Sunday, August 2, 2009

The National Convention news

Panini hit the National with their first basketball release, well not really the first release but more of a preview. The set, from what I can find, contained base cards, autographs, the Old School insert and a patch card. There are 4 base cards, 2009 first round draft picks Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet and Tyler Hansbrough along with Derrick Rose. The autographs, which were signed at the show, were Blake Griffin and Tyler Hansbrough. I have seen 2 Old School inserts, a Larry Bird (unsigned) and a Kevin McHale signed (sticker auto). The patch card is a manufactured UNC patch of Tyler Hansbrough autographed and #/5.

This set is a preview of the 2009-10 Prestige basketball set that is being released in October, the only difference is that all of the National cards portray the players in their college uniforms and the Prestige release will have the players in their NBA uniforms.

I was able to find at least one copy of each of the cards available on eBay if you are interested, quite a few are very reasonably priced too. Some of the images included are courtesy of eBay auctions, I would like to thank: leader14, franco4c54, scott568, troley78 and legendsautograph.

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