Aside from my wife and kids, there's not much I love more in this world than 1980s R&B music and plague-level sick prime memorabilia cards (I'm not quite sure what that says about me, exactly, but it is what it is). Given that background, though, it's pretty easy to understand why I find something profusely sublime about the Art Nouveau insert in Panini America's new 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball release.
Aside from my wife and kids, there’s not much I love more in this world than 1980s R&B music and plague-level sick prime memorabilia cards (I’m not quite sure what that says about me, exactly, but it is what it is). Given that background, though, it’s pretty easy to understand why I find something profusely sublime about the Art Nouveau insert in Panini America’s new 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball release.
For starters, the name instantly reminds me of Club Nouveau, the R&B group whose spectacular 1986 debut album “Live, Love & Pain” featured instant hits such as “Jealousy,” “Why You Treat Me So Bad” and “Lean On Me.” For the record, those songs also provided the soundtrack in my head the first time I saw one of Court Kings’ Art Nouveau cards. But after seeing all 30 of them (and in their numbered-to-10 Patch versions, no less), I needed to heed the advice of that reimagined Bill Withers classic and find something on which to lean. Much to my surprise, “Art Nouveau” is not French for “weak in the knees” — but it should be.
To be sure, the 30-card Art Nouveau set (for the record, “nouveau” is French for “new”) is one of the most stunning aspects of a live-today 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball product packed with 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 works of art masquerading as trading cards. But for me, the following 30 cards represent the crème de la crème. Now, cue up Club Nouveau on your internal Walkman and enjoy . . .
23 Replies to “Appreciating the Patchtastic Splendor of Art Nouveau in 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball”
Those arent just sick, they are a GLOBAL EPIDEMIC!!!
Oh my Goodwin-ness! I think I just “Sade’d” my pants. If someone pulls that card, please feel free to contact me directly.
Truly amazing, Paniini does it again! On my way to the local!!!!!
much nicer than actual art nouveau
Hopefully we get lucky to be pulling one of these. The thrill is about to start!
WOW! Very artistically appealing. Holy Patch-tastic, Batman!
Those look really great!!
Really well done, from the design to the swatch selection. These are definitely going to be chased in the secondary market and seem like a very fun set to assemble for those so inclined. Thanks Tracy!
Holy smokes! Them’s some threads right there! I don’t know which product has the more majestic patches, Immaculate, NT or Nouveau …but I feel compelled to pronounce the name with a curl of the lip and the typical disdain the French have for everything they love!
We’re getting closer to my dream of opening a box and pulling a card with a living athlete embedded in the card!
Is there a checklist available?
Tracy, why doesn’t Kawhi Leonard have an auto in this product?
PInch me! Oh wait…these are real? You serious! wow!