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2001-02 Fleer Platinum Hobby Foil Box

Better late than never.  This should have been posted yesterday, but the holiday season has me running a little behind schedule.

The sealed box containing 24 foil packs

2001-02 Fleer Platinum Hobby Box

A foil pack containing 10 cards

2001-02 Fleer Platinum Hobby Pack

Description

Fleer Platinum debuted in 2001, so this is a nice box.

Cost

This box cost $31.99 ($26.99 bid + $5.00 s/h).  I think that’s a pretty good price since just about any hobby box after 2000 seems to cost $50 or more.

Possible cards, inserts, and parallels (from the box)

Base set – 200 cards
Base Rookie short-prints – 30 cards (1:6)
Base Highlight Film short-prints – 20 cards (1:6)
Anniversary Edition parallel (/201) – 200 cards (1:??)
Anniversary Edition short-prints parallel (/21) – 50 cards (1:??)
15th Anniversary Reprints insert – 25 cards (1:12)
Stadium Standouts insert – 15 cards (1:18)
Classic Combinations insert (/var)- 15 cards (1:??)
Lucky 13 insert (/500) – 13 cards (1:??)
Classic Combination Jersey Cards insert (/100) – 15 cards (1:??)
National Patch Time insert – ?? cards (1:24)

Base cards

84 – Scottie Pippen (front only)
131 – Steve Nash (front only)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum 84 Scottie Pippen front  2001-02 Fleer Platinum 131 Steve Nash front

201 – Vince Carter (front only)
203 – Darius Miles (front only)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum 201 Vince Carter front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum 203 Darius Miles front

212 – Stephon Marbury (front only)
214 – Tim Duncan (front only)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum 212 Stephon Marbury front  2001-02 Fleer Platinum 214 Tim Duncan front

223 – Joseph Forte (front only)
225 – Redemption Card (front only)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum 223 Joseph Forte front  2001-02 Fleer Platinum 225 Redemption Card front

237 – Richard Jefferson (front only)
244 – Vladimir Radmanovic (front only)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum 237 Richard Jefferson front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum 244 Vladimir Radmanovic front

Inserts and parallels

Anniversary Edition 45 – Kerry Kittles (front and back)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum Anniversary Edition 45 Kerry Kittles front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum Anniversary Edition 45 Kerry Kittles back

Anniversary Edition 63 – Quentin Richardson (front and back)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum Anniversary Edition 63 Quentin Richardson front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum Anniversary Edition 63 Quentin Richardson back

15th Anniversary Reprints Shareef Abdur-Rahim (front and back)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum 15th Anniversary Reprints Sharif Abdur-Rahim front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum 15th Anniversary Reprints Sharif Abdur-Rahim back

15th Anniversary Reprints Akeem Olajuwon (front and back)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum 15th Anniversary Reprints Akeem Olajuwon front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum 15th Anniversary Reprints Akeem Olajuwon back

Stadium Standouts 3 – Kobe Bryant (front only)
Stadium Standouts 13 – Darius Miles (front only)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum Stadium Standouts 3 Kobe Bryant front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum Stadium Standouts 13 Darius Miles front

Classic Combinations 15 – Ewing and Mourning (front and back)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum Classic Combinations 15 Ewing Mourning front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum Classic Combinations 15 Ewing Mourning back

National Patch Time Mike Bibby (front and back)

2001-02 Fleer Platinum National Patch Time Mike Bibby front 2001-02 Fleer Platinum National Patch Time Mike Bibby back

Summary

  • contents
    This box had 240 cards (24 packs × 10 cards/pack).  Of those, 8 were inserts, 8 were parallels or short-prints, and 224 were base cards.  I did get a full set of the non-short-printed base cards – cards 1 through 200.
  • base cards
    These cards have a clean and distinctive look.  They are a nod to Fleer’s set from the 1960s.  Some might complain about the lack of color in the images of the base cards, but I like it.
  • inserts and parallels
    These are a mixed bag.  Although they are the bane of all set collectors, I like the short-prints.  I also like the idea of having a parallel set.  The 15th Anniversary Reprints are a great insert set.  The other inserts, however, are kind of duds.  I’d be more critical of the Stadium Standouts set, but I got the Kobe.  The National Patch Time relics are just bad.  National Patch Time?!?  That might be clever for a baseball set, but this is basketball.
  • conclusion
    This product isn’t perfect, but I do like it.  There should be something in here for everyone.  I haven’t ripped much material from the late 90s or early 2000s, so I don’t have much feel for the lay of the land.  Still, I enjoyed opening this box.
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2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Hobby Foil Box

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

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Hobby Box

A foil pack containing 8 cards

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Hobby Pack

Description

Finally I have a hobby box.  The packs from a hobby box have eight cards instead of the five found in the retail edition.

