2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball Cards

2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball Cards

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Set Checklist

2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Bonus Shot Gold #/249, Bonus Shot Black #/10

1 LaMarcus Aldridge
2 Ray Allen
3 Al-Farouq Aminu
4 JaVale McGee
5 Ryan Anderson
6 Carmelo Anthony
7 Trevor Ariza
8 D.J. Augustin
9 J.J. Barea
10 Andrea Bargnani
11 Nicolas Batum
12 Michael Beasley
13 Rodrigue Beaubois
14 DeJuan Blair
15 Andrew Bogut
16 Trevor Booker
17 Carlos Boozer
18 Chris Bosh
19 Avery Bradley
20 Elton Brand
21 Kobe Bryant
22 Andrew Bynum
23 Jose Calderon
24 Vince Carter
25 Mario Chalmers
26 Tyson Chandler
27 Darren Collison
28 Mike Conley
29 DeMarcus Cousins
30 Jamal Crawford
31 Jordan Crawford
32 Stephen Curry
33 Ed Davis
34 Glen Davis
35 Boris Diaw
36 Luol Deng
37 DeMar DeRozan
38 Goran Dragic
39 Jared Dudley
40 Tim Duncan
41 Kevin Durant
42 Devin Ebanks
43 Monta Ellis
44 Tyreke Evans
45 Raymond Felton
46 Landry Fields
47 Channing Frye
48 Danilo Gallinari
49 Kevin Garnett
50 Marc Gasol
51 Pau Gasol
52 Rudy Gay
53 Paul George
54 Taj Gibson
55 Manu Ginobili
56 Drew Gooden
57 Ben Gordon
58 Eric Gordon
59 Marcin Gortat
60 Danny Granger
61 Blake Griffin
62 Tyler Hansbrough
63 James Harden
64 Al Harrington
65 Gordon Hayward
66 Gerald Henderson
67 Roy Hibbert
68 George Hill
69 Grant Hill
70 Jrue Holiday
71 Al Horford
72 Dwight Howard
73 Kris Humphries
74 Serge Ibaka
75 Andre Iguodala
76 Ersan Ilyasova
77 Jarrett Jack
78 Stephen Jackson
79 LeBron James
80 Antawn Jamison
81 Al Jefferson
82 Brandon Jennings
83 Joe Johnson
84 DeAndre Jordan
85 Chris Kaman
86 Jason Kidd
87 Carl Landry
88 Ty Lawson
89 Courtney Lee
90 David Lee
91 Jeremy Lin
92 Brook Lopez
93 Kevin Love
94 Kyle Lowry
95 Corey Maggette
96 Shawn Marion
97 Kevin Martin
98 Wesley Matthews
99 O.J. Mayo
100 Andre Miller
101 Paul Millsap
102 Greg Monroe
103 Steve Nash
104 Jameer Nelson
105 Nene
106 Steve Novak
107 Joakim Noah
108 Dirk Nowitzki
109 Emeka Okafor
110 Tony Parker
111 Chris Paul
112 Tayshaun Prince
113 Zach Randolph
114 Jason Richardson
115 Luke Ridnour
116 Nate Robinson
117 Rajon Rondo
118 Derrick Rose
119 Ricky Rubio
120 Luis Scola
121 Ramon Sessions
122 J.R. Smith
123 Josh Smith
124 Marreese Speights
125 Amare Stoudemire
126 Rodney Stuckey
127 Jeff Teague
128 Jason Terry
129 Jason Thompson
130 Marcus Thornton
131 Hedo Turkoglu
132 Evan Turner
133 Ekpe Udoh
134 Anderson Varejao
135 Dwyane Wade
136 John Wall
137 Gerald Wallace
138 David West
139 Delonte West
140 Russell Westbrook
141 Deron Williams
142 Louis Williams
143 Mo Williams
144 Metta World Peace
145 Dorell Wright
146 Nick Young
147 Richard Hamilton
148 Thaddeus Young
149 Kirk Hinrich
150 Paul Pierce
2012 13 Prestige Basketball Blake Griffin Image

