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Panini America Ships the First Autographed Trading Cards of the Legendary Phil Jackson

March 5, 2012

Perhaps no other trading cards in the staggering arsenal of possibilities dotting the 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball checklist generated more buzz last summer than three limited redemptions promising the world’s first certified autograph trading cards of legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson.

Most of the excitement generated by those redemptions stemmed from the fact that Jackson, who won 11 NBA titles while coaching the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, had never appeared on an autographed trading card. But at least part of the buzz came from a certain faction of collectors who felt that the mere thought of Jackson’s John Hancock on cardboard was simply too good to be true.

But on Friday, after months of Panini America Acquisitions department officials working directly with Jackson, the dream cards came true. The company began shipping finished cards — one limited to five and including autographs from Jackson and Kobe Bryant, another limited to five and including autographs from Dennis Rodman and Jackson, and one limited to two and featuring autographs from Jackson, Rodman, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc — to those collectors who’ve been waiting on pins and needles.

The cards are bona fide history-makers, and you can get your first look at them in the gallery that follows.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2012 1:16 pm

    A Phil/Jordan would obviously be the coupe de grace

  2. March 5, 2012 1:28 pm

    Unreal looking cards, he’s one of the best ever!

  3. Chris permalink
    March 5, 2012 1:45 pm

    14 total cards and you couldn’t have him sign on-card?

  4. March 5, 2012 1:49 pm

    Nice design, should have been on card.

    Does this mean more Phil Jackson autos to come? That would be nice

  5. Matt Gilman permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:23 pm

    Awesome! One of the greatest coaches ever. Too bad being a Knicks fan…don’t care for him lol. Watching him and Jordan win every year….it was very upsetting.

    • wikipediablackout permalink
      March 5, 2012 7:58 pm

      I guess you are too young to remember the Zen Master helping the Knicks win two championships in the 70s as a player. You’re welcome.

      • March 5, 2012 9:02 pm

        Too young? I’m 42, man! I’m aware of those two titles he won as a player, but since the cards honor his career as a coach, I only referenced his 11 coaching championships.

        Appreciate the assist, though, for those folks who didn’t know.

      • wikipediablackout permalink
        March 5, 2012 9:07 pm

        Tracy are you also Matt Gilman?

      • March 5, 2012 9:11 pm

        No, I’m not Matt Gilman. But I know Matt. Good dude.

      • wikipediablackout permalink
        March 5, 2012 9:14 pm

        Ok, you confused me for a minute.

  6. The Grice Boys (formerly Barrie G) permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:27 pm

    Truly history-making cards.

    Well done Panini, well done.

  7. Ryan permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:43 pm

    Look at that MUSTACHE!

  8. Jamey permalink
    March 5, 2012 3:51 pm

    That is inspired!
    An MJ/Jackson pairing would be absurd, but the Worm/Phil duo is really neat. I’m “dually” moved!

  9. panini fan permalink
    March 5, 2012 4:03 pm

    is this on card or sticker auto>

  10. March 5, 2012 4:48 pm

    Very, very cool. Legend…wait for it…dary.

  11. March 5, 2012 6:59 pm

    Invariably some of these will hit Ebay but once they sell you would have to imagine they will be going into a collection never to see the light of day again.

  12. March 5, 2012 10:21 pm

    Love these!!! Kukoc and Rodman is a GREAT pairing!!!

  13. hupe royalty permalink
    March 6, 2012 5:51 am

    dennis rodman’s auto is terrible.


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