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?
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.
They also have legends versions.
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.
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.
Nothing wrong with the card, just not as cool as a few of the others.
The little detail of having “rookie” angled like it is makes the card.
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!