Review: 2011 Panini NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks Box Set

The Dallas Mavericks are NBA Champions! With the Dallas Mavericks taking home their first NBA Finals trophy by defeating the hated Miami Heat, Panini America is proud to produce a 36 card box set commemorating the championship won by the Dallas Mavericks.

Every box set gets you 36 cards with 19 cards being player cards, including coach Carlisle. There is also one card for every playoff victory the Mavericks had during these 2011 NBA Playoffs. Finally, the box ends with a card dedicated to the 2011 NBA Finals MVP, Dirk Nowitzki. This product will be tough to review as it is exactly what it states it will be. No guessing, just a quality set of cards for your collection. Let’s break it down for you.

Base (players):

Base: (wins and MVP):

First, I want to apologize for the kind of blurry photos. As I state in my bright video, the fiancee went out fishing with her grandfather all day today and I’m stuck using my laptop camera and my iPhone camera. Let’s get to the ratings.

Design:

This is how a box set should be designed. No frills, just a solid design all around. I love the basic design for a number of reasons. First is located at the bottom of the card. The bottom of the card clearly has the player’s name and a beautiful type font displaying that the Mavericks are the 2011 NBA Champions. But I think what makes this product stand out is the awesome action photography from the playoffs. It fills up the top of the card and the photos chosen were great. I can’t believe how fast this product came out with the great photography used during the post season. It really makes you remember those fall away jumpers from Dirk and Jason Kidd driving the lane for those hard fought victories. Absolutely no complaints on the design end. This is how it should look and it was done perfectly.

Checklist:

I’m giving the checklist 4 stars. The only reason why I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I feel it is missing something. If Panini chose to produce a card for every game the Mavericks played in the playoffs, I believe it would of told a better story. The looks of disappointment and shock when Brandon Roy took the game over in Game 3 of the first round and won the game for the Blazers. The buzzer beaters that fell on the wrong side of the coin for the Mavericks. I think if every game were produced, the story would be complete. Everything else was great though with featuring all the players on the team, the wins, and Dirk’s MVP card. Still, very solid.

Value:

This is a commemorative box set of trading cards. Everything in it is the same across every box. And for $20, it definitely has value for those aficionados of the game of basketball and Dallas Mavericks fans. But let’s compare it to another $20 Panini product, All-Goalies hockey. That set has 100 cards, 5 inserts, and a game used memorabilia piece. Same price, a ton more cards. I’ve bought commemorative boxes before for my teams championships and it’s always been around the same price. It’s definitely a collector’s item for those fans. Maybe drop the price down to a cheap blaster or between those products? How’s $15 sound? $5 less sounds a little bit better to my wallet in the end for 36 cards. Otherwise, you already know what you are getting. But to Dallas Mavericks fans out there, I’m sure they would have no problem paying $20. This is just a thought from an unbiased observer not letting any fandom get in the way.

Overall:

Overall, this is an extremely nice product. It is a box set that carries just base cards really, but it is done extraordinary well. The design is perfect for this type of set and it really provides a glimpse at the players, coach, and the wins the Dallas Mavericks pulled off during their amazing playoff run. The Dirk MVP card is a nice little addition at the end too. The only very small problems I have is I think the checklist should tell the story of the postseason a little more with cards from Mavericks losses and maybe drop the price down $5. Overall, very little complaints with this product and as I stated in the value section, this is the perfect product out there for you Dallas Mavericks fans, Dirk fans, or just plain old fans of the game of basketball. Great job Panini.

I’d like to thanks Panini for providing me this box to review for their company. I have a ton of links around for you to find them. You can visit them at the official Panini America website and definitely check out their blog.

Here is a video of me opening and displaying this box set. Enjoy!

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