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A Historical Overview of Panini America’s 2012-13 Crusade Basketball (Gallery)

February 20, 2013

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The unquestionable buzz surrounding this morning’s announcement that Panini America will be releasing 2012-13 Crusade Basketball this summer reminds us how we felt way back in our history, when our Crusade insert concept debuted more than 15 years ago in 1998 Donruss Baseball and 1998 Rookies & Stars Football. The dual-colored parallel program featuring the notable mirrored design was an instant hit that appealed equally to player and set collectors alike.

Our Crusade-branded cards have since appeared across several other Panini-owned baseball (2001 Donruss Class of 2001, 2002 Donruss), football (2004 through 2007 Rookies & Stars and 2012 Rookies & Stars) and basketball (2010-11 Elite Black Box) releases.

The 2012-13 Panini Basketball Crusade insert will be instantly recognizable to veteran collectors. In fact, if you review the new Anthony Davis card you’ll notice the historical 1998 Crusade designs. Please enjoy the following gallery of Panini Crusade cards, including those landmark 1998 Donruss Baseball and 1998 Rookies & Stars Football cards.

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for more exciting updates on the forthcoming 2012-13 Crusade Basketball.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2013 5:26 pm

    I remember those (especially baseball) back in the day. Cool then and even cooler now!!

  2. ekalb permalink
    February 20, 2013 6:19 pm

    Will the Crusade like the Anthony Davis feature in any NFL set this year?

  3. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 21, 2013 6:50 am

    thanks for the memories…

  4. Luke permalink
    February 21, 2013 8:29 pm

    Hey Tracy I was wondering in which product this year will you guys be featuring a patch card of the 2012/13 rookies?

    • February 21, 2013 8:34 pm

      The first ones will be in the 2012-13 Preferred Basketball release, with more to follow after that.

  5. Shawn permalink
    April 3, 2013 3:32 pm

    I was stopped collecting in 1996 and started again about 2 years ago. I am REALLY looking forward to this release! Love the design! Hope it is as nice in hand as it appears here.


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