The foil pack
As far as I know, these packs can only be had by buying boxes of certain Panini products. So far this year I picked up one of these packs in a box of NBA Hoops and Prestige. I have opened two NBA Hoops boxes. The Kobe Anthology pack was in the hobby box, not the retail. The pack contains five cards.
These are freebies (kind of). Buy a hobby box and you’ll get an extra pack.
56 – Kobe Bryant (front and back)
98 – Kobe Bryant (front only)
151 – Kobe Bryant (front only)
166 – Kobe Bryant (front only)
174 – Kobe Bryant (front only)
Every pack has 5 cards.
These cards are like a vacation photo album of Kobe’s career. Here is Kobe holding the NBA trophy. Here is Kobe at the Grand Canyon. I know that Kobe is still pursuing another ring, but this set makes me feel like he’s already retired.
- inserts and parallels
I am not listing all the different inserts and parallels for this set. Suffice it to say that there are lots of them. Low-numbered autographs seem to be the home run cards. Although I only pulled base cards, even the base cards are fairly thick and hefty.
To put out a set on just one player, you’d need to be sure that the one player was very popular and maybe even adored. I don’t think Kobe is that player. I don’t know who that player would be – Magic Johnson? Regardless, this set is about Kobe. While the cards are nice, I can’t imagine that many people would collect this set. Buy a whole box, and you just get one pack. The base set is full sized at 200 cards. Singles are way overpriced on eBay. No thanks. Then again, if Kobe is your guy, then knock yourself out. I shouldn’t be too critical on this set. The packs are thrown in as a bonus. If you don’t like 2012-13 Panini Kobe Anthology, then don’t collect it.