You have to go back to 2009/10 for the last time that a Basketball card solely carried the title of the brand Panini. It was meant to be a retail splash to get a mass-market appeal for the emergence of the Panini brand in America. Since then Panini has brought back some classic favorites from other lines of cards in its library. The NBA Hoops line seemed to successfully replace the Panini brand line. For 2012/13 Panini Basketball returns, more refined than before, adding a sophisticated but accessible series of trading cards that still retain a mass market appeal while providing enough heft for a hobby audience.
We classify 2012/13 Panini Basketball as trading cards. Hobby boxes include 24 packs with 10 cards per pack with the promise of 2 Autograph cards per box
Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.
Kevin Durant, front and back
Kobe Bryant, John Wall, Blake Griffin
Derrick Rose, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett
LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, LeBron James
Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade
Kawhi Leonard, Jeremy Lin, Kris Humphries
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal
Karl Malone, George Mikan, Willis Reed
Tim Hardaway, George Gervin, James Worthy
Bill Laimbeer, Elgin Baylor, Nate Thurmond
Earl Monroe, Gary Payton, Wes Unseld
Panini Knight Parallels
Jimmy Butler. Markiedd Morris
Robert Sacre, DeQuan Jones
Perry Jones, Arnett Moultrie, Darius Morris
Andrea Bargnani, LeBron James
Heroes of the Hall
Hakeem Olajuwon, Nate Archibald
Gail Goodrich, Dennis Johnson
Sprit of the Game
Derrick Rose, Kevin Love
Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan
#2 Kawhi Leonard & Thabo Sefolosha, #5 Josh Smith & Kevin Garnett
#12 LaMarcus Aldridge & Dwight Howard, #24 Paul George & Kobe Bryant
This year in all of the Panini Basketball releases there will be a 5 card bonus pack top loaded in each box. All cards will be part of the Kobe Bryant Anthology and cover his entire career with the Lakers. Here are the cards from our pack.
Card 4, front and back, Card 62
Card 157, Card 185, Card 196
Malcolm Lee Autograph, Brian Roberts Autograph
This is smart, clean looking set with simple color schemes that work quite well. There are just enough foil accents to elevate the feel of the cards. Layout and lettering is sharp. Photo selection is even better. The insert sets are simple in design but vibrant in their presentation. Hit cards fall in line with the feel of the rest of the set.
Quality and Variety of Players.
The base set comes in at a nice 300 cards with all of the big names and rookies you would want. The additions of throwback players in the base set and on inserts like Heroes of the Hall just add to the well-balanced nature of the checklist.
Do the hits hold up?
The majority of the hits will come from the double rookie class which would be enough. When you throw in the chance of a Hall of Fame Autograph or one from Panini’s spokespersons like Kobe and Blake, you’ve got enough here to satisfy all collectors.
Will you want to collect them all?
From a trading card standpoint, this could be the Basketball set of the year. No doubt you will want to collect them all. The really adventurous might even try for a complete base set of the limited Painini Knight parallels.
5 out of 5
2012 13 Panini Basketball should become the trading card set Basketball collectors return to year after year.
Review box provided by Panini
Review box provided by Panini