Base Rookies Set Checklist

Featuring 100 rookies from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 draft classes; 1 per pack
PARALLEL CARDS: Bonus Shot Gold #/249, Bonus Shot Black #/10

151 Kyrie Irving
152 Derrick Williams
153 Brandon Knight
154 MarShon Brooks
155 Klay Thompson
156 Kemba Walker
157 Isaiah Thomas
158 Kenneth Faried
159 Iman Shumpert
160 Chandler Parsons
161 Tristan Thompson
162 Kawhi Leonard
163 Jimmer Fredette
164 Vernon Macklin
165 Markieff Morris
166 Alec Burks
167 Norris Cole
168 Ivan Johnson
169 Jeremy Pargo
170 Gustavo Ayon
171 Charles Jenkins
172 Nikola Vucevic
173 Donald Sloan
174 Bismack Biyombo
175 Tobias Harris
176 Jeremy Tyler
177 Jon Leuer
178 Jan Vesely
179 Chris Singleton
180 Enes Kanter
181 Jordan Williams
182 Jordan Hamilton
183 Josh Harrellson
184 Andrew Goudelock
185 Lavoy Allen
186 Lance Thomas
187 Cory Higgins
188 Nolan Smith
189 Maus Morris
190 Trey Thompkins
191 Elliot Williams
192 Terrel Harris
193 Shelvin Mack
194 JaJuan Johnson
195 Reggie Jackson
196 Greg Stiemsma
197 E'Twaun Moore
198 Josh Selby
199 Jimmy Butler
200 Cory Joseph
201 Anthony Davis
202 Austin Rivers
203 Jeremy Lamb
204 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
205 Terrence Ross
206 Andre Drummond
207 Thomas Robinson
208 Kendall Marshall
209 Terrence Jones
210 Meyers Leonard
211 Harrison Barnes
212 Bradley Beal
213 Dion Waiters
214 Damian Lillard
215 John Henson
216 Moe Harkless
217 Royce White
218 Tyler Zeller
219 Andrew Nicholson
220 Evan Fournier
221 Jared Sullinger
222 Fab Melo
223 Tony Wroten
224 Perry Jones
225 Miles Plumlee
226 Jared Cunningham
227 John Jenkins
228 Marquis Teague
229 Festus Ezeli
230 Arnett Moultrie
231 Bernard James
232 Orlando Johnson
233 Jeff Taylor
234 Quincy Acy
235 Justin Harper
236 Jae Crowder
237 Draymond Green
238 Quincy Miller
239 Khris Middleton
240 Will Barton
241 Kim English
242 Darius Miller
243 Doron Lamb
244 Mike Scott
245 Justin Hamilton
246 Tornike Shengelia
247 Kyle O'Quinn
248 Robert Sacre
249 Tyshawn Taylor
250 Kris Joseph
2012 13 Prestige Basketball Kyrie Irving Image

All-Stars East Set Checklist

1 Dwyane Wade
2 Derrick Rose
3 Dwight Howard
4 LeBron James
5 Carmelo Anthony
6 Chris Bosh
7 Luol Deng
8 Roy Hibbert
9 Andre Iguodala
10 Rajon Rondo
11 Paul Pierce
12 Deron Williams
13 Coach Tom Thibodeau
14 Team Photo

All-Stars West Set Checklist

1 Kobe Bryant
2 Chris Paul
3 Andrew Bynum
4 Blake Griffin
5 Kevin Durant
6 LaMarcus Aldridge
7 Marc Gasol
8 Kevin Love
9 Steve Nash
10 Dirk Nowitzki
11 Tony Parker
12 Russell Westbrook
13 Coach Scott Brooks
14 Team Photo

