Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010-11 Panini Threads Basketball

Schedule Release Date: November 24, 2010
Box Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 24 packs per box
SRP: @$ 90/box

Box Break:
2 Autographs Cards
2 Memorabilia Cards
13 Inserts

My Thoughts:
The first thing I have to point out is that Panini is advertising the product as having “more then 20,000 on-card autographs in the product”. I guess you can say that is a start for Panini. They are bringing the collectors what they want by getting the cards hard signed and doing away with the lick-em stick-em autographs.

There are some interesting inserts like the "Rookie Collection". I like the layout and having a swatch and hard signed autograph make this card a winner. On the other side there are cards like the Rookie autographs. Unless the cards are made to be displayed side-by-side who thought it would be a good idea to cut a team's logo in half? I don't really even want to get in to the mess called "Triple Threats" or the "All-Time Big Men" autographs.

After pointing that out I find myself in a difficult position trying to find a reason to care about this product. It is actually as if Panini’s designers literally phoned in the design for the set. Take a look at the 2009-10 Panini Threads Basketball design and compare it with the 2010-11 Threads design, are you feeling a bit of deja-vu?

2009-10 Panini Threads base

2010-11 Panini Threads base

4 Hits per box (2 auto & 2 memorabilia)

On-card autographs

Die-Cut jersey cards also available in an autographed version #/99


Typical Panini designs

I find giving this set a 2 out of 5 is being generous. The hard signed autos are a start but so much more needs attention to really get over the hump of being just plain F’d up.

This set gets thumbs up for going with the on-card autographs and using some original designs like the die-cut jersey autographs but this set is just a big cluster. Serious design flaws and some inserts (like the Triple Threat insert) are just plain dizzying and are dragging the whole set down.

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