Thursday, November 7, 2013

2013 14 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Box Break Recap And Review

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.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
Kobe Bryant, front and back.
Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin
Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, Paul George
Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Kevin Love
Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Damian Lillard
 James Harden, Al Horford, Stephan Curry
Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Nikola Vucevic

Base Rookies
Michael Carter-Williams, front and back
Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Base Set Parallels

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

Red Backs
Bradley Beal, front and back

Artist’s Proof
Zach Randolph


Class Action
Chris Paul, LeBron James, Dwight Howard
Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett
Jason Kidd, Sam Cassell, Gary Payton

Board Members
Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph
Pau Gasol, Anthony Davis

Hall of Fame Heroes
Wilt Chamberlain, Dave Cowens, Julius Erving
David Robinson, Dave DeBusschere, Clyde Drexler

Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker
Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony

NBA Hoops Dreams
Damian Lillard, Andrew Nicholson, Dion Waiters

Action Shots
Ty Lawson, Dwayne Wade

Spark Plugs
Gerald Green, Taj Gibson, Quincy Pondexter

The Hits
Manu Ginobili Memorabilia
Charlie Bell Autograph, Sydney Moncrief Autograph

Overall Look
The design of these cards has come into their own with nice clean bordering that doesn’t upstage the great photographs. There is just the right amount of foil to give it a bit of a punch. The backs of the cards are complete and understated.  There are 7 insert sets that look really nice with Courtside and Board Members being the simplest and among the more attractive largely due to the great photography.  Inserts NBA Hoops Dreams and Hall of Fame Heroes are more design intensive with some very appealing layouts. Class Action inserts are a lot of fun with pictures of the top players in the NBA from their first year in the league.

Quality and Variety of Players
This is a fantastic checklist, the base set and the inserts, quality and variety at it highest. 301 base cards come from 260 veteran, 40 rookies and 1 Miami Heat NBA Champions card. Absent this year are coach cards.

Do the hits hold up?
Artist Proof 1/1s, short printed Kobe’s All Rookie Team and short printed Highlights Inserts can be considered hits in this release. With 200 different unnumbered base player autographs it is impossible to know the ratios of star to backup autographs but at this price point it is hard to complain. New this year are memorabilia cards with Prime parallels that are very low numbered.

Will you want to collect them all?
Set builders should be all over this.

5 out of 5

2013-14 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball should be in every set builders collection.

Review box provided by Panini

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