Review: 2012-13 Panini Brilliance Basketball

Yes, I’m a bit behind. Graduate school and working 40 hours is catching up to me.

Panini is still bringing out all the stops with this year’s full year of basketball, and the “new” Brilliance basketball is another example of what is on the plate for the future at Panini with their basketball products. Will this rookie product shine in the lineup, or is it destined to be trade or relegated to the “second team” of products for your buck. Let’s check it out.

Design:4 stars blue

The Pros: Good looking designs when you can see them. Some old school themes with inserts. Good use of etching and team colors.

The Cons: Oh. My. God. So shiny. I know Panini loves the foilboard, I get what Brilliance once was, but when it is hard to make out the writing sometimes, you need some contrast in the colors. I had the same issue with Certified. Contrast please! Huge fonts.

Ideas: Tone down the shininess a bit with contrasting colors. Maybe change the fonts around so they don’t take up so much of the cards on the bottom half. Definitely keep the thoughts for inserts as they remind me of past products.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The Pros: Double rookie class. Interesting group of players in autograph checklist from past years. Really good checklist of players for memorabilia cards.

The Cons: Double rookie class. Are the players or fan favorites too obscure? I mean, I loved Dana Barros growing up. I love seeing his autograph in the product.  Is he worth being in the product though? Basketball is a strange mistress when it comes to cards.

Ideas: Well the double rookie class is almost over. I feel like it took over basketball products this season, so we won’t have to worry about that. I have a thought for autograph checklist of older players. Remember the Panini “Design a Card” vote? How about “Design a Checklist”? The logistics may be difficult due to contracting and such, but a post on the blog about players that people want to see would be interesting, and eye opening.

Value:3 and half stars blue

Currently, this box is sitting at $75 over at DA Card World.

The Pros: 3 hits in a box. Top rookies of the past season. Top autographs available at low print runs. Large memorabilia pieces.

The Cons: Double rookie class. Obscure players on the checklist that don’t bring value. Non-numbered cards. Memorabilia cards.

Ideas: The three hits in a box is a good start, however, two autographs and a memorabilia card isn’t the best Panini has done. The names on memorabilia are always solid, but we all know the value of the cards. Why not lower the print run on memorabilia cards in a product and have a larger checklist. I know it increases costs, but there needs to be something done with memorabilia card values. I know Panini has made great strides in increasing autographed content, we just need to figure out something to improve value in memorabilia cards now.

Overall:4 stars blue

Oh Panini. Brilliance was interesting to say the least. In the beginning, I was sort of expecting something retro. I was kinda hoping to see the late 90s Fleer product redone by Panini. Instead it is a bit overly shiny and needs some more contrast. But the cards that are done right look awfully good. The checklist could use some work and I think some tweaking in how players are decided could yield interesting results. Finally, the value can be there with the right box, but the checklist is a bit rough so it is almost there. Maybe we can also find a way to increase the value of these memorabilia cards while we are at it.

Thanks to Panini for providing this box for review. you can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can find the full checklist on Cardboard Connection.

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And here are some of the cards. (I’m a Trailblazers fan, sorry!)

 

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Momentum Basketball

Another Panini Basketball product is on it’s way out, and this time, they bring us 2012-13 Panini Momentum.

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The first thing collectors should be looking for in Panini Momentum are the Momentus Rookie Autographs. These cards will feature the best rookies from the 2011 and 2012 drafts. Another autograph set to look for are the Momentum Autographs. This set has a very clean look and will feature some of the leagues most talented players.

A third Autograph set that collectors may find interesting are the Monumental Marks. This set will feature some of the best players from the present as well as the past. It’s also important to note that there will be a 300 base set featuring 85 of the best rookies.

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Each box contains 1 pack with 15 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 5 autograph cards per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $190 when it releases May 15, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini America blog.

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Threads Basketball

With this full season of NBA products scheduled for Panini, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of the basketball season and the product that accompany it. 2012-13 Panini Threads basketball is back this year and with it is the return of a collector’s favorite. With a couple new twists to the product, it should be able to keep the interest of those collectors.

Panini Threads features 24 packs per box at 5 cards per pack. Also included inside the packs is 3 autographs and 1 memorabilia card per box. I like Panini’s stance on more autographs and less memorabilia that they have been incorporating the past couple of years.

The autographs will mostly consist of the 100 rookies that are inserted into the product due to the combined rookie class in basketball products. Each of the rookies is printed on a wood stock and features an on-card autograph. You’ll find all your big names from the last couple of years, and a few others.

