Friday, December 7, 2012

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Contenders Basketball

Schedule Release Date: January 4, 2013
Box Configuration:  5 cards per pack/20 packs per box
SRP: $120/box
Box Break:
4 Autographs (3 rookie autographs)
My Thoughts:
I have not seen the base card design so I am not sure if they are the same as the Rookie Autographs. Panini used an interesting design with the set, the cards are pretty plain white cards but they included a flowing motion background that is hued to the team colors of the player. This is one of those sets where you will either like it or not like it, but no matter which way you feel it is very different from what we normally see coming from Panini.
The base set is broken down in to two parts, 100-card base set and 100-card Rookie Autograph set. There will be Silver, Gold and Black parallels for both the base set and Rookie Autograph set. Like other Panini basketball releases this set will also include rookies from both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 NBA seasons.
The Hall of Fame Contenders insert and the Throwback Rookie Tickets insert will be quite limited with the HOF Contenders falling 1:20 cases (1:240 boxes) and the Throwback Rookie Tickets falling 1:13 cases (1:156 boxes).
Besides the Rookie Autographs, which are considered part of the base set, the insert sets are pretty limited. Along with the Hall of Fame Contenders and Throwback Rookie Tickets there are 2 autographs inserts, one auto-relic insert and one relic insert.
Historic Contenders: Autographs of some of the NBA’s best retired players
Contemporary Contenders: Autographs from current players
Substantial Signatures: An autograph-relic set that includes a patch from a game-used jersey
Contenders Materials: A relic set that contains a jersey relic; there are also prime parallels which include a patch
4 Autographs per box
Some very limited pulls
A polarizing design

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