Sunday, May 23, 2010

Panini Hall Of Fame Basketball

Scheduled Release Date: July 28, 2010
Box Configuration: 11 cards per pack, 1 pack per box
SRP: $100 per pack/box

Box Break: 2 Autographs, 1 memorabilia, 1 Common Black Border and 7 Other cards

First thing first, this set is all about Hall of Fame players. There are no duds, no may-be or never-were players on the checklist. You can pull some real winners here. Funny thing is that when Topps returned to football and had asked for collector’s input on how they should precede this was one of my suggestions, creating a NFL HOF set and Panini shows that it can be done decently.

This set brings me back to classic Donruss. The cards are well-designed, no extra lines or awkward angles. The die-cut windows seem logically placed and the biggest plus of the set is that besides the Famed Cuts the rest of the autographs are on card. A huge step for Panini in the right direction.

My Thoughts:
On card autographs, 1992 Dream Team jersey cards and HoF Cut signatures, you cannot go wrong with the set. There is one downside though; a certain “Airness” is not included in the set because of his contract with Upper Deck.


I give it a rating of 4 out of 5 Corkys, the checklist, on card autographs, 1992 Dream Team relics and just all around theme make this set a top selection.

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