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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 shows off National Treasures basketball

Posted Jun 13, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 07:19 PM

Panini America released more images and product information for its 2012-13 National Treasures basketball set on Thursday.

The product is scheduled for release in late July in 10-card wood boxes. And talk about high percentage hit cards. Panini is promising that every box will contain nine autographs, memorabilia cards or printing plates. Having a 90 percent hit rate is certainly going to be a plus for this high-end product. I mean, if you are going to lay out the cash — a presell price at Dave and Adam’s Card World is a staggering $630, and those guys price reasonably and competitively — there had better be some major cards in those wooden boxes.

There will be a 200-card base set, and then there will be 66 rookie patch autograph cards and 34 rookie autograph cards.

Fan favorites (or, high-end collector favorites) return this season, with Logoman and laundry tag memorabilia cards, Notable Nicknames , Timelines autograph memorabilia cards and Colossal jumbo memorabilia. Autographs will be parceled out in single, triple and quadruple formats, and all will be on-card signatures. I particularly loved the Lakers card that featured coach Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and James Worthy. I think pulling a card like that would make my hair stand on end, to be honest.

If you are really wealthy (or are a confirmed relative in good standing with the Powerball winner from Zephyrhills), a case of National Treasures contains three boxes. Just in case you wanted to know, of course.

Dave and Adam’s is selling a such a case for $1,795. By the way, the 10 cards and three boxes per case is two cards per box more but a box less per case than the 2010-11 version of National Treasures.

If you have the cash to spend and high-end basketball cards intrigue you, then National Treasures should pique your interest.

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