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Show Panini America Your Favorite Card in the 2012-13 NBA Season Tip-Off Show-Off

October 30, 2012

Tonight in Miami, LeBron James and the Heat begin defense of their 2011-12 NBA title against the Boston Celtics in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers host John Wall and the Washington Wizards in a showcase of two of the best young guards in the game. Finally, out in L.A., Kobe Bryant and the Lakers face the Dallas Mavericks in an early battle for Western Conference bragging rights.

Hoops heads, rejoice! Basketball is back.

And to commemorate such a joyous occasion, we here at Panini America want to give back to our passionate hoops collectors. You see those three boxes of 2012-13 NBA trading cards at the top of this post? We’re going to give them away to three lucky collectors. All you have to do to be eligible to win one of them is simply post a picture of you holding your favorite Panini America NBA trading card as a comment to this post.

That’s it.

We’ll give you until the end of the day Friday to locate your favorite Panini America NBA card and snap a quality shot of you AND your card. Together. It doesn’t have to be your newest or rarest or most valuable, just your favorite. And if you have a compelling reason why, please explain that in the comments, too.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy the games tonight, good luck, and thanks in advance for participating.

91 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2012 4:57 pm

    My favorite card is this 2011 THREADS Triple Threats triple jersey card. I’ve gotten my fair share of dual, triple and quad jersey cards before in many sports, but I think this is the most colorful 3 swatches I’ve ever gotten in one card. Royal Blue, White and Purple.

  2. October 30, 2012 5:07 pm

    Once again it is time for THE MOST AWESOME basketball products out there!! My son and I would love to open some new Basketball and find one like this Westbrook auto:)

  3. October 30, 2012 5:07 pm

    No pic is showing up.

  4. October 30, 2012 5:08 pm

    I need to find out how to get photos to show up…..

  5. October 30, 2012 5:13 pm

    Contest pic for Keith S.

  6. Scott permalink
    October 30, 2012 5:19 pm

    I love pulling awesome cards of some Bulls legends!

  7. October 30, 2012 5:21 pm

    I love Blake Grifin

    Hope this works

  8. Chad Clevidence permalink
    October 30, 2012 5:24 pm

    Awesome pictures

  9. Trent permalink
    October 30, 2012 5:26 pm

    First off, I must say I’m a die-hard Oklahoma City Thunder. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed about losing James Harden over the weekend. Today I thought I would treat myself to a box of cards to kickoff the 2012-13 season and to cheer me up a bit. I ended buying my first box of Panini 2012-13 Threads that just came out. Was quite happy to land 2 Thunder hits in the box; a Nick Collison jersey card and an autographed rookie of our latest draft pick, Perry Jones III. Would like to wish good luck to Harden and the others on their Houston endeavor and a big welcome to K-Mart/Lamb for joining the Oklahoma City Thunder!

  10. October 30, 2012 6:09 pm

    Here’s mine. First pack from the box. #’d 2/5

  11. Steven S permalink
    October 30, 2012 6:13 pm

    mine is my “black Mamba” from National Treasures

  12. Ernest Hebert permalink
    October 30, 2012 6:13 pm

    Camera is down hope this one is good for you because itsa so gooda for me…lol…

  13. October 30, 2012 7:18 pm

  14. October 30, 2012 7:19 pm

    thats my favorite card look at the grade

  15. nick s permalink
    October 30, 2012 8:11 pm

    FIrst off, i am a big okc fan.. i collect all players from kd to reggie jackson. I started a large pc of cole aldrich last year and this is my favorite card. i have well over 30 different autos of his and close to 100 different rc’s (all panini). this card is super clean and easily one of my favorites! thank you.,

  16. October 30, 2012 8:41 pm

    Updated pic for Alex H. with new arrivals.

  17. Trey permalink
    October 30, 2012 8:44 pm

    Here is a pic of my favorite basketball card. It’s my Blake Griffin Contenders rookie auto. He and I both went to the University of Oklahoma during the same time and I loved watching him dominate in college ball. Now I get to enjoy watching him do the same in the NBA, plus I get to collect all of his Panini autographs. Boomer Sooner!

  18. October 30, 2012 8:55 pm

    This was my favorite when I got it, and it is still my favorite!

    I have always been a fan of people that put’s others ahead of them self. Stockton made a career of helping his teammates succeed. Because of that he has always been one of my favorite player, in any sport.

