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Off-Court Artistry: Panini America Tests the Illustrative Skill of Young NBA Superstars

December 16, 2012

Panini America 2012-13 Limited Basketball Sketch Main

Late last summer during the 2012 Rookie Transition Program and 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, respectively, Panini America officials asked several of the most talented young stars in the league to show off their artistic talents by handcrafting their best off-the-cuff sketches.

Presented below is an art gallery of sorts showcasing just some of our favorites. From the uplifting sentiments shared by 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving to the high-brow humor fashioned by Anthony Davis, we think you’ll find these miniature masterpieces the perfect off-court diversion for your Sunday afternoon. Enjoy.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. Eric Cabreros permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:46 pm

    Some are really artistic!

  2. Greg 'Jayhawkaholic' permalink
    December 17, 2012 9:38 am

    I want that Thomas Robinson sketch card sooo bad, just tell me what product this is in and I’ll preorder 100 cases

  3. kollectornet permalink
    December 17, 2012 10:37 am

    Will these be issued at the Nationals again or redemptions throughout products?

  4. Jordan permalink
    December 17, 2012 12:10 pm

    So are these cards auctioned off for charity or are they slipped into boxes or something else? Sorry im new to this whole player drawing card thing lol. It is a really neat idea though! Just think if you made the back side like an actual card with the stats and write up then on the wrong had the players art somehow showcased.

    • December 17, 2012 12:26 pm

      They traditionally inserted as redemptions as part of our promotional sets like Black Friday, Father’s Day and the National Sports Collectors Convention.

      • Jordan permalink
        December 17, 2012 2:14 pm

        Ohhhh I see! Very cool & nice idea! Are these conventions for example, the National Sports Collectors Convention open to the public? I have always wanted to go to one. It seems like a really fun time! It’s to bad I never hear of them being close to Oklahoma 😦 Any thoughts on which promotion these will be given away at? Or are they all going to the convention?

      • December 17, 2012 2:17 pm

        Yes indeed. The National is open to collectors. You should try to make it to one. Great stuff all weekend long.

  5. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    December 17, 2012 1:32 pm

    They can be inserted into an envelope and mailed to me? 😉

  6. Concrete Brad permalink
    December 17, 2012 5:52 pm

    Is Drummond trying to draw Kirby?

  7. gotsheed permalink
    December 17, 2012 11:35 pm

    that Deummond “Kirby” made me laugh! Very funny! Did Brandon Knight draw one too or are that all Cards in the Gallery?

  8. Kingbudd permalink
    December 18, 2012 12:06 am

    Any word on the 11/12 rookie redemptions being filled? Almost two months since your draft and no official word on drop date.

  9. December 19, 2012 12:40 pm

    No Harrison Barnes? :O

  10. Concrete Brad permalink
    December 19, 2012 5:23 pm

    By adding periods, is Drummond The Man from U.C.O.N.N.?

  11. Brandon Gaucher permalink
    October 14, 2013 11:53 am

    Bradley Beals and Thomas Robinsons are pretty cool!


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