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Inside Immaculate: Panini America Readies 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball for Release

November 8, 2013

Panini America 2012-13 Immaculate Kyrie Number

Really, it’s hard to fathom — given the extraordinary success and mainstream media coverage of Panini America’s 2012-13 Flawless Basketball — that another 2012-13 NBA product could generate so much intense anticipation and pre-release buzz so soon on the heels of the still-blazing Flawless fire. But from the very beginning, it was obvious that 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball was no ordinary product.

It’s the blockbuster finale to Panini America’s 2012-13 NBA season, a product that lacks Flawless’ jaw-dropping price tag, its precious gems and its “what’s in the briefcase” mystique. What it does have, however, are some of the greatest memorabilia cards in NBA history, six-Logoman booklets and just a few surprises.

At various points this week, seemingly every member of the Panini America Product Development and Production teams spent considerable time at the company printing facility putting the finishing touches on the packout process for Immaculate. Now that their job is done and the product has shipped, it’s time to begin peeking — perhaps even gawking — at the results.

Beginning today and continuing through the weekend, The Knight’s Lance will deliver a series of Immaculate previews so filthy some offices might consider the content NSFW (not safe for work). Rest assured, though, the images — like the cards they showcase — are suitable for all ages.

Today, we offer first looks at the set’s Kevin Durant autograph content, some of the aforementioned astounding memorabilia cards and, yes, those serendipitous Six Star Logoman Booklets. Enjoy the images and stay tuned for continued Immaculate coverage all weekend long.

52 Comments leave one →
  1. PinoyMCW permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:12 am

    why is kobe upside down?
    nevertheless good lucking cards

  2. XCII permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:15 am

    i can smell some contest… jk. :)

  3. Tung Le permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:17 am

    Wow, a lot of these are amazing! But it breaks my heart being a huge Bulls fan, and seeing the 6 star logoman of the Bulls with the main man DRose. I know he had a Logoman /3 in NT, but man no love for Immaculate. And no jumbo patches for DRose? But I see a mini patch with him.

    • November 8, 2013 9:18 am

      More previews to come. Stay tuned.

      • Tung Le permalink
        November 8, 2013 9:24 am

        hmmmm, got me curious now! dont let the suspense kill me Tracy! lol

      • Kevin C permalink
        November 8, 2013 9:26 am

        Today?

  4. Andy permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:17 am

    Absolutely amazing cards! But what’s with Vince Carter Raptor patches and a picture of him in a Dallas uni? Same with an amazing Pippen Bulls logo patch, but he’s in a Blazers uniform?

    Why not make them consistent?

    • November 8, 2013 9:19 am

      There are certain guidelines we have to follow. I’ll let Brand Manager Karvin Cheung chime in on this one.

      • Tung Le permalink
        November 8, 2013 9:25 am

        interesting, would love to hear about this

      • Andy permalink
        November 8, 2013 9:35 am

        Thanks, looking forward to hearing about this, because it looks like there are cards featuring Vince Carter in a Raptors uniform with a small raptors patch, I’m just wondering why it’s ok there, but not for the big time cards.

      • November 8, 2013 12:12 pm

        I’ve just tweeted mister Cheung to ask the question, I hope he will provide an answer, this kind of card is always weird.

  5. Daniel permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:23 am

    AH NOOOOO!!!!!

    Why did you picture Vince Carter in a Mavericks uni with so many nice Raptors patches (that really ruins these otherwise spectacular cards!!)
    Same with the Pippen Bulls head and CP3 patches, would have been so much better if these players were depicted in the same uni to reflect the patches!

  6. Kevin C permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:25 am

    I noticed a lot of Flawless had Game Worn material for the rookie cards.

    Does the same hold true for Immaculate? Ie, when I see triple logoman of Kyrie Irving, are all 3 game-worn?

    Awesome stuff, the Vince Carter Raptors patches look amazing. I’m going to try to get a piece of that. Did you do anything with the Lettermans (ie Genuine Letters/Lettermarks like in Prime Hockey).

    • PinoyMCW permalink
      November 8, 2013 9:54 am

      they twitted one (grant hill) .. so there are letter’s as well

  7. Nate Cates permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:25 am

    I cannot believe that there is a Scottie Pippen Jumbo Bulls Patch Logo when he is depicted in a Trailblazers uniform.

  8. harynjk permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:38 am

    Beautiful cards!
    But pleas allow me to say something what i don’t like after watching this preview. I think it is annoying when you have a beautiful patch from (obviously) the Raptors logo, and you see Vince Carter in a Dallas jersey on the same card. I think you can find pictures about him where he wears a Raptors jersey.

  9. November 8, 2013 10:34 am

    WOW!

  10. November 8, 2013 11:00 am

    This looks amazing!

  11. November 8, 2013 11:09 am

    Flawless patches are amazing but these are even better. Great job Panini America.

    I sold out of Flawless and reordered three times. Customers here in San Antonio all said they were well worth the cost. I bought much more Immaculate for my San Antonio customers, but I am afraid I will be hunting for more by week’s end. Can’t wait. It will be exciting.

