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PPI Special Report: Early Earnings Strong for 2011-12 Limited Basketball (Gallery)

July 26, 2012

To say the Panini America NBA Product Development team has been busy is an understatement. NBA Brand Managers David Porter and Keith Hower have put together a downright stellar run of NBA releases through the first half of 2012.

Earlier this year, we brought you a PPI Special Report on 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball and the enormous dollars its cards were commanding. Then, we highlighted the ridiculousness of the bang-for-your-buck 2011-12 Hoops Basketball and its bullish returns on investment. Now, we turn our collective attention to 2011-12 Limited Basketball — yet another product that has collectors applauding lofty returns on key cards.


Highlighted by design wizardry like the vibrant team-color, foil-accented cards and the artful new Trophy Case insert — plus jumbo prime jersey swatches and on-card autographs — 2011-12 Limited Basketball boasts some of the most dazzling designs and content of the season. Recently, an on-card autograph of the Kobe Bryant Limited Team Trademarks card (#’d 3/5) sold for $599. Retired Cavaliers legend Mark Price’s Limited Retired Numbers Prime Material Signatures card (#’d 9/15) delivered a sell of $375.67. And not surprisingly, Clippers sensation Blake Griffin’s Limited Material Monikers Prime Auto 1/1 closed at $355.99.

And while it’s hard to determine exactly what is driving the price of some of these Panini America trading cards, there’s no shortage of evidence that collectors clamor for the opportunity to either buy or sell some of their favorite NBA superstars. We have put together another stunning look at some of the top-selling cards thus far from 2011-12 Limited Basketball. We hope you enjoy, and as always, we look forward to your comments below.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 10:21 am

    Wow! Did the number of variations/inserts kill the asking and final sale amt?

  2. Ryan / ( permalink
    July 26, 2012 10:37 am

    That Mark Price is fantastic.

  3. JayKayZee permalink
    July 26, 2012 10:46 am

    Great product!!

    I have a question! I pulled a TROPHY CASE materials of Scottie Pippen /75. The material doesn’t seem to be part of a jersey. It looks like cotton or linen, and is off-white. Could you tell me where this piece comes from?

    • July 26, 2012 10:52 am

      Can you post a pic for us to see?

      • JayKayZee permalink
        July 27, 2012 7:12 am

      • JayKayZee permalink
        July 27, 2012 7:14 am

        The material doesn’t look quite as shiny in person without a flash..

    • July 31, 2012 5:01 pm

      Good question, JayKayZee. Thanks to NBA Brand Manager Keith Hower, who did the legwork to confirm that the memorabilia used on that card is from a pair of game-worn Chicago Bulls warm-up pants.

  4. daveylangs permalink
    July 26, 2012 11:23 am

    I think its great it shows that the card industry is still going strong! My family tell me that collecting cards is a waste of time and money! The thing is they have no idea what cards are selling for today! Its ok though cause 30 years from now theyll all see what i was talkin about!! Lol

  5. Matt Gilman permalink
    July 26, 2012 1:06 pm

    Wow! awesome numbers and some great looking cards sold!

  6. Lukas Ham permalink
    July 26, 2012 4:01 pm

    Can’t stop staring at that D-Wade

  7. Daniel Brugman permalink
    July 27, 2012 9:10 am

    Absolutely loving those Glass Cleaners! Really stunning that the development team has used three different photo designs for the jersey set, autograph set (yes baby on-card!!) and auto-jersey set! Great job guys!


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