a solid player.
The second card I picked up was Alex Gordon /99 - Immaculate Duals. It shows the Alex Gordon low follow-through...best exemplified here.
While I was on the site, I looked for any other cool, cheap Royals cards I could snag. The first card I picked up was this "Zebra" from 2016 Donruss. I believe they called these "Holoflow" parallels. They are numbered /199 and are very shiny/refractory (you can pick that up in the bottom of the scan). LoCain is showing a little of his "lean-back" follow-through on this beauty.
Another quick pick-up was this Danny Duffy 2017 Chrome in the 1987 Topps style. It was free shipping and the seller likely had a negative profit on this one. It's a beautiful glossy card and I'm glad to have it.
All in all, these cards cost me WAY less than a case-break slot would have, and I am pleased with what I got.
If you are looking for what's still available from that set, you can check COMC or the 'Bay.
What is your favorite Panini Immaculate card that you have seen?