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Quality Control Gallery: Panini America’s 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball

March 8, 2011

Panini America Basketball Brand Manager David Porter sauntered over to the dark side of the office — sometimes referred to as the “marketing area” — earlier today with two heaping handfuls of hoops nirvana disguised as singles from 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball.

To be sure, the batch of cards — freshly unearthed this week from the product’s first quality control case — was nothing short of mesmerizing.

Most collectors have high expectations for any Absolute Memorabilia release and this new edition, due out everywhere next week, will go a long way toward exceeding those with an arresting combination of content and design. Frankly, there’s a subtle beauty (yeah, I said it) hidden in the foil board of most every card I saw that seems to grow richer and more impactful with every take.

In fact, I opted to take photographs of many of the cards in the following gallery because simple scans just didn’t do the gems justice. Here, see what I mean . . .

17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2011 4:45 pm

    Might want to get Quality Control to check the headline! Hint: *Momorabilia

    • March 8, 2011 4:51 pm

      Ooops! Thanks for the heads-up. Funny, though.

      • March 8, 2011 4:59 pm


      • Brett Lewis permalink
        March 8, 2011 5:44 pm

        Ha, I know how it is, you type certain words so many times that you forget how to spell them.

  2. Kevin permalink
    March 8, 2011 4:56 pm

    I really like the design on the Wes Johnson card back. The big player picture looks good.

  3. Derrick permalink
    March 8, 2011 5:06 pm

    I think I’ll pass on that set Panini,.I’m waiting for 2010/2011 Classics baby!

    • Jeff J. permalink
      March 8, 2011 6:30 pm

      Heck no, I’ll get both Absolute and Classics if they’re at retail, but complete checklists before they’re released would be nice.

    • March 8, 2011 8:29 pm

      Classic was where it was at last year. Great “Legends” on-card auto’s!!!

  4. Brett Lewis permalink
    March 8, 2011 5:45 pm

    Always been a huge fan of the Star Gazing insert series, they remind me of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  5. Mark Laming permalink
    March 9, 2011 4:27 pm

    Hey can you get this stuff retail?

    • March 10, 2011 4:15 pm

      Mark, this bad boy is hobby only.

      • Jeff J. permalink
        March 10, 2011 4:16 pm

        Dang, the football was retail. Well, are Classics retail then?

      • March 10, 2011 4:21 pm

        Yes, Classics Basketball will have a retail component.

  6. March 9, 2011 5:11 pm

    O.O i want absolute! but its a lot of money for a pack… might have to skip… unless i save 🙂

  7. Kevin permalink
    March 10, 2011 9:41 am

    I love that Wes Johnson card on the top of the post. He looks so much like one of my son’s little biuddies it’s crazy.

  8. matt permalink
    March 11, 2011 3:41 am

    Great looking cards looking forward to busting plenty of this like i did last year.

    Was hoping the sticker autos may have been gone this year seeing as this is one of your higher end/better products, but i assume the kobes and durants will be on card?

    Looking forward to gold standard as well


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