NBA Trading Cards are Back! Panini Peeks the Unique 2011 Preferred Basketball Set

December 23, 2011

Basketball fans will get the best gift of all this Christmas when the 2011-12 NBA season officially tips off with a festive five-game gala headlined by Miami at Dallas, Boston at New York and Chicago at the Lakers. At long last, basketball is back. And basketball collecting is right behind it.

In late February, Panini America will unveil 2011 Preferred Basketball, the first product in a completely revamped line of products set to dazzle fans and collectors who’ve waited longer than normal for new basketball cards.

The unique Preferred promises to be unlike any other product in the Panini America portfolio as it parlays three of the most iconic designs in sports card history — the triangular die-cuts of Panini’s Choice (formerly Cramer’s Choice), the stunning Silhouettes from the Crown Royale brand and the legendary Donruss Signatures — into a first-of-its-kind base set that includes nothing but autograph cards.

In fact, there are no common cards of any kind in the set. Every card produced for 2011 Panini Preferred, including the 270 one-of-one autographs, is either an autograph or a multi-swatch memorabilia booklet card.

Each $200, four-card pack will include three individually blind-wrapped autograph cards and one six- or eight-piece memorabilia booklet card.

Some of the highlights:

  • Every autograph will be limited to a print run of 99 or less
  • The first Panini America autographs of new Clipper Chris Paul
  • 10 Autographed Crown Royale die-cuts will feature retired legends
  • Three distinct autographed Rookie Card designs for each player — Silhouettes, Crown Royale Die-Cuts and Preferred — all   limited to 99 or less
  • Next-level memorabilia cards showcasing never-before-seen player combinations on each booklet

To help get you even more excited for the start of the 2011-12 NBA season (if that’s even possible), enjoy this exclusive first look at 2011 Preferred Basketball. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details on the product as they become available.