The 2010-11 card season is wrapping up and Panini has one last release for the court, Elite Black Box.
This is a high end product running around $250 for an 8 card box. The box promises 3 autos and 3 relics.
First off are the base cards.
These are some nice looking cards. The background is a little glossy, but subdued with the player photo a shade glossier. The background has a carbon fiber cross hatch pattern that looks cool and help break up all the black. It gives it a nice texture (I haven’t mentioned texture in a review in a while). As with all black cards they will be condition sensitive. The base are numbered to 99, a minuscule print run for a base set.
The card backs are sweet.
Lots of nice details. On the stats the colored bar corresponds with the team colors. As a big fan of team colors being incorporated into card designs this is a major win. I also love tat they used a different picture from the one on front. I am a big fan of these cards. They are very high quality, what you would expect from such a high dollar item.
Here is an interesting card.
Before you go crazy this card is numbered to 99, so the logoman must be manufactured. It’s stills looks really cool. Here is the flip side.
This card is about 1/3 of an inch thick. It is a brick. Gary Payton and Westbrook are both cool so I am a fan. It’s 66/99 so you know what that means, palindrome card!
I love this card design. The lions on the side and the refractory/mirrored surface are really cool. It doesn’t come across in the scan but this is much shinier than the other cards in the box. I like the placement of the relics. There are really sweet on card auto version of these cards that are amazing.
Now we are getting somewhere. The original “savior” of the Clippers, Blake take notice. Danny Manning was a big deal back in the late ’80s into the early ’90s after being drafted #1 overall in ’88. I would never go out of my way to pick up a Manning auto but I am glad to add one to the old collection. It’s numbered to 24.
The final hit was sweet. It was a redemption for a Flag patch auto of Isiah Thomas number to 10. I am excited to check this card out when it arrives.
There ya have it. Elite Black Box is for the high roller crowd and is a really solid looking product. As with any high end there is a roll of the dice component. As far as the quality of the cards and design I am a fan.
Drop a comment with you favorite card of the break and what you like about it. I will pick one at random and send the winner a hit or two from the break.