Preview: 2010-11 Panini Season Update Basketball

Why haven’t I shown the hoop collectors any love recently? The NBA Finals are underway and all I’ve posted is a Caron Butler autograph card I own. I love basketball, I played my entire life, but for the lack of basketball I apologize. Say no more hoopies (that’s what I like to call hoop enthusiasts), possibly the best value in basketball cards is back this year!

2010-11 Panini Season Update basketball is the deal of the summer. I’m calling it right now. For under $65 you get a hobby box with 24 packs and 10 cards per pack. That is 240 cards total! There will be more than 1,000 on-card autographs that update previous Panini releases this season. You can find your Panini exclusive players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin in these packs too. This box will feature 1 autograph, 3 memorabilia, and 14 inserts in a box. That is why it’s the best deal of the summer.

Last season there were Christmas game inserts with memorabilia from the Christmas games and a Lakers Legacy with the same parameters. This season they are changing it up a little bit. This year they are putting in Throwback Threads, Green Week, and All-Star materials used during those periods over the past two seasons. You will know exactly when in the spectrum of time these jerseys were worn. You can’t say that for 99% of other products.

What impresses me also is that this product, with it’s lower price, will also feature some very nice rookies. You can find dual and triple autographs, rookie autographed materials, and your other basic rookies of breakout performers this season. I know I already mentioned their exclusive players, but I’ll do it again. Kobe and Durantula autos will be had by some.

Panini right now is giving us a peek at the upcoming set, along with some other sets like National Treasures and NBA Hoops for us all to enjoy and take a look at. Almost forgot the official Panini Peek of 2010-11 NBA Season Update! As I didn’t do, make sure you read what they write if you are confused by some pictures and don’t make an ass out of yourself like I did. Some of the items are mismatched on purpose, but I was just so excited to see the photos I skipped a paragraph of reading.

Panini Season Update basketball is scheduled for July 20, 2011. I still think it will be the best deal of the summer.

Now let’s watch Blake Griffin fly. If only there was a way to absorb his powers….

Want to see some more images of the cards in this set? Look no further!

Panini: Madden 12 Hall of Fame Edition to Feature Autographed Cards

If you’re a video game fan, you know the importance of the date that Madden comes out. I know that everyone wants to see 2K Sports give it a shot again but since Madden is the only game in town, its the only option.

But this year, Panini has put out a great promotion if you wish to buy Madden.

Madden 12 Hall of Fame Edition features Marshall Faulk on the cover instead of Peyton Hillis in celebration of his Hall of Fame induction. It will be bronze embossed and look like this:

Pretty sexy if you ask me.

Buy Madden 12 Hall of Fame edition and pick up these goodies:

  • 1 of 4 autographed Panini Marshall Faulk cards celebrating his NFL Hall of Fame induction
  • A pack of Madden Ultimate Team cards to use on your ultimate team. A real pack. Did I mention they are all 99s?

Just like some of Panini’s products, inserted in one PS3 version and one XBOX 360 version is the hallowed 18 karat gold card featuring Marshall. Will Panini have more goodies for us that purchase the Hall of Fame edition?

There will only be 125,000 total copies of Hall of Fame edition so if you want a Marshall Faulk autograph and your pack of Ultimate Team cards you better act quickly. The added price bump for this edition is a total of $89.99. Not bad for a Hall of Fame autograph and the pack of cards, which in Madden would cost some extra dough anyway.

I know a certain Rams fan in this household that would love a Marshall Faulk autograph and it’s not me.

Preview: 2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite Hockey

2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite hockey is one of last hockey products I have yet to preview that is set to come out this season. But rest assured, your preview is here hockey fans!

Your next mid-high end product from Panini is Luxury Suite and boy does it look luxurious from the what I can see. Each box will deliver 8 autographs or memorabilia cards. That’s right 8! At least two of them will be autographs, but I’m sure it’s safe to assume that you will find more. This product will be loaded with the hits you want.

There will be 4 packs in a box. Each pack will contain 2 autographs or memorabilia cards. But that’s not all. Every pack will also contain a rookie card. This product will contain a ton of rookies. 125 different rookie cards have made it into Luxury Suite making it one of the biggest crops of rookie cards. All rookies will be numbered to 899 copies so make sure you grab who you want for your collection. 50 of the rookies will contain an autograph or memorabilia on them. Some of these players are the highly collectible Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner, and Tyler Seguin.

