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With an exclusive NBA license, Panini is at will to do whatever they want with basketball cards. Minus having the 2 most premier players autographs in the set (Jordan & LeBron). That hasn’t slowed them down from attracting some of ...
With an exclusive NBA license, Panini is at will to do whatever they want with basketball cards. Minus having the 2 most premier players autographs in the set (Jordan & LeBron). That hasn’t slowed them down from attracting some of the games best players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin into the fold, but outside of Kobe Bryant, those players (and others) fail to draw in the big bucks like a Jordan or LeBron auto always seem to do. During the 2013 calendar year, Panini came out with over 15 different brands of basketball cards. During the same period there were about 10 releases from Upper Deck and Leaf. That amounts to a new set of basketball cards hitting the market almost weekly to date. The set designs and set names are often different, requiring countless man-hours to come up with a new design each time. For each card. Not to mention the overwhelming confusion it inflicts on new collectors. Just looking within the industry, one of the oldest companies – Topps – used to make basketball cards, but only makes NFL and MLB cards at the moment. They have basically the same design for ‘Base’ Topps and Topps Chrome for both Baseball & Football. They make Bowman, Bowman Chrome and Bowman draft all very similar for baseball.  Topps Heritage is a re-hash of a set that’s come out before. Allen & Ginter looks about the same every year. Basically, Topps designs a card once, and re-uses it many times. Lazy? Yes. Economical & Sustainable? Yes and probably Yes. Panini does the same thing, they just don’t repeat it enough with their strong brands for fans to see what many call “brand synergy.” Recently Panini announced Panini Prizm Draft Picks for baseball, and I think this is a quality use of the Prizm ‘brand’ – and is better than just coming out with a product that’s called “Panini Draft Picks” for instance. Just inserting the word “Prizm” in the title will surely lead to more sales of the product. Our friends over at BMW have basically been doing the same thing for decades in the automobile world. They come out with 1 design of the 3-Series Sedan Then you got the 5-Series Then a 7-Series You can buy one for about $35,000 You can buy one for $135,000 too. They both look like the exact same car. Just ones 9 inches longer, has 2 extra cylinders under the hood and costs you a 100 grand more. Why design 10 different cars when you can design one? Make the guy buying the $35,000 dollar 3-series feel like he’s getting a taste of the one that costs 3x more. Same thing for sports cards. Why design 16 different brands – when you can re-use strong ones like Prizm, Hoops, Elite, Limited, Select, Preferred and National Treasures? Have a low-end and a high-end price point (and possible a 3rd middle tier) product line! Just like BMW. Mercedes. Apple (recently). Topps. We as collectors have to wait all year for Prizm, Limited, or Select to come out, why not let us taste the good stuff more than one time per year? I’d rather dilute my good brands than create new ones that end up doing the same thing! Sure would cost the company less money to re-use a set branding that worked than try to come up with a new one each time. When you pay people by the hour, they tend to work harder … not smarter. Panini suffers from employees that are trying to re-invent the wheel, rather than just rolling with the one that got them to the dance. Panini is trying to convince us the next set is the coolest thing they’ve done, when they could let the strong brands they have do all the talking. Cheers to another year of 18+ different brands of basketball cards this year, where we will only remember 8 of them … and only could afford 2. Guess I’ll have more money to save up for that BMW anyway.
about 6 hours ago
2013/14 PANINI TIMELESS TREASURES BASKETBALL 1 pack per box 5 cards per pack 20 boxes per case (2 10-Box Inner Cases) Per Box HIGHLIGHTS: -    2 Autograph Cards -    1 Memorabilia Card -    1 Base Card -    1 Insert Card Set Highlights...
2013/14 PANINI TIMELESS TREASURES BASKETBALL 1 pack per box 5 cards per pack 20 boxes per case (2 10-Box Inner Cases) Per Box HIGHLIGHTS: -    2 Autograph Cards -    1 Memorabilia Card -    1 Base Card -    1 Insert Card Set Highlights -    The first auto-memorabilia cards of the 2013/14 NBA Draft class. Panini says these are #/499 and feature acetate framed auto’s with player-worn memorabilia pieces. -    Look for the debut of the rare Timeless Treasures Trophies auto-jersey cards featuring award winning NBA stars. -    8 Different Autograph Sets -    Collect the Three Piece Puzzle set, featuring 12 trios of players that form one big picture. -    For the first time, the Every Player Every Game patch can be found in Timeless Treasures. WHOLESALE Pricing $75 – $80 per Box Release Date:  December 4, 2013
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Panini released 2012-13 Panini Intrigue Basketball to the streets today, and I’m still trying to figure out what’s intriguing about this product. Impact Rookies dumps some more sticker auto’s ‘rookies...
Panini released 2012-13 Panini Intrigue Basketball to the streets today, and I’m still trying to figure out what’s intriguing about this product. Impact Rookies dumps some more sticker auto’s ‘rookies’ onto the market. The cards have a Topps Inception like background … and the Winning Ink set is basically the same thing. Not the most intriguing thing I’ve seen I thought Upper Deck owned the rights to Fleer Flair Showcase???? Oh … Panini’s hired a bunch of UD guys so that’s why their cards look like the brand they used to work for. Intriguing Pairs. Howard & Love? They both have an injury so they both rarely play each other. Plus Minnesota has a center that would guard Howard if they played. Not very intrigued by a double jersey cards of 2 players that don’t really matchup on the court anyway. Okay. Red – White and Blue is the name of the set. There’s no red/whit/blue except some washed out USA flag in the background. Panini has done USA Basketball cards …. these cards don’t have people in USA uniforms. They don’t put much thought into these things at Panini. Okay, not every set is perfect … but Panini wants $130 a box for this stuff so there better be some hits that make it cost that much. Slam Ink – these are pretty nice. On card … serial numbered. Problem is there’s only a select few players that you can hit that will make some of your money back on an unopened box. Something like 70% of all NBA players are broke 3 years after retirement … getting them on-card is not that expensive or hard. Not that intriguing. But nice card. Immortalized. Nice on-card … no frill autograph cards. Great job Panini. Makes me want to jump out of my seat and spend a $130 on guys that are broke who you got to sign on-card. The Kobe’s … Kareem’s and D-Wades are nearly impossible to get. Rather spend $$$ on ebay and get the guy I want. Panini’s ‘product development teams’ really went all out on this one guys. I’m so intrigued. What a joke.
10 days ago
8 cards per pack 24 packs per box 12 boxes per case HIGHLIGHTS: - 2 Autographs per box - 2 Memorabilia cards per box - Five unique autograph sets. - Hobby exclusive playmakers – find one per case on average. Wholesale Pricing: $75....
8 cards per pack 24 packs per box 12 boxes per case HIGHLIGHTS: - 2 Autographs per box - 2 Memorabilia cards per box - Five unique autograph sets. - Hobby exclusive playmakers – find one per case on average. Wholesale Pricing: $75.00 – $80.00 per box Release Date: November 6, 2013 Panini Prestige basketball is normally a bad to weak break at best, unless you get it heavily discounted. The price point, the fact it comes out right about when the NBA season starts and the fact that Prestige Basketball is heavily distributed via retail channels – means this is a massively produced product, with very few rare hits. Even the advertised “Playmakers” set, will probably only have a handful of players on the checklist (hopefully not) but it makes getting one player not that difficult. The excitement of a new NBA season doesn’t mean you have to pay full price. I’d wait until January when this has a better chance at being a $75 retail priced product, right now that’s the wholesale cost. Panini Preview
18 days ago
5 cards per pack 6 packs per box 12 boxes per case HIGHLIGHTS: - 3 Autographs Cards per box - 3 Memorabilia cards per box - Green Parallel numbered to five return - One hit per pack - Look for the 40-card Rookie Roll Call Signatures Set ...
