I am not sure why I keep grabbing for the Rookies and Stars product, I am not a fan of the design but yet I apparently am a glutton for punishment. My most recent round of punishment is the 2010-11 Rookie and Stars Basketball.
I admit that the artistic style used with the player images works better with basketball then it does with football and the background design is more acceptable for similar reasons but still Panini needs to do something about the random angles and paint strokes that adorn so many of their products.
This blaster by far is better than the Rookies & Stars NFL blaster that I busted last month. Starting on a positive note I pulled an elderly trio of Suns with Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Hedo Turkoglu along with ex-Sun Amar’e Stoudamire in his Knicks uniform. I am not sure if it is true or not but I heard that the Suns are going to be sponsored by AARP soon (just joking).
Next up is the nucleus of the Miami Heat Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Will they continue their winning ways and push on to the NBA Finals? Who knows, but the way that things are going if they do not win it this year we may have to wait until 2012 to see them play again if the lockout goes through next year.
I pulled two rookies; undrafted Sherron Collins, who was just demoted to the D-League yesterday after starting the season as the third string PG on the Charlotte Bobcats bench. The guy led the Kansas Jayhawks to an NCAA Basketball Championship in 2008 and to 3 Big-12 titles so you know he can play but will that transition to the NBA?
The second rookie is Armon Johnson, the #34 pick of the Trail Blazers. Johnson is the second string PG behind Andre Miller and is averaging 3.9 PPG in just under 11 minutes a game.
The hit is an autographed manufactured team patch from LA Clippers PG Eric Bledsoe. I know a lot of people do not care for the manufactured patches but I am a fan. It serves as a nice canvas for the players autograph and includes the team logo. The only downside would be that the player’s image and name is tiny, just about thumbnail size.