I have already broken a box of 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops, but (silly me) it was a retail box. I foolishly bought a retail box and thought I got a great deal on a hobby box. All I got was a bad deal on a retail box. To right the wrong, I now have a bona fide hobby box to break for the blog.
The sealed box containing 36 foil packs
A foil pack containing 8 cards
Finally I have a hobby box. The packs from a hobby box have eight cards instead of the five found in the retail edition.
This box cost $55.99 ($51.00 bid + $4.99 s/h). It has dropped in price quite a bit since it was first released a few months ago.
Possible cards, inserts, and parallels (from the pack wrapper)
Base set – 300 cards
Autographs partial parallel – 158 cards (1:??)
Glossy parallel – 300 cards (1:??)
Artist’s Proof parallel – 300 cards (1:??)
Artist’s Proof Black parallel – 300 cards (1:??)
Autographs Champions insert – 1 card (1:??)
Kobe All Rookie Team insert – 30 cards (1:??)
Durant insert – 1 card (1:??)
Action Photos insert – 20 cards (1:??)
Draft Night/Signatures insert – 28 cards (1:??)
Courtside insert – 20 cards (1:??)
Rookie Impact/Signature insert – 20 cards (1:??)
Spark Plugs insert – 20 cards (1:??)
Board Members – 20 cards (1:??)
I showed a bunch of these, fronts and backs, in my retail box post.
162 – Shane Battier (front only)
218 – Gerald Henderson (front only)
Inserts and parallels
Backs of these cards are shown in my retail box post. I pulled more inserts than this from the box (36 total inserts). The cards below are just a sampling.
Glossy (parallel) – 41 – Jason Terry (front only)
Glossy (parallel) – 223 – Kyrie Irving (front only)
Artist’s Proof (parallel) – 131 – Kaleb Canales (front only)
(Artist’s Proof is barely visible across the top of the picture.)
Autographs (partial parallel) – 32 – Gary Forbes (front only)
Autographs (partial parallel) – 289 – Tyler Zeller (front only)
Action Photos – 3 – LeBron James (front only)
Action Photos – 4 – Dwayne Wade (front only)
Board Members – 7 – Pau Gasol (front only)
Board Members – 13 – Josh Smith (front only)
Courtside – 10 – Ricky Rubio (front only)
Courtside – 15 – Kobe Bryant (front only)
Draft Night – 10 – Austin Rivers (front only)
Draft Night – 19 – Quincy Acy (front only)
Rookie Impact – 5 – Kemba Walker (front only)
Rookie Impact – 25 – Ricky Rubio (front only)
Spark Plugs – 7 – Steve Novak (front only)
Spark Plugs – 20 – Avery Bradley (front only)
This box had 288 cards (36 packs × 8 cards/pack). Of those, 36 were inserts, and 252 were base cards with no duplicates. That’s 84% of the base set from this hobby box.
- base cards
This is the bottom rung of Panini’s products, and it’s really a pretty good product. The base cards are indeed pretty basic, but there’s nothing wrong with them.
- inserts and parallels
Compared to the retail box, the hobby box is absolutely bursting with inserts – one per pack. Who doesn’t like inserts? Well, to be candid, getting one insert per pack is a bit much. When you get one insert in each pack, they don’t seem very special. In this box however, the special cards are the autographs – two per box.
- autographs partial parallel
I really like the partial parallel autographs set. Over half of the base set has an autographed version. Sure they’re the less desirable sticker autographs, but getting over 150 different autographed parallel cards is still pretty impressive.
I have to admit that I liked the retail box better. The number of insert cards in this box got a bit irritating, but I did like the autographs. If you could sneak an autograph into a retail box every once in a while, I’d choose the retail box every time.