2012 Leaf Signature Series Basketball is an all-autograph release that mixes legends and rookies. Key signers include Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins. Every box comes with five on-card autographs.
2012-2013 Basketball Cards
The lockout from the 2011-12 NBA season left collectors with a disappointing product offering. However, 2012-13 Panini Basketball products featured rookie cards from both the 2011 and 2012 NBA Draft classes. This unique situation pushed Panini to roll out a large 2012-13 basketball card lineup.
Panini announced that in addition to exclusive deals with Kyrie Irving, Kenneth Faried and Derrick Williams from the 2011 draft, they had also reached rookie card exclusives with multiple 2012 draft picks: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Austin Rivers, John Henson, and Jared Sullinger. However, the biggest news of the year was from Leaf. They announced an exclusive autographed card deal with 2012-13 Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard. While Panini could still use Damian Lillard images on base cards and inserts due to their NBA exclusive, only Leaf could offer collectors a shot at autographed cards.
Understandably, with double the amount of rookie cards, plenty of players were popular with collectors. From the 2011 draft, this includes Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Isaiah Thomas. From the 2012 draft, top options include Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard.
2012-2013 Basketball Card Sets
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Released as a factory set, 2012 Rittenhouse WNBA has a 100-card base checklist. Every set also comes with an autograph of Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft.
2012-13 Fleer Retro Basketball marks the return of old school. Incorporating memorable designs from the 1990s, every box promises four rare inserts and six autographs.
2012-13 Leaf Metal Basketball delivers 5 autographs per box including some rare signers from the past like Patrick Ewing, John Stockton and Shaquille O’Neal. The set also marks the debut of Leaf’s new Matrix technology.
2012-13 NBA Hoops kicks off a new basketball card collecting year with a massive 300-card base set. Included are 72 rookie cards from both 2011-12 and 2012-13. Hobby boxes come with two autographs.
2012-13 Panini Absolute Basketball delivers three autographs in every four-pack box. The set has 100 autographed rookie cards, all of which are signed on-card.
Aimed primarily at set builders, 2012-13 Panini Basketball is highlighted by a large base set, lots of inserts and two autographs in every hobby box.
2012-13 Panini Brilliance Basketball delivers a large checklist, lots of inserts and a pair of inserts in every hobby box. The set also sees the return of Starburst and Artists Proofs parallels.
2012-13 Panini Contenders Basketball has a configuration aimed at set builders who like a little rookie ink. Hobby boxes have four signatures, including at least three autographed rookie cards.
2012-13 Panini Crusade Basketball marks the return of a 90’s insert king. Inspired by the popular chase set from more than a decade ago, this hit-per-pack product has 3 autographs in every box.
2012-13 Panini Elite Basketball offers a familiar brand with a refined focus. Hobby boxes promise three autographs. All rookie cards are autographed and printed on clear acetate.
Offering a premium spin on the longstanding brand, 2012-13 Panini Elite Series Basketball delivers four autographs per single-pack box. The set also marks the debut of new Elite Glass inserts.
2012-13 Panini Flawless Basketball takes high-end to a new level. Carrying a massive price tag, each box delivers sever autographs and a pair of jumbo memorabilia cards. Everything in the product is numbered to 25 or less.
2012-13 Panini Gold Standard Basketball sees the return of one of the hobby’s most distinct brands. Every box of the high-end product delivers four autographs, a memorabilia card and a metal card.
2012-13 Panini Immaculate Collection Basketball emphasizes over-sized and unique memorabilia swatches. Every box comes with four hits including an Autograph Patch Rookie Card.
2012-13 Panini Innovation Basketball strives to offer cards that look anything but ordinary. Each single-pack box boasts three total autographs and memorabilia cards.
2012-13 Panini Intrigue Basketball is a new high-end brand that includes several different autograph and memorabilia inserts. Boxes have a regular pack of six cards plus a five-card Intriguing Players pack.
2012-13 Panini Limited Basketball is a technology-driven set that includes two autographs and a game-used memorabilia card in every seven-card box. Numbered rookie autographs are printed on acetate and die cut in the shape of the Rookie of the Year trophy.
2012-13 Panini Marquee Basketball focuses on wild designs and different technologies. More about presentation than hits, every hobby box still delivers three autographs.
2012-13 Panini Momentum Basketball, the high-end brand’s hardcourt debut, delivers five autographs per box. The set has a large 300-card checklist and several inserts.
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Basketball is the most lavish hardcourt set of the year. Every box of the ultra high-end product includes nine total autographs, memorabilia cards and printing plates.
2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Taco Bell sees sports cards return to a fast food chain. The 150-card set includes updated photography for traded players and rookies. Cards are distributed in 5-card packs that come with kid’s meals.
Available during the 2013 NBA All-Star festivities in Houston, 2012-13 Panini NBA Jam Session Basketball is a series of promo cards showcasing many of the game’s top stars and rookies.
2012-13 Panini NBA Sticker Collection returns with a comprehensive checklist of 360 stickers. Aimed largely at young collectors and set builders, the release includes glitter and micro-etched stickers.
2012-13 Panini Past & Present Basketball marks the brand’s sophomore season. Mixing old-school designs with modern, textured inserts, there is plenty of variety. Boxes come with three autographs.
2012-13 Panini Preferred Basketball is a high-end set that delivers just four cards per box. But those four cards: 3 autographs numbered to 99 or less and a book card.
2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball is big on rookies with a total of 100 rookie cards from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 NBA season.
Bringing a chromium product back to the hardcourt, 2012-13 Panini Prizm includes two autographs per box. The large checklist offers many key rookie cards.
As the name suggests, 2012-13 Panini Signatures Basketball is primarily about autographs. But there are also unique designs, limited inserts and more. Every four-card box has three autograph cards.
2012-13 Panini Threads Basketball is led by an expansive checklist of 100 autographed rookie cards, all of which are printed of wood stock. Hobby boxes promise four total hits: three autographs and one memorabilia card.
2012-13 Panini Timeless Treasures Basketball delivers two autographs and a game-used memorabilia card in every tin. With a focus on hard-signed signatures, all rookies have on-card autographs.
2012-13 Panini Totally Certified Basketball sees the return of one of the hobby’s most distinct sets. Every pack promises a hit including at least three autographs per box. Popular Totally Green parallels and HRX video cards return.
2012-13 Select Basketball sees the return of a collector-favorite brand. Hobby boxes deliver 4 autographs, 4 Prizms and 6 additional inserts. The checklist includes more than 70 autographed rookie cards.
2012-13 Select Basketball Green Prizms, available only in special Panini Black Boxes given out at the 2013 Industry Summit in Las Vegas, are bringing in big money on the secondary market. Browse the set checklist, full product details, real time price comparisons and more.
2012-13 SP Authentic Basketball comes with three autographs in every box. Every case of the college-themed product promises at least one signature from either Michael Jordan or LeBron James.
2012-13 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Basketball includes a checklist of just 18 names. The high-end release has player-focused boxes, each with one hard-signed autograph. Michael Jordan signatures fall 1:6 boxes.
2012-13 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball continues with the brand’s history of offering ultra high-end signatures. Boxes include five autograph cards, all signed on-card.
The treasure hunt continues with 2013 Leaf Best of Basketball. Every box of the high-end product comes with a slabbed or graded buyback as well as an all-new autograph.
Easily one of the most expensive factory sets ever produced, 2013 Upper Deck Michael Jordan Master Collection celebrates Jordan’s career at the University of North Carolina. Every set has at least four autographs.