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Eureka: 2012 Draft Class Redemptions from 2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball Arrive!

December 28, 2012

Panini America 2012 Gold Standard DC Redemptions 6

To truly appreciate the heavy-metal majesty that is the 2012 Draft Class Redemptions from 2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball, it helps to hold them in your hands. And in the next few days, patient collectors who’ve been waiting for the chance to do just that will finally be rewarded.

Just this week, the finished cards — weighty, wonderfully designed and hopefully worth the wait — arrived at Panini America HQ and will be on their way to collectors early next week. Here’s hoping the following 12-image preview gallery provides a worthy appetite-whetter until the cards begin arriving.

And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates on the other Draft Class Redemption programs from 2011-12 Past & Present Basketball, 2011-12 Limited Basketball and 2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball.

Now, for the preview . . .

(Viewers beware: No matter how proud I am of my new iPhone 5 camera, its images simply can’t do these cards justice. They look even better in person.)

52 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2012 12:32 pm

    Very, very nice looking. Wish I had the Lillard redemption, but sadly I didn’t get so lucky!

  2. jason smith permalink
    December 28, 2012 12:38 pm

    that is awesome thank you tracy any word about the gs autos

    • December 28, 2012 1:15 pm

      I believe the cards are completed and being expedited to players for signing.

  3. December 28, 2012 12:41 pm

    I don’t pay much attention to your basketball products– what are those printed on?

  4. Brandon permalink
    December 28, 2012 1:00 pm

    Can’t wait for my Lillard and Leanord to come in!!!!!!!!

  5. December 28, 2012 1:02 pm

    Beauties with no Beasts!!!

  6. gotsheed permalink
    December 28, 2012 1:16 pm

    are these numbered?

    • December 28, 2012 1:16 pm

      They are not.

      • Dave permalink
        January 2, 2013 3:37 pm

        i know they are not numbered but can you speak to anyone to find out how rare they might be. it would make a huge difference to us hardcore collectors to have soem idea of print run, thanx!

  7. Eric Cabreros permalink
    December 28, 2012 1:24 pm

    Wow. They are metal. Then would be signed on. Sweet. Tracy its the same thing on Prizm, the camera really dont do justice, unless you are holding them.

    • December 28, 2012 1:26 pm

      Agree 100 percent, Eric. The images give you something of an idea. But you must see one in person to truly appreciate it.

      • Justin B permalink
        December 28, 2012 1:32 pm

        Wait are these the cards from gold standard just not autographed yet?

      • December 28, 2012 1:33 pm

        The 2012 Draft Class cards are not signed. The 2011s will be, but on standard paper-stock cards.

  8. mwash1983 permalink
    December 28, 2012 1:30 pm

    Anything on the 2011-12 Past and Present Redemption Autos. I got the Kyrie Irving redemption.

  9. Justin B permalink
    December 28, 2012 1:33 pm

    Are they on card autos and where will the autos be? Very cool looking

  10. Jonathan permalink
    December 28, 2012 1:48 pm

    So basically Panini made their collectors wait for cards, that arent even autographed? Im a bit boggled here too myself. I have a few redemptions from the Limited 11-12, I hope they come with some ink on them. The metal card look sweet, but they should have ink on them if the buyer has to wait for the card/cards. I mean its only 100-125 per pack, right?

    • euge permalink
      December 28, 2012 8:36 pm

      They were never advertised as being auto’ed. They were on the checklist as Golden Futures Metals. The next subset specifically states that they are auto’s: Golden Futures Autographs. With the lock out, Panini’s hands were tied, no set season date therefore no rookie signing day. They did what they could with what they were handed. I know it’s frustrating for us, that’s why we gotta do the research and know what’s coming up.

  11. Chris L permalink
    December 28, 2012 2:01 pm

    Super clean design and on metal to boot. Looks great here, can’t wait to see them in person.

  12. Jaymes permalink
    December 28, 2012 2:47 pm

    Not going to lie, this might be the nicest Rookie Cards i’ve seen. Please pass these props to the design team who thought of this.

  13. Kaushik permalink
    December 28, 2012 3:32 pm

    Tracy, are these cards the golden futures metal redemption cards from the 2011 set?

