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2012-13 Absolute Basketball Stars in Special Edition of Panini Unwrapped (Checklist)

December 20, 2012


In this special edition of Panini Unwrapped, Panini America’s Scott Prusha and Chris Reed share one box of the new 2012-13 Absolute Basketball. In addition to the sweet contents of their four packs, they also bring a few additional cards for a little game of show-and-tell at the end of the video.

We’ve also provided a link to the complete product checklist after the video. Oh, and what would any episode of Panini Unwrapped be without the chance for our loyal fans and collectors to win some prizes? After you’ve watched, please leave your candid (but respectfully delivered) feedback on the product in the comments section below. Early next week, we’ll select a few winners and award some of the great cards seen in this video as well as a few boxes of the product.

Here’s the video:

And here’s the checklist: 2012-13 Absolute Basketball Checklist

93 Comments leave one →
  1. Greg P permalink
    December 20, 2012 7:22 pm

    I love this product not only is it loaded with inserts but the base cards look like inserts.Keep up the great work.

  2. Alex Hanek permalink
    December 20, 2012 7:27 pm

    Looks like an awesome product, missed you tracy in this one

  3. December 20, 2012 7:50 pm

    Pros: The black and white retired cards. The Hoopla autographs. The regular cards with the team colored backgrounds. The idea that you can trace the jersey or patch swatch to a particular game.

    Cons: Ehh on the rookie auto cards (design-wise anyway).

    Unsure: The big auto stickers. I think if the auto is big or personalized a bit, then they are fine. If the sig is smallish, then I think the huge sticker takes away from the card front!

    Merry Christmas to everyone in the comments and to Panini, Scott, Chris and Tracy!!

    Keith S

  4. December 20, 2012 7:52 pm

    I really like the design of these cards. Love Absolute!

  5. brad f @mjb_cards104 permalink
    December 20, 2012 9:08 pm

    not huge into basketball, but i give it a try from time to time.. i think this product is a hit though, nice designs, cool autos and stays with the tradition of absolute but also with a few new twists, like the acetate trophy autos! pretty nice, was a fan of the acetate in elite so good to see cross brands(sports)! thanks for the previews enjoy watching you guys crack stuff open and let us see! and of coarse get chances to win some stuff! much appreciated! happy holidays!

  6. rayan rumbaua permalink
    December 20, 2012 9:16 pm

    absolute is always the product I look forward to every year.It delivers many different varieties of autos and mem cards and really has something for every kind of collector. Like lots of rookie autos, NBA legend autos, and lots of autos from all our favorite current NBA stars. In my opinion the only thing that could make this product and better would be the RPM cards that were in 2009 and 2010 absolute. Those cards defined what absolute is all about. And its a shame that they weren’t put in this years. I was really of looking forward to pulling my own Kyrie Irving RPM!!!! but unfortunately i guess not this time. Overall great product I think its the best so far this year awesome job again Panini! :)

    ps (all i want for Christmas is to win one of these contests) lol just kidding but it would be really cool if i did!!

  7. mrnnyceguy168 permalink
    December 20, 2012 9:47 pm

    The base design looks amazing this year. I am a bit disappointed this year that there are no RPM autos. I’m thinking that the relics are harder to acquire this year than before, maybe thats why you guys haven’t made any RPMs yet. I am excited about some of the sets in this product, especially the HEROES set which I think is pretty awesome. Thanks again for sharing Scott & Chris!

  8. December 20, 2012 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the contest guys!! Absolute is really nice this year. LOVING the HEROES autographs set. Think the design is just beautiful and the on card autos are a very sweet touch. Cards look great. Of course there’s gonna be differences of opinions about the bigger stickers. I really see some pros and cons in it. For one you can give the players much more room to sign… I’ve talked to some people that hate sticker autos that love the big stickers in this product. The cons are obvious…the sticker is much more prominent on the card and takes your eye off the player and the design of the card. Other than that, the memorabilia is very nice and the checklist has some really interesting players. I wish you guys could have fit in some RPA’s into the release, but looking forward to them in future products! Happy Holidays!

  9. scott whalen permalink
    December 20, 2012 10:05 pm

    those cards are sick! hope i get some under my tree!!!

  10. Sebastien Day permalink
    December 20, 2012 10:29 pm

    Nice cards… my favorite is the Spectrum Parallel… as a Warrior Fan, the David Lee card was the parralel highlight of the video.

