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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 presents preview of Gold Standard

Posted Dec 28, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Panini America is promising plenty of gold for basketball collectors this spring.

The third edition of Gold Standard will hit stores and hobby shops in late April, and some favorites from the last two years from this high-end set will be return for the 2012-13 version.

A box will contain 10 cards, and a collector prospecting for gold can look for these premium cards — Solid Gold 14-karat gold 1/1 cards, Bullion Brand memorabilia cards that feature game-worn jersey tags, and Black Gold Threads relic cards.

Here is what Panini is promising from every hobby box, on average: four autographs, one memorabilia card and one metal card. The 305-card base set will have black and platinum parallels.

That base set will feature 80 autographed memorabilia rookie cards, and 25 short-printed cards of stars wearing the uniforms of every team they played for during their careers.

A new addition to the 2012-13 set will be Gold Strike Signatures, which will be autographed by top rookies and rising young players. Superstars of the game will be featured, too, in the Mother Lode autograph insert set.

I like the Bullion Brand relic card with the oversized jersey tag. And the Mother Lode cards with signatures like Panini spokesman Kobe Bryant are always nice to pull.

Gold Standard is a high end set — last year’s boxes are still going for about $150 on the more reasonable collectibles websites — but the potential for a big gold strike is an enticing lure.

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