Connections Set Checklist

1 Anthony Davis
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2 Marcus Morris
Markieff Morris
3 Russell Westbrook
Kevin Love
4 Jrue Holiday
Darren Collison
5 Vince Carter
Antawn Jamison
6 Jason Terry
Manu Ginobili
7 LaMarcus Aldridge
Kevin Durant
8 John Wall
Rajon Rondo
9 Chris Paul
Blake Griffin
10 DeMar DeRozan
Taj Gibson
11 O.J. Mayo
Nick Young
12 Tony Parker
Nicolas Batum
13 Marc Gasol
Pau Gasol
14 Evan Turner
Mike Conley
15 Derrick Rose
Tyreke Evans
16 Tyson Chandler
Dwight Howard
17 Steve Nash
Dirk Nowitzki
18 Derek Fisher
Kobe Bryant
19 Joakim Noah
Al Horford
20 Dwyane Wade
LeBron James
21 Rudy Gay
Ray Allen
22 Richard Hamilton
Ben Gordon
23 Shawn Marion
Amare Stoudemire
24 Karl Malone
John Stockton
25 Magic Johnson
Larry Bird

Distinctive Ink Set Checklist

1 Kevin Durant
2 Kobe Bryant
3 Gordon Hayward
4 O.J. Mayo
5 Danilo Gallinari
6 Marcin Gortat
7 Monta Ellis
8 Stephen Jackson
9 Andrew Bogut
10 Danny Granger
2012 13 Prestige Basketball Distinctive Ink Kobe Bryant Autograph Image

Franchise Favorites Set Checklist

1 Kevin Durant
2 Kevin Martin
3 Al Horford
4 Stephen Curry
5 Dirk Nowitzki
6 LeBron James
7 Paul Pierce
8 Deron Williams
9 Dwight Howard
10 Kobe Bryant
11 Blake Griffin
12 Ricky Rubio
13 Joakim Noah
14 Danny Granger
15 Manu Ginobili
16 Tayshaun Prince
17 Marc Gasol
18 Carmelo Anthony
19 Kyrie Irving
20 John Wall
21 DeMar DeRozan
22 Andre Iguodala
23 Tony Parker
24 Kevin Love
25 Ty Lawson

Hardcourt Heroes Set Checklist

1 Rajon Rondo
2 Carmelo Anthony
3 Kevin Durant
4 Kobe Bryant
5 LeBron James
6 Dirk Nowitzki
7 Kevin Love
8 Dwyane Wade
9 Derrick Rose
10 Dwight Howard
11 Tim Duncan
12 LaMarcus Aldridge
13 Blake Griffin
14 Steve Nash
15 Josh Smith
16 Andrew Bynum
17 Tyreke Evans
18 Russell Westbrook
19 Chris Paul
20 Brandon Jennings
21 John Wall
22 Kevin Garnett
23 Al Jefferson
24 Rudy Gay
25 Monta Ellis

Inside the Numbers Relics Set Checklist

1 Kevin Durant
2 Kobe Bryant
3 Tyson Chandler
4 Rajon Rondo
5 Ricky Rubio
6 Joe Johnson
7 Chris Paul
8 Steve Nash
9 Serge Ibaka
10 Dwight Howard
11 Mike Conley
12 Kevin Love
13 Andrew Bynum
14 DeAndre Jordan
15 Josh Smith
16 DeMarcus Cousins
17 Blake Griffin
18 LeBron James
19 Russell Westbrook
20 Carmelo Anthony
21 Derrick Rose
22 Dwyane Wade
23 Jose Calderon
24 Deron Williams
25 John Wall
26 Jason Kidd
27 Paul Pierce
28 LaMarcus Aldridge
29 Marcus Camby
30 Metta World Peace
31 David Lee
32 Kyrie Irving
33 Stephen Curry
34 Tony Parker
35 Luol Deng
36 Marc Gasol
37 Manu Ginobili
38 Ryan Anderson
39 Kevin Garnett
40 Andre Miller
41 James Harden
42 Antawn Jamison
43 Tim Duncan
44 Dirk Nowitzki
45 Jordan Crawford
46 Greg Monroe
47 Kenneth Faried
48 Baron Davis
49 Ty Lawson
50 Amare Stoudemire