Did I mention yet some of the cool memorabilia cards you can pull from this set? Every base card has a memorabilia insert associated with it. You can pull game used swatches of jerseys, patches, and sticks. Sticks have been under used for the most part when it comes to the hobby and Panini is right there by including game used sticks in their memorabilia pieces. The possibilities of hits in this product are definitely up there with higher end products, but for about half the price. Plus the base parallels numbered to 10 and 1 make it a chase for your favorite players more rare cards.

Now a lot of people have been criticizing the designs by Panini on some of their products. However, those critics will be speechless for some of the designs in this product. In my opinion, this is probably one of those most visually appealing designs that Panini has put together across all their products. Luxury Suite looks great. Nice big patch windows, looks to be on card autographs, and fluid designs featuring the player first and foremost. I would put the designs along the lines of SP Authentic of old with Panini’s own twist to it. It’s definitely a good thing. The rookie patch/autographs look amazing and I really enjoy most of the designs. Good work design team.

The end of June will bring you the most luxurious set to come to Panini hockey for a little under $200. I can’t wait to see some of the cards to come out of this product.

Want more? Check out the Panini Peek: 2010-11 Luxury Suite hockey

And as is mandatory in my hockey previews, ladies and gentlemen, Taylor Hall.

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.

Review: 2010-11 Panini Contenders Hockey

2010-11 Panini Contenders, after delay, is finally here.

2010-11 Panini Contenders hockey marks the first time that Contenders has ventured over into the hockey area. Overall, I would call it a success. With every rookie autograph signed on-card, this is going to be Panini’s best product for rookie autographs for years to come.

Panini Contenders comes with 4 autographs in a hobby box, at least 3 of them are those hard signed rookie autographs. There is no game used relics in this product as it is strictly an autograph only product, which I enjoy. Game used relics have become too common in this hobby. A lot of people like to see some, especially patches, but I don’t think this product would be any better with game used relics. It’s great the way it is.

Base:

Some of the cool inserts:

Autographs:

Design:

The base design of this set is fabulous. As I stated in my review video, I love the ticket design on base cards. It’s nothing revolutionary by no means and has been used by several companies for years. But it looks clean and it works. Another great aspect is the room for on card autographs. On card autographs are the way to go with the rookie autographs and I would like to have seen the whole set as on card autographs but this is a step in the right direction. I’m not a huge fan of the foilboard insert sets (except the base parallel) but the cards look solid and would look okay with sticker autographs. I want to say I love the acetate Behind the Glass insert set and the Leather Larceny set is something new as well. Both insert sets are great. If I could recommend something else, I would make the frame on the Winter Classic insert set smaller to really show the great photography those cards bring to the table. Overall, it deserves a high grade.

Checklist:

I think the checklist is solid. A large amount of rookies are found in this product as well as the 100 card base set featuring the stars of all your favorite teams. I like a smaller base set as it makes completing a set a little easier for those who may only be able to afford one box of a product. I only missed 2 cards to complete the 100 card base set in my box, which is a good sign. I did have 5 dupes, but that is understandable with a smaller set. I didn’t have any collation issues that other have been reporting so I can’t hold that against them in my review of this one box. I think the Legendary Ticket set may be a little too big since you only get about 1 of those a box. I like inserts and this set is loaded with them. You have your hard hitters in Behind the Glass, your stars with the Award Contenders, and more rookies with your Rookie Contenders. Plus, who doesn’t want a little goalie set to support the men who have pucks shot at them? Overall, there is something for everybody.

Value:

The value of this box is obviously hit or miss. But I’ve seen a lot more misses then hits. You get four autographs a box which is nice. I would put this product on par with what Upper Deck brings with SP Authentic. However, this box is $30-$40 more then that product. I think this product is over priced for what it is. If they throw in an extra autograph of one of the insert sets I would think the price was about right, but with a product containing at least 3 rookies, sometimes 4, I think the value should be a little bit lower as you may not hit an established player. I understand that some of these rookie tickets will be short printed as well, but not knowing that when the product is released doesn’t help the value. I also believe that all inserts should be serial numbered, but they will still probably fall into the same range as price is concerned on the secondary market. Drop the price down a bit, put it on par with SP Authentic, and the value will be perfect for this product.

Overall:

Finally a product that is on par with SP Authentic. You may not be able to pull any autographed patches in this product, but the autographs are a plenty and the insert sets are definitely better then SP Authentic. The design is solid, although has been used for a long time. It works though, which is a positive. The checklist is chock full of stars, rookies, and retired players so I think just about everyone will be happy with the possibilities they could pull. I love the 14 karat gold card promotion, although I didn’t get one this time around. There are only 20 but they are definitely great chase cards. This is a great start for Panini using the Contenders brand. I really hope they decide to keep this in their product run for the next season as it was a lot of fun to break, just lower the price a tad or add another autograph.

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