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Behind the Scenes: Pre-Packout Begins for 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball

July 13, 2011

Even now, still more than a week away from packout, 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball is receiving the white-glove treatment, literally, at the Panini America printing facility.

Indeed, the multi-faceted process of getting the high-end juggernaut ready for prime time began in earnest this morning with a seven-person contingent engaging in the arduous task of hand-inspecting every single card for the product that releases in early August.

While a focused Panini America crew carefully scrutinized every card slated for inclusion in National Treasures (checking for even the slightest defects or flaws that would prevent cards from ever seeing the light of day), I was on cake duty taking pictures of both the process and some seriously sweet cards — many of which are still awaiting autographs.

The gallery below provides a savory sneak peek at just some of what anxious collectors have been giddy about for months. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued exclusive coverage of the process, including next week’s must-see steps of collating and packout.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Gilman permalink
    July 13, 2011 12:49 pm

    Thanks for the behind the scenes look at this. The cards look incredible and the patch pieces used in some of these are amazing.

  2. July 13, 2011 12:58 pm

    Nice! But can we get the checklist finally?? ALL the cards are made so you should know whats in it

  3. July 13, 2011 12:58 pm

    All of those team logos from the tags look awesome.

  4. kollectornet permalink
    July 13, 2011 1:38 pm


  5. Jin Hong Min permalink
    July 13, 2011 1:56 pm

    oh. my. goodness. thats all i have to say, speechless. Those cards are sicknasty.

  6. Derrick permalink
    July 13, 2011 2:08 pm

    Ha,glad to see im not the only one wearing gloves when touching high end cards.

  7. July 13, 2011 4:48 pm

    checklist? did you guys put Sheed into the set? *crossing fingers* 🙂

  8. July 14, 2011 12:55 am

    Great job tracey with the photos of the upcoming releases!

  9. July 14, 2011 10:23 am

    Wow, that’s a nice product. Makes me want to collect basketball cards. BUT YOUR HOCKEY CARDS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN ALL MY MONEY, PANINI.

  10. July 15, 2011 6:06 am

    Lovin’ the awesome patches, but I see a lot of fakes coming our way on the secondary markets. It’s too easy today for sellers to change out patches. Be careful out there collectors!!!


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