Inside the Numbers Prime Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

1 Kevin Durant
2 Kobe Bryant
3 Tyson Chandler
4 Rajon Rondo
5 Ricky Rubio
6 Joe Johnson
7 Chris Paul
8 Steve Nash
9 Serge Ibaka
10 Dwight Howard
11 Mike Conley
12 Kevin Love
13 Andrew Bynum
14 DeAndre Jordan
15 Josh Smith
16 DeMarcus Cousins
17 Blake Griffin
18 LeBron James
19 Russell Westbrook
20 Carmelo Anthony
21 Derrick Rose
22 Dwyane Wade
23 Jose Calderon
24 Deron Williams
25 John Wall
26 Jason Kidd
27 Paul Pierce
28 LaMarcus Aldridge
29 Marcus Camby
30 Metta World Peace
31 David Lee
32 Kyrie Irving
33 Stephen Curry
34 Tony Parker
35 Luol Deng
36 Marc Gasol
37 Manu Ginobili
38 Ryan Anderson
39 Kevin Garnett
40 Andre Miller
41 James Harden
42 Antawn Jamison
43 Tim Duncan
44 Dirk Nowitzki
45 Jordan Crawford
46 Greg Monroe
47 Kenneth Faried
48 Baron Davis
49 Ty Lawson
50 Amare Stoudemire

Old School Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring on-card autographs

1 Rick Barry #/49
2 Walt Bellamy #/99
3 Tom Chambers #/99
4 Bob Lanier #/49
5 Spud Webb #/99
6 Kenny Anderson #/99
7 Rod Strickland #/99
8 Steve Smith #/99
9 Vlade Divac #/99
10 Adrian Dantley #/99
11 Buck Williams #/99
12 Sidney Moncrief #/99
13 Reggie Theus #/97
14 Eddie Johnson #/97
15 Kevin Willis #/99
16 Larry Johnson #/99
17 Detlef Schrempf #/99
18 Fat Lever #/98
19 Kenny Walker #/99
21 Dikembe Mutombo #/49
22 Sam Perkins #/99
23 Cedric Ceballos #/99
24 Dan Majerle #/99
25 Terry Porter #/99
26 Jamal Mashburn #/99
27 Danny Manning #/49
28 Mitch Richmond #/99
29 Glen Rice #/49
30 Chris Mullin #/99
31 Steve Kerr #/49
32 Joe Dumars #/46
33 John Stockton #/25
34 Rex Chapman #/98
35 Kurt Rambis #/99
36 Robert Parish #/49
37 Maurice Cheeks #/99

Playmakers Set Checklist

1 Kobe Bryant
2 LeBron James
3 Kevin Durant
4 Blake Griffin
5 Derrick Rose
6 Kevin Love
7 Dwight Howard
8 Deron Williams
9 Dirk Nowitzki
10 Dwyane Wade
11 LaMarcus Aldridge
12 Tony Parker
13 David Lee
14 Russell Westbrook
15 Josh Smith
16 Rudy Gay
17 Brandon Jennings
18 Carmelo Anthony
19 Al Jefferson
20 Chris Paul
21 Rajon Rondo
22 John Wall
23 Joe Johnson
24 Paul Pierce
25 Danny Granger

Prestigious Pros Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring sticker autographs

1 Derrick Rose
2 Kevin Durant
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Blake Griffin
5 Andrea Bargnani
6 Stephen Curry
7 Tyreke Evans
8 Raymond Felton
9 Jeff Teague
10 Devin Ebanks
11 George Hill
12 Mike Conley
13 Al Horford
14 Pl Millsap
15 Stephen Jackson
16 Ty Lawson
17 Marcus Thornton
18 Marcin Gortat
19 Brook Lopez
20 Jordan Crawford
21 Zach Randolph
23 Luol Deng
24 Kevin Love
25 Derek Fisher
2012 13 Prestige Basketball Prestigious Pros Kevin Love Autograph Image

Prestigious Picks Autographs Set Checklist

1 Kyrie Irving
2 Derrick Williams
3 Enes Kanter
4 Tristan Thompson
5 Jan Vesely
6 Bismack Biyombo
7 Brandon Knight
8 Kemba Walker
9 Jimmer Fredette
10 Klay Thompson
11 Alec Burks
12 Markieff Morris
13 Marcus Morris
14 Kawhi Leonard
15 Nikola Vucevic
16 Iman Shumpert
17 Chris Singleton
18 Tobias Harris
19 Nolan Smith
20 Kenneth Faried
21 Reggie Jackson
22 MarShon Brooks
23 Jordan Hamilton
24 JaJuan Johnson
25 Norris Cole
26 Cory Joseph
27 Jimmy Butler
28 Shelvin Mack
29 Tyler Honeycutt
30 Jordan Williams
31 Trey Thompkins
32 Chandler Parsons
33 Jeremy Tyler
34 Jon Leuer
35 Darius Morris
36 Malcolm Lee
37 Charles Jenkins
38 Josh Harrellson
39 Andrew Goudelock
40 Josh Selby
41 Isaiah Thomas
42 Lavoy Allen
43 E'Twaun Moore
44 Courtney Fortson
45 Anthony Davis
46 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
47 Bradley Beal
48 Dion Waiters
49 Thomas Robinson
51 Harrison Barnes
52 Terrence Ross
53 Andre Drummond
54 Austin Rivers
55 Meyers Leonard
56 Jeremy Lamb
57 Kendall Marshall
58 John Henson
59 Moe Harkless
60 Royce White
61 Tyler Zeller
62 Terrence Jones
63 Andrew Nicholson
64 Evan Fournier
65 Jared Sullinger
66 Fab Melo
67 John Jenkins
68 Jared Cunningham
69 Tony Wroten
70 Miles Plumlee
71 Arnett Moultrie
72 Perry Jones
73 Marquis Teague
74 Festus Ezeli
75 Bernard James

Stars of the NBA Set Checklist

1 Russell Westbrook
2 Pau Gasol
3 Greg Monroe
4 DeMarcus Cousins
5 Chris Bosh
6 Joe Johnson
7 Elton Brand
8 Shawn Marion
9 LeBron James
10 Louis Williams
11 Tyson Chandler
12 David Lee
13 Rudy Gay
14 Dirk Nowitzki
15 James Harden
16 Kevin Martin
17 Marcus Thornton
18 Chris Paul
19 Brook Lopez
20 Andrew Bogut
21 Ty Lawson
22 Raymond Felton
23 Carlos Boozer
24 Ray Allen
25 Amare Stoudemire

True Colors Relics Set Checklist

1 Deron Williams
2 Jason Kidd
3 Andre Iguodala
4 Ricky Rubio
5 Danny Granger
6 Ryan Anderson
7 Paul Millsap
8 LeBron James
9 Kevin Garnett
10 Dwight Howard
11 Ty Lawson
12 Al Horford
13 Steve Nash
14 DeMarcus Cousins
15 Carmelo Anthony
16 Ray Allen
17 Tim Duncan
18 Eric Gordon
19 Kyrie Irving
20 Andrea Bargnani
21 Russell Westbrook
22 Brandon Jennings
23 Baron Davis
24 Luol Deng
25 Stephen Curry
26 Kevin Durant
27 Jrue Holiday
28 Andrew Bynum
29 Luis Scola
30 Brandon Knight
31 Klay Thompson
32 Tristan Thompson
33 Jordan Crawford
34 Drew Gooden
35 Danilo Gallinari
36 Michael Beasley
37 David West
38 Raymond Felton
39 Kemba Walker
40 Kawhi Leonard
41 Josh Smith
42 Anderson Varejao
43 O.J. Mayo
44 Mario Chalmers
45 Glen Davis
46 Mo Williams
47 Joakim Noah
48 Jared Dudley
49 Brook Lopez
50 Chris Kaman
2012 13 Prestige Basketball True Colors Kevin Durant Jersey Image

True Colors Prime Relics Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

1 Deron Williams
2 Jason Kidd
3 Andre Iguodala
4 Ricky Rubio
5 Danny Granger
6 Ryan Anderson
7 Paul Millsap
8 LeBron James
9 Kevin Garnett
10 Dwight Howard
11 Ty Lawson
12 Al Horford
13 Steve Nash
14 DeMarcus Cousins
15 Carmelo Anthony
16 Ray Allen
17 Tim Duncan
18 Eric Gordon
19 Kyrie Irving
20 Andrea Bargnani
21 Russell Westbrook
22 Brandon Jennings
23 Baron Davis
24 Luol Deng
25 Stephen Curry
26 Kevin Durant
27 Jrue Holiday
28 Andrew Bynum
29 Luis Scola
30 Brandon Knight
31 Klay Thompson
32 Tristan Thompson
33 Jordan Crawford
34 Drew Gooden
35 Danilo Gallinari
36 Michael Beasley
37 David West
38 Raymond Felton
39 Kemba Walker
40 Kawhi Leonard
41 Josh Smith
42 Anderson Varejao
43 O.J. Mayo
44 Mario Chalmers
45 Glen Davis
46 Mo Williams
47 Joakim Noah
48 Jared Dudley
49 Brook Lopez
50 Chris Kaman

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Clean, player-focused designs highlight 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball. The second basketball card set of the year from Panini, 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball is another release that has tons of rookies -- 100 to be exact. Covering both the shortened 2011-12 season and the 2012-13 class, rookie cards fall one per pack.

2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball base cards have a modern design that is dominated by a player photo. The background starts out white before shifting into a black and white photo with a splash of color at the top. A thin ribbon at the bottom houses the player's name and frames in the main photo. Rookie cards have two player photos on the front. A full-color shot sits in the foreground while a black and white portrait decorates the background.

Autographs fall three per box in 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball. They're led by Old School Autographs and Distinctive Ink and their on-card signatures. Prestigious Pros use sticker autographs.

As part of Panini's plans to cut back on memorabilia cards, 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball comes with just one game-used card per box. These include Inside the Numbers and True Colors.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box
Price Point: Mid-End Basketball Card
Target Audience: Rookie Card Collectors, Set Builders, Autograph Collectors

2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball Box Break

  • 3 Autographs
  • 1 Memorabilia Card
  • 24 Rookie Cards
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Product Review

2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball Product Review

Reviewed by Kerwin Leong

Good: 100 total rookies from both the 2011 and 2012 NBA Draft Classes, one rookie card per pack five-card pack of Kobe Bryant Anthology cards inserted as box topper, Old School Autographs and Distinctive Ink have on-card signatures, three autographs and one game-used card per box instead of the two autographs and two game-used cards per box configuration used in the past.

Bad: Base cards don't look as nice as the past two Prestige releases, rookie autographs use stickers, players who changed teams during the off-season are not shown in their new uniforms.

The Bottom Line: 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball is an affordable mid-end product. This is a great set for basketball collectors who have been waiting for Kyrie Irving rookies. The ability to pull rookie cards from two different draft classes is a huge bonus.

Staff Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.0/5.0

The base cards have a smooth, glossy surface with the player's team colors represented on the card. Compared to the last two Prestige basketball products, I do not like the look of this year's base cards at all. The photos seem very generic and too crowded with multiple colors flooding the background. Another complaint with the base cards is that players who changed teams in the off-season are not shown in their new threads. They are only represented with their new team logo and the date that they changed teams. I was expecting to see cards of Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Ray Allen in their new uniforms.

