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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 TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.


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Panini introduces Crusade basketball

Posted Feb 20, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 08:17 PM

If sampling new card products and different technology fuels your quest in collecting cards, then Panini America’s debut set of Crusade basketball should intrigue you.


The 2012-13 set will hit stores this summer, and it will deliver a new twist on the Crusade insert program that debuted in Donruss Baseball and Donruss Rookies & Stars football in 1998.

The base set will consist of 100 cards, including 15 rookies. There also will be a 100-card base Crusade parallel set and two 25-card insert sets called Nobility and Royalty. Two distinctly different 100 autograph inserts will be called Quest Autographs and Majestic Signatures; relics also will have a place in this set, with two 100-card subsets named Quest Memorabilia and Majestic Materials.

The biggest chase, however, will come in a 300-card set that will be printed using Panini’s Prizm technology. The cards also will be printed in blue, red, purple, gold, green and black parallels.

A hobby box of Crusade basketball will contain six packs, with five cards per pack.

Panini is promising three autographs, three memorabilia cards, six Crusades and six additional inserts in each hobby box.

So if you are into basketball crusades, this product should be a challenging quest.

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