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Panini America Examines the First Frenzied Days of 2012-13 Flawless Basketball

October 26, 2013

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The sheer excitement and stunning pulls-of-a-lifetime that marked #FlawlessFriday yesterday have given way today to some of the craziest secondary-market sales the sports card industry has seen in many years. No matter how you look at it, Panini America’s 2012-13 Flawless Basketball — one of the most scrutinized high-end products in hobby history — is delivering huge numbers.

Earlier today, our friends over at Trading Card Blog began tracking the most staggering Flawless transactions with a running list of those cards that have commanded $1,000 or more on eBay. One card we didn’t see on their list is the one pictured above, a Kyrie Irving 1/1 that sold for the remarkable sum of $10,000 — yes, $10,000 — according to

To help fan the flames of Flawless Frenzy, today The Knight’s Lance offers a quick look at nine impressive sales that attracted our attention while perusing eBay earlier today. After you check out those nine cards, stick around for a quick two-briefcase break gallery that an Atlanta Sports Cards customer was nice enough to share with us this morning.

Enjoy, and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage of 2012-13 Flawless Basketball.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Casey permalink
    October 26, 2013 2:18 pm

    Oh please make a Stockton/Malone dual auto; there’s never been one made.

  2. gregmalloy permalink
    October 26, 2013 2:20 pm


  3. October 26, 2013 4:20 pm

    We’ve had all kinds of great stuff pulled: Kyrie Auto RC #d/25, Kyrie Auto RC #d/15, Kevin Durant Auto Patch #d/20, Bill Russell Base 1/1, Anthony Davis Auto RC, Harrison Barnes Auto RC, Jimmy Butler Auto RC, Jason Kidd Auto Patch, Hakeem Olajuwon Auto Patch (signed twice, auto was at top of card and signed on the patch), Ray Allen Heat Patch, Rondo Celtics Patch and tons more. Every box was a winner. Good job at packing them out.

    Can’t wait to see the next box opened. Cards are beautiful and well worth the price.

  4. peter gerraty permalink
    October 26, 2013 6:15 pm

    Be hard to top these fantastic cards…!

  5. October 26, 2013 9:23 pm

    Yesterday in a group break in Australia, I pulled a Durant GU monster patch 1 of 1 !!! Best card in my life EVER.
    A Kobe Bryant 1 of 1 auto was pulled in the same case!!! Amazing!!

    • October 27, 2013 7:32 pm

      Where did you pull such an amazing card sir? Cherry Collectables? Were you in their Oz Group Breaks? I hear they rule. Cherry 4 lyfe soooonnnn.

  6. October 26, 2013 9:31 pm

    BTW Panini, why was there no mention of these boxes dubbed ‘Rivals’ boxes where there are only two teams in it?? That kills group breaks incredibly.
    How many of these ‘Rivals’ boxes are there and what teams do they consist of?

  7. SinceWhool permalink
    October 26, 2013 11:20 pm

    Love the 10000 dollar bill with the Kyrie ahaha

  8. steve permalink
    October 26, 2013 11:32 pm

    which cards are the true rc cards?

  9. October 27, 2013 6:17 am

    Why is there no mention of the sticker autos on a (very) few cards on this ultra high end product?

    • October 27, 2013 11:59 am

      There are 50 sticker autos in the product — on some of Damian Lillard’s cards. The cards weren’t made when we had the signing with him and we wanted to include some autographed memorabilia cards of him in Flawless. He also has 50 on-card autos in the product as well. Those obviously were made when we conducted our signing with him.

      • October 27, 2013 7:19 pm

        Flawless is awesome.

        Thanks for that info about Lillard auto’s. Getting them was a big step for Panini NBA cards. I’d rather see 50 stickers of Lillard auto’s than 50 less Lillard auto’s, even in Flawless.

        I think a lot of collectors think the next big step for Panini are LeBron auto’s. I think it’s just a matter of time before that happens. I can’t wait.

        Then, MJ likeness and/or auto’s, that would be the cherry on top. Not sure how you guys are going to get that done, if it’s even possible.

        Looking forward to future Panini NBA cards!

  10. October 28, 2013 5:56 am

    This looks like such an amazing set, I hope collectors out there are enjoying it as much as we are following it here on the blog. Thanks Tracy!

  11. October 29, 2013 11:03 am

    There are no bigger high rollers than a bball high roller.

  12. JACK permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:32 am



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