No hits needed…

I teased my Marquee Basketball box the other day, and here is the rest…

Marquee is a mid range release and is pretty darn bad-ass. A box will run around a benny with 20 packs per box and 8 cards per pack. The packs are bricks! The cards are all pretty thick, like high end base card thick. the full box has to weight as much as three crome boxes.

The cards are nice and have a ton of different inserts and rookies, but let’s start with the base cards, shall we?

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Not too bad…

The back ground is a foil mirrored deal, with a touch of refractory rainbow thing going on.

What really makes these stand out is the Marquee logo at the bottom. I like the little ball and stars shooting out the sides.

Here are a few more.
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The Lakers utter collapse in the playoffs prove how great he still is. Without him that team doesn’t make the playoffs.

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I am still a Lin fan. He has a great story and is a solid PG.

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Timmy D may not be as a big a name as Lebron or Kobe but he has 4 rings to Kobes 5. He has a decent shot of pulling even after his destruction of the Lakers in the 1st round.

They also have legends versions.

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I wish John had a ring…

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100 points in a game, think about that for a minute.

Inserts

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These cards fall about two per box. The busy design separates it from the rest of the cards in the box that lean towards a more minimilist approach to design.

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The “champion” is a little window like on the Damian L. rookie card. A Timmy D champion card? Whats not to like. I got about 5 of these.

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These are cool. I love the wavy rainbow background, bad-ass. Blake sure makes some weird faces when he dunks.

I got two in the box and they do well on the secondary market. I have seen this guy sell on ebay for around 10 bills. Not bad for an unnumbered insert.

This set is all about the rookies. Each guy has like 6 different versions of his rookie. That could have easily been overkill but panini made it work in a big big way.

I will run then from my least to most favorite.

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This is a fine design but in a set with so much going on with non-auto cards autos seem kind of unnecessary. There are three autos per box, and I keep forgetting about them, that’s how cool the base rookies are.

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Another cool card knocked down by the coolness of it’s fellow rookie cards. the die-cutting seems chunky compared to the smooth look of some of the other rookies.

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This is a leather textured card. it seems to be the rarest of the rookies. I only got two in my box.

Nothing wrong with the card, just not as cool as a few of the others.

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Another cool rookie. Clean and smooth, very nice.

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I love these cards. Slick is the word that comes to mind when I see these.

The little detail of having “rookie” angled like it is makes the card.

The top dog…
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My favorite rookie cards of the year, maybe the last few years.

It’s a perfect mix of retro and new technology, absolute perfection in a card!

Marquee is a great release. I love how Panini has released a set that shows how great base cards can be and how it doesn’t have to be about hits. Well done!

-K-

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