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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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Panini Basketball caters to set builders

Posted Nov 26, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM

If you are a basketball card collector who likes to build sets, then this is going to be good news. 

Panini America announced Monday that it will release 2012-13 Panini Basketball in late February. This set will feature 300 base cards and a 60-card Rookie Card autograph subset that features players from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 draft classes.

To pique the interest of master set chasers, there also will be Knights of the Round die-cut parallels. Collectors also can look for autograph cards spread among five different designs and 50 Dress Code jumbo memorabilia cards.

A hobby box of Panini Basketball will contain 24 packs, with 10 cards per pack. Panini said each hobby box would contain at least two autographs, seven Knight parallels, three Spirit of the Game cards, three Heroes of the Hall, three Matching Numbers and three additional inserts.

Hall of Fame Signatures should be a nice collectible. The example Panini uses (Larry Bird) is a beautiful card with a large, bold signature. Looks good.

Spokesmen Signatures will be cards autographed by Panini’s five NBA spokesmen: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. This insert will include cards with two and three autographs.

Rated Rookie Autographs utilizes the old Donruss blue “Rated Rookie” logo on autographed patch cards. All-Panini will be a 100-card tribute to the NBA’s current stars; a gold parallel numbered to 25 also will be part of the mix.

The final insert in the set is The Knight, which will have base cards, a Black Knight parallel numbered to 10 and a special die-cut Knights of the Round version that will fall at about one per case.

If you’re a set builder, the challenge is there.

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