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2012-13 Threads Basketball Stars in Special Episode of Panini Unwrapped (Checklist)

October 24, 2012

Panini America Chris Mullin

In this special revealing episode of Panini Unwrapped, Tracy Hackler and Keith Hower sit down to rip through one satisfying box of the new 2012-13 Threads Basketball, out in hobby shops everywhere today. But this is not your ordinary episode of Panini Unwrapped.

Stay tuned to the end of the break for a world-premiere sneak peek at the stunning Prizm technology coming next month to Panini America’s 2012-13 Prizm Basketball.

We’ve also attached the complete 2012-13 Threads checklist for your review here: 2012-13 Panini Threads BK Checklist

After you’re done, please share your honest — but respectfully delivered — thoughts on 2012-13 Threads Basketball in the comments section below. Next week, we’ll select a few of the best ones to win an unopened box of the product.

Enjoy, and good luck.

112 Comments leave one →
  1. Jordan permalink
    October 24, 2012 5:23 pm

    I have to say, job well done Panini! The flow and pop of the cards are outstanding. For example, the Century Greats really pop out nicely. I really love how the autographs are all on card and on woodstock. It really makes for a great auto with the raw look of the sharpie on the wood. One thing, that Vince Carter card. I cannot take my eyes away from his “hair” haha. Go back and look at it. As you see the person behind him makes it look like he has hair from a distance. The Talented Twosomes was another triple double in my book. You guys used some great clear images especially on those and it really brings the twosomes to life. I am loving the landscape memorbilla cards! Especially the one of my boy KD! And lastly the Century Stars. What more can you say? The creativity and thought alone makes me want to buy a case! Keep up the amazing work guys!

    As for Prizm, I am drooling over the Team USA cards. What you guys did with the background of those cards really make them high class. Loving the idea of the engraving also!

    Your fan from Tulsa, OK Oh yeah, THUNDER UP!!!!!

  2. Kingbudd permalink
    October 24, 2012 5:48 pm

    Definitely looking forward to Prizm!

  3. October 24, 2012 5:51 pm

    2012-2013 Threads is another great Panini product. The rookie on card – wood autographs look unique. The photography on the cards is eye candy and rich in details. I also must say there is a nice variety of inserts and the century stars is stunning.When i saw that Chris Mullin signage card my heart skipped a beat. Thanks for another great unwrapped video Keith and Tracy you guys are the best.

  4. October 24, 2012 6:10 pm

    this is a great product i am getting couple boxes tomorow and will do a live break as well,really apreciate your effort to put both rookie years auto in this box,the the twosomes inserts looks amazing,there is some great photos,the high flyers too,cant wait to get the boxes in hand,and hope to pull somenice die cuts jerseys!!!!!thanks again guys for bringing the best product to all off us!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jaymen permalink
    October 24, 2012 6:13 pm

    I love the product. My favorite part is that there are legends and rookies so you have a variety. I also am loving that they are on card thanks Panini! Love those die cut jerseys as well one of my favorite things every year of threads! THANKS PANINI!

  6. October 24, 2012 6:14 pm

    awesome set
    love the clean bold cards and the new photos. They look real sharp and 3 autographs at this price point is pretty good.

    on card autographs
    limiting jersey cards (1 per box instead of 2-3) makes them more collectible
    on card rookies
    great photos and inserts
    kobe anthology

    not enough shiny cards HAHAHA

    nice prizm looking foward to that

  7. Matthew Zorrilla permalink
    October 24, 2012 6:36 pm

    As I have never opened a hobby box before, this product looks stunning right out of the box. Panini threads has been my favorite panini basketball product since it came out in 09/10 and i’ve always wanted to get a box. The matte finish makes the box look clean cut. As for the cards, I love the incorporation of the Kobe anthology pack. I also really enjoyed the bringing back of the jersey-shaped inserts and rookie on card/wood autographs. The base and inserts have a nice finish and are overall well-rounded. One thing that improved the product even more is the ratio between auto cards and memorabilia cards (3:1). I really appreciate what panini has done for basketball card collectors. I hope i win and open my very 1st hobby box. THANKS GUYS 🙂

