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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball (80 Pics)

July 11, 2012

Gilded. Gifted. Lustrous. Splendid. Resplendent. Aurulent. Dazzling. Sparkling. Stunning. Go ahead, pick any superlative you can think of to describe the precious-metal mojo that is Panini America’s 2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball. They all fit.

The fact of the matter, though, is that fancy words alone really can’t do justice to the dense, decadent, high-gloss finish at work on most of Gold Standard’s shining examples. Throw in autographs, game-worn memorabilia and actual pieces of 14kt gold and you start to understand why anticipation for Panini America’s final product of the 2011-12 NBA collecting season is so high.

2011-12 Gold Standard Basketball is the fabulously flaxen follow-up to one of last season’s most successful new products — and spending time with it on the production line late last week provided many, um, golden moments. Many of those moments are detailed below in a brilliant 80-image gallery documenting last week’s packout.

Enjoy this extensive first look at the product and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for the world-premiere episode of Panini Unwrapped.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. XstreamINsanity permalink
    July 11, 2012 10:27 am

    They look beautiful!!!!!!!!! Wish there were some more pics of Pistons players, especially Joe D, :)

  2. July 11, 2012 10:45 am

    Thanks for the Ersan pic!

    I cant help but believe you were thinking of me!

  3. July 11, 2012 10:57 am

    Looks awesome! I can’t wait to see some of the rookies!

  4. David Langelier permalink
    July 11, 2012 11:24 am

    Thanks Trace now ive got gold fever, Lol!!! They are in every way some of the best cards ever to be produced! Those Black Gold Prime Jerseys is incredible!!! All I gotta say is UD,PP,L@T aint got nothin on u guys, Hows it feel to be King!!!

  5. July 11, 2012 11:35 am

    Is there for a checklist for this product? (i.e. Byron Scott?)

  6. July 11, 2012 11:41 am

    Please dear God,let Rasheed Wallace be in this awesome Product!
    i love the big Patches /5!
    When will there be a checklist?

  7. Brad B. permalink
    July 11, 2012 11:50 am

    I would love to get a Muggsy Bogues auto… I remember doing a report on him in elementary school when we had to chose a hero that had overcome the odds, in his case, not exactly the ideal height to make it to the NBA.

    I also love Tom Chambers, being that I grew up and remain a Suns fan. I think he is one of the underrated players in history, especially when you consider his offensive game.

    Thanks for the preview Tracy!

  8. July 11, 2012 12:48 pm

    Would love to get my hand on some of that Texas tea (Black Gold). Quick question though. How come there are two different designs for the Private Signings insert?

  9. jaymes hori permalink
    July 11, 2012 12:49 pm

    Beautiful Cards…I love the private signnings set. Has to be one of the best autograph set Panini has released.
    Quick questions: The 2012-13 Draft class rookie cards, are they numbered? or just standard base cards?

  10. Mark permalink
    July 11, 2012 1:19 pm

    Really nice look to the side patch cards! Very cool!

  11. July 11, 2012 1:21 pm

    So shiny….I can’t stop staring!
    Cant wait til the Panini Unwrapped…love those!

  12. July 11, 2012 1:33 pm

    This product looks amazing! I love the looks on the Black Gold Patches. I hope Rudy Gay signed some cards in this product! Thanks Tracy!

  13. July 11, 2012 3:27 pm

    This looks to be an amazing release! I love the fact that the private signings (a beautiful looking card) are an ongoing set across multiple brands!

    Cheers
    Matt

  14. Nick Gauder permalink
    July 11, 2012 5:57 pm

    WOW!!! AMAZING!!!!!! Phenomanal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MIND BLOWING!!!!!!!! That about describes how i feel about GOLD Standard. Great job Panini for making an already amazing product even better!!! Keep up the great work and Tracy my daughter Kaylee broke her ankle in 4 places while sliding to homeplate in softball game the other night so we might not be able to go to the National this year. :( We are pretty bummed out about it, but at least she’s ok. Lets hope she makes a speedy recovery so we can go to Baltimore next month!

    • July 11, 2012 6:00 pm

      Oh, man. So sorry to hear that. Tell her everyone here is keeping a good thought for her. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. But I must ask: Was she safe?

      • Nick Gauder permalink
        July 12, 2012 6:12 pm

        Yes she was safe and it was the winning run!!!! So at least something good came out of it.

  15. July 11, 2012 8:17 pm

    These are looking great. The patch in that Carmelo Anthony makes that card look like a pumping disco and I know they were released in earlier products but the Grant Hill & D.Rose private signings, awesome.

    I wasn’t a fan of Gold Standard from a distance until I got one of last years cards in my hands and now I can’t wait to see people busting this.

  16. July 12, 2012 12:33 am

    Its like a party for my eyes but EVERYONE is invited , these really are the pinnacle release of the NBA lineup. The design team continues to improve and refresh products and blow us collectors away!

  17. kythree permalink
    July 12, 2012 1:22 am

    They are better than last year by far. great job on the last product of the year. Got my case and hope to hit a few big cards. Hope the National goes well for you and Scott. Hope to see you guys in Chicago next year. Enjoy

  18. July 13, 2012 4:21 pm

    Easily one of the coolest packaging on a product. I like the Black Gold material cards. Love to see Nick “The Quick” and that Mullin card will be on my Radar!!!

  19. Dylan permalink
    July 16, 2012 3:34 am

    What store in the USA will have those boxes to buy??

  20. DanielB83 permalink
    July 16, 2012 11:44 am

    Nice stuff! Smart to also include some more of the on-card Private Signings, and this time with some big name (Rose, Wall, D-Rob, Grant Hill).
    Are those Bullion Brand cards still gonna be in this? Would have loved to seen a sneek peek of one of those.

    Hahaha finally oshmeehan has his Ilyasova auto in a product, i guess he’s gonna be all over this one!

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