    • November 8, 2013 11:55 am

      Glad to hear you say that, Charlie. I think the Spurs fans among your customers are going to be thrilled with the San Antonio representation in this product.

  12. Javie permalink
    November 8, 2013 11:44 am

    Why is the Kobe patch upside down?

  13. November 8, 2013 11:52 am

    Great product..can become top 3 all-time ;-)
    Will there be any Mark Jackson cards? Need to know if i need to save some money :-)

  14. November 8, 2013 11:55 am

    They look just amazing !
    I really love the “Noche Latina” patch,I will check to see if Tony Parker is on this set.

  15. November 8, 2013 12:29 pm

    I had to wipe all the drool off my screen.

  16. Stan permalink
    November 8, 2013 1:30 pm

    Can you tell us when we can expect to have a checklist for this amazing product? One more week!

  17. Giuseppe La Spina permalink
    November 8, 2013 2:54 pm

    That looks like Panini’s best set yet, but as a Bulls collector I’m very displeased panini would use that gorgeous pippen bull head patch and then have him pictured in a portland uni

  18. gregmalloy permalink
    November 8, 2013 3:39 pm

    WoW!!

  19. November 8, 2013 4:32 pm

    Checklist???
    Need to know if Ibaka in the product

  20. November 8, 2013 5:20 pm

    The absolute best pictures of any preview, in my opinion, have to be the ones where the sick patch cards are all lined up and you see the whole original patch at one time. Seen those in hockey and now in basketball and they really are incredible pictures.

  21. November 8, 2013 6:17 pm

    i like the look of these even more than flawless

  22. Jackie Martling permalink
    November 8, 2013 7:37 pm

    Sick preview….

  23. November 8, 2013 8:54 pm

    Wow!
    Cant wait to get this in next week.

  24. November 9, 2013 4:42 am

    Just jaw-dropping, this is just an amazing looking set. I didn’t see any Suns in this preview, any chance we are going to see Barkley or KJ in an upcoming preview?

    • November 9, 2013 7:29 am

      I know there’s some Grant Hill Suns stuff in here. Sure there’s more. We’ll have another preview posted later today. Stay tuned.

  25. brickandmortarstrong permalink
    November 9, 2013 9:37 am

    Hello, This is Karvin here at the Canadian Fall Expo at our booth. I apologize for not getting back to these questions earlier. In regards to the Vince Carter Raptors logos cards. When we built the cards, we initially were going to use the Dallas logo; however, when we discovered that we had an intact Raptors jersey that was far more exciting for us to bring to collectors, we had to use it. Its an older style of jersey that no longer exists. Since I’m a huge Raptors fan, it was an easy decision to use it. I can’t wait to see one of you get the eye of the Raptor.

    We can only feature current players in older uniforms if there is a theme, thus the Slam Dunk six star logomans have Vince in a Raptors uniform. There was not any type of retro theme in the Immaculate Logos cards. We also have other players that will feature current and older logos on the same card (we have Celtics and Heat logos cards for Ray Allen for example).

    Hope this helps.

    Happy Hunting!

    KC

    • Andy permalink
      November 9, 2013 2:43 pm

      That does help, but what about with the Pippen, since he isn’t a current player, what would the problem be using him in a Bulls uniform for the picture?

    • November 10, 2013 3:05 am

      Thanks for the reply.

  26. Travis Leflar permalink
    November 9, 2013 4:44 pm

    :-( Wheres the Heat logos?

  27. Nick Gauder permalink
    November 9, 2013 9:34 pm

    Immaculate looks like the BEST NBA product EVER!! I could care less what jersey the player is wearing on the card because the Patches are AMAZING!!! It’s been a long time since I was SO excited to pull a Jersey card, I’ve already pre-ordered 2 boxes and can’t wait to crack them open! Great job Tracy and great job Panini Team!

  28. Supersitz permalink
    November 10, 2013 11:52 am

    Great!There goes my kids college fund.This stuff looks amazing!

  29. Javie permalink
    November 10, 2013 4:12 pm

    Why is the Kobe patch upside down? QC?

  30. Josh permalink
    November 10, 2013 6:04 pm

    Unbelievable job!! I believe in years to come this will be talked about over and over as an epic product. Tracy, just wondering if there is any way to stop International buyers from selling on Ebay before we get it here in the US? You did a great job with Flawless, just wondering if you could do the same for immaculate? Also, will there be ANY redemptions at all in this product? Thx!

  31. Travis Leflar permalink
    November 10, 2013 9:06 pm

    Why do I have to live literally where 80% of the Toronto “snowbirds” are coming? Will there ever be a “national” in Florida? Please keep posting the awesome pulls guys

  32. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    November 11, 2013 9:12 am

    Incredible drool worthy patches1

  33. November 12, 2013 5:48 am

    That Shaq patch really jumps out from the gallery, what is that from exactly? Thanks Tracy!

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