Thursday, February 14, 2013

2012/13 Panini Threads Basketball Box Break Recap And Review

It is hard to find much of anything good to come out of a lockout shortened season, especially when it comes to trading cards.  It messes up rookie cards, forces a smaller slate of cards and tends to dampen enthusiasm.  But that is usually followed up with good things in the season that follows a shortened one.  That is evident in the 2012 – 13 line of Basketball cards from Panini.  Double the rookies, more time given to releases and a concerted effort to bring fans back into the fold translates into great sets of cards and 2012/13 Panini Threads Basketball is certainly one of them.

We classify Panini Threads as trading cards.  Each box contains 24 - 5 card packs with a promise of three autographs and one memorabilia card in every box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

 Base Set
 Kobe Bryant, front and back
 James Harden, John Wall, Paul Pierce
 Derek Fisher, Tyreke Evans Tim Duncan
 Nene. Chris Paul. Derrick Rose
 Kevin Love, Jason Kidd, Tony Parker
 Monta Ellis, Dwight Howard, Manu Ginobili


Century Greats
 Elvin Hayes, Shaquille O'Neal, Scottie Pippen

High Flyers
 Jason Richardson, Josh Smith
 Jeremy Evans, John Wall

Talented Twosomes
 Rudy Gay & Mike Conley. Andre Miller & Ty Lawson

Inside Presence
 Marcin Gortat, Brook Lopez, Marc Gasol

Century Stars
Carlos Boozer

Floor Generals
 Deron Williams. Dwayne Wade, Stephen Curry

Team Threads
 Meta World Peace, front and back, John Henson
 Ricky Rubio, Chris Singleton, Serge Ibaka

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 64, front and back, Card 37
Card 11, Card 94, Card 43

The Hits
Kevin Durant Authentic Threads Memorabilia, Antawn Jamison Private Signings Auto
 Terrence Ross Rookie Auto on Wood card, Tony Parker Team Threads Signature Auto Redemption

UPDATE:  The redemption has been filled.  Here is the card,

 Tony Parker Team Threads Signature Auto

Overall Look
The base cards are fantastic.  Copper foil accents and bold typeface combine with spectacular photography.  That clean, crisp design follows through to the backs of these cards as well.  Inserts are dynamic and hit cards are great.  Team Threads Jersey die-cuta are a collector favorite.

Quality and Variety of Players
The 150 base set offers a really good mix of current and retired players.  Autograph possibilities here are top notch.

Do the hits hold up?
Plenty of On Card autos and Rookie autos on wood cards are just part of the desirable hits.  You’ve also got a shot at Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Magic Johnson, and David Robinson autos.  Not too shabby.

Will you want to collect them all?
When you have  set that looks as good as this one, you will want to collect them all.

5 out of 5

2012/13 Panini Threads Basketball is a fantastic looking set with some real hit potential all at an affordable price.

Review box provided by Panini

1 comment:

  1. really much better than prestige and others that carry the same or higher prices