  8. October 24, 2012 6:44 pm

    Like the on-card autos, definitely. Regular cards look sharp as well. The prizm preview was certainly interesting. Great to see Dr. J and Moses Malone 76ers cards!! Thanks

  9. kenny roesler permalink
    October 24, 2012 6:59 pm

    Great product guys. like the glossy design and subtle foil accents. great photos and variety of inserts, should keep me and other collectors entertained for as long as they last on the shelves. thanks a bunch panini

  10. kenny roesler permalink
    October 24, 2012 7:01 pm

    also the prizm looks terrific, hope to break some when it comes out. love the shimmer.

  11. Connor Meiring permalink
    October 24, 2012 8:12 pm

    Cards look amazing!! Would love to own some!!

  12. Marissa permalink
    October 24, 2012 8:24 pm

    As agirl and not alot of them collecting I would personnally love a box to help me start collecting basketball. These are aswesome and would help jumpstart my collecting.

  13. October 24, 2012 8:24 pm

    Threads looks pretty cool. Love the PRIZM cards…Those photos are going to be Totally Certified on steriods…Great stuff and love that Mullin…Going to pick one of those up for myself!

  14. AJ Kaiser permalink
    October 24, 2012 8:27 pm

    Really loving Panini Threads, I haven’t really bought much basketball the past few months but this changes it. Great product with a nice checklist and on card autos! Really loving it, hope to pick up a few 76ers. Great work Tracy & the rest of Panini’s team.

  15. Ken permalink
    October 24, 2012 8:37 pm

    Lmao ya know, i was just posting on here about a month ago about how cards used to look sooo much nicer back in the day, with a lot more flashy-ness too em. Way to make me eat my words guys. Threads was my favorite bust last year, and it looks great this year too. Lotta nice lookin cards, love the wood cards(prob my favorite). Not a real big fan of the small jersey cards, just seem kinda cheesy to me when im holdin em. Prism looks awesome too by the way, sure solves my flashy-ness prob!! Cant wait for the draft!! thanks guys!!

    • Ken permalink
      October 24, 2012 8:42 pm

      ps. tytytytytytyty for cutting down on the jersey cards. Dont get me wrong, i love em when they have an auto on em. but it just seemed like there were sooooooo many out there they had no value left to em. getting mem should be a reallly good thing, not common place. it just cheapens the whole experience

      • October 25, 2012 7:09 am

        I agree. Over the last bunch of years, across all brands, sports and companies, it seemed like most of the memorabilia cards were single color small swatches, and unfortunately most of the time from some bench player/role player or a late season call up type guy. Occasionally, one would get a star player or a particular design was innovative and attractive. Numbered doesn’t really do it anymore,either unless it is a REALLY low number. (side note-back in 1992, I got one of the first numbered cards in a box-ELITE Series Joe Carter /10000. They were hot cards, I think I traded it for a whole box of Donruss back then, but over the years even numbering has gotten a bit watered down) If the mem cards in this product are harder to find (inserted less), then I think that is a good start. I don’t think there is anything more disappointing than getting a box of cards from any company, opening it up, looking at the “hits”, and realizing that you basically got like $10 worth of hits from a $100 box.

  16. John W. permalink
    October 24, 2012 8:56 pm

    Thanks for doing another fun break guys! It looks like Threads is an outstanding product this year with great designs, high quality action photography and a very desirable mix of hits with the 3 autos and one memorabilia card. From what I saw in the video, I really think the designers hit a homerun with many of the cards in Threads. For example, the Jabbar Century Greats insert that Tracy pulled is gorgeous and the Mullins on-card Signage auto has to be one of the most attractive auto card designs I’ve ever seen. On top of all that, you guys pulled that awesome wooden rookie auto card of my Illini guy, Meyers Leonard, and it is now my absolute favorite card of the year. Well done!!

    Thanks also for giving us a sneak peak at the upcoming Prizm cards. You guys at Panini keep pushing the envelope in terms of design and technology, and it looks like the Prizm cards will be beautiful when they’re done. Based on what you showed, I can’t wait to get my hands on some and see them in person.

    Keep up the good work guys because it just keeps getting better and better.

  17. Matt permalink
    October 24, 2012 9:14 pm

    I’m glad that there are so many on card autos, though I am one of those collectors that prefer memorabilia cards to autos. However, Prizm looks amazing. The mock ups you showed us earlier just do not do these cards justice.

  18. Ryan E permalink
    October 24, 2012 9:28 pm

    Very nice! Can’t wait to get my hands on the wood cards and the Century Stars case hit, although I’ll have to get pretty lucky to pull one of those from a pack. Love the Prizm preview too. Those look great!

  19. Jonathan permalink
    October 24, 2012 10:04 pm

    Threads really looks great this year. I love how far you guys went, with giving the collectors up to 8 hits per box. That’s totally awesome even at 2 boxes per 8 box inner. The inserts are great too, there’s a insert to go with every player special mark of their game.. The Signage autos look crazy too, and if even half of them are are good and clean as the Chris Mullin then we’re in for a treat!! Looks great from the start to the finish, the Hof players in the inserts to the rookie stars. Now,onto the Prism those cards blew my mind! Im only at a computer but I could tell the splitting edge design and innovation of the new great cards. They look like some solid keepers for many Basketball personal collections. Keep us informed with Prism updates and all the up to date news. I cant tell you how much it means to get some inside news, and sneak peaks its really good of you guys to do it for us. Thanks for everything.

  20. Mark Knowles permalink
    October 24, 2012 11:01 pm

    Panini is now my number 1 in sports cards all around. I restarted collect baseball cards a couple years back mainly bowman after about a 20 year break from football and baseball card collecting. not a big fan of basketball so I never collect them. Earlier today I watched the Gridiron unwrapped and decided to start collecting panini gridiron from now on but from the looks of the basketball I might have to try some of the other Panini product out also. Keep up the Great work guys from one of your newest fans

  21. Brian Nelson permalink
    October 24, 2012 11:14 pm

    this product looks great and the action shots look amazing

  22. Phil W permalink
    October 24, 2012 11:21 pm

    As always, another great video of Panini Unwrapped. I do like Panini’s use of variety in all of the on-card autographs throughout all of the products. The wooden on-card autos are a nice addition to this set with the double rookie class. However, I feel that the die-cut jersey cards aren’t that amazing in my opinion unless they’re signed since it feels really plain without it. I must say that to pull a Chris Mullin Signage auto and a Century Stars card in the same box was really lucky! Finally, I like the Century Greats inserts as it’s a tribute to some of the greatest people ever to play the game.

  23. Mont Toronto permalink
    October 24, 2012 11:24 pm

    I dig it. I dig it all. The die-cut century stars are innovative. I love the return of the wood autos. The photos like you showed on the John Wall are getting a great stylized touch that gives Panini an aesthetic identity apart from the other products out there. I think, though, the set that I would most be after are the Prizm Team USA cards that you previewed from the sheet. They just have that “look” that makes you want to own them–no other way to describe it. I like the depth the Prizms will have and I’m glad we get to see a new product coming out to push the boundaries of your designs.

  24. Chris Fogata permalink
    October 24, 2012 11:31 pm

    Hello good people at Panini! I knew you guys would deliver another great product this year to follow up with all the great products released this year so far such as Prestige and Hoops, but instead, you surpassed my expectations with all the great looking inserts and quality of the new Threads base cards. It’s obvious Panini continually strives to increase the quality of their products while listening to both loyal long-time collectors and new ones for feedback of our great products. I’m glad to see how well the on-wood autograph cards came out and am really liking the high-quality look of the jersey cards, especially the sick Kevin Durant. I’m 100% sure that Panini will continue to release high-quality products that bring back the childhood joy of opening not just a pack of cards, but a bridging the gap between sports fans and the amazing athletes we’ve watched and looked up to as kids and as kids at heart. The future is looking bright for Panini ( Almost as bright as the chrome in the upcoming Prizm set ), and I can’t wait to see what else you guys bring to the table. As always, thank you again for all that you do and the great joy of pulling a card from your great products.

  25. October 25, 2012 12:06 am

    Ok I’m back…’cause you guys totally blew me away with that presentation and plethora of sweet looking cards. Just so you know I got in a break the night before I saw this video. Hopefully I can pull Andrew Bynums new Philly card as well as Dr.J, And Moses Malone. What a birthday treat that would be. Anyway I’ll be honest. I didn’t see anything I did not like. Nothing. The only thing I can say that bothers me is I doubt I’ll be able to get every card in Threads basketball. Even more unlikely Prism. I know you guys went thru a lot with Prism but something tells me it’s not going to be in my price range. Which already bothers me. But back to Threads. I love the HOF players. They are more of my generation. It’s great there are so many in there. Would love to see a set of just those in all the different designs. You guys did a great job with Threads so let your “artists” know that for me. Again thanks for always putting your best foot forward and releasing a great product. Here’s hoping I land Dr.J, Moses Malone, Andrew Bynum and all my Sixers during Sundays break!

  26. October 25, 2012 2:16 am

    The thing I love about Threads basketball is the on wood rookie auto. Though sometimes I wish there was a special coating on top to help protect the auto from easily smudging which I’ve seen quite a few on. Nonetheless a great set to put together. Also I really like the Century Stars inset set. The die cut stars laser cutout reminds me some of the old school inserts they use to do back in the days which is always nice! Thanks for sharing Tracy!

  27. October 25, 2012 2:22 am

    As a collector I like value and bang for my buck. I tend to stay away from high end products unless it’s part of a group break or i’m buying singles off an auction site. Threads is in my price range that I feel comfortable buying. When you are talking 3 autos and 1 game used per box and the fact that it’s under $100 a box right now, who wouldn’t want to try a box or three?

    I love the fact that the Century Stars insert is a one per case deal. It brings me back to my collecting youth when there were no autos or game used and inserts were king . I love the look of the dual rookie class on card autos but then again who doesn’t. Always nice to see the die cut jersey cards and the possibility of autographed version are cool as well. The game used Durant card you showed looked spectacular. As always it’s nice to see retired/ veterans autos like Chris Mullin, a player who I watched growing up but didn’t have autographs available in the products I purchased as a preteen/ teen.

    I love the first cards showing the players in their new jerseys. The attention to detail like this puts Panini above other companies. The cards overall are visually stunning to look at and like I can’t stress the overall value in this year’s Threads considering what it took to get the rookie autographs compared to the cost of the box itself. You sunk a full court shot Panini.

    ps. Prizm is drool worthy

  28. Starquest permalink
    October 25, 2012 6:51 am

    Outstanding work Panini! Awesome product! I love the on card wood court autos and definitely the century stars inserts! That is amazing how you guys pulled a century stars insert with the cut stars in the top falling only one per case! One thing I did notice was as cool as those jersey inserts were, there were a lot of them. I think less die-cut jerseys would make collectors appreciate the cards more, but if they are 1 per 2 or 3 packs- then it might not go very well. They are still super cool though. I am amazed that there are HOF autos in this product. I did not know that until you guys pulled that awesome Chris Mullin auto! I do want to congratulate you guys on having great card designs on everything. Threads is very unique. Another thing is I love the jersey cards-the Kevin Durant card really looked breathtaking on that color coordinated background. Keep up the great work Panini!

  29. October 25, 2012 8:52 am

    I am more into getting an autograph than a single swatch of game jersey, especially those single color jersey swatch. Providing mid-low level four hits per box, I like the outcome from the thread BKB that contains at least 3 auto. It is a easy winner among other boxes~~~

  30. Bryan Goldstein permalink
    October 25, 2012 12:26 pm

    I am basically a die hard hockey fan. I have only ever collected Hockey cards and only ever watched/followed hockey, but thanks to the lockout I have to look for something else to occupy my time with. I have been watching more and more basketball and looking into collecting Basketball cards. This product would be the perfect introduction to Basketball as was mentioned in the video it has great value. There are a ton of different cards which would make the break very enjoyable and the photography and insert designs are very well done. I love the fact that you get three autos in each box and only one mem card (especially since making the mem cards rarer will make them more collectible). The Rookie autos on the wood background look great and I love the die cut jersey cards. There is just so much to enjoy with a product like this. AS someone looking for a first time Basketball product I am not going to look to the high end products, but this product is perfect for me. Thanks for making great cards that appeal to even the beginner fans like me!

  31. Nick permalink
    October 25, 2012 4:09 pm

    I love these autographs especially the Marshon Brooks Rookie Auto. Less mem and more autos provides more value to a collector. I think that the more autos the better per box so for me this product is swell !

  32. Matt McCormick permalink
    October 25, 2012 5:02 pm

    really nice product love the on cards autos the classic die cut jerseys and a bounus this year a kobe pack!!!!! just when you thought threads couldn’t get better!!!! my favorite b-ball product of the year finally arrived and exceeded my expectations WOOOOO!!!!

  33. Joe Tozzi permalink
    October 25, 2012 7:57 pm

    Hi Tracey!
    This Threads set looks amazing and the detail and finishes on the cards are the best so far. I love the Kobe anthology set and have been waiting for the newer cards from this set to be released with the newest Panini product. Can’t wait to get my hands on a box!!!

  34. October 25, 2012 8:13 pm

    I love this set. I didn’t buy Hoops or Prestige because I was waiting for this set. The base cards are incredible!

  35. Nick Rader permalink
    October 25, 2012 10:54 pm

    Great product again and the Signage autos look great. And the wood auto horizontal look better. Great job again guys!!!

  36. Vinny permalink
    October 26, 2012 12:17 am

    Maybe you guys should simply release 1 product this year, you could name it “12/13 Same Product Over and Over Again” How does this differ from Prestige?? 3 boring low end products that should’nt have and MSRP of more than $50 so far this year. Oh yeah, Private Signings again?!?!?! Are you kidding me? Oh well, pre 09/10 boxes again for me (and A LOT of others as well) this year.

  37. Ryan Q permalink
    October 26, 2012 9:50 am

    Being a Cavs fan it’s hard for me to collect basketball since LeBron, but now with Kyrie I’m looking to get back into it again, and this looks like the perfect set to do it on. The die cut jersey cards are by far the cooled looking basketball cards I have seen. Add in 3 ON CARD autos per box and BOOM!!!! The wood cards look very nice as well and the dual player cards are a neat new (as far as I know) concept. Well done on these cards as usual and I am looking foward to busting some!!!!

  38. romayo permalink
    October 26, 2012 12:28 pm

    Prizm looks very nice. Im interested in what the other cards will look up. As for Threads, Im excited about the new product and having on card signatures for the rookies. I really like the Wood autos. But I wish they were numbered. I bet some of the better players are SP’d but it would be nice to see just how SP.

  39. Jeff James permalink
    October 26, 2012 2:02 pm

    Rookie wood autos, dazzling base cards.
    Another full-court basket for Panini! 🙂

  40. Sebastian Ortega permalink
    October 26, 2012 8:54 pm

    Panini! I just started collecting NBA cards and so far i love it! I always get great hits with you guys and i’m really looking forward to unwrapping one of those Prizm Basketball packs! They really nice! I love what you guys are doing with these cards, it’s great! Keep up the good work and a big thumbs up to everybody at Panini!

    • October 26, 2012 10:04 pm

      Really appreciate the kind words, Sebastian.

      • Sebastian permalink
        October 26, 2012 11:48 pm

        No problem, it’s only the truth!