  11. geoffgoebel permalink
    December 20, 2012 10:40 pm

    The return of Absolute will sure to have us all Star Gazing again! Thats what leads me in to my personal favorite of all. The Star Gazing inserts in the Absolute series. Though these wern’t featured in the unwraped preview do yourself a favor if you havent already and view the checklist. The prime versions are quite possibly some of THE SICKEST patches i’ve seen yet. The hero inserts I am also digging. Hitting an auto of the big o in a Cincinnati Royals jersey would be unbelievable for me. The large sticker autos are great. Yes we all love on card autos, but hey the signatures on these large stickes are big crisp and clear from what i’ve seen so who can complain? Absolute is not only a classic, but a favorite of mine. If you’ve got a winner all you can do is improve and build on it. Mission Accomplished! The Every Player Ever Game card is huge. Being able to back track that piece to possibly a historically significant game or series….WOW. Thats a win anyway you look at it.
    Thanks again for another great preview and another great product.

  12. Tim Y permalink
    December 21, 2012 12:03 am

    Base design looks great, it’s like every card is a hit in itself!

  13. Seth W. permalink
    December 21, 2012 12:07 am

    The 2012-13 Absolute Basketball “Rookie Auto’s” look really clean. That “Hoopla Kobe Bryant Card” would be an insane pull. I personally like the Fat Stickers, it provides more room for a bigger Auto. Overall, product looks good and I would recommend to everyone!

  14. Lorenz B. permalink
    December 21, 2012 1:18 am

    Hello Absolute Basketball! Thanks Scott and
    Chris for unwraping another great Panini
    product. I Love that Panin Design team are mixing and modifying it. The serially numbered patch is an awesome idea which we could tract what and when did the player used that particular jersey. Another panini first and the innovation is absolutely second to none.
    thanks for all the great contest. Panini giving
    back especially for tis time for giving. Happy Holidays! Tracy nice work on the camera, its just different. It seems different.

  15. Brad Absher permalink
    December 21, 2012 1:22 am

    I like the fact that you increased the size of the sticker. There is nothing I hate more than getting an awesome auto with either the top or bottom of the signature off the sticker. Unless they go completely wild with their auto, it should all fit on there. Great looking product, and I’m not even a big basketball guy. Maybe a box of this could change my mind, WINK WINK!!!

  16. December 21, 2012 4:10 am

    Thanks Chris and Scott for this video. I’m glad to see the effort made ​​by Panini on the design of the inserts (Star Gazing, Hoopla, Every Player Every Game). It looks like the design of some well known collections of the 90s. For me, the inserts of the 12/13 nba collections (eg threads and prestige) are not attractive and flashy enough. You could even take these cards for base cards! So I’am also very pleased that this effort continues with the design of the 12/13 Select, that looks very flashy.
    Happy holidays to all.

  17. Brian C permalink
    December 21, 2012 8:33 am

    I really like the appearance of the cards. They’re sharp. Also a big fan of the retired cards featuring players that may not have been superstars but were stars and deserve recognition.

  18. Joe Mello permalink
    December 21, 2012 8:45 am

    Nice photos, good number of player autographs and I’m always a fan of including retired player cards. My only criticism would be that I’m not crazy about redemptions but understand why they are included. Overall, looks great once again.

  19. kelvin chow permalink
    December 21, 2012 9:57 am

    The 1/1 mem cards look great, and it isn’t a short checklist either. A lot of great cards to pull, like the bill Russell heroes autograph card.

  20. Durk78 permalink
    December 21, 2012 12:26 pm

    I love absolute football/basketball,but this years Certified football is Awesome as well.

  21. robert siddall permalink
    December 21, 2012 12:44 pm

    Very nice product. I like the focus on the auto’s/

  22. December 21, 2012 4:13 pm

    Big stickers for whole auto is sweet as well as the Spectrum cards! Would love a box so I will be leaving cookies and milk for Santa this Monday night–Absolutely!!!!

  23. Elena permalink
    December 22, 2012 7:25 am

    In my opinion, it is a good idea to have more autos rather than jerseys. The “Heroes” and “Iconic” sets are just amazing.
    Wide checklist with 2 rookie classes and some of them on card. Very nice job!

  24. Jordan permalink
    December 22, 2012 10:44 am

    First off, Merry Christmas Panini & fellow collectors! I’m writing this on my iPad so I will keep it short. That foil look is sexyyyy. The colored background on the cards really give the players a nice pop! Y’all had me sold with that Hoopla card of Kobe! I love how well that card is put together with the stand up photo and the unique twist of doing the auto on the side. Very cool! These guys did pretty good on breaking but Tracy you’ve got to come back next episode lol.

