2012/2013 Panini Signatures Basketball Box Break & Review

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Nice thick card stock, but Panini went with a slightly boxy look again.  Not all of these cards look like that, but enough do.  The on-card autographs like the Marvin Williams I pulled look really good.  It has a nice black and white image with a blue ink signature right through the middle.  The signed film cards don’t look that bad either.  This is the first time Panini has issued film cards for basketball.

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Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

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This product gets to business fast.  Every box has one pack containing three autographs.  I like how the additional cards are numbered to 25 or less.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Marvin Williams On-Card Auto #’ed/49
  • Norris Cole Sticker Auto #’ed/99
  • Detlef Schrempf Signatures Film Red Redemption #’ed/49

Parallel

  • Chris Paul Chase Stars Green #’ed/5

Base

  • Gary Payton Chase Legends #’ed/25

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Overall, I give 2012/2013 Panini Signatures 3.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Despite some of the boxy look, many of the on-card autographs came out well.  Its a quick thrill product that does have some set building qualities that you normally don’t see.  Set collectors should have fun tracking down all 10 versions of the Chase Stars Green cards.  In my opinion, if you have the extra money, go for a box of 2012/2013 Elite Series.  The glass cards Panini made for that product are top notch and are some of the best basketball cards they’ve ever made.

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2012/2013 Panini Elite Series Basketball Box Break & Review

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Holy @#%$*^!  Where did Panini come up with these cards?  Of all the basketball products I’ve opened, this is one of the nicest.  Panini decided to take Elite in a slightly higher-end direction this time around.  The 275-card base set is printed on thick white card stock with a foil border.  I’m a big fan of acetate cards, especially when they have on-card autographs.  This product is loaded with them.  But the real eye catchers are the one per box glass cards.  This was Panini’s first attempt at making a glass card, and I think they nailed it.  You really need to see one of these cards in person before dismissing them as just a thick clear card.  These are layered and have a 3D feel to them.  Almost like a Shadow Box card.  Collectors seem to be eating them up too.

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Boxes are currently selling for $180.00.

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This is not your typical Elite.  Boxes contain one pack, having four autographs and one glass card.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Kyrie Irving Rookie Inscriptions Auto
  • Greg Stiemsma Rookie Inscriptions Auto
  • MarShon Brooks Rookie Inscriptions Auto
  • Jon Leuer Die-Cut Status Auto #’ed/30

Elite Glass

  • Kyrie Irving Glass Masters #22

Base

  • Darren Collison #’ed/275
  • Al Horford #’ed/275
  • Jordan Crawford #’ed/275
  • Nolan Smith RC #’ed/249
  • John Henson Elite Series #’ed/199

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Overall, I give 2012/2013 Panini Elite Series Basketball 4 Pipino Knights out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Its one of Panini’s most well designed basketball products.  I would like to see them bring their glass cards to football.  The only negative thing I can say about it, is that some of my cards had a little dust on them.  It easily came off though.

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2012-13 Panini Past & Present Basketball Box Break & Review

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2012-13 Past & Present is a colorful adventure filled with today’s hottest rookies and past stars.  I think it drastically out performs last year’s set.  The best way to describe it is to say it feels like a Heritage product you’d see from Topps.  That’s what it feels like to me.

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The Rise ‘N Shine cards that almost come (1) per pack look like a breakfast cereal or orange juice ad.

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Forget all those popular inserts from the 90’s.  Fuzzy headbands are the future of this industry!

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Boxes are currently selling for $70.00.  Really affordable.

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Yeah, there are big “hits” to be found in this product, but its mainly geared towards set collectors.  Every box should have (3) autographs and a bunch of inserts.  I wish Panini would have included more photo variations.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Iman Shumpert Rookie Auto
  • Dana Barros Elusive Auto
  • Jeff Malone Elusive Auto

Winning Touch Banners

  • Bill Russell #19
  • Kenny Smith #15

Raining 3’s

  • Klay Thompson #7
  • Chandler Parsons #11

Headbands

  • Chris Anderson #17
  • Zach Randolph #2
  • LeBron James #12

Shattered

  • Shannon Brown Player Standouts #41
  • Dwight Howard Player Standouts #26
  • Anthony Davis #32

Treads

  • Carmelo Anthony #30
  • Vince Carter #9
  • Brandon Knight #26
  • Kobe Bryant #24
  • Dirk Nowitzki #15

Other Notable Cards

  • Deron Williams SP Variation #12
  • Anthony Davis Rise ‘N Shine #64
  • Damian Lillard RC #249

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Overall, I give 2012-13 Past & Present 4 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  It was quite entertaining to open, but I would have liked to have seen more photo variations.  Set collectors should really enjoy putting this set together.

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2012-2013 Panini Brilliance Basketball Box Break & Review

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One thing is for certain, Panini wanted you to know that this product is called Brilliance.  The 300-card base set has the word “Brilliance” embossed onto each fun filled foil card.  Its not small either.  Its right in your face.  Just like with many Panini products, the white box autographs are clearly seen throughout the set.  The Marks of Brilliance autographs at least have photos that slowly fade into a white area.  Aside from the autographs and relics, Brilliance has a nice selection of inserts.  Yes they’re covered in foil from head to toe, but I think they look good.  Collectors seem to have taken an interest in them, although its nothing like the parallels from Totally Certified.

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Boxes are currently selling for $77.00.

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Each box should contain at least (2) autographs and (1) relic.  You should also find (2) Starburst parallels and (13) other inserts.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Magic Johnson Marks of Brilliance Auto #’ed/199
  • Anthony Morrow Marks of Brilliance Auto #’ed/199

Relic

  • Kyle Lowry City To City Jersey

Parallels

  • Brandon Rush Starburst #69
  • Matt Barnes Starburst #92

Notable Cards

  • Kevin Garnett Accolades #4
  • Paul Pierce Accolades #2
  • Dirk Nowitzki Accolades #3
  • Dwight Howard Spellbound #51 – R
  • Kyrie Irving Spellbound #70 – N
  • Anthony Davis Spellbound #27 – A
  • James Harden Scorers Inc. #8
  • Kobe Bryant Scorers Inc. #6
  • Kevin Durant Scorers Inc. #7
  • Patrick Ewing Springfield Basketball Hall Of Fame #10
  • Magic Johnson Springfield Basketball Hall Of Fame #8
  • Pete Maravich Springfield Basketball Hall Of Fame #9
  • Nikola Vucevic Team Tomorrow #20
  • Thomas Robinson Team Tomorrow #18
  • Anthony Davis Team Tomorrow #19
  • Kobe Bryant Magic Numbers #1
  • Blake Griffin Magic Numbers #2
  • Damian Lillard RC #283
  • Anthony Davis RC #234

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 Brilliance an average 3 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Its far from a perfect product, but I do enjoy the various inserts Panini gave collectors to look for.  Basketball collectors really enjoy rare parallels and inserts.  Lots and lots of foil!

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2012-2013 Timeless Treasures Basketball Box Break & Review

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The 150-card base set is all printed on thick card stock.  I’m not sure what Panini means when it comes to the Glass Rookie signatures that claim to be using “never-before-seen autograph technology”.  They’re nothing more than a sticker autograph placed on a clear piece of plastic.  I say if you’re going to make a card with a see-through element, make the entire card see-through using acetate.  Panini has started to use larger sticker autographs for certain cards.  I noticed this with 12-13 Absolute.  If you make the sticker as big as the card itself, is it considered an on-card autograph?  Probably not.  Also, Panini claims that each box should have one on-card autograph.  All three autographs I pulled are stickers.

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Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

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You should find three “hits” inside each tin.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Steve Smith Timeless Signatures #’ed/199
  • Tyler Honeycutt Glass Rookie Auto #’ed/499
  • Harrison Barnes Glass Rookie Auto #’ed/499

Base

  • Carlos Boozer #34
  • Steve Nash #46
  • Jason Kidd #90
  • Brook Lopez #96

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 Timeless Treasures 2.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  I see it as your average Panini quick-thrill basketball product.  This product does have its share of on-card autographs that don’t look half bad – Time To Shine and Treasured Ink.  Some will have that boxed-in feeling more than others.  It was fun to break!

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2012-2013 Absolute Basketball Box Break & Review

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Foil!!!  Foil!!!  Foil!!!  I do believe Panini keeps all of the foil manufacturers in business.  The on-card rookie autographs and Heroes signatures are the nicest looking cards.  Other than that, the design is quite similar to past Absolute products.

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Here is an example of a rookie on-card autograph.  Fading the photo into the white area is a nice approach compared to slapping a white rectangle in the middle of the card.

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What’s this?  A jumbo sticker autograph on foil?  No!  No!  No!  It looks like the Tin Man threw-up.

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Boxes are currently selling for $160.00.

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Just as always, each box contains (4) packs each having a “hit”.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Bill Walton Marks Of Fame Auto #’ed/100
  • Joe Dumars Marks Of Fame Auto #’ed/100
  • Nolan Smith Rookie Auto #’ed/249
  • Paul George Iconic Auto Redemption

Parallels

  • Thaddeus Young Spectrum #’ed/10
  • Dave Cowens Retired #’ed/499

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 Absolute Basketball 2.5 fireballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Nothing really has changed.  Its Absolute.

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2012-2013 Limited Basketball Box Break & Review

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Just like with past Limited releases, its a major foil fest.  At least the layout of the card’s design is slightly different when compared to past issues.  I really like the acetate die-cut on-card autographs.  They came out well.  Stickers on acetate never turn out good.

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Panini introduced this jersey card that allows you to flip the jersey pieces around.  These do not need to exist.  I guess the designers got bored one day.

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Boxes are currently selling for $100.oo.

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Each box has (1) pack with (3) “hits” inside.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Evan Fournier Rookies Auto Redemption
  • Jimmer Fredette acetate die-cut Auto #’ed/299

Relic

  • Brandon Knight Lights Out Jersey #’ed/49

Base

  • Al Horford #51
  • Steve Nash #140
  • Ramon Sessions #58
  • Michael Beasley #145

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 Limited 2.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The on-card acetate autographs are the best part.  To me, everything else is pretty standard looking.

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2012-2013 Panini Prizm Basketball Box Break & Review

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12-13 Panini Prizm looks like a cross between Bowman Chrome and Topps Finest.  The 300-card base set and its parallels are more on the Bowman Chrome side where as the inserts strongly remind me of something you would see in Topps Finest.  The only gripe I have are the white boxes on the autographs.

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The gold Prizm parallels are commanding big prices on the secondary market.  Each are numbered to just 10.  NBA fans are nuts!

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Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

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Each box promises (2) autographs, (2) Prizms, and (2) inserts.  The Prizms (refractors) seem to be more plentiful than what the box states.  This is one of those products geared towards set collectors and people willing to spend big bucks on low numbered parallels.  Big “hits” will be pretty remote.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Iman Shumpert
  • E’Twaun Moore

Parallels

  • Chandler Parsons Prizm #216
  • Jared Sullinger Prizm #258
  • Cory Higgins Prizm #273
  • Larry Bird Most Valuable Players Prizm #14

Inserts

  • Julius Erving Most Valuable Players #16
  • Kurt Rambis Finalist #17

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Overall, I give 12-13 Panini Prizm Basketball 3 fireballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Panini doesn’t have the track record with “chrome-like” products unlike Topps.  I think its a good start.  Next time I think they should include more parallels.  Products like this thrive on parallels.  Panini plans to release Prizm Football in February.  I don’t see it beating out Topps Chrome.

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Upon taking the plastic wrap off my box, I noticed that the image of Kobe Bryant is separate from the box itself.  The picture is about as thick as a base card and resembles a box topper.  I tried pulling it off… but that didn’t end well.

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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Exquisite Returns To Basketball

Upper Deck may not always release products on time, but if you have the patients and the money it can be well worth the wait.  Upper Deck announced today that they will shortly release 2011-2012 Exquisite Basketball.  This is one brand that just screams high-end to collectors.  College basketball has a religious following in this country, and I’m sure Upper Deck hopes their college basketball version becomes as successful as their recently released Exquisite Football.

Upper Deck says there will be a huge autograph inside each box – Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, LeBron James, or Dr. J.  They also mentioned that there will be a Jordan autograph guaranteed per case.  For the amount you will pay for a case you better get a Jordan autograph.  Dimensions Shadowbox cards will of course be thrown in too.

Nobody does high-end products like Upper Deck.  Topps gets damn close, especially with a product like Five Star on their side, but I think Upper Deck beats them out.  Panini tries, but they aren’t quite there yet.  No product that costs $400.00 to $500.00 a box should have single plain colored relic cards – National Treasures.

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