Panini America Provides a Visual Update on 2012-13 Gold Standard Basketball (Gallery)

June 14, 2013

Panini America 2012-13 Gold Standard Basketball June 11 Arrivals (32)

As we sit here on the cusp of Sunday’s pivotal Game 5 in the 2013 NBA Finals, with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs deadlocked at two games apiece in their quest for the gold, now seemed like an appropriate time to show off some of the most recent arrivals planned for Panini America’s upcoming 2012-13 Gold Standard Basketball.

In a relatively short amount of time, Gold Standard has struck a chord with collectors striking gold in the product, creating one of the most beloved brands on the Panini America NBA roster. But the 2012-13 edition — which begins packing out next week — just might be Gold Standard’s gold standard, the one by which all others will be judged.

An influx of superstar-level on-card autograph arrivals have hit Panini America HQ in recent days, ensuring that the likes of collection-makers such as Kobe Bryant, Bill Russell and Kyrie Irving, to name three, will have live autographs in the product. That alone is newsworthy stuff. But we’ve also gotten additional gilded glimpses of the product’s firepower this week.

The box design and execution are superb, as are the one-per-box Metal cards. Clearly, there’s a lot to like about 2012-13 Gold Standard Basketball, including much of what is on brilliant display in the gallery below. Enjoy, and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates.