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Hoop Dreams: Panini America Peeks Latest Autos for 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball

September 27, 2013

Panini America 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball September 27 (37)

At this very moment, seemingly every member of the Panini America Product Development team is across town at the company production facility giving 2012-13 Flawless Basketball the white-glove treatment — literally. From painstakingly scrutinizing every card slated for inclusion in the product to hand-collating every last pack, the Flawless process is one that will last all weekend and into next week.

I get the opportunity Monday morning to document the Flawless packout firsthand, so you can expect tons of behind-the-scenes content on that early next week. Meanwhile, back here at Panini America HQ, the hard-signed gems for 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball continue arriving at a brisk pace. In fact, in the few days since we brought you the first Immaculate preview, the likes of Larry Bird, John Stockton, David Robinson, Tim Hardaway and more have returned their Immaculate cards.

The following gallery details the latest arrivals, and should provide for an exhilarating finish to your Friday. Enjoy the gallery and stay tuned for additional updates; between Flawless and Immaculate, the stirring finish to the 2012-13 NBA collecting season promises to be must-see stuff.

46 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin C permalink
    September 27, 2013 2:46 pm

    Cool stuff, did any Jeremy Lin prime auto cards make it into Immaculate?

    • September 27, 2013 2:50 pm

      Good question. I’ll check with Karvin Cheung to find out.

      • Karvin Cheung permalink
        September 27, 2013 3:01 pm

        Kevin, I have both bad news and good news. Lin is not part of any auto cards. However we have him in many prime cards including Immaculate Logos, Numbers, Patch (1/1) and Insignia (1/1) all from his third jersey. He is part of a 6 star logoman booklet card and has his entire nameplate. In all. he has 12 cards including a few parallels. Happy Hunting!

  2. September 27, 2013 2:47 pm

    thats some nasty Cards! This Product is going to be Huge!
    Is there a Checklist ready,i would love to know if Sheed is in there.

  3. hard2guardtoo permalink
    September 27, 2013 3:02 pm

    Any updates on Flawless

  4. djsenseinj permalink
    September 27, 2013 3:13 pm

    So these are going to be $400 a box and you get 6 cards? Its like betting red or black; will you get a kyrie 1/1 or a different nasty card or will you get a filler? Does anyone know who to go to for cases without ridiculous mark up? How many boxes per case? I wish you could just get cases from panini..

    • Card Bandit permalink
      September 29, 2013 10:00 pm

      $400 will be a good price, guaranteed boxes will go for $450+ and that’s not including postage… Flawless look a little pricey!

  5. September 27, 2013 3:22 pm

    Love the looks of these cards!!! Would love to get a Bird to add to my Indiana pro athletes collection

  6. timcardaway permalink
    September 27, 2013 3:24 pm

    You could have ordered Immaculate directly from us provided you have a direct account. The order deadline has passed and of course we have completely sold old. The case configuration for Immaculate is 6 boxes per case.

  7. harynjk permalink
    September 27, 2013 3:46 pm

    Beautiful cards!

    Those David Robinson auto patch cards with a Bible references (great Bible verses by the way) are just super awesome, i don’t think you could show me any other card what i would be happier with than those two.

  8. September 27, 2013 3:50 pm

    Love that Robinson patch auto! Also, glad to see the gold ink signature on black backgrounds again as with other recent products. Anything to make the signatures stand out and be a bit different!!

  9. September 27, 2013 4:11 pm

    Great job on this set! I love the black and gold 🙂 But what’s more impressive is the auto’s in the windows on the black and golds, they are pretty well centered, Great job there! I don’t understand why Jerry West crosses his W like a T but I guess that’s what he does 🙂 I would love to land a BIRD Auto! That would be great! I give this a solid 100% all the way around! GREAT JOB Panini! Keep it up!

  10. ericjoshua permalink
    September 27, 2013 4:43 pm

    Another great preview of super high end cards.
    Thanks Tracy it will jist makes us want more mojos for our collections.
    Keep up the great overall job on team Panini!
    Sizzling Preview I must say.

  11. Kingbudd permalink
    September 27, 2013 5:08 pm

    With Flawless around the corner, why haven’t you released more information and pictures? You continue to pump Immaculate which releases in late October, but Flawless with a projected drop date of October 9 has NOTHING… Considering the price and the alleged surprises why haven’t we heard more about Flawless.

    • September 27, 2013 10:29 pm

      Going to the production facility on Monday to capture tons of previews. Stay tuned.

  12. Brian permalink
    September 27, 2013 6:50 pm

    Is Derrick Rose in any of the signature sets in Immaculate or is there a Rose logoman? Let me know. Thanks.