  41. David permalink
    October 26, 2012 11:03 pm

    The product looks beautiful! The on-card rookies are really nice and I love the up-close shots of the rookies. The base cards have a nice finish to them and I feel that they are much improved over last year. The inserts as a whole have great varieties of players that will quickly catch fire in the hobby, especially those immaculate century stars. I am happy with the return of the jersey die-cuts, although I must admit that I miss the last names of the players being on the back as they were in previous years. I really like the nice big window on the jersey cards. The Signage set is amazing and I love the players you guys put into the set, players that we don’t normally see sign, like Finley, Grant Hill, and Mullin. Finally, that Prizm looks gorgeous! Really exited for that porduct. As a younger collector, I hope to be able to try out one of these eipc Threads boxes!
    P.S.- Thanks so much for all these on-card autographs guys, they make the cards looks all the better. Thanks for caring about us collectors!
    Thanks again guys!

    • Jamey permalink
      October 27, 2012 10:20 am

      So I’m breaking a box and have pulled a signage auto of Cedric Ceballos of 90’s Suns fame. Wow, I liked Ceballos back in the day…gritty and tough.
      Love that funky Threads product!

  42. October 27, 2012 12:51 pm

    Hello again from the Philippines, Tracy! I specifically love the design on the base and the insert cards on this product. As usual with Threads, what stands out for me are the Team Threads. It’s unique, and eye-catching jersey die-cut rookie/veteran autographed card. Then there is the wood on-card autos. Just wow! The 1 per case Century Stars are amazing too! It’s like looking for a gem on every box. What I am missing are those Rookie Class letter-patch autos from 09-10 series. Those were wonderful auto cards for rookies. I also wish that there were more HOF legends signing this product. Legends’ auto on that wood-like cards would be a perfect fit, putting an old classic look and feel. Just my 2 cents guys. Adding to the plus side, the Talented Twosomes are superb as it captures the on-court action of every team’s best duo. I think it gives out a message and a reminder that basketball is, and always will be, a team sport. Overall, I like the design and concept of Threads. Design team put on the best photos and design that make every single card collectible. Applause to the whole Panini team!

  43. Jimmy permalink
    October 28, 2012 10:24 pm

    I think its a great product. I’m hoping to pull a Rose auto. Box looks crazy great and I can’t wait. Hopefully if I win a box I can pull a Rose auto.

  44. October 29, 2012 10:12 am

    Pretty stoked to see this release, Threads is an excellent program in any sport. Great job with the rookie autos in the packs, but my favorite insert has to be the Signage set. When I was younger and people were trying to be Jordan, Magic and the like, I was far more realistic for my skills and frankly complexion so I tried to mimick Chris Mullins. Great to see an auto of his pulled in the break! Thanks as always Tracy and “The Venerable!”

  45. rayan rumbaua permalink
    November 2, 2012 6:08 pm

    any winners yet?!!?!?!?

  46. November 5, 2012 5:21 pm

    Thanks to everyone for participating in this contest and for helping us to make our products better with your feedback. We selected four winners this time, and each will receive a box 2012-13 Threads Basketball. Congratulations to . . . K Chan, Nick Rader, Joe Tozzi and David Bonneville. We’ll be in touch soon to get your mailing addresses.

    Thanks again to the greatest fans and customers on the planet.

    • Brad f permalink
      November 5, 2012 5:30 pm

      Congrats to all winners! Thanks panini for yet again another awesome contest!

    • November 5, 2012 5:53 pm

      Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks Tracy and Panini for offering these great contests!!

    • November 6, 2012 2:02 pm

      Thank you Tracy and Panini! I can’t WAIT to open it! THANK YOU so much!

  47. Jeff J. permalink
    November 13, 2012 6:27 am

    I was out of town when Threads Basketball hit the shelves. I picked up a pack and took it back. I started opening it. Came across the usual good “suspects” – Kevin Garnett, Rudy Gay, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, an Inside Presence insert. Then I pulled a Marshon Brooks swatch. Nothing to complain about there, very satisfying pack. Then I see a card with a curious wood look. How about, ALSO a wood ROOKIE SIG! Thanks so much, Panini!!!


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