Three years ago Panini went old school, bringing back NBA
Hoops with a fresh take on the classic inaugural 1989-90 set.The most current release, 2013-14
Panini NBA Hoops Basketball, is a great set for a wide range of collectors,
from entry point to serious set builders.For the first time Panini is offering hobby card collectors a jumbo box
with behemoth 50 card packs and exclusive 1 of 1 artist proof parallels.
We classify 2013-14 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball as trading
cards.Each jumbo hobby box
contains 10 – 50 card packs for a whopping 500 cards with the promise of 2
autographs and 1 Memorabilia card per box.
Right away you can see a design change for 2013 Topps Triple
Threads Baseball but the contents have remained relatively unchanged.Most collectors will appreciate that,
as Triple Thread has become the goto Premium Baseball card offering with the
widest range of appeal.
Topps Triple Threads Baseball falls under our premium cards
category.Each master display box contains
two mini boxes with 7 cards per mini. Every mini-box contains an autographed
relic and relic card, one of which is a triple relic.
As Football Card collectors, we have been spoiled.We have been feasting on a banquet of
outstanding rookie classes in 2011 and 2012.Rookies that went straight into starting rolls and became
instant superstars.So it would
reasonable to expect a bit of a let down in 2013 with a rookie class that is
talented but not quite as explosive as the Cam Newtons of the world.But there is no let down with 2013
Panini Prizm Football.
If you follow our reviews you are aware that while past
releases have benefited from these tremendous rookie classes, it is just a
small part of what we use to judge sets that fit into our trading card
category.The overall look, likeability
of inserts, completeness of checklists and urge to set build play a much bigger
role.In the long run, we find
that serves the purposes of reviewing releases better as secondary market
values fluctuate over time.We can
not forget about years like 2000, a year when collectors might have been hot to
score a Chad Pennington rookie card, while most ignored the guy drafted in the
sixth round, 199th over all, Tom Brady, who was a fourth string quarterback and
only threw for six yards in his rookie season. While this may not be the year
to “rip and flip” we are already starting to see some break out talent.
So 2013 becomes the year to revisit the true meaning of
collecting, concentrating on building sets and gathering cards for your PC. 2013
Panini Prizm Football is a great set for that as this year’s edition still
retains its simple configuration with a great looking set of base cards, some
low numbered parallels in addition to solid inserts and hits.
As an added value, Panini brings their HRX format to the
release with a new twist, escaping the limited number of video cards that can
be distributed by enabling all collectors to turn their smart phones into
instant video cards thanks to QRL Code technology, the use of Platinum League’s
phone app and a rather animated Tracy Hackler to guide your way.
Though on the high end of the category from a cost
standpoint, we classify Panini Prizm as trading cards.Each box contains 20 - 6 card packs
with a promise of 2 autographs in every box.