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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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$1,250 a pack? Panini previews Flawless set

Posted Sep 5, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 04:51 PM

I just get done writing about Damian Lillard autographs and the signature arrangement between Panini America and Leaf — and now there is more news that includes Panini and the reigning NBA rookie of the year.

Wednesday, Panini included a photo of a Lillard autograph on a new product called Flawless, which will be released on Oct. 2. Thursday, Panini revealed more information about its Flawless product.

And for $1,250 per pack, it had better be flawless. Wow.

Each box will contain 10 cards, and no card in the set will be numbered higher than 25. There will only be 20 complete base sets of diamond-encrusted cards available. The box will contain seven autographs, two jumbo memorabilia cards, and that diamond-encrusted base card. The base cards also will have emerald parallels numbered to five and a diamond-embedded version that will be a 1/1.

As for Lillard, Panini, in its latest news release, said that the first on-card autographs for the Flawless set were signed by the Portland Trail Blazers star.
But there are plenty of other big names, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Cazzie Russell, John Havlicek, David Thompson, Don Nelson, Artis Gilmore, Isiah Thomas, Elvin Hayes, Rick Barry, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Dennis Rodman and Wes Unseld.

The drool factor here is tremendous. But for $1,250 per pack, you’d have to expect — yes, even demand — those kinds of hot cards.

I know I can’t afford that. If anyone out there buys a box, let me know what you get and how you liked the product and I will feature it in a future post.



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