Cost

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:??)

Base cards
I showed a bunch of these, fronts and backs, in my retail box post.

162 – Shane Battier (front only)
218 – Gerald Henderson (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops 162 Shane Battier front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops 218 Gerald Henderson front

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)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Glossy 41 Jason Terry front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Glossy 223 Kyrie Irving front

Artist’s Proof (parallel) – 131 – Kaleb Canales (front only)
(Artist’s Proof is barely visible across the top of the picture.)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Artists Proof 131 Kaleb Canales front

Autographs (partial parallel) – 32 – Gary Forbes (front only)
Autographs (partial parallel) – 289 – Tyler Zeller (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Autographs 32 Gary Forbes front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Autographs 298 Tyler Zeller front

Action Photos – 3 – LeBron James (front only)
Action Photos – 4 – Dwayne Wade (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Action Photos 3 LeBron James front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Action Photos 4 Dwayne Wade front

Board Members – 7 – Pau Gasol (front only)
Board Members – 13 – Josh Smith (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Board Members 7 Pau Gasol front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Board Members 13 Josh Smith front

Courtside – 10 – Ricky Rubio (front only)
Courtside – 15 – Kobe Bryant (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Courtside 10 Ricky Rubio front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Courtside 15 Kobe Bryant front

Draft Night – 10 – Austin Rivers (front only)
Draft Night – 19 – Quincy Acy (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Draft Night 10 Austin Rivers front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Draft Night 19 Quincy Acy front

Rookie Impact – 5 – Kemba Walker (front only)
Rookie Impact – 25 – Ricky Rubio (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Rookie Impact 5 Kemba Walker front  2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Rookie Impact 25 Ricky Rubio front

Spark Plugs – 7 – Steve Novak (front only)
Spark Plugs – 20 – Avery Bradley (front only)

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Spark Plugs 7 Steve Novak front 2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Spark Plugs 20 Avery Bradley front

Summary

  • contents
    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.
  • conclusion
    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.

1992-93 Topps Series 2 Poly Box

The sealed box containing 36 poly packs

A poly pack containing 15 cards

Description

This is the second series of Topps return to basketball cards in 1992-93.  This box is big because it contains the first of the fabled Beam Team cards.  According to Beckett, there should be two Beam Team cards in this box.

Cost

This box came from eBay for a measly $12.50 ($6.00 bid + $6.50 s/h).  (For full disclosure, I got both a Series 1 and Series 2 box for a $12.00 bid with $13.00 s/h.)

Possible cards

Base set – 198 cards
Gold parallel – 198 cards (1:1)
Beam Team insert – 7 cards (1:18)

Base cards

205 – Michael Jordan 50 Point Club (front and back)

223 – John Stockton (front and back)

392 – Latrell Sprewell (front and back)

393 – Alonzo Mourning (front and back)

Inserts and Parallels

no Beam Team cards!

Summary

  • contents
    This was a weird box.  Some of the packs were short cards.  One 15-card pack only had 10 cards.  I should have had 36 Gold cards (one per pack), and I only got 34.  I should have had 2 Beam Team cards, and I didn’t get any.  Screw that.  In terms of base cards, I was 11 cards short of the 198-card full set.  Needless to say, I got lots of duplicates.
  • base cards
    In terms of base cards, Series 2 isn’t so different from Series 1.  The second series has just two subsets – the 50 Point Club and 20 Assist Club.  These cards show the exploits of top players and recount the games in which each player hit a certain threshold of production.  Rookies only appear in Series 2 and have a gold foil stamp of ’92 DRAFT PICK in the corner.  My favorite surprise in Series 1 was the handful of horizontal cards.  There aren’t an horizontals in Series 2.
  • inserts and parallels
    I showed a Gold parallel in my Series 1 post.  What I really hoped to show in this post are some Beam Team cards.  No such luck.  For whatever reason, this box didn’t have any.  I don’t know if Beckett’s insertion rate prediction is off, or if I just got a freakishly bad box.
  • conclusion
    All I really cared about for this box was getting the Beam Team cards.  Since I completely struck out, I’d say this break was a bust.  The Sprewell rookie did bring a smile to my face.  P. J. Carlesimo, where are you?