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Panini America Offers a Sneak Peek at the New 2011-12 Past & Present Basketball

March 13, 2012

For most Panini Peek posts here on The Knight’s Lance, we’d try to think of a few witty transitions that bridged us into the real meat of a new product preview. But the never-been-done-before 2011-12 Past & Present Basketball is far from your ordinary new release.

It’s a product with no road map and no legacy of predecessors to help shape new iterations. Given these special circumstances, we thought it best to quote directly from the brand identity statement crafted by the Panini America NBA Product Development team.

  • “2011-12 Past & Present Basketball is a new Panini America brand designed to embrace the extreme differences between vintage cards and cutting-edge print technologies in one unique product. The product will incorporate four new print technologies in the Breakout, Changing TimesFireworks and Raining 3s inserts  showcasing water, fire and special texture effects.”
  • “2011-12 Past & Present will incorporate sleek, clean and crisp designs allow the autograph to really pop off the card.”
  • Elusive Ink autographs feature some of the hobby’s toughest autographs while Modern Marks autographs
  • feature the signatures of today’s biggest stars.”

The 2011-12 Past & Present Basketball base set will feature two different vintage-themed designs with a short-printed third variation. In addition, the product will mark the beginning of Panini America’s Dual Rookie Redemption program and will include the first redemption cards for 2011-12 and 2012-13 Rookie Cards.

The product is slated to release May 9 and every 20-pack box will deliver three autographs, one memorabilia card, four Bread for Energy, three Bread for Health, one Bread for Life, four Changing Times, two Raining 3s, two Fireworks and four Breakout inserts.

You can get your first extended look at this refreshing new-meets-nostalgia launch in the gallery below. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional information.

53 Comments leave one →
  1. Wallyb permalink
    March 13, 2012 4:47 pm

    Will you guys EVERY use in game photos????

    • March 13, 2012 9:04 pm

      Most of our photos ARE from game action. Are you referring to us clipping the players out and isolating them on the card?

      • Hoopsman permalink
        March 13, 2012 9:34 pm

        Yes, I am. It seems all your releases have been that way

      • March 13, 2012 9:54 pm

        Your feedback is appreciated and I see your point, but Hoops is nothing but action photos.

  2. March 13, 2012 6:05 pm

    If you get this as a gift it would be Past and Present present…Thank you folks, I’ll be here all week!

  3. Greg Malloy permalink
    March 13, 2012 6:19 pm

    B.J. Armstrong gotta love it.

    • Greg Clark permalink
      March 14, 2012 1:06 am

      B.J. Armstrong is Derrick Rose’s agent. That’s my Cliff Clavin factoid for the week.

  4. maty3456 permalink
    March 13, 2012 6:35 pm

    AWESOME!!! I will sure be anticipating this for the coming 2 months!!

    I have a question for Tracy Hackler about autographs. I pulled a Jeremy Lin NBA HOOPS auto and showed to my friend. He said that I shouldn’t be so proud because all Panini autos are printed. So my question is, are your autos printed, or hand signed?

    • March 13, 2012 8:57 pm

      If you pulled a Hoops Jeremy Lin autograph card and the card includes a signed sticker, it was signed by Lin. You got a pic you can share?

  5. wikipediablackout permalink
    March 13, 2012 7:30 pm

    Any basketball products coming out this year with base rookie cards that doesnt require redemption and is affordable?

    • March 13, 2012 9:05 pm

      At this point, no. We will produce Rookie Cards this season as part of the dual rookie redemption class.

      • Ryan S. permalink
        March 14, 2012 1:19 pm

        Very disappointing to hear as the means a lot of later drafted and undrafted rookies will never get made and likely never see cardboard unless they become a top player on their team.

        How come you guys ended Adrenalyn after all the money you spent promoting it and building its awareness around America last year?

      • March 15, 2012 8:07 am

        What a mistake, unfortunate for the basketball card industry.

      • Tom W permalink
        April 12, 2012 9:21 pm

        so much for the fans the Kids I mean I guess trying to include that bottom line is not worth the effort huh?This constant Over-Use of redemptions may not keep your products afloat for long. Panini needs Mj and Lebron. Tell me why the descision on the redemps over base rc’s. Guess it’s that bottom line again ….just saying
        Tom W

  6. Nick Gauder permalink
    March 13, 2012 8:39 pm

    YES!!!!! I cant wait for the first chance to pull one of the rookie redemptions!! Especialy Kyrie Irvings first auto!!!! This dude is the real deal and i cant wait for the chance to pull his first auto card! Please show us more pics as you get them in and dont forget to throw some Kobe and Durant autos in there, lol.

    • gary permalink
      March 13, 2012 9:11 pm

      instead of pumping out more products, maybe panini should take care of there customer service problems. Leaving numerous voicemail’s for a month & never receiving a call back is enough to make my decision on buying anymore Panini products pretty easy..

  7. Hoopsman permalink
    March 13, 2012 9:01 pm

    When can we expect cards with actual game action photo’s?

    • Joel permalink
      March 13, 2012 10:24 pm

      Will there be any game-used Logomen cards coming out in any of the Panini products this year?

    • March 14, 2012 12:51 am

      Hoops which is already released…

  8. Jason Hoops permalink
    March 13, 2012 10:54 pm

    It would be nice to get some nice full card action shots. Player cut-outs do get boring set after set. Some like the 90s Stadium Club would be great!

    • XstreamINsanity permalink
      March 14, 2012 9:59 am

      See 2011-12 NBA Hoops.

  9. March 13, 2012 11:43 pm

    I must say, this looks like one of the most original and interesting releases I’ve seen in a while. I kind of get a modern Skybox feel with the blue splashes on the dirk and the flames off the ball.

    My basketball collecting has been sparse, but this could be the product to make me pick it back up. Looks great!

  10. March 14, 2012 12:30 am

    Looks solid, I really love the clean designs of ‘Elusive Ink’ & ‘Modern Marks’. I’m anticipating seeing who’s included in the ‘Elusive Ink’ checklist.

  11. March 14, 2012 12:46 am

    The inserts remind of the 90s sets…and that’s a good thing! I like ’em!

  12. March 14, 2012 12:51 am

    Absolutely love the whole team color flame effect on the cards!

  13. Ricardo permalink
    March 14, 2012 1:11 am

    Those cards look really awesome!

    Tracy,could you check if Sheed or Carlos Delfino are in there? 🙂

  14. Luke permalink
    March 14, 2012 1:14 am

    I thought that the rookie redemptions for 11-12 rookies and 12-13 rookies were supposed to be in just Limited and Gold Standard? Was I confused? Can I get some clarification on which products the dual rookie redemptions will be in?

  15. Viking Pat permalink
    March 14, 2012 1:56 am

    Seeing that Totally Certified Football will be out next week, is Panini planning on releasing Totally Certified Hockey, too? That would be sweet!

  16. Matt Gilman permalink
    March 14, 2012 4:52 am

    Nice looking stuff once again Panini!

  17. Scott permalink
    March 14, 2012 9:05 am

    I hope I’m wrong, but is Hoops the only NBA product available at retail this year? That means no RC’s for us guys without a card shop.

    • wikipediablackout permalink
      March 14, 2012 12:12 pm

      Scott, that means there will be no true rookie cards period this year. That will be an unfortunate first for the basketball card industry. I guess we will have to wait until next year to get a true rookie card of the 2011 draft class to include Kyrie Irving. I am extremely dissapointed.

  18. Philip Minea permalink
    March 14, 2012 4:17 pm

    when will they sell panini cards nba 2011-2012 trading cards at a local target or walmart store……………………………i go every week (i only collect nba cards) and they still dont have have them there

    • March 14, 2012 4:31 pm

      Where do you live?

      • Verona permalink
        March 15, 2012 7:22 am

        I want to know as well. Please let me know when I find releases in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area.

      • Scott permalink
        March 15, 2012 12:57 pm

        None here in Atlanta either…

      • Philip Minea permalink
        March 15, 2012 1:57 pm

        i always find panini nfl cards and nhl but never basketball can u tell me why they dont have nba cards ?

    • Philip Minea permalink
      March 15, 2012 1:46 pm

      i live in san antonio,tx

  19. March 15, 2012 12:27 am

    Do the inserts have parallel versions/

  20. jumper48 permalink
    March 15, 2012 4:11 am

    Love it, it brings back a 1990s feel.

  21. March 15, 2012 4:24 pm

    Like the cards and the autographs look great. This is one set i would gladly collect.

  22. Matt permalink
    March 15, 2012 7:55 pm

    Looks pretty promising so far. Any idea on how many cards per pack and an approximate price?

  23. brandon wells permalink
    March 18, 2012 3:40 pm

    Hey Tracy, really looking forward to these cards do u know the approximate price per box/pack

  24. Jason permalink
    March 22, 2012 6:51 am

    Love the look but more redemptions have been waiting for my Patrick Paterson auto for a while and noticed he has signed for preferred .
    What’s up with that?
    Ticket no 228471

  25. April 9, 2012 8:38 pm

    I have a couple questions
    What do the base cards look like? Are those the Base cards^^^?
    The redemption cards. Will they be ordinary cards of that rookie or autographed or numbered?

  26. Nathan permalink
    May 23, 2012 3:05 pm

    Will target carry these?

  27. July 16, 2012 4:26 pm

    We’ll…I am steadily exporting the Modern Marks cards to the United Kingdom. Four down….six to go!


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