5 cards per pack 6 packs per box 12 boxes per case HIGHLIGHTS: - 3 Autographs Cards per box - 3 Memorabilia cards per box - Green Parallel numbered to five return - One hit per pack - Look for the 40-card Rookie Roll Call Signatures Set Wholesale Pricing: $90.00 – $95.00 per box Expected Release Date: November 20, 2013 A familiar brand returns, with some familiar sets and design features that have made this a popular set before. The Green parallel cards usually sell very well, and I’m sure you’ll find Red, Gold, Blue and possible other color parallel cards to collect as well. The release date is right around that Black Friday shopping frenzy, and the NBA season will be a few weeks old at that point. Depending on how hot the rookies come out, this product should be “affordable” compared to other Panini basketball sets. More information on Totally Certified when it happens will be provided. Please comment below if you have any questions or feedback. Panini Preview
18 days ago
FINALLY! Even after an eventful 12/13 Season that featured a ‘double rookie class’ – the appeal of that started to wear thin, and it has become apparent that Panini is trying to milk the last bit of the 2012/13 season f...
FINALLY! Even after an eventful 12/13 Season that featured a ‘double rookie class’ – the appeal of that started to wear thin, and it has become apparent that Panini is trying to milk the last bit of the 2012/13 season for all its worth by releasing a few sets even after National Treasures. NBA Hoops will have 2 versions – the details below are for the Hobby JUMBO Boxes: 50 cards per pack 10 packs per box (12 boxes per case) HIGHLIGHTS: -    2 Autographs and 1 Memorabilia card per box 50 parallel Cards 1 Artist’s Proof parallel 30 Red-Back variations 20 Action Shots 20 Dreams 20 Board Members 20 Class Action 20 Courtside 20 Spark Plugs -    200 player autograph checklist. -    First live rookie cards for the 2013/14 NBA Draft Class -    Look for the return of Kobe’s All-Rookie Team. Wholesale Pricing:  $75.00 – $80.00 per box Release Date:  October 23, 2013 Panini Preview
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Some of you may have read a little while back that I am starting a college player collection. Not just any college, but Ball State, my alumni school. Anyway, I finally picked up my first additions to this budding collection. Figured I...
Some of you may have read a little while back that I am starting a college player collection. Not just any college, but Ball State, my alumni school. Anyway, I finally picked up my first additions to this budding collection. Figured I would share.So far, they are all Basketball cards, which I wouldn't normally collect. But for the sake of this collection, I must. But to make up for the fact that they are basketball, they are at least all autos. That's something, right?
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2012/13 PANINI IMMACULATE BASKETBALL 1 pack per box 6 cards per pack - 6 boxes per case HIGHLIGHTS: -    Box Break: 1 Regular card #/99 1 Auto Rookie Patch #/99 or less 1 Autograph card or Auto Patch card 1 Memorabilia card 1 Additional ...
2012/13 PANINI IMMACULATE BASKETBALL 1 pack per box 6 cards per pack - 6 boxes per case HIGHLIGHTS: -    Box Break: 1 Regular card #/99 1 Auto Rookie Patch #/99 or less 1 Autograph card or Auto Patch card 1 Memorabilia card 1 Additional Memorabilia or Autograph card 1 Additional card. -    The most unique memorabilia cards the industry has ever seen. -    The first ever offering of six NBA Logoman booklet cards all #1/1 -    All New Immaculate Caps featuring player worn hats. -    Look for Immaculate Numbers acetate variations sequentially numbered to player’s jersey number, as low as 1. Wholesale Pricing: $300.00 – $315.00 per box Release Date:  October 16, 2013 Panini Blog Preview
about 1 month ago
Once the king of all basketball sets, Upper Deck SP Authentic Basketball has been reduced to a limited number of players due to UD’s ability to only use players in college (or high school) uniforms. You’ll still find the game...