  14. Sean permalink
    December 28, 2012 4:12 pm

    These cards look awesome, but this may be the most confusing redemption process ever. And see im not the only one confused by this. I had a bunch of these redemptions and didn’t even bother to wait because of the confusion and the long wait times. Will we have the same with hockey if the lockout continues the whole year? Will you double up on rookies? I like the idea of chasing two rookie classes in a product.

  15. Justin permalink
    December 28, 2012 4:35 pm

    So the non autographed are from this year like shown above but if i have like a kemba walker those are autographed??

    these are as cool as it gets for a non autoed card… hopefully they fit in toploaders haha

    • December 28, 2012 4:37 pm

      Yes, the members of the 2011 NBA Draft class will be signed.

      • Justin permalink
        December 28, 2012 4:38 pm

        Any idea at all when those will be coming out?

      • December 28, 2012 4:39 pm

        These particular cards will be going out starting next week. On the autographed versions, they’ll be going out as soon as we get them back from the players.

  16. Jeffrey D permalink
    December 28, 2012 6:34 pm

    I cannot wait for my Barnes to arrive! lol now time to find the redemptions of my other three Heels. Love the look!

  17. December 28, 2012 8:45 pm

    Oooh pretty sure I have a Sullinger of these coming ! Looking forward to what they look like in hand

  18. December 28, 2012 11:57 pm

    These are absolutely stunning. Congrats to anyone who will be getting one of these!

  19. Bryan permalink
    December 29, 2012 1:59 am

    I was confused on the 2012 redemptions. At least it seems to be worth the wait. When should we expect the Past & Present update?

    • December 29, 2012 2:01 am

      The cards have been printed and delivered to Panini America HQ. The 2012s will start going out in the coming days. The 2011s will be sent as soon as they’re autographed by the players.

  20. mrnnyceguy168 permalink
    December 29, 2012 2:24 am

    These look simply amazing! Wish I had pulled one of these redemptions before. Thanks for the preview Tracy!

  21. December 29, 2012 9:43 am

    Is it too late to try and get one of these redemption in a case of 2011 Gold Standard?
    I’ve been wanting to try a case anyway.

  22. 4ndyht permalink
    December 29, 2012 11:40 am

    Will the 2011s be on metal as well?

  23. Jordan permalink
    December 29, 2012 12:02 pm

    Bad freaking a$$ Tracy! Now this is unique and clean looking! I bet an on card auto would look to sexy on this! Keep it up you guys. And Tracy its time to get a Samsung Note or Galaxy 3! Haha.

  24. wally permalink
    December 30, 2012 12:23 am

    WOW… Truly dissapointed (as usual)
    The autograph versions of 2011 draft class redemptions will NOT BE ON METAL? I thought that was the whole point of that redemption program? I even bought a bunch of random players from this set because THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE signed on metal not on “paper stock” as stated above.

    REALLY? C;mon

    • Nick permalink
      December 30, 2012 10:24 pm

      We did get a bunch of information about how this was supposed to happen, but logic dictates these cards be autographed or serial numbered or something. If not, what was the point of having us wait until October to match up our cards with hypothetical players?

      The whole process was ridiculous, and I think Tracy knows it, so I give him kudos for going out in front of the collectors for the past year plus with no basketball sets and no explanations. The products this year are doing well, and they have to be, but these redemptions for base cards remind us all of last year’s struggles with buying Panini Basketball cards last year.

      • Matthew permalink
        December 31, 2012 8:48 am

        That’s right. redemption for base cards especially for P&P and Limited…sigh

  25. lorenzo permalink
    December 31, 2012 5:37 am

    Eagerly waiting for my redemptions! When will they be shipped?

    • wally permalink
      December 31, 2012 3:04 pm

      Most of the cards are not even PRODUCED yet, so after that is complete, then another few months for signatures, a few months for processing, a few months for packaging, a few months for “unexpected issues” and then the cards will arrive, likely damaged in 2015

  26. PETER SI VUONG permalink
    December 31, 2012 1:09 pm

    It so nice can not wait to get it .I got 3 redemption

  27. Dave permalink
    January 2, 2013 3:35 pm

    HOLY CRAP, now that is awesome, see Tracy I can be nice too!

  28. February 15, 2013 1:36 am

    Any chance of getting a sneek preview of the 2011 draft class cards?????

    • wally permalink
      February 15, 2013 10:46 am

      Any chance of getting the autograph cards?


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