    • Karvinc permalink
      September 28, 2013 11:32 am

      Brian, Sorry that there isn’t any autos of Rose but he has quite a few immpressive memorabilia cards. He has a Immaculate Number Patch variation number to jersey #, AKA 1/1. He also has an Immaculate Insignia cards which features the Bulls logo on the back of the jersey

  13. PinoyUncleDrew permalink
    September 27, 2013 7:07 pm

    hopefully panini spokesperson are not redemption on immaculate and flawless (kobe/kd/kyrie)

    as what my friend pinoymamba will say “faint worthy mojos”

  14. Jimmy permalink
    September 27, 2013 9:17 pm

    Really impressive!!! May I ask is there any Marshon Brooks cards in the list?? Has his cards come back yet?? any chance we could have a glimpse? thanks.

    • Karvin Cheung permalink
      September 28, 2013 4:24 pm

      MarShon Brooks has 17 cards in Immaculate with a few autographs (RC, Auto Patches, Oversized Premium Patches, Logomans etc.) … I’m sure Tracy will post them once they are in house

      • Jimmy permalink
        October 1, 2013 4:44 am

        17 cards??????? wow~that’s a lot!!! Sounds pretty good!!!
        May I know is he has 2 versions of logoman? One with Signature on it but the other is not?? thanks.

  15. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    September 28, 2013 5:35 am

    Very sharp!

  16. September 28, 2013 5:52 am

    The images are getting better and better with every Immaculate post! Great Stuff Tracy. Would Karvin be able to tell me if there are any Rudy Gay stuff in the set! Thanks alot!

    • Karvinc permalink
      September 28, 2013 11:29 am

      I’ll be a nice guy and tell you there is quite a bit, as a Raptor. Being from Tdot, I had to include a few cards of the best Raptor (no autos though). He has Immaculate Logos, Numbers and Nameplates. Happy Hunting!

  17. September 28, 2013 8:24 am

    Looks like 04 Exquisite Basketball design.Can’t wait to get my hands on some

  18. September 28, 2013 10:52 am

    VERY point guard heavy. Loving the look of these.

  19. September 28, 2013 11:24 am

    Very impressive release, I’m interested to see what actual box breaks yield value-wise. Thanks Tracy!

  20. sa3yo10 permalink
    September 28, 2013 9:44 pm

    Beautiful cards! Show us the Kobes please! Thank you!

  21. kbrules permalink
    September 29, 2013 12:40 pm

    show us the kobes and are there kobe logomans

  22. Rmac1yao11 permalink
    September 29, 2013 7:11 pm

    Any chance of any Tracy McGrady autos in this product or in the near future?

  23. Ant permalink
    September 30, 2013 7:07 am

    Hey man I know he does not sign but any lebron cards logomen non autos patch. I know he’s in a 6 logoman but anything else? Thanks.

    • September 30, 2013 2:47 pm

      Not sure about Immaculate, but I would assume so. I just saw some sick LeBron patches for Flawless. Wow!

      • Andy permalink
        September 30, 2013 4:47 pm

        Where is the promised Flawless update today?

      • September 30, 2013 4:51 pm

        The update is coming. I spent most of the day over at the production facility and Flawless is FANTASTIC. The updates will start coming fast and furious in the next few days. Stay patient. It will be worth the wait.

  24. Steven permalink
    September 30, 2013 3:32 pm

    Tracy, any more updates on Flawless? I have been waiting all week for any update/news/surprise you can provide for the product. I pre-ordered a case and given its price point, I am really expecting to see more than what we have seen so far.

    • September 30, 2013 4:52 pm

      The previews are coming. I promise. I spent most of today at the production facility and the product looks phenomenal. Stay tuned this week. The eye candy is coming. And it will be worth the wait.

      • Andy permalink
        September 30, 2013 7:02 pm

        So are we not getting an update today?

  25. The Collector permalink
    October 1, 2013 2:41 pm

    It’s Tuesday. Any updates?

  26. Steven permalink
    October 1, 2013 3:58 pm

    Tracy, first you said Monday, then yesterday you told us it will be Tuesday and still no update as of today…

    • October 1, 2013 4:03 pm

      Doing everything I can, man. We will begin previewing Flawless in a HUGE way beginning this week. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves and we’re asking for just a little bit of patience. Trust me, the wait will absolutely be worth it.

      • Jesse permalink
        October 1, 2013 7:23 pm

        Def excited to see whats in store for flawless!!!!!

  27. Steven permalink
    October 1, 2013 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the response Tracy. I’m really looking forward to the “few tricks up on your sleeves” 🙂 Regards, Steven

  28. October 3, 2013 5:54 am

    Hi, very impressive cards! Are there some Josh Smith patch or auto patch? Thank you!

  29. Kidd permalink
    October 3, 2013 9:53 am

    Hey Tracy,
    I have been looking at these beautiful previews everyday!!! Can’t wait!!! Could you try to move the release date a bit earlier??? I REALLY WANNA HAVE THEM!!!! Gooooood~~

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