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Panini America’s New Ink: Elite Basketball Inscriptions, National Treasures Baseball

January 16, 2013

Panini America January 16 New Autograph Arrivals Main

You want to see something really cool? Well, good . . . because I have something really cool to show you. I just got back to my desk after spending the last 15 or 20 blissful minutes in the acquisitions vault perusing the newest on-card autograph arrivals that have hit Panini America HQ this week.

I have seen — more like “seen through” — the not-so-distant future of basketball collecting thanks to the stunning Rookie Inscriptions on-acetate autographs coming to 2012-13 Elite Basketball; and I’ve seen seemingly 50 new shades of brilliant coming to 2012 National Treasures Baseball.

As you’ll soon see, basketball’s Rookie Inscriptions autographs have boldly taken the baton from their wildly popular football brethren. The results so far seem fantastic: Bold, crisp autographs, a design to accentuate it and compelling photography. As for National Treasures Baseball, we’ve shown you a few advance glimpses already, but these new gems — including Nolan Ryan oversized prime-memorabilia cards and a decked-out Justin Upton 1/1 — shed additional light on this highly anticipated release.

Check out the revealing gallery below (which includes in-demand basketball rookies such as Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, Bradley Beal and more) and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Eric Cabreros permalink
    January 16, 2013 3:43 pm

    Great Treat Tracy! It looks really good!
    Especially after Lunch! Can’t wait for more previews of this beauty!

    • pinoykobe24fan permalink
      January 16, 2013 6:09 pm

      i agree, what a beauty… any news on when national treasures basketball preview be available?

  2. Brandon permalink
    January 16, 2013 3:52 pm

    I wish that football had patches like in other sports! Then maybe the football products would have sick RPAs like those above!

  3. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 16, 2013 4:14 pm

    Some really stellar autographs in this gallery, really digging the NT baseball. Thanks Tracy!

  4. January 16, 2013 4:31 pm

    Liking the hard-signed inscriptions autos.

    Also liking how the memorabilia colors really pop out from the B&W pix and simple front of the card designs!!

    When does national treasures come out?

  5. Bryan permalink
    January 16, 2013 5:23 pm

    Both sets look amazing. I think the Inscriptions would look better if they were white instead of clear, but they look good regardless. National Treasures should be great, and I can’t wait to see some opened. That Liam Hendriks would look great in my collection. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on those.

  6. January 16, 2013 6:50 pm

    Oh very awesome!! Love acetete cards!!

  7. gregmalloy permalink
    January 16, 2013 6:59 pm

    Acetate making a come back you guys need to do acetate parallel’s like 97 ex-2001 I think the, green and red acetate are sick cards! maybe you guys can come up with a black 1/1 acetate???

  8. Jim permalink
    January 16, 2013 8:03 pm

    The National Treasures Ryan has the look of the Silhouette cards from hockey, football and basketball. In all but the NBA versions, the player’s silhouette is directly in front of the patch so you’re viewing the patch on either side of the player’s shadow. With the Ryan, the patch window is large enough and the patch is nice enough so it looks pretty good. However, in the Preferred versions, the patch window is not as large and often the patches aren’t as nice…. and the shadow tends to block the view of the patch. In the NBA version, the shadow is off to the side and the full patch window is viewable. In my opinion, the NBA version is the best.

  9. January 16, 2013 9:05 pm

    Hey Tracy, or anyone else, I wasn’t really sure where to put this, so I figured I’d just comment on the newest blog post, but I had an idea for a possible insert set in perhaps next years football, at least one of the products anyway. Since Candestick will be in its closing season next year, I thought it would be cool if you guys could do a mem/auto set of 49er greats and include mem from the stadium, seats, goal post, whatever else to commemorate the Stadium and keep it alive, in the form of cards. I suppose for you to acquire that kind of stuff it would have to have been torn down already, but, just a thought 🙂

    • January 16, 2013 9:21 pm

      Good stuff, man. Our brands have included stadium seats and Astroturf in the “long-ago” past, but I don’t think we’ve ever themed it around a specific team. And you’re right: The stadium would have to be torn down before we could do much. But I’ll certainly share this with our football folks.

      The Niners would be a great team to center such a set around.

  10. January 16, 2013 9:33 pm

    I am digging that Sullinger card, he has a great looking signature

  11. Jamey permalink
    January 16, 2013 10:32 pm

    Oh my dear lord, those National Treasures singles are filthy…absurd…magnificent …please insert your own adjective.
    What’s the projected MSRP, Tracy? The NT Football product is well outside my price range, so I’m hoping that the baseball product will be a little bit closer to 200/250 as opposed to $400 and up.
    Brilliant design, it’s fantastic to see Panini continue to push the boundaries of design and memorabilia incorporation. I’m still waiting for an actual player to be encased in a card, seeded as the case hit, perhaps 🙂

  12. mrnnyceguy168 permalink
    January 17, 2013 4:42 am

    I was waiting for the design of the elite rc auto to show up and it indeed was the one I was hoping for! The elite football rc acetate were so nice, I had hope the basketball one had the same one too! I can’t wait to get in some of those when it comes out! yeyeye

  13. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 17, 2013 3:50 pm

    Sweet Acetate!

  14. Jordan permalink
    January 17, 2013 4:22 pm

    MY GOD those basketball autos are to sexy! I almost went blind looking at them! lol. Tracy, any idea on a release date and price for the Basketball?!

  15. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 18, 2013 4:04 pm

    cant wait to see NT baseball…cool cards guys

  16. rayfor3 permalink
    January 21, 2013 7:14 pm

    The acetate are numbered or not?

  17. anonymous permalink
    January 27, 2013 10:13 pm

    why is this the 3rd acetate autographed rookie set and not a single acetate base veteran parallel set yet?


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