The base cards have two parallel versions: Bonus Shots Gold and Black. Besides serial numbers, the only difference is the gold and black on the bottom of the card.

The rookie cards are a huge selling point of this product. They look amazing with their white background and silhouette of the player shadowing the color photo.

Inserts are plentiful in 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball. Connections showcases two current and past players who played together or were rivals. Hardcourt Heroes is my favorite looking insert set. It mirrors the look and design of the rookie cards but with an NBA hardcourt design as a background. If the base cards used the same design and background it would have looked much better. Franchise Favorites is dull with its darkened blackened that shows more emphasis on the player. Stars of the NBA is very similar to the base cards but with the insert name instead.

Even though it's not a Prestige-exclusive, this is the second 2012-13 Panini basketball product to include a five-card pack of the Kobe Bryant Anthology cards, a 200-card set highlighting Kobe Bryant's NBA career. Considering Kobe Bryant is my favorite NBA player, you can see why I absolutely love this insert set. Putting together this set will be a challenge, but rewarding for Lakers fans.

The True Colors Relics look too similar to the base card design photography. Looking much better are the Inside the NBA Relics that showcase colorful photos. Old School Autographs are on-card, which is always welcome. However, about half of the card is just a plain white background. There is too much empty space on the card and lacks the look and touch of an actual autograph. Prestigious Picks Rookie Autographs use sharp rookie photography with a foil background. Unfortunately they use sticker autographs.

Checklist: 5.0/5.0

The 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball base set is comprised of 150 base cards and 100 rookies. First-year cards come from both the 2011 and 2012 draft classes. Each team is represented by four to six players. This product is ideal for rookie collectors, especially because of what happened due to the NBA lockout last summer. There are many different insert sets but only a few autograph and game-used sets.

Value: 5.0/5.0

Each box is affordable. Considering past Panini basketball products gave collectors two autographs and two game-used cards per box, 2012-13 Panini Prestige is even better with three autographs and one memorabilia card per box. Honestly, I would rather pull an autograph from a box than a game-used card. I think most collectors feel the same.

You can't get any better than the autograph checklist in this product. Not only can you pull autographs from two different draft classes, mainly Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis, but superstars like Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose as well.

The Fun Factor: 5.0/5.0

Because the NBA lockout last summer prevented Panini from releasing rookie cards to early sets last year, basketball collectors have been anxiously awaiting for the new 2012-13 products to be released. It looks like they made a smart decision in leaving rookies out of their handful of 2011-12 products and loading up this year's sets. With so many great rookie cards leading the charge, 2012-13 Panini Prestige provides great value and fun for collectors.

2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball Cards, reviewed by Ryan Cracknell on 2012-10-08T08:55:10+00:00 rating 4.8 out of 5

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User Reviews

  1. very good autographs,card quality was excellent good selection thoroughout.

  2. I got a box of Prestige for Christmas, I really liked the cards that I got( Damien Lillard Rookie, Bradley Beal Rookie Auto, Larry Bird/ Magic Johnson Connections, Karl Malone/ John Stockton Connections). The only minor problem was that some the players who moved to different teams were still in their old teams uniforms. Example Andrew Bynum( 76ers) in a Lakers uniform and a Lakers logo. But still a great product

  3. Great product. Reminds me of the old Skybox and Hoops sets, but with autographs. I ended up with a good portion of the set without too many duplicates. I also pulled a good number of rookies like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams. I pulled two of the Prestigious Picks autographs (although the players I pulled weren’t really anything to brag about). The big pull was a Kobe Bryant Distinctive Ink redemption card! This card definitely made it well worth the cost of the box. Overall, I think the box is a good option for folks that like to build sets and pull decent rookie cards.

  4. Good cards and autos and overall good set

  5. Love this product. Best one panini has made. Good value for money.

    The only thing bad is the auto selection of players. Does Panini watch basketball? Stephen Jackson in the hard to find distinctive ink would make you cry if you pull one.

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