I have been saying for sometime that Panini should release a base set called simply Panini football, Panini hockey or Panini Basketball. Topps, and UD and Score and Fleer and Donruss all did it.

Finally we have a straight up Panini set.

Panini Basketball
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I am a huge fan for a couple of reasons, let me count the ways…

1. Great design. Nice bold colors, fun design and just the right amount of embossing.
2. Deep checklist. Tons of rookies, legends and current players.
3. Nice inserts and autos.
4. Only about $60 a box
5. A box gives you a nice big stack of cards.

Here is a sampling of some of my favorite cards from my box.

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Who needs injury free legs to win a championship? Not Willis!

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I an a big Tim Duncan fan. I am going to start calling him Tinny D.

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The Pistol was great, the dude in the background with his mouth open is greater.

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Oscar averaged a triple double for an entire season. Think about that for a minute. I think most sports fans know that fact but don’t really think about how amazing that is.

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UVa’s own. I hope his pro career picks up.

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The OBM. That is the Original Big Man! Love this card!

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Karl had more career points than Jordan or Wilt Chamberlin, just sayin’.

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Is Anthony having a good season? I haven’t heard much from him.

Also, I am not a fan of the “NOLA” on jerseys.

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Kyrie always looks kinda sleepy.

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I predict Rose will one day retire with at least two MVP trophies and two championships.

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I predict KLove will one day retire with at least one MVP trophy and one championship. That is if he can stay away from knuckle pushups.

Not too bad huh?

I think these blow Hoops out of the water. Not a knock on Hoops but a testament to how cool this set is.



One response to “Finally…

  1. I don’t follow basketball at all anymore but I wouldn’t mind picking up some of the ‘old school’ players in that set. Oscar Robertson was about as good as it gets. Amazing player.

    My only gripe is the Panini name is the largest text on the card. Reducing it would improve the look I thing.

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