Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Panini Marquee Basketball 2012-2013

This product has a lot to go on. If you pick up a box you would think you are carrying a baby. The box itself though only packing 20 packs, is heavier than most due to the thickness of the cards.

What other thoughts did I have on this one of a kind eye attention drooler..read below!

First off, I would like to say thanks to the WONDERFUL people at Panini America for providing us with this box to review. Here are many places you can find Panini America: official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook. If you don't follow them at all..you should! They talk to you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!

Box Break Down:
  • 20 Packs Per Box, 8 Cards Per Pack
  • 3 Autographs and 35 Rookie Cards Per Box!
  • $96 a hobby box

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Shiny foil board
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Dark foilboard
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Ghost White acetate
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White Leather type
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Laser Cut
BASE CARDS:  Set collectors rejoice! 90's fans throw your hands up in the air! Panini jump and down and celebrate one eye popping base set. If you are into a product that brings pretty much everything, this is for you. Alone, the main base set in Marquee is 540 cards consisting of rookies, stars and legends. But, its not just the same kind of card over and over again like most companies do with big base sets.Panini did a great job here breaking it all down to different rookie subsets with different textures and color. This is very eye appealing. The set consists of shiny foil-board, Laser cut, ghost white acetate, a textured white leather type approach, a dark shiny foil board, and what appears to be taking the basketball player and swirling them around. To say the least, this product looks outstanding and because of that if I ran Panini, those basketball guys would be getting a huge raise. 

Another thing, if you are collecting a particular rookie this year in basketball. Here is a chance to get that guys rookie card 5 different ways as the double rookie class appears in each of the 5 sections.

To me, I have waited almost 15 years for a company to finally put forth the extra mile for their base cards and make set building worthwhile again. Big Kudos to Panini!

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INSERTS: As you can see, the insert design matches the base card design. Something very tricky to do. I like the idea. The designs are different and once again very eye appealing. I am actually having a hard time writing this review since I am so blown away by the design here.
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AUTOGRAPHS:You get three autographs with this product, despite how great they look, the upsetting part here is the hit quality. I have seen this a few times in this product in terms of peoples hits. But the big hits are here with rookie signatures and Election Night autos where you find Hall Of Famers hiding. I do like the addition of coaches autos to this product however. It keeps this product fresh and unique.

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A Thought I think this would be great to see in this product.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I have to be honest here, I think this product is worth it. You can't always judge a product from one break. The hits weren't there for us, but the product just looks so good and it doesn't mean the hits will not be there for you. And the amount of rookies you get in this product should help make up the loss you get if you don't get the big hit. I had fun and looked forward to opening every pack to see which insert or subset card I was going to get. You don't do that very often with a product anymore. If you are a rookie and set collector especially..set forth to your LCS or order online to try this product. Promise you will not be disappointed!

RATINGS:  Bloggers Note: Our ratings are based specifically on the blaster, box or packs we opened and do not express what the overall product could bring. Ratings based on a 1-5. 1 Being the lowest and 5 being the highest.
                Packaging: 4
                Base Design: 5 maybe even a 6!
                Insert Design: 5
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

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