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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2013-14 Pinnacle Hobby Jumbo Basketball

January 14, 2014

Panini America 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball QC Main

Massive, 30-card jumbo packs. Artist Proof parallels. Dufex-inspired Nufex. Z-Team inserts. Acetate autographs. Museum Collection. Die-cutting. Clearly, there’s a tremendous amount of feel-good throwback injected into 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball that is sure to strike a variety of chords with nostalgia-minded collectors all over the country. But there’s an awful lot of new-and-improved, too. Like the season’s hottest rookies and the multi-tiered enticement of Clear Vision and the Essence of the Game autograph chase.

To say that 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball — the first Pinnacle-branded NBA release ever made — is a massive undertaking might be an understatement. Every hobby jumbo box delivers 300 total cards (10 packs, 30 cards per pack), including two autographs, one memorabilia card and an insanely enjoyable busting experience.

In fact, there’s so much going on in one box that we solicited the services of Lucas Kinser, Panini America’s NBA Product Development Assistant, to provide some details.

Each pack should yield one Artist Proof, one Museum Collection (on Nufex) and four inserts on average. The more-common inserts are Team 2020, Power Positions, Awaiting the Call, Behind the Numbers, Scoring Kings and Clear Vision First Quarter. The tougher pulls are mostly the Nufex cards, like Team Pinnacle, Jamfest, The Naturals, Z-Team and Big Bang (which fall roughly 1.5 per pack; although no cards were sliced in half to arrive at that ratio).

The rarer pulls are at the box or case level: Artist Proof parallels of inserts fall every two to three packs on average. Die-cuts of inserts (numbered to 99) fall about eight per 12-box case; Artist Proof Green Parallels (numbered to 25) fall about every other box; Clear Vision parallels (numbered to 36 or less) fall one every three boxes; Artist Proof Black Parallels (numbered to only one) fall every nine to 10 cases.

In total, collectors can expect each box to yield 12 to 14 Artist Proofs, 10 Museum Collection, 40 inserts (including 15 or so on Nufex) and there’s a decent shot at a numbered parallel in each box.

“At the end of the day, you’ll have a stack of unique and stunning inserts for your purchase,” Kinser said. “It’s one of the most fun boxes to open I’ve seen in a long time.”

Added Panini America NBA Brand Manager Keith Hower: “The Product Development team is very pleased with the way Pinnacle Basketball came out. When we set out to create Pinnacle, our goal was to deliver a true collector’s product that is fun to break. We enjoyed breaking Pinnacle and the variety of content in each pack. We’re confident that our fellow hobbyists will have the same experience.”

See exactly what Kinser and Hower mean in the Quality Control Gallery that follows. 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball releases to the hobby tomorrow, so stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2014 11:42 am

    A very nice array of different stuff in this product

    Can we see the Checklist please??

  2. January 14, 2014 11:43 am

    Sigs on sticks suck!

    • Ryan K. permalink
      January 14, 2014 11:54 am

      On the contrary, I like sticker autos. It keeps the cost reasonable. Can’t always afford to drop $300 on a box of cards that has all of 5 cards in it. On card is nicer, but stickers are just fine, too. Also, it never hurts to be constructive with your comments instead of trolling with straight up negativity.

  3. Simeon C. permalink
    January 14, 2014 11:47 am

    No offense to Pinnacle Baseball, but the Pinnacle style looks a lot better when its applied to Basketball. This break looks like it will be a ton of fun to break.

  4. Ryan K. permalink
    January 14, 2014 11:50 am

    Man, what is the SRP for one of those hobby jumbo packs? 30 cards per pack… what value! I can only imagine the vast quantity of inserts in this product, and it look SHARP! I can’t wait to open some of this, and I don’t do basketball. Is that odd?

    • Allen Lloyd permalink
      January 18, 2014 10:44 pm

      I’m with you on that. As long as the sticker doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb I’m fine with it. There is way too many high end products now. Its kind of talking the fun out of collecting because the average person can’t afford to drop that much for 5 cards.

  5. January 14, 2014 12:23 pm

    Nomnomnom. Even if I dont collect basketball, the cards looks realy stunning as Pinnacle cards should look like. keep up the great work and continue the work up to an even more amazing Pinnacle future. I know you have some even more great tools to work with for the future. Keep up the great work!!

  6. Chris L permalink
    January 14, 2014 2:48 pm

    Really cool looking inserts in this set, can’t wait to break a box!

  7. January 14, 2014 3:04 pm

    Wow looking good, sounds like each box is jam packed with variety!

  8. Lindas1st permalink
    January 15, 2014 12:39 pm

    That’s a really good looking product.

  9. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 17, 2014 8:58 am

    Very exciting to see Pinnacles return to hoops!

  10. January 19, 2014 6:29 pm

    Any NUFEX insert is cool. Hoping to see a MASKS NUFEX insert in hockey!!!


  1. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Clear Vision - Pinoy Box Break
  2. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Commons - Pinoy Box Break
  3. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Essence of the Game Autographs - Pinoy Box Break
  4. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Jamfest - Pinoy Box Break
  5. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Museum Collection - Pinoy Box Break
  6. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Performers Jerseys - Pinoy Box Break
  7. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Pinnacle of Success Autographs - Pinoy Box Break
  8. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Position Powers - Pinoy Box Break
  9. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Scoring Kings - Pinoy Box Break
  10. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Team 2020 - Pinoy Box Break
  11. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Team Pinnacle - Pinoy Box Break
  12. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - The Naturals - Pinoy Box Break
  13. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Upstarts Jerseys - Pinoy Box Break
  14. 2013-14 Panini Pinnacle Basketball Checklist - Z-Team - Pinoy Box Break

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