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A Big Flocking Deal: Texture Tells the Story in 2012-13 Past & Present Basketball

April 24, 2013

Panini America 2012-13 Past & Present Flocking (39)

While the hoops world awaits Wednesday’s release of 2012-13 Preferred Basketball, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share just a glimpse of the NBA product Panini America has planned after Preferred. For the record, 2012-13 Past & Present Basketball is a pretty big flocking deal. Literally.

At least certain parts of the product are. Those familiar with last season’s premiere edition of Past & Present Basketball likely fondly remember it for its generation-blending MO that melded several old-school collecting concepts with the new-school feel of eye-popping print technologies. This year’s release follows much the same recipe, but with new designs, new technologies and a whole lot of flocking going on.

Flocking, at least in hobby terms, is a printing process that produces a velvet-like, textured surface to trading cards. In the case of 2012-13 Past & Present Basketball, that different-to-the-touch technology has been liberally and cleverly applied to the set’s Headbands and Championship Banners inserts. With the 2013 NBA Playoffs underway, many NBA superstars are wearing the former while attempting to earn the latter as we speak. So now seemed like the perfect time to preview these flocked phenomenons.

We managed to track down one uncut sheet that incorporated the flocking, as well as a few finished Championship Banners cards, for the following sneak peek.

We’ll have tons of additional coverage on 2012-13 Past & Present Basketball in the coming days right here on The Knight’s Lance. But for now, take a little time to sit back and appreciate the flocking.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2013 11:33 am

    Very cool. Something different in insert-land!

  2. Brad permalink
    April 23, 2013 11:39 am

    Nice, trading cards meet Pat the Bunny.

  3. Herbie permalink
    April 23, 2013 11:39 am

    Cannot wait for this product to come out! Is there a checklist available to see? I really want to see who signed for the elusive ink set πŸ™‚

  4. April 23, 2013 12:06 pm

    I’m guessing Gotsheed will love that card, very cool. Panini should make big ones of those and show them in the crowd at a playoff game.

    • gotsheed permalink
      April 23, 2013 10:51 pm

      sheeeeeedddd!! thanks so much Panini! Amazing looking Card! Are these numbered?

      Cant wait for the release now πŸ˜€

  5. April 23, 2013 12:08 pm

    Love the new inserts. The headband one should be called Head Band of Brothers.Lol
    Can’t wait to bust some of this…

  6. Robert permalink
    April 23, 2013 12:28 pm

    Nice but Varejao doesn’t really look like him, looks nore like that terrorist Ghadaffi. Sorry, but just a simple observation. I still would collect this set.

  7. Amy Solorio permalink
    April 23, 2013 1:04 pm

    Very very cool!! πŸ™‚ Leave it to y’all to come up with something different like that:-) What I would give for one of those @PaniniAmerica uncut sheets!;-) lol Have a beautiful day guys…God bless!:-)

  8. Jv1234 permalink
    April 23, 2013 3:40 pm

    What will the insert rate be on these? I could see them being sweet chase cards

  9. Jordan Gramm permalink
    April 23, 2013 3:56 pm

    I really enjoyed Past and Present last year! I bought well over 25 boxes of the stuff and I loved the switch up of pack feel. The wax wrappers showed the thought process put into the product. Looking forward to seeing more Modern Marks! I happened to pull a Marc Gasol Modern Mark redemption too! Still don’t know about it’s ware abouts though…. Keep it up Panini! The new technology you are trying out really turns out to be pretty neat! I am really looking forward to opening boxes of this versions of Past and Present due to the double rookie class! Can’t wait!

  10. Eric Cabreros permalink
    April 23, 2013 6:12 pm

    We did A Christmas Free Group break At Youtube Last time.
    It should be a fun time again to do it again.
    This Was our Favorite Product with itsprice point.
    Kudos again To Panini staff for this!
    Great Inserts love the new innovation!
    Plus I believe this is Keith Howers Baby!
    Then turning 1 Would be Exciting steps for this cool Basketball Product!

  11. slobbythegreat permalink
    April 23, 2013 7:04 pm

    un-flocking-believable! looking forward to getting that pippen banner!!

  12. hudsonfan15 permalink
    April 24, 2013 5:36 am

    Very interesting new insert set, reminds me of some of the old school game used astro turf cards for some reason. Thanks fro the preview Tracy!

  13. April 24, 2013 5:40 am

    Slobby beat me to it.
    I thought you were just flocking with us but those are some great cards!

  14. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    April 24, 2013 5:57 am

    Thats one thing I loved about this product. Its has a 90’s insert feel.

  15. Dave permalink
    April 24, 2013 9:08 am

    I like it, I thought the texture in last year’s P&P was the best part of the product, excited to see what this is about bc I’m guessing as last year the pics don’t really explain it, you kinda have to see one.


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