Today 2012-13 Limited Basketball
was released, each $100 box contains one pack with a total of 7 cards; 1 Rookie
Autograph, 1 Additional Autograph, 1 Memorabilia card and 4 base cards/parallels.
As far as a set goes, it is loaded
with foil and acetate. Which might not be so bad was it not for the fact that
you are paying $100 for 7 total cards and only 3 hits. Sure you have the chance
to pull top rookie autographs from both the 2011 and 2012 NBA Drafts but with
100 base rookie autographs you are bound to find the dogs of the draft before
pulling Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving.
Most of the relic inserts could
have as easily been inserted in to any other Panini basketball release, besides
some of the cards being extremely limited nothing screams “High End” inserts.
Cards like the Glass Cleaners insert
is a complete disappointment, the card itself is fine but the forced addition
of the relic and the vertical autograph sticker just ruin it. Some designers
just do not understand that more does not always equate better. I am actually
hard pressed to think of another autograph set that uses a vertical autograph
besides the Topps Letterman cards.
On the positive side I do like the
base Rookie Autographs; they bring back memories of Pacific’s Cramer Choice
Award cards. They are die-cut, acetate cards with an on-card autograph and they
are limited to #/399 or less. I think had they included a little fold-out base
so the card could stand up it would have been a pretty cool way to display the
The Home/Away Jersey cards are
another card I like, for some reason the basic design appeals to me. To add to
the value, taking another page out of Pacific’s playbook, there are relics on
each side of the card. One side has a home jersey relic and the other side has
an away jersey relic, the relic square even rotates in the card so you can
display either side.