2012-13 Panini Starting 5 Program Offers Exclusive Basketball Promo Cards

2012-13 Panini Starting 5 Program Offers Exclusive Basketball Promo Cards

2012-13 Panini Starting 5 Anthony DavisWe hear a lot about giving in December. The 2012-13 Panini Starting 5 program is giving collectors a chance at exclusive promo cards simply by visiting their local hobby shops and opening some of the company's basketball products.

Each week through December 29, Panini has picked five players. Collectors who build a complete lineup of that week's players by busting packs at a participating hobby shop get some exclusive Panini Starting 5 cards. The final week of the promotion includes special gold packs that have random autographs. These special packs also have a contest card where collectors could win prizes like a trip to the 2013 All-Star Game, autographed memorabilia and Rated Rookie shirts.

The 2012-13 Panini Starting 5 promo set has 18 cards, with rookies figuring prominently on the checklist. Other highlights include Playmaker and Panini Authentic cards. Panini has a complete gallery of the set posted on their blog.

More than 250 hobby shops are participating in the promotion.

Here's a list of each week's "Starting 5" players:

December 1-8
Kyrie Irving
Brandon Knight
Harrison Barnes
Thomas Robinson
Austin Rivers

December 9-15
Anthony Davis
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Derrick Williams
Jared Sullinger
Andre Drummond

December 16-22
John Henson
Bradley Beal
Dion Waiters
Kawhi Leonard
Iman Shumpert

December 23-29
Kobe Bryant
Blake Griffin
Kevin Durant
Blake Griffin (from packs of 2011-12 Panini Limited Basketball)
Kevin Durant (from packs of 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Basketball)

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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