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Mining & Pining: An Early Exploration of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

March 29, 2011

If I could be recast in card form as any basketball product in the entire collecting universe, I think I’d want to be the breath of fresh air that is 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard (and I’m not just saying that because I work here). The uniquely themed high-end offering, due out May 25, is unapologetically lustrous from beginning to end — packed with enough luster to sparkle well past its rookie season.

Yesterday we gave you a behind-the-scenes look at how the product’s peerless packaging came about. Today, compliments of a fresh batch of proofs from the veritable goldmine known as the Panini America Routing Table, we offer an extended glance at a handful of Gold Standard’s myriad compelling inserts, including Gold Rings, Gold Nuggets and Golden Age.

Simply, you won’t unearth another product on the sports card landscape that is as consistently true-to-theme as this one. It wears its precious-metal mantra proudly and stands out — and alone — because of it. As you can plainly see from the pre-productions proofs that follow, that is unmistakably a good thing.

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates on 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2011 3:32 pm

    I didn’t think a set could get more regal and extravagant than Crown Royale but these are down right opulent. They are gloriously over the top.

  2. Jaymes Hori permalink
    March 29, 2011 3:40 pm

    Maybe I’m looking into things too much…but on the Lebron picture there’s a rectangular box under his picture, which I only can assume the box is for autographs. I know panini said they had another “big name” signer they just inked. Could it be HIM????? That would make up for ALL the redemptions problems.

    If you only want to tell me since i’m first, you can e-mail me. I can keep a secret. =-)

    • Mike permalink
      March 29, 2011 8:37 pm

      Nope. They probably do these mockups with all the players in each subset, regardless of if they will have auto versions. Just want to make them all look consistent.

  3. Brad B permalink
    March 29, 2011 4:04 pm

    I think of Gold Standard as the DirectTV “Opulence… I has it” guy.

    Each card might as well jump out and say “I am epic win”.

    And Tracy… As far as your job is concerned.. We all wish we had it and are jealous…
    “It’s much inspirational… No pain, No pain”.

  4. naqa23 permalink
    March 29, 2011 4:12 pm

    My kids are so excited to add these to their sticker books. Wait, what? These aren’t stickers, these are actually cards? Wow, nice job Panini.

  5. March 29, 2011 8:07 pm

    Will these require me to sell my kidneys or newborn to buy a box? As they look downright awesome and thus i assume pricey 😀

    • March 29, 2011 8:30 pm

      Not too crazy, Rhys. $200 for 12 card packs that include three autographs and two memorabilia cards. This is a decadent-looking set for sure. Wonder what Ray Allen gems will be found.

      • March 29, 2011 10:32 pm

        Haha only one way to find out.

  6. March 29, 2011 8:38 pm

    I am excited about a lot of products this year, but Gold Standard is certainly the most intriguing. Love the Golden Age cards!!!

    P.S. Nice work/timing on the Swoopes card.

  7. gregmalloy permalink
    April 4, 2011 4:39 pm

    Nice work!! I think for the product the price isn’t bad. ??? Is there gonna be any on card autos of Larry Bird?


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