Product Preview 2012-13 Panini Innovation BK

So I want to apologize for not doing more product reviews and previews like I promised.  I’m going to do my best to do some sort of write up for nearly every product.  They may not be super detailed or have pictures, but I’m going to get something up there for everything.

Today I’m going to discuss 2012-13 Panini Innovation Basketball.  I’m not going to harp on the fact that it’s coming out too late or that there are too many basketball products this year.  We all know that.  It’s not “news” so-to-speak.  I’m going to simply focus on the product.

For starters I would say that Panini was pretty creative with this product.  The name is pretty fitting as there is a lot of innovative stuff in the product.  There are a lot of cool inserts.  The stained glass inserts are really nice.  I like the way most of the inserts look.  I will admit that I’m not a fan of the random die-cuts on some of the cards.  They make absolutely no sense to me.  I do worry about the value of some of these inserts as well.   I think Panini is putting a lot of stock in them and they are hoping that they bring significant value.  If they do, it’s great.  If not, the product could struggle.

The hit cards have some nice appeal to them, but the checklist needs to be strong.  I’m tired of seeing the same old crappy rookies.  At this point we know if some of these guys just aren’t going to cut it.  And some of the veterans in there appear pretty weak.  I love, love, love the game-dated jersey cards.  Those are truly awesome.  I’m sure some collectors won’t see the true value in them.  To me it’s amazing to be able to get a jersey card that is from a specific game and the player is pictured in the jersey that you have a piece from.  That’s cool.  The patch versions should really rock.  The basketball piece cards are pretty cool.  You don’t see many of those, but I do wish they were game used or at least authentic NBA basketballs.  They appear to be indoor/outdoor cheap basketball.  Still unique though.  The jumbo jersey RCs are nothing special unless you are lucky enough to get the patch versions.  Those are going to be very nice.

The main autograph cards which are on the black background look awesome.  I love the way those cards look and the gold versions to /25 are even nicer.  I am not a huge fan of the 2 other autograph inserts that are both stickers.  They are kind of bland looking and nothing special.

The rookie cards that are clear are unique and very interesting.  There are also some veteran guys in this set as well.  It’s not the base set, but I believe these are the true RCs in the product.  They are #ed to 349 which will make them pretty hard to find down the road.  I do wish they hadn’t used 75 rookies for this set.  That’s about 25 too many.  There are several RCs who aren’t even in the league any longer.  Those guys should not be in products at this point.

I don’t like the base cards as they are very boring for a set with so many cool cards.  Why not just make the clear cards the actual base cards and put them 1 per box?  The base cards they put in there were a total waste of money and won’t have any value.

Overall, I like the product.  I don’t know if the inserts and rookie cards will sell as well as Panini is hoping.  But it will at least be a fun product to open that won’t be the same old same old.  As long as there is a decent hit in every 3 or 4 boxes, this product shouldn’t be bad.  Time will tell.

Josh

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