Once the king of all basketball sets, Upper Deck SP Authentic Basketball has been reduced to a limited number of players due to UD’s ability to only use players in college (or high school) uniforms. You’ll still find the games two biggest stars , and with LeBron James and Michael Jordan not ever signing for a Panini set, SP Authentic Basketball can still turn heads and make you want to crack a box. The Base Set, which in the glory days of SP Authentic – you used to get mostly base cards in each pack. This year only has 50 players on the base set, including some names we’ve been coming quite familiar with when it comes to Upper Deck Set (other than MJ and LeBron). We’ve seen lots of Anfernee Hardaway, Allen Iverson, Dennis Rodman, and Gary Payton from Upper Deck recently – and my guess is that the NBA pension checks aren’t really as big as they need to be, so you’ll be seeing these players for a long time to come. The rest of the base set is mostly 2nd rate young NBA players or guys we haven’t even really seen play much yet. SP Authentic base set used to have gold and silver type parallel cards, plus sometimes a mini-set that was serial numbered – no longer. 50 cards on the checklist and nothing too special if you ask me. What is new, is that practically every player in the base-set does sign autographs for a base set autograph parallel (which include the gold parallel most fans are used to). It looks like a few guys don’t sign including #22 Jeremy Lamb, #45 John Shurna and #47 Ricardo Ratliffe – but you have Jordan and LeBron autographs to go after. There are the “Rookie F/X” cards inserted at a rate of 1 every 4 packs. However, the term Rookie on these is really odd – and most of time – players like LeBron and Jordan already have a version of this card in a previous years set. This is essentially an extionsion of the base set, as the cards numbering starts where the base set left off. Most of the players are veteran and even Hall of Fame players – which makes this a strange set to collect with the “Rookie” term attached to the set. Similar to the base cards, you will find autograph parallel cards of just about each player in the set. Canvas Collection cards are Upper Deck’s play on Topps Canvas Collection cards that are often found in baseball sets. (Card companies all use the same 3rd party vendors that print, package and usually ship the cards for them – so when one comes up with a card design, you’ll see all the other manufactures try the same thing because it’s typically the 3rd party vendors technology).  These cards fall about 1 in 8 packs and there are 45 different cards in the checklist. You’ll also find gold parallel versions and autograph versions as well. By the Letter autographs is a familiar set in the SP Authentic lineup – and you’ll find lots of these, as they fall once per box. I have mixed feelings about letterman autographs. First of all, these are manufactured – the player never wore this jersey ….. in fact it was never a jersey at all – just a cloth letter piece made in mass quantities. The sad thing is, you often don’t know this if you were to open a pack or box of this product. Not to mention, some buyers on eBay are going to think LeBron and Jordan actually wore this jersey – which would make the card be worth much more. Not that these letterman autograph cards aren’t nice – or that I wouldn’t like to get a LeBron James, however it does cause some confusion for new and younger collectors – and that’s not always the best way to get people to stay in the hobby for life. Not to mention, the autographs tend to be small and squished on these – as the letters tend to be thin, barely leaving enough room to sign. Home Court autograph cards are not that tough to get, and LeBron James and Mich
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It’s been a few months since Panini Prizm Basketball rekindled all those great memories of “refractor” cards from Finest Basketball. Since then a few sets (like Select Basketball and Crusade Basketball) have launched wi...
