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Panini previews second edition of Past & Present basketball

Posted Jan 11, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 09:41 PM

The debut edition of Panini America’s Past & Present basketball last year was definitely a smorgasbord for collectors, with four distinctive designs in the base set that had a retro feel to them.

Almost too retro. I recall opening the first pack and seeing all sorts of imperfections on the cards. Then I realized it was done by design. That made it an even more interesting set to collect. It wasn’t as slick as some of the other basketball sets out there, and in fact had a little more charm and character because of its smoky look.

The second version of Past & Present promises the same kind of look. The set is expected to hit stores and hobby shops in early may. Like last year, the 250-card base set includes 50 short-printed variations. The difference this year is that Panini will be including true rookie cards. Last year, Past & Present was the first set in which Panini employed its Dual Rookie Redemption program. This year, you’ll be able to find the rookies in the actual packs.

Panini is promising that every hobby box will deliver at least three autograph cards. The Elusive Ink cards are nice, because they are signed by players who rarely autograph cards.

The inserts will have some diversity. The Raining 3s return; Treads cards will have the look and texture of sneaker treads.  The Headbands insert will have the felt feel of real headbands, and so will the Winning Touch Banners. Rise ‘n Shine will try to play off the cereal box look.

There will be relic cards, too.

What I liked about last year’s Past & Present set was the inclusion of ABA players in their uniforms from that time. For example, last year’s set had Julius Erving depicted in his Virginia Squires uniform. Very different.

All will become clearer when the set comes out in a few months.

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