A few months ago, Scott Prusha, Marketing Director for Panini America discussed how he wanted to have all of Kobe Bryant’s autographs on-card rather than a sticker.
He told Beckett Media that it was important to Kobe that he get a chance to touch and feel the card he signs. While Panini has kept true with on-card Bryant autographs, I really wish they would do it for an entire basketball release sans stickers.
Rookies and Stars is an interesting product with a very unique base design that looks like something out of 1995. In case you’re wondering, that’s a good thing in my eyes. It’s always good to get something different once in a while, even if it’s a re-hash.
The memorabilia cards and autographs are very well-done and there is no issue with the labels being hard to pick up. My only issue with this product is that it lacks personality. It may be popular but I’d much rather bust a box of Panini Basketball which has many more cards and inserts.
Of course, if you’re just interesting in “hits”, this box does come through. I pulled two relics (including a dual) and two autographs. The Team Patch Signatures look very impressive, especially in person. Yes, they are manufactured but in this particular case, it works.
Current price – $77 on Dave & Adam’s Card World
Guarantees – 120 cards, with 4 autographs or relics
Look for – Blake Griffin, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul autographs
Team patch signatures look great
More stickers …
Relic – Dirk Nowitzki
Dual relic – Tyler Hansbrough / Ty Lawson
Autograph – A.J. Price
Patch Signature – Jonny Flynn
Final Grade: B-