It’s been a few months since Panini Prizm Basketball rekindled all those great memories of “refractor” cards from Finest Basketball. Since then a few sets (like Select Basketball and Crusade Basketball) have launched with some Prizm technology, but there’s nothing like your first love – and 12/13 Panini Prizm Gold cards are that for many collectors out there. Sometimes, your first love makes you go a bit overboard though and you tend to do things you won’t for other sets to come. To say there was a frothy buying/selling period on these cards when they first launched is an understatement. But instead of putting up values that are inflated, misleading and inaccurate – here’s a 2012/13 Panini Gold Prizm Value guide for the months of 4/8 – 7/6/2013 (for the players we could find) a few months after release which was November 28th of 2012. Player/Card Sold For Bids Date Sold Allen Iverson 7/10 BGS 9.5 $212.50 14 4/14/2013 Andre Iguodala #28 PSA 10 GEM MINT $31.00 13 5/14/2013 Andre Iguodala 04/10 #28 $56.99 16 5/5/2013 Andrew Bogut #43 # 9/10 $26.55 12 4/24/2013 ANDREW BYNUM #7/10 $44.10 3 4/8/2013 Andrew Goudelock #9/10 $68.00 1 7/4/2013 ANFERNEE HARDAWAY #6/10 BGS 9.5 $400.00 1 5/7/2013 Base Oscar Robinson 8/10 $76.00 19 5/12/2013 Ben Gordon #/10 $15.50 4 5/11/2013 BILL WALTON 01/10 BGS 10 PRISTINE $53.00 3 6/13/2013 Bradley Beal /10 $650.00 1 4/29/2013 BRANDON KNIGHT RC #06/10 BGS 9.5 $350.00 1 4/12/2013 BRANDON RUSH # 123 1/10 BGS 9.5 $38.00 12 4/21/2013 CHANNING FRYE # 9/10 $19.50 8 6/27/2013 CHANNING FRYE #1/10 $41.00 9 4/25/2013 CHARLES JENKINS #232 1/10 BGS 9.5 $31.00 11 4/21/2013 Chauncey Billups $38.00 14 4/9/2013 CHAUNCEY BILLUPS #10/10 $20.51 10 6/2/2013 CHRIS BOSH 1/10 Jersey Number $93.98 9 5/4/2013 CHRIS MULLIN 01/10 BGS 10 PRISTINE $58.89 2 6/6/2013 Chris Paul 04/10 SP $211.21 1 7/1/2013 Corey Brewer 10/10 $22.00 1 4/22/2013 CORY HIGGINS 04/10 $19.00 1 6/19/2013 Darius Morris 7/10 RC $62.99 1 4/23/2013 DAVID THOMPSON 05/10 BGS 10 PRISTINE $49.99 1 6/6/2013 DAVID THOMPSON 2/10 $18.50 4 6/11/2013 DeAndre Jordan #/4/10 $39.99 1 5/7/2013 DeMarcus Cousins #06/10 $100.00 15 4/23/2013 DeMarcus Cousins #2/10 $81.12 6 6/30/2013 Derrick Coleman 09/10 $42.01 1 4/26/2013 DERRICK ROSE # 145 3/10 BGS 9.5 $482.76 1 5/3/2013 Devin Harris #10/10 $29.00 17 4/23/2013 DONALD SLOAN #268 03/10 $16.50 4 6/19/2013 DRAYMOND GREEN RC #/10 $76.00 11 5/12/2013 DRAYMOND GREEN RC #/10 $26.76 10 6/5/2013 Draymond Green RC 08/10 $46.56 6 5/19/2013 Draymond Green RC 08/10 $56.01 10 5/7/2013 Dwayne Wade 3/10 Jersey # $750.00 1 6/19/2013 Dwyane Wade #08/10 $300.00 1 6/13/2013 ELGIN BAYLOR 02/10 $54.99 7 5/28/2013 ELLIOT WILLIAMS 02/10 BGS 10 PRISTINE $49.99 1 6/6/2013 Elton Brand #9/10 BGS 9.5 $60.00 1 4/10/2013 Emeka Okafor #/10 $18.39 4 7/5/2013 ENES KANTER RC #/10 BGS 10 PRISTINE $266.17 6 5/21/2013 Eric Gordon #42 #/10 $44.00 10 5/7/2013 Evan Fournier RC #5/10 $75.00 1 4/21/2013 GEORGE GERVIN BGS 9 $34.33 15 6/17/2013 George Mikan /10 $61.00 17 4/21/2013 George Mikan 8/10 $60.00 1 5/8/2013 Grant HILL /10 $240.00 1 5/14/2013 Grant Hill 04/10 $152.51 23 6/23/2013 Greg Stiemsma 05/10 $20.50 5 5/26/2013 GUSTAVO AYON RC #/10 $44.95 1 5/6/2013 Hakeem Olajuwon/10 $87.98 19 5/2/2013 ISIAH THOMAS #/10 $45.00 19 4/25/2013 ISIAH THOMAS 05/10 #182 $35.89 15 5/16/2013 J.J. REDICK #08/10 $51.00 12 4/30/2013 Jae Crowder RC 1/10 #278 $55.00 1 5/23/2013 James harden #4/10 $168.48 7 4/10/2013 Jan Vesely 8/10 $56.50 9 4/16/2013 Jared Cunnigham 05/10 $8.00 3 4/28/2013 Jared Cunningham #/10 #260 $15.00 1 4/17/2013 JARED CUNNINGHAM #1/10 BGS 9.5 $48.89 11 4/21/2013 Jared Sullinger Jersey Number 7/10 BGS 9.5 $499.99 1 4/24/2013 JASON KIDD #/10 $150.00 1 5/2/2013 Jeremy Lin 10/10 $154.99 1 5/19/2013 Joakim Noah 10/10 $91.00 35 5/16/2013 JOE JOHNSON 01/10 $44.59 10 6/5/2013
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