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Embossing is Boss: Panini America Explores 2012-13 Brilliance Basketball (Gallery)

May 8, 2013

Panini America 2012-13 Brilliance Basketball Preview (1)

Panini America officials raised more than a few eyebrows when they announced in early March the addition of 2012-13 Brilliance Basketball to the NBA product roster. But for the product itself, they raised a lot more than than that.

By incorporating some good, old-fashioned embossing, mirror board stock and intricate design and type treatments, Panini America’s creative folks delivered a set with differences that you can see and feel. As a result, perhaps the true brilliance of Brilliance is not so much the set’s autograph and memorabilia content (which is quite stellar) as it is the raised-relief effect that shines on every card.

It’s an effect that must be witnessed firsthand to be truly appreciated, but after spending some quality time this morning with some early preview cards and a few shiny uncut sheets, we think the following images will give you a unique perspective regarding exactly what to expect. Personally, I’m a big fan of the way the Springfield insert came out, but here’s betting you’ll find something to admire in the Spellbound, Team Tomorrow, Magic Numbers and Scorer’s Inc. offerings, too.

Take a look and let us know what you think. And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage of 2012-13 Brilliance Basketball in the coming days.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2013 1:34 pm

    Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie

  2. gotsheed permalink
    May 8, 2013 1:43 pm

    Sheeeeeedddddd! Wow,i now cant wait until these Release! I was stunned that Sheed was in Past & Present but also now in Brilliance? Amazing Tracy,you making me very happy with that Sheed Card!

  3. May 8, 2013 1:49 pm

    Cool. I’ve always liked embossing on cards.

  4. George Dominic permalink
    May 8, 2013 2:33 pm

    Sweet. Still want to see the autos and mem….pardon me, the STELLAR autos and mem;)

  5. paulienutz permalink
    May 8, 2013 3:13 pm

    Honestly, I’m a little torn – the base stock is beautiful, embossing is always appreciated and the Magic Numbers is well-balanced and looks good. On the negative side, the brand logo is waaaay too large and dominates the bottom half of the cards, making the photos above look crowded, especially on the Springfield and somewhat on the Accolades. I’ll probably crack a box just to see these beauties in hand and then move them on the secondary market (which is what I did with the impressive-but-daunting Marquee release). I would love to see Brilliance in the Hockey lineup with a few tweaks!

  6. harynjk permalink
    May 8, 2013 5:33 pm

    Nice, really nice!
    When i watched the gallery and i saw the Erving and than the David Robinson, and 2 cards later the Maravich, 3 of the few players i collect…..áááhhhhh…. it was too much of beauty for tonight, i better go to sleep now 🙂

  7. Eric Cabreros permalink
    May 8, 2013 7:01 pm

    I always Love The card that have special treatment
    Prizm, shinny parallels,
    With making Brilliance Embossed Panini Cards now it has its own Character.
    Great Job on That!
    Looks great !
    Sure to be a fun Basketball To open !
    Kudos to the brilliant minds Of team Panini!

  8. hudsonfan15 permalink
    May 8, 2013 7:09 pm

    i don’t want to come across as BOSSy but we need a similar set for a future football release. Thanks as always Tracy!

  9. deloreanfan81 permalink
    May 8, 2013 7:44 pm

    amazing look to the product..not a b-ball guy but I might even try to grab a box of this

  10. JDetter permalink
    May 8, 2013 11:33 pm

    Some very nice looking base! I still cant wait to see the mem set!!!!

  11. May 9, 2013 11:49 am

    very nice cards

  12. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    May 10, 2013 4:28 am

    Man those are jumping out at me. very impressive. I will say it again..Panini basketball team needs a raise

  13. May 19, 2013 5:52 am

    Middle Row – fouth from the bottom, are the cards spelling out BIATCH?


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