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Front . . . Back . . . In Between: Three Unique Looks at Panini America’s Kaboom! Insert

July 25, 2015

Panini America 2015 Excalibur Basketball Kaboom Master Gallery Main

Collectors across the country finally started getting their first live look at Panini America’s Target-only 2014-15 Excalibur Basketball earlier this week as the product began making its way to store shelves in certain parts of the country. But there’s one dazzling aspect of Excalibur — the super-rare, super-cool, super-hero inspired Kaboom! insert — that likely has not yet been appreciated in its entirety. Indeed, the extreme scarcity of the illustrated Kaboom! chase — featuring original artwork from Hungarian artist Gyula Nemeth — means that many of the cards have not yet surfaced on the secondary market.

But today, we’re going to explore every colorful, creative card in the 49-card Kaboom! set by offering three distinct views of each one. We’re going to show you image files of the front and back of each card as they are submitted for league approval and turned over to the Panini America production facility. And while those simple color copies may offer a better perspective on Nemeth’s unique artwork, they don’t necessarily communicate the Kaboom! effect that takes place when the printing technology is added.

So after you appreciate the front and back of each card in their production-file form, we’ve also added images of each of the cards in their final fantastic form. Enjoy the gallery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2015 12:08 pm

    Very nice inserts, I’ve been to 3 different Target stores in my area and none of them had any Excalibur. The employees never heard of it and had no information on it. I hope those who can find some are enjoying it, thanks Tracy!

  2. Diego Blumberg permalink
    July 25, 2015 3:48 pm

    I must have that Anfernee Hardaway!

  3. Dustin Matthews permalink
    July 25, 2015 6:29 pm

    The fact that you failed to put fillers in this product has led to pack searching of epic proportions. All you have to do is look, you can see the difference in the packs! This is absolutely ruining the hobby for kids, who are the future of this hobby.

    • The Card Investor permalink
      July 26, 2015 12:17 am

      Panini doesn’t really need fillers for this product. The best hits will actually be the inserts and not the memorabilia cards.

      • Dustin Matthews permalink
        July 26, 2015 4:44 pm

        Do you remember the feeling you had when you pulled your first auto or relic? I do, and I want my kids and other children to experience that feeling. Make it equal opportunity or sell it in box form only.

      • Richard Crum permalink
        July 27, 2015 2:44 pm

        who cares if there are fillers or not, cards are cool

  4. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    July 26, 2015 5:43 am

    Reminds me of the 90’s. I likey


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