For the first time since 2008-09, basketball card collectors have their first chromium set to chase. Taking the Topps Chrome model and giving it their own spin, 2012-13 Panini Prizm Basketball fills a niche market within the hobby.
Besides a high-end look for the base cards, the release has a handful of inserts, including a 12-card set featuring the players who suited up for Team USA to win gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Autographs, which fall two per hobby box, focus heavily on rookies and young stars. However, there are also several current stars and retired legends.
However, the biggest draw in 2012-13 Panini Prizm Basketball is turning out to be the Prizms parallels. The cards mimic the rainbow-finish made popular by Topps Refractors. Besides basic parallel versions, the 300-card base set also has Gold Prizms that are numbered to 10 and retail-only Green Prizms.
Here's a real-time look at the 50 most-watched 2012-13 Panini Prizm auctions currently listed on eBay. The list updates itself so it's an easy way to see the cards that are drawing the most interest at any given time. Additionally, we have set up a Gold Prizm specific tracker, as these refractor-like parallels are absolutely on fire.
The first two Damian Lillard's Gold Prizm rookie cards that hit eBay sold for $1,999.99 and $2,499.99, with both selling on the same day. The majority of the other Gold Prizms are within the $50-$200 range, though Kobe Bryant and several other Superstars have Gold Prizms that have sold for as much as $1000.