Panini America’s Spectra Basketball franchise first made a name for itself years ago by taking the company’s fabled Optichrome printing technology to the next level with extra-thick cards, a bevy of Prizm-friendly designs and a stunning display of colo…
Panini America’s Spectra Basketball franchise first made a name for itself years ago by taking the company’s fabled Optichrome printing technology to the next level with extra-thick cards, a bevy of Prizm-friendly designs and a stunning display of color that seems to raise the bar every single year. In early May, the bar gets raised again with the release of 2018-19 Spectra Basketball.
Like the cultural influencers who shine on the red carpet at your favorite Hollywood awards show, Panini America’s National Treasures Basketball comes dressed to impress every . . . single . . . year. It’s a high-end heat generator that honors the NBA’s promising future, outstanding present and glorious past with an arsenal of cutting-edge trading card creations that are museum-exhibit ready as soon as they’re pulled from those trademark wooden boxes. That’s been the blueprint for the brand’s otherworldly success from the beginning. It’s the one that will most certainly continue when 2018-19 National Treasures Basketball arrives in hobby shops across North America in late April.
It’s colorful. It’s charismatic. It’s creative. It’s captivating. It, of course, is Panini America’s art-inspired Court Kings Basketball franchise — and when it arrives for the 2018-19 season in early April, it will do so with some bold new twists sure to elevate the brand to even higher heights. For starters, hobby boxes (10 cards per box, 16 boxes per case) will deliver, on average, two autographs this year as well as two Rookie Cards, two inserts and one parallel.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t begin our first blog post of 2019 with this: Happy New Year! OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get down to the business of providing your detailed first look at Panini America’s 2018-19 Cornerstones Basketball. Quite swiftly, a product that began as an extension of one of the more popular inserts in recent memory (the namesake four-cornered autograph memorabilia cards) has blossomed into a bona fide standalone success story. That trend most certainly will continue in late March.
Panini America’s venerable Select Basketball franchise long ago established itself as a mid-season staple on the NBA collecting calendar by delivering its own unique spin on the company’s popular Optichrome printing technology (the quirky-cool Zebra Prizms got their start in Select) and by staying true to the brand’s three-tier base structure. Those two brand tenets, as well as the standout Rookie Jersey Autographs, will most certainly continue to propel the brand forward when 2018-19 Select Basketball arrives in hobby shops across North America in early March.
The melding of Panini America’s popular Optichrome printing technology with just about anything over the last few years has proven to be an irresistible collecting combination. Whether its staple Optichrome products like Prizm and Select, or newer additions such as Donruss Optic and Contenders Optic, there’s just something about those products that continues to command attention. That will most certainly be the case in late February with the release of 2018 Contenders Optic Football.
In the almost seven years since Panini America first became the exclusive trading card partner of USA Baseball, the two companies have worked closely together to deliver some of the most compelling USA Baseball trading card products ever made. But among the many standout standalone products and insert inclusions, perhaps the most impressive product, year in and year out, is Stars & Stripes USA Baseball. That’s the one that annually includes some of the sweetest memorabilia cards of any sport, autographs from some of the greatest players in organization history and a captivating content mix focused on the game’s future.
One of the many admirable qualities about a product as tried, as tested and as trusted as Panini America’s Select Football is that it doesn’t require much in the way of revamps or overhauls from year to year to remain in demand. Indeed, a slight twist here or a subtle tweak there can make a big difference and, in Select’s case, can make for some chase-worthy new Prizm parallels — including the wild new Zebra Prizm. That’s likely the first thing longtime Select collectors will notice about 2018 Select Football, which arrives in hobby shops across North America in late February.
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