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Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at Target-Only 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball

July 10, 2015

Panini America 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball Poster

If you’ve spent any time at all in the trading card section of your neighborhood Target store in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed a star-studded poster promoting the impending arrival of 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball, Panini America’s third and final Target-only NBA product of the 2014-15 collecting season that begins shipping to stores on Monday.

To help retail-minded collectors properly prepare for what to expect from Excalibur, today we offer a detailed first look at the product, including a breakdown of the three unique SKUs (Premium, Blaster and Gravity-Feed) and information on several inclusions that should strike a favorable chord with long-time collectors.

The two aspects of 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball that likely will resonate most with collectors young and old are these:

  • Panini America’s Optichrome-enhanced Crusade insert comes to Excalibur.
  • The popular Kaboom! original-artwork insert from Hungarian illustrator Gyula Nemeth that premiered last season in 2013-14 Innovation Basketball has a new home in Excalibur — and it’s perhaps even rarer this year. Nemeth has delivered another fascinating batch of original artwork for this year’s Kaboom! and we’ve showcased some of the images in the gallery that follows in their pre-printed, “pre-technology” format.

In fact, here’s a quick look at the progression of Kobe Bryant’s 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball Kaboom! card posted earlier today on the Panini America Instagram account:

A closer look at the three Excalibur formats:

Premium: Each Premium box of 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball delivers three autograph or memorabilia cards and at least three Crusade cards numbered to 149 or less. The Premium version also includes the ultra-rare and aforementioned Kaboom! insert and Premium-exclusive chases in the Rookie Rampage Duals, Rookie Rampage Duals Prime, Quest Signatures, High Praise Signatures and Majestic Marks Signatures inserts.

Blaster: Each Blaster box delivers one autograph or memorabilia card. Also look for the Blaster-exclusive Rookie Rampage Jumbo memorabilia insert with Prime versions numbered to 25 and the Sultans of Springfield oversized memorabilia cards. Other Blaster-only features include Blue parallels and autograph versions of Rookie Rampage Jumbo and Rookie Rampage Jumbo Prime.

Gravity-Feed: Find two autograph or memorabilia cards per Gravity-Feed box and Gravity-Feed-exclusive Knights of the Round (one in 29 packs) and Orange parallels (one per pack on average).

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance early next week for continued coverage of 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball, including a must-see Quality Control Gallery and a more revealing look at Kaboom! Until then, though, enjoy this extended first look.

All information is accurate at the time of posting – content is subject to change. Card images are solely for the purpose of design display. Actual images used on cards to be determined.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard Crum permalink
    July 10, 2015 1:25 pm

    when is the estimated release data?

    • July 10, 2015 2:05 pm

      Starts shipping on Monday and should start appearing on store shelves in the next week to 10 days.

      • Richard Crum permalink
        July 10, 2015 2:47 pm


  2. David Johnson permalink
    July 10, 2015 1:58 pm

    It looks like blasters will be $34.99, how much will the Premium boxes cost?

  3. djdavyb permalink
    July 10, 2015 2:15 pm

    Thanks Panini! Finally a blaster box with something GOOD in it! Like I said, people like me who are on a disability ck can’t afford the BIG Hobby Boxes, these are in our range and budget! Thank you! Hopefully I pull something GREAT! Thank you for putting something GOOD in blasters for people like me 🙂 !!

  4. Brian permalink
    July 10, 2015 3:36 pm

    i hope the rookie rampage cards arent all jersey trim that is passed off as a patch like on the jabari parker preview pic up there.

    you should have just made the blasters $39.99 or $49.99 & included 2 autos or jerseys per box.

    • djdavyb permalink
      July 11, 2015 8:51 am

      People like me can’t due $50 for a blaster…. sorry not in our budgets. $34.99 is about tops as what we can do for blasters… that price is good. If I was able to afford $50 for a blaster I could just put away 50 one month ( which we don’t have) and then the next month take another 50 and buy a hobby box. People in my situation just can’t do that, so for 34.99 and getting an auto or jersey is good 🙂 at least we are guaranteed a hit.

  5. July 11, 2015 7:27 am

    Those Kaboom inserts are very fun, looks like some excellent value at each packaging level. Thanks Tracy!

  6. Scott permalink
    July 11, 2015 7:30 am

    It looks like blaster prices are up again. Never understood why Threads was $30 for a blaster. $35 doesn’t even guarantee an auto.

    I didn’t see any base cards in this preview, maybe in the next one?

  7. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    July 12, 2015 5:50 am

    Very cool!

  8. Darin S permalink
    July 12, 2015 9:21 pm

    How much will the premium boxes cost?


  1. Excalibur Uncut: Panini America Examines Kaboom!, Knights of the Round Inserts | The Official Panini America Blog
  2. The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball (132 Pics) | The Official Panini America Blog
  3. Teaser: Panini America Breaks Two Boxes of Target-only 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball | The Official Panini America Blog

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