  25. December 23, 2012 2:12 am

    First of all I have to comment on the packaging. Nice twist! The boxes remind me of Mickey Dees Apple Pie boxes. So that’s a Plus 10 right there. I love the silver foil and how the colors match the team. It looks awesome. My favorite cards are the Mark of Fame and Retired cards. Basketball was at its best in the 70s-80s and I loved watching those guys play when I was a kid. The black n white fit the retired cards perfectly. Nice touch there. My 2nd favorite are the Rookies. Just such clean, clear, crisp, color to them. And there’s not either to much or to little on them as far as whether their to “busy” or not. Just right! Finally I just want to mention the Kobe cards. I neither like or dislike him. And I know the packs are in all your sets. But I think if you had spread the packs out they would’ve had more meaning and value to them. I think NOT being in every box would’ve made them more exciting to pull. As well as made more people hunt for them. I know everyone likes them but just a thought. Overall I think these are great. Just classy and sharp! Anyone that has read my comments on previous posts know I call it like I see it. Great job guys!! If I don’t comment again before Xmas, everyone have a great Christmas and Happy Holidays! Maybe a post of everyone’s favorite Xmas hit? Cheers to all!!

  26. Alfred permalink
    December 23, 2012 6:28 am

    this is one of those panini products in which the base cards actually look like inserts.. BIG BONUS for guys like me who actually collect selected base sets..

    sticker autos are a drag but I wouldn’t complain as long as you can get a chance to pull out one of those Heroes or Private Signings autos..

    Looking forward to this product. Merry Christmas Panini!

  27. RaptorsFan permalink
    December 23, 2012 11:45 am

    The retired subset reminds me of Donruss Classics, looks great. Great job on the oversized stickers, now those full vet autos won’t have to be cut off or squeezed in.

  28. LY C permalink
    December 23, 2012 2:04 pm

    Merry Christmas Panini, The oversised patches are my fave and foily base set is great too

  29. Benjamin permalink
    December 23, 2012 6:45 pm

    Love the base card design with the silver foil, well done with the rookie autos too!
    Checklist is great, nice names in there!
    Merry Christmas panini!!

  30. deloreanfan81 permalink
    December 24, 2012 12:07 am

    great detail as always to another absolute product…

  31. Gene Olmedilla permalink
    December 24, 2012 6:24 am

    NIce product as always..Absolute is one of my favourite products.

  32. December 27, 2012 7:19 am

    Honestly, I think that Absolute Basketball is the perfect product to end the year. Let’s start off with the Base Cards, the base cards looks nice with the “mirror-effect” foil which makes it looks shiny, overall I think the Base cards are just amazing and stunning as expected, and they are also a lot better compared to the previous Absolute Basketball Base Cards. I also like the fact that the Retired players Base set are numbered. Going on with the Rookie Cards, design-wise I think the card is great but I know you could have done a lot better comparing with the previous Absolute Basketball Rookie Cards which have Ball/Game-used Jersey or Patch/Autograph at the same time on one card but I think Absolute Basketball Rookie Cards this year is still going to be a Bang! considering 100 rookies in this Double Rookie Class with big names like Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist etc. I think the Absolute Basketball Spectrum Parallel this year is the best Panini Basketball Parallel for 2012 in which you numbered it to 25(gold), 10(platinum) and 1(black). Every Player Every Game Patch numbered One of One is definitely the highlight of this product, the tag logo on the card is just sick! The Frequent Flyer Jersey/Patch/Auto looks solid yet simple which made the card look great. The Heroes Autographs and Iconic Jersey/Patch/Auto looks vintage with the Black and White Image of the Player like it with the on-card auto, another Thumbs up! The Marks of Fame Autographs would be one of the improvements of Panini this year, the Jumbo Sticker idea is just one of a kind and unique. Panini All-Stars looks great, well-designed and adding some old-school flavor on the card is just awesome and I also like the Private Signings of this for Absolute Memorabilia with big names like Blake Griffin and Rajon Rondo. I really like the short-printed Absolute Basketball Patches really rare. Star Gazing Jersey/Patch looks sharp and is one of the sickest patches I’ve seen though it is not on the video; saw it on eBay, but yeah definitely one of the sickest jumbo patches out there. Team Tandems/Trios Materials are just amazing and a great looking card with 2/3 player memorabilia on one card and I also like the fact that it is short printed. My only issue in this product is the amount of redemption cards but all in all, I think that the product is an Absolutely awesome product, Absolutely worth it and Absolutely one of the highlights of Panini this year. Another job well done for Panini, Keep it up! Thank you Scott and Chris for sharing and thanks for the contest! Good job Tracy for being the camera guy in this video. Most of us are not used to it when THE HACK is not on the video LOL! But Scott and Chris both did a great job in this Panini Unwrapped episode Thumbs up! Merry Christmas to all of you and Happy Holidays and Advance Happy New Year too! God Bless us all! PEACE!

  33. December 27, 2012 12:30 pm

    Thanks a ton to everyone who participated in this one. Now as always, you guys and gals are the best collectors on the planet! Congrats to the winners this time around: Simeon, barcafan1033, Ken and Jaymes. We’ll be in touch soon to get your mailing addresses. Thanks again, best regards and happy holidays.


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