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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 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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