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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 offers glimpse of Marquee basketball

Posted Jan 19, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 09:34 PM

Panini America previewed its new 2012-13 Marquee set, which the company says will include “wicked wonders” like laser-cutting, black holographic film board, more acetate and a “Swirlorama” effect.



A hobby box of Marquee will contain 20 packs, with eight cards to a pack. Panini is promising three autographs per hobby box, with a 150-card base set. There will be 35 rookie cards drawn from five different subsets, and five different autograph subsets that a collector can pull from a box. One of those inserts will feature coaches.

The feature that really grabbed my attention from the photographs Panini posted was the Election Night subset. I’m not sure why; the card features a giant head shot of the player on the right-hand side of the card, with an autograph at the bottom left under the “Election Night” notation. Maybe it was because the example used was Magic Johnson; regardless, it seemed just offbeat enough to be intriguing.

Other subsets include Rookie Signatures; Stars of the Night (which uses the black holographic film board); Slam Dunk Legends (using the Swirlorama format); a 20-card Champions set printed on acetate; Rookie Rivals; and All-Rookie Team. I have to confess that I honestly don’t know what the Swirlorama effect is, but I am sure Panini will bring me up to speed at a later date. If I had to guess, it looks like the swirls are part of the surface of the card (see Blake Griffin photo that accompanies this post).

It will be a big part of the Marquee set when it is released.

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