    I always wanted one of his autos so when I finally landed this guy I was excited! I still am.

  19. Eric Cabreros permalink
    October 30, 2012 8:56 pm

    It’s Nba time again!
    My son and I love Panini! Especially the Prestige…Our favorite would be the True Colors jersey cards. The clean and colorful design really emphasize its player beautifully and the patch/ jersey is just on the right spot. Kudos to Panini staffs and the design team on this one. It’s really good to look at and even more with all of them together.
    We love it so much that we decided to start a project to complete the 50 set of it. I’m sure with the help of Forums, youtube, and our local hobby shop we could do it. So far we have sixteen of them. This will be a very exciting treasure hunt, in the mean time it will be a great father and son experience. Plus i’m sure its going to be a life lesson for my ten year old son.
    This will just add to our closeness and bonds us even more, while having fun collecting them, we are also making precious moments.
    Thanks Panini!
    Salute Tracy!

  20. October 30, 2012 9:01 pm

    Nice work, Eric, and the rest of the entrants. Thanks for contributing.

    • Eric Cabreros permalink
      November 3, 2012 11:11 pm

      Thanks Tracy!

  21. Ernest Hebert permalink
    October 30, 2012 9:15 pm

    Decided I am going to forfeit my entry Tracy …..if that is okay….my nephew would like to take a shot with his favorite Panini America player card….he has a plan and should make for a cool entry…it will only be tomorrow though…again if that is okay…Thanks…

  22. Walker permalink
    October 30, 2012 9:17 pm

    Loved the timeless treasures and cant wait for the set to start up again this December. Kevin Durant ROY 3 color card.

  23. lorenzo permalink
    October 30, 2012 9:26 pm

    Hello. Seeing my 7 yr old boy pulling his favorite player KD is truly pure joy. This is one moment in his early collecting urge he will surely remember & the card worth a life long keep. Thank you guys for the wonderful way of making people happy through your products. My son & I will always be a true supporter.


  24. October 30, 2012 9:56 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do this!!! Here is a photo of me and my 2010-11 Panini Totally Certifed “Totally Red” Derrick Rose 186/499. Thank you Panini for the pleasure of owning this one!!!!

  25. October 30, 2012 10:10 pm

    Classic Hoops card…

  26. Simeon permalink
    October 30, 2012 10:30 pm

    2012-13 Hoops is one of my favorite products this year. What makes it stand out the most for me is the photography. The photography on the cards are very important to me and this year’s hoops has some of the best imagery I have seen in any set, hands down. I had many cards I wanted to enter. In the end I chose photos of the coaches. I couldn’t just pick one, so I am holding my three favorite shots. Link below. I have to say though, that an honorable mention has to go to the Derrick Rose Courtside card #4; people should go check it out! Here is my entry: Thanks again Panini! You are the best!

  27. Rob B permalink
    October 30, 2012 10:53 pm

    Favorite Team..Favorite Player..Favorite Card Comany…Tri-Fecta..

  28. RaptorsFan permalink
    October 30, 2012 11:00 pm

    RaptorsFan over here! Showing off my Bargnani Silhouette patch auto from 2011 Preferred. Can’t wait to see the Silhouettes in 2012/13 🙂 Any word on if/and when Jonas Valanciunas will be seeing his Panini debut?

  29. October 30, 2012 11:52 pm

    Gone to 2 Celtics games this season and already got the rooks Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo, and Kris Joseph on their 12/13 Prestige rookie. I look to get many, many more and different Panini cards signed by these 3. Thanks Tracy

  30. October 31, 2012 1:25 am

    Hi everyone! What i will share to my fellow collectors today is a picture of me with my 2012 Panini National Convention Anthony Davis Graded 9.5 BGS. Really love this card because it is the reason why I started collecting Anthony Davis Cards. This type of card were found in the wrapper redemption given last 2012 Panini National Sports Convention. I really love the layout and the design of the cards that Panini produced ever since it has started producing top of the charts NBA cards. I am hoping that Panini will conduct a sports convention or tour here in my country. Congratulations in Panini in extending its exclusive rights with the NBA. Looking forward for more jaw-dropping quality cards in future time. I saw a sneak-peak of 2012 Prizm Basketball and it was sick! I really love to have one of those once it has been released. Thank you Panini for making us collectors whether Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Entertainment, etc. have a smile on our faces and making this “Hobby” a “Passion”. More power to you guys and God Bless Panini!

  31. Matt Gilman permalink
    October 31, 2012 7:58 am

    Here is my Marshon Brooks auto from Hoops basketball. Going to be a great player and the Nets are showing potential this year.

  32. Panini 4ever! permalink
    October 31, 2012 8:58 am

    Thanks Panini for doing all these contests- The funny thing is I went to Walmart one day and decided to buy a random pack of 2012-13 prestige basketaball and then BOOM;)

  33. Panini 4ever! permalink
    October 31, 2012 12:31 pm

    Thanks Tracy!

  34. Brian permalink
    October 31, 2012 12:59 pm

    Prestige 2009-2010 DeJuan Blair Rookie, nothing extremely valuable or rare, but I had class with DeJuan at Pitt and he is one of the most down-to-earth guys and its awesome to see him doing well in the league

  35. Sean permalink
    October 31, 2012 1:01 pm

    I love these die cut cards!
    When I first pulled one years ago it was of some guy named Jeremy Lin, sold it for $30 at the time because I never heard of him and $30 was pretty good for a guy I never heard of. Regretted that decision later!

  36. Ernest Hebert permalink
    October 31, 2012 3:22 pm

    It was a cat fight on Sleleton drive!!!!Bang! Paff! Smack!!

    Charlie “Villain”ueva is now put on ice….Robin is “Certified” happy with this one because it is his very first..and Charlie got #50 and is feeling a little blue!……..

  37. Ernest Hebert permalink
    October 31, 2012 3:24 pm

    The part of Robin was played by David-Tyler Hebert…

  38. October 31, 2012 3:26 pm

    I guess my previous link broke somehow…here it is again : )

  39. October 31, 2012 4:38 pm

    Hi tracy and to all you card collectors.My favorite card is the Derrick Rose insert from fireworks past and present. It’s a great player in a well desinged card. Keep up the good work panini.

    • Eric Cabreros permalink
      November 1, 2012 6:31 pm

      It is one of the best inserts of all time.
      The holographix fire is awesome!

  40. gregmalloy permalink
    October 31, 2012 5:37 pm

    I’m gonna email you a picture

  41. October 31, 2012 7:26 pm

    Nice patch of my favourite player, from my favourite @PaniniAmerica product

  42. October 31, 2012 7:57 pm Dion Waiter Draft Night Auto. Get ready for an epic backcourt – Dion Waiter & Kyrie Irving. Get Buckets!

  43. October 31, 2012 8:00 pm

    and thanks for the competition!

  44. Benedict permalink
    October 31, 2012 8:43 pm

    I am an avid collector here in the Philippines. I love pulling jerseys and auto of NBA stars… Here’s my fave!

  45. Daniel permalink
    October 31, 2012 9:53 pm

    first big hit, got it for my birthday will never let it go

  46. biggi5malls permalink
    October 31, 2012 9:54 pm

    Here is the big man

    • biggi5malls permalink
      October 31, 2012 9:58 pm

      Bring some contest love down under

  47. RockinHeart permalink
    October 31, 2012 10:34 pm

    Raja Bell is my favorite player so when I saw this card on Ebay I had to get it!

  48. October 31, 2012 10:53 pm

    My favorite player and team are both local products so when I got the opportunity to get these Brandon Roy cards I jumped on it. I even got Mr. Roy to sign them this summer in Seattle. If I had to pick the three color jersey swatch is definitely my favorite. Thanks for putting out such quality products Panini!

  49. Tim Y permalink
    October 31, 2012 11:41 pm

    happy show off some cards of my fav asian baller!

    Bring on the JLin prime cards 🙂

  50. November 1, 2012 1:11 am

    that’s my favorite: a ’11 panini gold standard gold rush josh smith card. wish panini had these autographed. now, that’s a really cool idea.

  51. Hanniel Lim permalink
    November 1, 2012 5:14 am

    My favorite Panini NBA Card is this Allen Iverson 09-10 National Treasures AU-Jersey card numbered to /25. Allen Iverson is my favorite NBA player of all time. Being a hardcore fan, I’m happy that Panini continues to produce new Iverson cards every year even though he’s no longer playing in the NBA. Keep it up!

  52. November 1, 2012 12:52 pm

    Hey, my preferred player is Steve Nash… it is a fantastic player.
    My favorite card of Steve is an auto patch #’d /10 of 10-11 Panini R&S.
    Thanks Tracy and all the Panini team.

    • November 1, 2012 2:40 pm

      You do bear a resemblance to the great Steve Nash. Great pic, too.

      • Eric Cabreros permalink
        November 1, 2012 2:56 pm

        Yes he does to the future hall of famer!

  53. November 1, 2012 7:47 pm

    2011 PANINI STUDIO ROOKIES NATIONAL FOIL PACK OF KYRIE IRVING STILL SEALED IN ORIGINAL SEE-THREW PACKAGING. I was so excited that the Cavs drafted Kyrie Irving but, at the time, I was having trouble finding any cards of him due to the NBA lockout. I did a lot of searching and only saw a few dealers selling just this one card that was distributed at the 2011-12 PANINI NATIONAL CONVENTION. I got lucky and was able to purchase this card for only $5.00! about a month later I was seeing this same card sell for $40 to $100 dollars. This is by far my favorite card because it helped me through those dark times without Panini trading cards and the NBA

  54. David Pham permalink
    November 1, 2012 8:17 pm

    My favorite card would have to be this Jeremy Lin Auto from Rookie and Stars Longevity. I decided to hold on to this card and he turned out to be a star! I decided to have the card graded for my personal collection and I still have the original box that it came in. Thanks Panini!

  55. Jeffery permalink
    November 1, 2012 10:11 pm

    Hey Tracy!
    Here’s my favorite card:

    It’s not fancy, it’s an Panini Studio of Chris Bosh when he’s still in Raptors (I haven’t been able to get any better cards of him like jersey or autos) but he’s my all-time favorite player. The reason is because he’s from Georgia Tech, where I attend. So I like to show my Yellow Jacket pride! Funny random fact, Derrick Favors was in my English class Freshman year! 😛

  56. November 2, 2012 2:01 am

    Beautiful set design, thowback ABA Nuggets jersey fits well with the ‘Gold Standard’ theme, and the inscription tops it off. As a huge Nuggets fan, it was sad to see Bird go, but I’m happy for his last card in a Nuggets uni, Panini blessed me with this. Even Andersen himself is in awe of the card whenever it’s out…

  57. November 2, 2012 9:38 am

    Contest submission from Budhi Purnama Utomo:

    I have only 2 dreams in collecting. I am honored to be selected as 2011 Beckett Supercollector for my 3,500 different Karl Malone cards collected over almost 20 years. My second and bigger dream is to meet The Mailman himself.

    This 2011/12 @paniniamerica Timeless Treasures NBA 50th anniversary GOLD Logoman 1 of 1 is truly a masterpiece. I wish to get The Mailman himself to autograph this super beautiful card.
    Hope this dream of mine can come true.

  58. Starquest permalink
    November 2, 2012 11:23 am

    Even though this card is not autographed or have any memorabilia a on it, it is still my favorite. I just sent you the email Tracy-

  59. November 2, 2012 12:27 pm

    Here’s me with my Notable Nicknames Oscar Robertson #5/25. He’s one of the greatest in the game with a cool nickname to boot.

  60. Tushawny permalink
    November 2, 2012 5:39 pm

    This Blake Griffin Father’s Day card has to be my favorite. It is not numbered but I have not seem another autographed version anywhere! How many of these are out there Tracy?

  61. November 2, 2012 8:33 pm

    Please disregard my first post because the first link did not work. My first post’s link did not work. Here’s my second try for the link/entry.

    Updated link:

    I have been personal collecting Pau Gasol for about a year now. This 2009-10 Panini Limited Glass Cleaners card is my favorite. It includes a jersey swatch, Pau’s signature and is serially numbered to just 10.

  62. Aaron Leavelle permalink
    November 2, 2012 10:19 pm

    #1 Goran Dragic fan/collector right here!/doubleaml/media/slideshow?

  63. November 7, 2012 8:49 am

    When will the winners of this contest be announced?

  64. November 7, 2012 5:54 pm

    Contest entry for Greg Malloy:

    I collected Xavier Henry and these are my favorite cards. IMO these are better than the auto’d one. The Adidas Laundry Tags match up 1/3 & 3/3. You did a story on me last year on my collection don’t know if you remember but I have put almost all of his cards together except a couple of 1/1s and 1/5s — the rest has been completed!

  65. November 7, 2012 6:09 pm

    OK, we just picked winners. But we did a little something special. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what, though. 🙂


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