Although Panini America's first product of the 2013-14 NBA season -- Hoops Basketball -- doesn't drop until late October, some of the first Rookie Cards of the new season are already on the market. And the only way to get one -- at least for now -- is directly from one of the 36 rookie stars who attended the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this week.
Although Panini America’s first product of the 2013-14 NBA season — Hoops Basketball — doesn’t drop until late October, some of the first Rookie Cards of the new season are already on the market. And the only way to get one — at least for now — is directly from one of the 36 rookie stars who attended the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this week.
In a stunning display of expeditious turnaround time, Panini America officials took photographs of the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot participants last Sunday and had finished trading cards delivered back to the host hotel less than 24 hours later. Each player signed 100 of his special Next Day cards last Monday for insertion into 2013-14 Panini Basketball later this season. But the company also produced limited Personal Edition cards for each player that included 60 of their own cards and a complete 36-card set featuring every player at the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.
The Personal Edition cards were given to the players near the end of Tuesday’s shoot, turning the massive New York Knicks practice facility into something of a sports card show, with players — who received their cards with genuine, childlike glee — signing their cards before trading with fellow rookies.
It was a truly endearing scene that you can appreciate in the quick video below. But before you get to that, we first wanted to present a complete 36-card gallery of the unique 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Personal Edition set. Enjoy the gallery, enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.
Now for the must-see video that includes slam dunks, trick shots and trading cards: