2010-11 Panini Limited Basketball Review
Good: Solid prime patches, Every card is numbered, Next Day On-Card Rookie Autographs, Solid Checklist
Bad: Sticker drop autographs, Only 7 cards per pack, High pack price, Awkward photography at times, Non-prime patches look event worn
The Bottom Line:
Limited is a decent product if you enjoy boom or bust boxes and are eager to rip a basketball product outside of Prestige. Each 7-card box delivers 3-hits on average and carries a price point of around $100. Limited is one of those products that is extremely hard to review due to the fact that each box contains a single pack. If you enjoy cutting straight to the hits and numbered cards, Limited is definitely worth a look, I just highly recommend that you put a great deal of thought into that look before jumping for a box. Limited is the type of product that you might be better off just buying the card(s) you want rather than attempting to pull them yourself.
The biggest problem I've always had with Limited is that the card design is easily confused with Certified, which is a far less limited product. The product's foil board design remains intact per usual, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your opinion of Limited's card design. The patches are extremely hit or miss, the Jumbo Patches look more event-worn than game-worn. The prime patches look awesome but are much harder to come by. The photography can get downright weird at times, some of the pictures used on the Jumbo Patch cards look like mugshots and not in humorous way, which I would have enjoyed, who doesn't enjoy funny card photography.
The checklist is extremely brief, but hits on all the year's key rookies, veterans and a handful of retired legends. The non-relic, non-autographed insert cards are frustrating. I would rather have a deeper base set that incorporates numerous themes than a host of inserts that aren't very collectible. For rookie auto chasers, all the big names are present including Wall, Cousins, Turner, Favors, Johnson and beyond.
Like any boom or bust product, the value can range from a 1/5 to 5/5. The primary value in Limited can be attributed to the fact that it is only the second NBA licensed product of the 2010-11 Basketball Card Season. At the moment collectors are a bit "Prestiged" out, so Limited's value is pretty decent, but as with last year, two months from now that will change drastically due to the availability of more diverse and intriguing products.
As I noted above, you'll love or hate Limited based on the box you get. My box was pretty decent, so my enjoyment level could be described as somewhere in between buyer's remorse and extremely enjoyable. Ultimately, if you are a huge basketball fan who is a big fan of Limited, you will enjoy it. Conversely, if you've never enjoyed Limited, there's nothing strikingly fresh enough to change that.
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Reviewed By: Brett Lewis
Each 2010-11 Panini Limited hobby box contains a single 7-card pack with a total of 3 hits, providing the predictable moderately high risk vs. reward proposition. Limited is a product that cuts straight to the hits, so if you suffer from base card overload, I would definitely look into Limited come October.
Box Configuration: 1 Pack/ 7 Cards Per Pack
Product Type: Mid-High End Basketball Card Offering
Geared Toward: Collectors who want to cut straight to the hits, numbered card collectors, relic & auto collectors, high-end collectors, 2010-11 NBA Rookie Card seekers
What's In The Box:
- 3 Autographs/Memorabilia Cards (1 Auto guaranteed)
- 1 Legend or Parallel #'d to 199 or less
- 3 Cards from the following: Common, Insert or Parallel #'d to 199 or less
- Look for Rookie Photo Shoot Next Day Autographs Of Players Like John Wall, Evan Turner, and Wesley Johnson
- On-Card Autographs for Glass Cleaners, Decade Dominance and Retired Numbers including such players as Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Scottie Pippen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Gervin, Calvin Murphy and Kobe Bryant
- Look for Limited Trios Signatures of current stars and All-Time Greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash - all #'d to 49 or less
- Jumbo Prime Signatures #'d to 5 or less
- Each Base Card limited to just 249 copies
- Base Set 100 cards #'d to 199
- 40 Rookies #'d to 249
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