Some of the highlights of the product include the die-cut team jersey signatures, rookie team threads signatures, and the Private Signings autographed insert set as well as some prime memorabilia inserts.

This product releases on October 24, 2012, to the tune of around $100.

Check out more information on the official Panini blog and on the Cardboard Connection info page.

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball

Releasing today is the second product of the 2012-13 Panini basketball season in Panini Prestige basketball. With a full season of basketball for fans and collectors to enjoy, this year will have a great combination of cards of rookies and second year players that is second to none in recent sports card history. Not since the last NHL lockout has sports cards had such a deep rookie class of cards.

And 2012-13 Prestige is there to showcase those players and your favorite veterans along the way. With three autographs and one memorabilia card per box, Panini is bringing the ink with the rookies as well. You’ll also be finding one rookie card per pack with 100 rookie cards to be found in the set from this season and last.

The highlights of the autographs those are both the rookie autographs as well as a couple of subsets. Old School Autographs and Distinctive Ink cards feature nice and clean on card autographs of some of your favorite players of today and the past. And of course, you’ll have your Panini exclusive athletes as well like Kobe, Durant, Wall, and Irving.

You’ll also find a few surprises in Prestige this year as well. With a bonus 5 card Kobe Anthology pack, you can work on your set of Kobe cards that you started when you opened Hoops. After that, you’ll find a sweepstakes entry for your chance to win a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

With Prestige releasing today for just under $100 and the huge list of solid rookies from the last two years, it’s going to be hot to get your hands on. For more information and a complete checklist, check out the Cardboard Connection product information page.

 

Review: 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball

Well yesterday we reviewed a product that was low end on the football side in 2012 Score football, and today we visit a low end product on the hardcourt with 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops basketball. Hoops basketball has a long tradition in basketball trading cards and was recently brought back last season in the hopes to bring the name recognition back up to the forefront of basketball collectors. Well, it made it back for a second season and with a price tag of $2 per pack, it’s a low end product that everyone should be able to enjoy. Want to see what the cards look like and what we pulled? Well only after you read the review…

Design:

NBA Hoops features a classic looking design that features the classic NBA Hoops brand logo front and center. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of such product pimping, but it fits in pretty well in the design of these cards. The action photography is great in this product for the base cards, with several nice insert sets as well filling out the product. Even the Kobe Anthology packs had some sweet looking Kobe cards inside. All around, this is a well designed product and at $2 per pack, it’s a win-win situation. Often times, low end products look low end. This has a real classic look that makes putting a set together worth the time and effort.

Checklist:

First, what makes this better than last year is the fact that you WILL find 2012-13 rookies in this product. Also, the product goes back old school with the inclusion of NBA coach cards in the product. Those are two automatic wins right there. Including all the other stars, bench players, and some legends in the product and you have an all around juggernaut of a checklist. Oh, two autographs as well in a box and a mini set devoted to Kobe Bryant? This deserves more than the 5 stars it churned out. You get a set worthy of putting together, a subset of a living legend, and some hits on top of it. Duh, winning.

Value:

And the product keeps on winning when it comes to value. 2 autographs per box. $2 per pack. Some hard to find SPs. The first autographed trading cards of Kyrie Irving. Autographs from some of the top picks of this year’s DEEP NBA draft. Ladies and gentlemen, Panini showcases once again that it knows how to make a low end product and deliver it to the masses. I’d argue that the NBA Hoops line is the best low end product on the market currently, and I’m a pretty big fan of Score and it’s $1 a pack price point. If you collect for fun, collect to put sets together, find cards of your favorite team, or try and grab some autographs for your collection, how could you go wrong with this product in terms of value? Good luck finding better.

Overall:

Panini knew it would be easy to plug up the holes that this product had last year. They did it, plus a bit, and put out one of their best all around basketball releases in awhile. The design is classic, which is perfect for a classic brand like NBA Hoops. The checklist is finally filled out and features just about everyone in the league plus some legends. Plus, you can have the opportunity to put together a set of just Kobe Bryant. At $2 a pack, you’re living a dream getting 2 autographs in a box. And I would have felt the same way if I pulled two scrub autographs as well. I did in last year’s product and gave it just about the same grades.

As always, a big thank you to Panini for providing this box for review. You can find them online at their official site, blog, Twitter, or Facebook.

Oh I didn’t show you that I pulled probably one of the best boxes in the whole print run, huh? Well let’s see some cards, eh?