2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia BasketballBox Price: $130-$150
1-hit per pack, excellent relic incorporation, solid base card design, perfect amount of cards per box (20), RPM rookie autographs (Rookie Premiere Materials), interesting insert themes, diverse checklist featuring players from all eras of the NBA, Hearty prime patches
When deciding whether or not to rip a box of Absolute Memorabilia, there's only one question you need ask yourself - how much do sticker drop autographs bother me? If they don't bother you, there's little reason you shouldn't enjoy the latest Absolute Memorabilia Basketball.
On the other hand, if sticker drops really get under your skin, you'll probably want to pass, as the sticker drops tend to clash with the product's foil board, especially on darker colored cards. Absolute is definitely aimed at collectors with a taste for interesting relics and relic incorporation.
At the end of the day, Absolute Memorabilia is an above-average basketball card offering that strikes the perfect balance between too many and too few cards per box, with each 4-pack box delivering a total of 20 cards, 4 of which are hits.
Absolute Memorabilia does an excellent job of finding interesting ways to incorporate memorabilia into cards. The low-numbered prime patches are also extremely impressive per usual.
The only major issue I have with Absolute's card design is how poorly some of the sticker drop autographs blend into the set's foil board stock. This is most evident with dark colored cards. I'm not one of those people who expects every single card I pull to feature an on-card autograph, I would just like to see the sticker blend in a little better.
The base set checklist goes 185 cards deep, featuring a mixture of veterans, stars, retired legends, rookies and RPM rookie autographs. For the most part the product checklist as a whole is cohesive and makes sense. The only thing that doesn't make sense as always is the overly complex nature of Panini's parallel system.
The one thing Panini does better than most every other card company is find a unique way of integrating rookie autographs and rookie patch autographs into a product's base set, which means they carry an official "RC" tag unlike some of the fictional "RC" tags applied to many of Topps' insert rookie autographs. A well crafted base set brings set builders into the fold, which strengthens the overall appeal and long-term value of a product.
For some reason it feels like Absolute Memorabilia carries a box price $20 too high. That being said, it delivers a decent return on your investment as long as your big hits feature the right players - the odds of that happening are decent due to the fact that the checklist is relatively brief and adds retired legends into the mix.
The single card sales have been hit or miss so far on eBay. This could be due to a combination of cross-collectors turning their attention to baseball and the progressive fading of the 2010-11 NBA rookie class' novetly factor. The one thing I've never liked about basketball is that it is by far the most predictable sport, especially when it comes to rookies.
For me, fun is forged in whether or not a product was interesting to open. Absolute Memorabilia is always an interesting product to open, as it features an intriguing mix of Rookie Premiere Materials, Star Gazing inserts and a checklist spanning multiple eras of the NBA.
That said, it felt like the latest Absolute Memorabilia could have used a slight refreshing in terms of card design, as it feels like I've seen this same template one too many times. Absolute is one of those products that won't "wow" you, yet at the same time won't leave you with a terrible case of buyer's remorse. Hardcore basketball card collectors and memorabilia connoisseurs will probably enjoy the latest Absolute more than most.
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