2012-2013 Totally Certified Basketball Box Break & Review

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After the madness Panini saw over the Totally Certified parallels last year, it should be no surprise that they brought back the same design.  Basketball is a sport appreciated worldwide which is why many of these parallels, especially the low printed ones, command such high prices.  Yes these cards are covered in foil in true Panini fashion, but they look good.  The colorful textured spiral backgrounds work well.  Its fun to see collectors go nuts over a low serial numbered parallel that doesn’t contain a relic or an autograph.  They aren’t quite up there with the stuff Upper Deck did in Fleer Retro, but collectors seem to like them a lot.

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Of course the white boxes had to along for the ride.

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Boxes are currently selling for $120.00.

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Every box contains (6) packs with a “hit” inside each pack.  One of my packs had (2) “hits” in it.  This product is filled with lots of nice high-end autographs, patches, and parallels, but you will see a large number of plain colored white jerseys.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Chris Mullin Totally Signatures Emerald Auto #’ed/5
  • Chris Singleton Rookie Roll Call Auto
  • Orlando Johnson Rookie Roll Call Auto

Relics

  • Taj Gibson Totally Red Jersey
  • Kobe Bryant Totally Red Jersey
  • Joe Johnson Totally Red Jersey
  • John Stockton Totally Blue Jersey #’ed/99

Parallels

  • Royce White Totally Blue #’ed/299
  • Ricky Rubio Totally Blue #’ed/299
  • Jon Leuer Totally Blue #’ed/299
  • Xavier Henry Totally Blue #’ed/299
  • Thabo Sefolosha Totally Red #’ed/499
  • Nate Robinson Totally Red #’ed/499
  • Donald Sloan Totally Red #’ed/499
  • Roy Hibbert Totally Red #’ed/499
  • David Lee Totally Red #’ed/499
  • Dion Waiters Totally Red #’ed/499

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 Totally Certified 3.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The parallels are well designed and what draw basketball fans to this brand.  They easily remind me of something you would see back in the 90’s.  Panini must be getting the hint that basketball collectors like 90’s stuff.  Perhaps that’s why they’ve decided to bring back Select.  Anytime you can get collectors excited about a card that isn’t autographed and doesn’t contain a relic in today’s hobby is a good thing.

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