Surprise Damian Lillard RCs Found In 2013-14 Panini Prizm Basketball

Surprise Damian Lillard RCs Found In 2013-14 Panini Prizm Basketball

Even after the final checklist is revealed, collectors can still find unexpected things in card products, especially in big releases. This is exactly what happened with 2013-14 Prizm Basketball. Only in its second year, Prizm Basketball has emerged as one of the top mid-level offerings in the Panini arsenal. Soon after the Prizm release, unsigned Damian Lillard cards from 2012-13 products began to surface in these 2013-14 packs, leading to questions. Was it a QC error? Were these leftover cards from the original printing?

Damian Lillard was involved in one of the more controversial aspects of the 2012-13 season. Although he was the NBA Rookie of the Year and one of top options for basketball collectors, Lillard signed an exclusive deal with Leaf, so none of his signed cards could appear in Panini products. Since Panini has the only NBA license for cards, this complicated things for collectors who wanted signed Lillard cards in his Portland Trail Blazers jersey. Eventually, Panini and Leaf reached an agreement, and Lillard was included in several late 2012-13 Panini products. Later, Panini announced a redemption program that would allow collectors to obtain signed Damian Lillard cards featuring the designs from early 2012-13 products.

At this point, we know a few things about these mystery inserts. First, the design is virtually identical to signed cards that were included in the 2012-13 products and those included in the Damian Lillard redemption program. The obvious difference is that these inserts are not signed and do not contain any memorabilia. Also, the cards are not numbered like their signed redemption counterparts. The only other noticeable difference is the red "RC" logo, which was not present on the original design, but can be found on the un-signed inserts and the signed redemption cards.

While more versions may still be out there, the only verified Damian Lillard cards feature the 2012-13 Gold Standard and 2012-13 Select designs. And although the print run is currently unknown, both appear to be quite rare. The actual signed Damian Lillard redemption cards, featuring the same design, can be seen here, and the inserts found in 2013-14 Prizm can be seen below.

More information will be provided as it is released.

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DAMIAN LILLARD 2012 PAST & PRESENT ROOKIE+Panini Prizm RC TRAILBLAZERS​
$72.00
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DAMIAN LILLARD 2012 13 Immaculate Acetate RC Patch #'d 100 100 Last One 1 1 SSP
$150.00
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2012-13 NATIONAL TREASURES TIMELINE DAMIAN LILLARD RC 2 COLOR PATCH 19 25!!
$100.00
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2012-13 Panini Threads Rookie Team Threads Damian Lillard #12
$12.00
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2012-13 PANINI MARQUEE #311 DAMIAN LILLARD ROOKIE RC DIE-CUT TRAILBLAZERS
$19.95
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2013-14 Panini Prizm Die-Cut Blue Refractor #19 Damian Lillard SP 199 Blazers
$5.57
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2012-13 Elite Series Glass Masters Damian Lillard Rookie Card
$9.99
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DAMIAN LILLARD RC # 25 PINK PRISMATIC 2012-13 LEAF METAL DRAFT ROOKIE
$100.00
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DAMIAN LILLARD RC # 10 1961-62 STYLE 2012-13 LEAF METAL DRAFT ROOKIE
$200.00
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2012 13 Immaculate DAMIAN LILLARD Acetate Rookie Patch 100 Blazers MVP SP RC !
$99.99
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2012-13 Leaf Signature Damian Lillard RC Auto Autograph Graded BGS GEM MINT !!!
$99.99
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2013-2014 PANINI PRIZM DAMIAN LILLARD GOLD REFRACTOR SP RARE 4 10
$399.99
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LOT OF 3 DAMIAN LILLARD 2012-13 PANINI PRIZM SIGNED RC ON-CARD AUTO PSA DNA HOT
$299.99
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2012 Damian Lillard National Treasures Rookie 10 BGS 9 Non Auto
$999.99
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2012-13 Panini Marquee Rookie Rivals Leather #20 Damian Lillard Anthony Davis
$14.95
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DAMIAN LILLARD 2012-13 Leaf Ultimate State Pride Rookie AUTO Autograph BGS 9
$59.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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