As the 2018-19 NBA season enters the pivotal stretch where teams start seriously jockeying for playoff positioning, the trading cards of each contender’s key contributors — as well of those of the season’s hottest rookies — gradually start demanding more attention, more bids and more prestige. And with each new product, the buzz becomes gradually more tangible. Tomorrow, that fascinating process continues with the release of Panini America’s 2018-19 Select Basketball.
While many of us at Panini America hit the road last week for a jam-packed schedule of Super Bowl LIII responsibilities that kicked off one week ago tonight with the Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter dominating Super Bowl Opening Night, there were a few new releases that arrived in hobby shops last week to generate a healthy amount of buzz on their own: 2018 Limited Football and 2018-19 Donruss Optic Basketball. Both products have been blazing on the secondary market since arriving last Wednesday and, today, we’re bringing you — albeit a bit belatedly — the customary Teaser Gallery box-break posts that typically arrive just before release day.
From the very beginning, Panini America’s Donruss Optic product in any sport always has been a best-of-both-worlds proposition: The best of Donruss, the company’s flagship brand, and the best of Optichrome, the company’s wildly popular printing technology. The union of the two has been warmly embraced by collectors and has delivered some of the most in-demand single cards on the market. Today, that process continues with the release of 2018-19 Donruss Optic Basketball.
While we’re still a few weeks away from the hobby release of Panini America’s highly anticipated 2018-19 Donruss Optic Basketball, it’s worth noting that “1st Off The Line” boxes of the product open for presell tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST exclusively on iCollectPanini.com. Of course, retail versions of the product will arrive just a week or so after the January 30 hobby release. And it’s the latter version of the product that we’re focusing on today. In the revealing gallery that follows, we offer you an extended first look at some of the retail-exclusives available in the popular product.
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.
Since it’s already Christmas afternoon, chances are you’ve already unwrapped all of the gifts underneath your tree. But if you’ll please indulge us for just a bit, we have a few packages to unwrap ourselves: Three early boxes of Panini America’s live-tomorrow 2018-19 Contenders Basketball. As you saw in yesterday’s revealing Quality Control Gallery, 2018-19 Contenders Basketball is a potent mix of hard-signed Rookie Ticket Autographs, a loaded lineup of parallels and a few eye-catching inserts. On average, each hobby box (10 cards per pack, 12 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver two autographs and a vibrant array of inserts and parallels.
Panini America has a post-Christmas, pack-popping proposition in store for hardcore basketball collectors later this week with the Wednesday release of 2018-19 Contenders Basketball, a Rookie Ticket-tinged, parallel-powered powerhouse of a product featuring what promise to be some of the most in-demand Rookie Cards of the season. Taking a page from its more-established football sibling, 2018-19 Contenders Basketball delivers a wealth of hard-signed Rookie Tickets with a complete arsenal of parallels, including Premium Optichrome, Cracked Ice, Playoff and Printing Plate versions.
Another celebrated edition of Panini America’s Prizm-powered Donruss Optic Football arrives in hobby shops across North America tomorrow to honor the stars of the 2018 NFL season like only it can: Equipped with the undeniable allure of base-brand Donruss Football coated in Optichrome technology. On average, each hobby box of 2018 Donruss Optic Football (four cards per pack, 20 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver one autograph, 10 Rookie Cards, 10 Rated Rookies, 10 parallels and four inserts.
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