Review: 2012-13 Panini Timeless Treasures Basketball

Timeless Treasures basketball has arrived featuring the one pack per tin content that many collectors enjoy due to its quick break that yields plenty of hits. The product has returned this year after last year’s lockout and come with a few base cards and three hits per tin. With the double rookie class, there are a ton of great rookies for you to find in the product, with the chance at some solid veteran content as well. Want to see what you can find in a typical box? Here we go:

Design:4 and half stars blue

The design of the product is simple and elegant all around. I have to start by saying that I really enjoy products that come in collectible packaging. Specialized tins and wood boxes are under utilized in the hobby today and provide a collectible that many like to keep to either store cards or display. I received a Kobe Bryant tin and it looks great. Might I make a suggestion to hide the identity of who is on the tin and include rare autographed tins? That may increase the length of time to work on packaging, but wouldn’t a Kobe autographed tin be kinda cool? Other than that, the base design of the product is simple and utilizes foil in all the best ways highlighting exactly what is needed. I also enjoy the acetate rookie autographs where they sign what seems to be a super large sticker. (You can see an example of the super large sticker on a card from my Absolute basketball break.) But overall, sometimes simplistic is best and this product showcases that.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The double rookie class means there are generally more rookies this season, and that is both a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing being that you can get some solid rookies from the past couple of years. The bad thing is there isn’t as much veteran content to fill the product and you can also find some scrub rookies from the past couple of years. It’s a difficult proposition and while it made the product cheaper to produce (most likely) the content isn’t as good as it could have been.

Value:4 stars blue

Right now, you can find the product for $87 at DA Card World which isn’t a bad deal itself. At three hits per box, you have the chance for some decent cards as always. This isn’t really a set building product unless you are building the rookie autographs which are definitely appealing to the eyes. Other than that though, you may end up with 3 rookie hits or a couple and a plain game used card like my box. Most previews and sell sheets say the product guarantees at least one on-card autograph, but that was not the case here and many others I’ve seen. That doesn’t hurt too much, but it would have been nice to have one.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, not a terrible product from Panini at all. The product looks nice and I really like the rookie autographs on the acetate and stickers. It would have been nicer to see those directly on the acetate, but the sticker doesn’t look totally bad in it’s place. It’s something that looks even better with the sticker area being cut out as opposed to just a sticker. The checklist is what you’d expect this season, heavy on the rookies, which still needs to be toned down a little. But the value is there at the current price of the product. I’d pick up a tin or two, especially if you like collecting the different player tins as well as the cards. It’s a nice little bonus for collectors.

Once again, a big thanks goes out to Panini America for providing this product to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

You can also find that full checklist over on Cardboard Connection.

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Contest! Win A Pair of Autographs!

It’s been awhile since I’ve held a contest…I think since our huge celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the blog. It’s time to give away some more stuff to our loyal readers.

I have for you a pair of autographs from recent reviews. With the NBA Finals about the start and heading into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals about to occur in less than 24 hours, it’s only fitting that we have one autograph in basketball and one autograph in hockey to give away.

We have a Bob Sura Elusive Ink autograph and a Colin Greening NHL Ink autograph to give away. (Images at the bottom.)

All you need to do to enter this contest is to give me your thoughts on the product each of the cards came from. Please let me know what you think of Panini Past & Present basketball and Panini Contenders hockey. Please post your responses in the comment section under THIS post.

Simple as simple can be. This contest will end in one week on Monday, June 18, 2012, at 12:01 AM PST.

Names will be randomized as always. Good luck!

Preview: 2011-12 Panini Past and Present Basketball

As I stated lats night, today we would feature the next Panini basketball product after Preferred…and that is Past and Present basketball.

If you’ve been waiting for a product that finally has some rookies in it, this one is it. Although they come in redemption form, you will get your fix of rookies in this product. Not only will they feature rookies from 2011-12, 2012-13 will be included as well. While I don’t have complete details on it yet, rest assured I will keep you rookie collectors updated.

But besides the rookie redemptions, this product will be an interesting mix of both vintage and modern day card designs. With new card designs and technology being used in insert sets like Breakout, Changing Times, Fireworks, Raining 3s, you will see some of the new technology at work.

There will also be 2 different vintage style designs as well in this product, which makes me believe that Panini’s original plans for this season included a vintage designed product as well as this new technology. However, the lockout played a role in mashing them together, kind of like Preferred.

On May 9th, 2012, you will find this product in stores. At 20 packs per box and 3 autographs with 1 memorabilia card, the hit collectors will be excited with the 3 autographs. (Myself included) You will also find a large number of inserts as well as you do with most sports card products nowadays, as well as some short prints.

For now, you can check out the official Panini Peek here.

Miss Your 2011-12 NBA Rookie Cards?

Look no further, 2012 Panini Past and Present basketball will be the product to get and will contain redemptions for 2011-12 and 2012-13 rookie cards.

Yes, I know they are redemptions, but your first chance at 2011-12 rookies will come in this product. I also know that we all wish Hoops provided us with rookie cards to collect for this year, but the lockout messed with the schedules and everything.

I mean, the Kyrie Irving NSCC VIP card that I gave away as part of the NFL Player of the Day promotion is getting up to $50+ on eBay right now because of the lack of rookies. The rookie cards will be limited this year which makes Kyrie Irving and other future breakout stars rookie cards hold some great value.

So if you’re looking forward to rookies, Past and Present will be your starting block. I’ll have a full preview on the product tomorrow.

2011-12 Panini NBA Trading Cards Line-up

Well with the NBA season back on course, Panini has announced what products will come out in this shortened season. With a mix of low and high end products, the season should pack quite a punch.

Panini will be coming out with 5 products. This year, the rookies may be worth more then previous years because of the lack of trading cards this season. If someone like Kemba Walker becomes an instant star in the league for years, these cards could be extremely valuable this season. That’s a good thing for collectors although it may not be for Panini just because of less revenue.

Here is the lineup for this season:

2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball – late February – A high end product with 3 autographs and 1 six-eight piece memorabilia booklet card per pack. The price will be set around $200.

2011-12 Panini Hoops Basketball – March – a low end product to give you as much value as possible. A $1 per pack product with randomly inserted autographs with a hobby version at $2 per pack and two autographs per box.

2011-12 Panini Limited Basketball – May

2011-12 Panini Past & Present Basketball – June

2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Basketball – July – Here is an example of last year’s product.

So this basketball season looks to be solid and quite interesting with only 5 products coming out the door. I made a mention on Twitter that I would of preferred to have Hoops come out first and was met with a response from Panini’s VP of Marketing, Jason Howarth, that it was more about timing and they would of preferred to come out with Hoops first as well.

That is perfectly understandable given the notice that there actually would be an NBA season and when it was announced. You definitely don’t want to be wasting money on product that may never be released. I figured they wanted to release Hoops first too and that would be a reason why it wouldn’t happen. The lockout just threw everything off.

It’s good to see some NBA action this season and can’t wait to see these new products from Panini as well as the familiar brands.

Here is a link to Panini’s announcement of this information.