Platinum League Trading Cards Series I Checklist

With Platinum League trading cards set to be released on May 1, 2012, we were able to grab a preliminary checklist featuring 88 of the artists that will be featured.

Check out the Platinum League Series I checklist. The original press release stated 100 cards, so it looks like there are a few more that need to be added.

(Note: Mindless Behavior was recently added.)

I know a bunch of names on this list so that’s a good start. There is obviously a lot of talent missing, but with products released every 3 months you want to save some talent for every release.

Besides top artists out there like Eminem, Jay-Z, etc., here are a few names I would like to see on future checklists.


Stylez of Beyond


Andre Nickatina

Kellee Maize

Nick Javas


Preview: Platinum League Trading Cards Series I

I’m all about interesting and new concepts. New ideas can really change the way products are created. That is why I’ve taken on previewing a product away from the norm of sports trading cards and will be writing about this product.

The Platinum League trading cards is a product with some creative new ideas to trading cards.  To start, this product features some nice designs of popular rap/hip-hop artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Twista, Tupac, Snoop Dogg and more. Each card features a nicely designed photo of the artist with the back featuring some biographical stats.

But here is what is new and interesting about it. The back of each trading card will feature a QR code that you can scan with your smart phone. After downloading the app that reads the code and you scan it, it will bring you to an exclusive video message from the artist as well as exclusive songs and ringtones from that artist.

But that isn’t all you can get from buying a 5 card pack of this product. Every pack will contain a 6th card which will contain a code to enter online that will win you instant prizes or enter you into sweepstakes for items like cars, money, Rolex watches, or backstage passes to concerts. There will be about 3 million prizes given away every 3 months, which will be when the newest series of cards will be released.

May 1st, 2012, is the official release date of this product which you will be able to find in retail stores nationwide like Target, Toys ‘R Us, and Wal-Mart.

For more information on this product you can go to the official Platinum League website or visit their official Facebook and Twitter sites.

(Addition: There will be a limited number of autographed cards as well.)

Or check out this video:

Happy Easter/Passover

Or whatever other holidays you may be celebrating today.

Last year, I received a wonderful Easter surprise from my fiancee. A great item to put inside an Easter basket for your card collecting loved one is a few packs or a blaster box of sports cards. Even when I was little I would received baseball cards inside my Easter basket.

In fact, the first ever Roger Clemens card I pulled from a pack happened while opening Easter packs of cards. It was definitely the highlight of my tiny Red Sox collection at the time since I was about 7 years old. I know the card is in a binder somewhere right now, but I couldn’t find it earlier or I would have posted a picture.

Baseball cards and Easter always go so well together. The season has just started and you’re looking for new cards of your favorite players in their new jerseys. Or maybe just your favorite team and their new players.

So shower your loved one with trading cards on this Easter. Or if they don’t like sports cards and you have a guy in the house, how about some Benchwarmer Easter cards?


Blogoversary Contest #2

This is contest #2 celebrating the first “Blogoversary” for

See, here at we like to win stuff from other blogs to give away here. Call it what you will, but we just like to win stuff as much as we like to give away stuff.

This item we are giving away was won on FieldLevelView and is perfect for any Panini fan…or someone who just needs a shirt. A fashionable shirt at that. In fact, the only person who wouldn’t want this shirt is Gellman. It would be hilarious to send it to him, but it probably wouldn’t fit him anyway. (Just like sending a pack of Topps Series I to Stale Gum was funny too.)

Anyway, here is the beautiful item we are giving away, modeled by my floor.

To win this beautiful shirt, all you need to do is check out any of the Panini products we have reviewed over the past year and tell me which one was your favorite product and why. Just post the comment below and you’re entered.

You have until Monday, April 9, 2012 at 11:59pm PST to enter.

Good luck!

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.


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.


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.


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, 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.