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?

Review: 2011-12 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball

NBA Hoops is back after years in hiatus. One of basketball collectors favorite sets of all time is re-imagined and back in 2012, with all the modern additions you would find in today’s trading card products. At a very cheap price and a couple of autographs per box, the product looks like a winner for both set collectors and hit collectors.

With buybacks of rookies autographed from players like David Robinson, the hits can be very nice for a lower end product. Also, with the insertion of rare and hard to find inserts and SP’ed cards, the value seems to be higher.

So Panini sent us over a box to review. Want to see what’s inside and our thoughts? Your waiting has ended.

Design:

As I’ve said time and time again throughout various low end Panini products, they know how to design low end product. This one is no different. A great design utilizing the design of “the paint” on the basketball floor, most every picture features an action photograph of your favorite players in action. Basketball collectors have been looking for great action photos like these, and Panini doesn’t disappoint. Another great aspect of this product is the insert designs that Panini had collectors vote on which one they preferred. A great promotion for this product that I hope to see again.

Checklist:

Don’t get me wrong here, the checklist is really solid. You pretty much have your starters and main reserves for each team in the league. You have a number of legends of the game as well. But the one reason I took off practically an entire star is the lack of rookies. There are no rookies in this product. I understand the lockout and the issues there. The lack of photography and time to get those rookies made. But there are cards of players in their new uniforms and that is where I have trouble believing that rookies couldn’t get made. Maybe they didn’t want to make only a partial number of rookies from this year? I don’t know, but the lack of rookies really cripples the checklist in this product. I’d also mention the multiple cards of the same player, but that was probably because of the lack of rookies.

Value:

At $2 a pack for a hobby product you are getting some pretty good value here. With 2 autographs per box, you definitely get what you really want as a collector, and that’s ink. But this is also a great product, and better yet, affordable product for set collectors. The base set is a decent size for collectors and with the price tag where it is, it appeals to all different types of basketball card collectors. That’s a good thing. The inserted buybacks of original rookies is great, the fact that they are also autographed is awesome. Panini does a great job with low end products and this is no different.

Overall:

Overall, this is a fine product by Panini. Again, low end collectors and Panini are a great match up with their creation of lower end products. The design is solid and a great remake of a classic Hoops brand. The base set and inserts all look great, plus who’s to complain when the collectors voted on an insert design? The checklist is good, but the lack of rookies really cripples this product from being a slam dunk. The value is of course there, $2 a pack for hobby or $1 a pack for retail. A couple autographs in a hobby box too for the hit collectors. This product gets both kids and adults appeal which is great for the hobby.

As always, a big thank you goes out to Panini for providing this box to review. You can visit them at their official website, blog, or Twitter.

Now, for the cards.

Preview: 2011-12 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball

While it’s the second product to come out for the NBA season from the folks at Panini, it is surely going to be the most widely opened product of the short season. 2011-12 Panini NBA Hoops basketball is being brought back from the dead and will feature everything you loved about the set in the past, mixed with everything you love about cards today, and a few surprises.

The set is there. 279 cards to fill out the base set that features a ton of players on each roster. Have a hard time finding cards of your player in most sets? Hoops will probably have it. For instance, I’ll be looking for some Nicolas Batum. There will also be a special “Champions” base card to round out the set that is kind of a chase card, making the full set a fun challenge to complete.

Something you love about today? There is a 179 card autograph subset also in this set surely to make you go crazy looking for autographs. While each hobby box will feature two autographs, you may get lucky and pull one from some of the top players in the game. You may find a Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, or Dirk Nowitski autograph lurking in your box. You may also find some original buyback autographs of autographs on card from the 1989-90 NBA Hoops original set.

Did I mention yet that the price for this product is about $2 per pack in hobby form? Yeah, we’re liking that here. Get ready on March 3rd, 2012, for your NBA Hoops revival.

Make sure you visit Panini’s blog for the official preview and stay tuned for more information about this product there.

Vote For NBA Hoops Insert Design

Just a quick PSA for those out there.

I’ve noticed a lot of people like to get on Panini’s behind for some of their design choices across a number of products. I understand some of their arguments, but now is your chance to be heard.

Votes will pick the design of an 2011-12 NBA Hoops insert set.

You can read the article and place your vote:

‘A Night To Remember’ Checklist Selected; Collector Vote on Final Design Starts Now!

Now if only Panini had a “Design A Card” contest. I know a ton of people who would enjoy that and could see some awesome designs. For the record, Press Pass a few years ago had a “Design A Card” contest on Sports Card Forum and Trader Retreat that went off pretty well. I’d like to see Panini step up and bring this back. Panini could pick a low end product or a product they want to revitalize their designs. They could have their collectors design a card as part of a contest to have it featured in a set. The winner could get their design featured plus a box of that product. The back of the card could even have a blurb about the design in small print. The voting process could be done by Panini designers and the faces of marketing, or it could be a public vote. Not only do I think it would be great for marketing by Panini, it would shut up some of the people who dislike every design Panini puts out there.

Scott and Tracy, don’t miss this opportunity.