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2012-13 Threads Basketball Century Greats: The Panini America Insert Set Inspection

October 6, 2012

During the last five days, we’ve attempted to prepare you for the upcoming release of 2012-13 Threads Basketball by providing glimpses into many of the product’s most-colorful, modern-era insert sets, including Inside Presence, Talented Twosomes and High Flyers. Today, we depart from that pattern to showcase the history-soaked Century Greats insert.

This 25-card tribute to the NBA’s greatest all-time performers features a superbly simple design — incorporating a whitish hardcourt backdrop that allows the larger-then-life legends featured to pop off the card.

As its name suggests, Century Greats brings together basketball’s best and most-collected icons from the last 100 years, including the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen and more.

You can admire the entire 25-card set in the gallery below. Enjoy, and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional previews of 2012-13 Threads Basketball in advance of its October 24 release date.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    October 6, 2012 12:43 pm

    Really like these…they would look even sweeter with a swatch of jersey behind the player like silhouettes in Crown Royale..maybe even signed.

  2. October 6, 2012 1:19 pm

    Once again, I am very impressed with the background of the card. Someone sure has great visual ideas for the layout behind the card recently. Makes it seem like the layout of the card is more than an afterthought to the picture. I guess that’s the photo nerd in me speaking!

    Love the mid-80s Dr J. He was one of my favorites growing up. Back then (early 80s) the 76ers had a “team hypnotist” who was a science teacher at my middle school. Every marking period, he gave a pair of courtside seats to the kid in his class who had the highest average. I never had him as a teacher, but it was sure cool. Can’t picture something like that happening today.

    Thanks for the gallery previews!!!

  3. eric cabreros permalink
    October 6, 2012 3:26 pm

    This looks very promising. Would love yo collect this!

  4. eric cabreros permalink
    October 6, 2012 3:28 pm

    This looks great. Its surely a century greats. Hopefully panini gets mj. Anyway would still love to have this awesome looking inserts. Thanks tracy !

  5. Jaelynn permalink
    October 6, 2012 6:04 pm


  6. Kingbudd permalink
    October 6, 2012 8:44 pm

    Actually looking forward to this subset. I wish you did a SP of on card autographs for this set.

  7. FabFiveFan permalink
    October 6, 2012 9:44 pm

    Yet another insert set from Threads that I like looking at. So glad that I have a case of Threads on the way, every insert set so far is on my want list, let alone the rookie autos, ooh lala. Well done Panini. Only negative is that I cant wait any longer.

  8. That Gal permalink
    October 7, 2012 4:17 pm

    Makes me sad. Products continue to decline. Where are the cards for active players? Bring back a Topps Total type product.

  9. Kobe Bernard permalink
    October 7, 2012 10:47 pm

    Out of topic… When will the draw for theXRCs for the 2011 rookie held?

    • October 8, 2012 7:46 am

      October 29.

      • Daniel permalink
        October 9, 2012 9:56 am

        Tracy, any chance for some previews on the actual cards that will be shipped after the draw has taken place?
        Also do you have some more info on how this draft is actually gonna work?


      • October 18, 2012 8:51 pm

        Hey, Daniel. As soon as I get some sneak peeks on those cards, I’ll show them off here. Also, as for how the live checklist draft will work, it will be be done live via our blog, Twitter and Facebook pages and also will be recorded and posted on YouTube. If our internal firewall cooperates, it also will be live on BlogTV (fingers crossed).

  10. October 12, 2012 3:24 am

    I hope these inserts have an auto version of this as well! That would be sweet!


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