Review: 2010-11 Panini Season Update Basketball

Panini Season Update is back this year with all the updates from the past NBA season. This is one of those end of the season products that features a ton of players with a huge base set, all the highlights of the season, and of course a few game used memorabilia cards and autographs. Last year, this was a favorite product amongst collectors because of the amount of hits you would receive for such a low box price and this year appears to be the same.

2010-11 Panini Season Update basketball features a 200 card base set with a subset for All-Stars and Rookie Challenge participants. You can find a ton of different autographs and game used memorabilia cards from just about every subset in this box. It guarantees at least one autograph and a few game used memorabilia cards.

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Design:

The design is extremely basic, but this is a lower end product. There is nothing eye popping or jaw dropping about it. The player is featured in an action shot with the top right corner and side blocked off for some team colors and a team logo. I think anytime you can incorporate team colors into the color scheme of the design, that is a great thing. It gives a nice variation and change of colors throughout the cards and it’s welcomed by me in any set I open to break up the monotony. The only thing I really don’t like about this design is the way the player name and brand logo is kind of stamped on there with a black ink. At times it is not very clear and sometimes looks damaged because of the rollers after printing. Basic design, but works well.

Checklist:

Basically, the checklist breaks down to this. Was the player a starter? Was the player a rookie? If you could answer either of these questions with a yes, then that player is featured somewhere in this set. The perfect set for team collectors, set builders, or hard to find player collectors, this is that. I pulled probably at least 5 of every team in the base set and then even more in the subsets including a few rookie autographs and some game used memorabilia of veterans. Overall, a wide and expansive checklist covering 90% of the players in the league. This was close to being 5 stars, but there is absolutely zero hall of famer presence. I’d like maybe a couple of hall of famer cards inserted at the end of the set. No more than 10 would be great for this set.

Value:

You can’t beat the value for the price you are getting. At least one autograph and 3 game used relics with 240 cards per hobby box this is great for just about every type of collector out there. Some boxes will contain more as well in terms of hits, just like last year, and that is always welcomed when a lot of products sometimes come shorted. It will be hard to pull something worth big money, but the number of pulls and nice autographs that can come out of here makes it worth buying a box. I finished 249/250 of the base set with probably 15 doubles. Jose Calderon is hiding from me somewhere, but honestly, just put that last card in the box Panini. Even if they are missing 1 card from the set, no one will buy another box for just that one card. Oh, I love the added touch of a low numbered parallel per box, no die-cut like Panini flagship though?

Overall:

Overall, this is a fun break with a ton of packs and cards. The design is what you’d expect from a lower end product, nothing flashy but just solid all around. The checklist is large at 200 base cards plus a ton of subsets to collect so it is great for set collectors as it isn’t too hard to complete. The value is good as the product is priced pretty low and you get more than a few hits, even if they may not be worth a large amount. This product is great for first time collectors, set builders, and those looking for a fun break of licensed NBA trading cards.

Again, I’d like to thank Panini America for their sponsoring of this box of cards for me to review.

I will combining a bunch of inserts and game used from both Panini Gold Standard and this set in one contest that will be posted in a day or so. Since I’m keeping the big hit from Gold Standard for my personal collection for now, I’m combining these two so the winner will get a bigger package. But that will be later.

And finally, the video is here. Had to cut out the ending statements, so it ends kind of abruptly. Stupid 15 minute limit.

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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!