I would have to find a magic scanner to properly show off the shine that 2009/’10 Panini Elite Basketball gives off. The base cards as you can see, feature an old, familiar design element which you either love or hate.
Some of the highlights of the brand include hard to find die-cut parallels (pulled two), and some great inserts including ‘Clutch Performers’, which looks like something from the mid-90’s.
The legendary Elite Series inserts makes a return but unlike 1991 when a card numbered to 10,000 was unheard of, in today’s hobby scene it just doesn’t work. There are different versions but in the end it’s just not the same.
Unlike other Panini releases, the relics seem somewhat out-of-place in this brand. Instead of separate designs for relics, Panini just used them in existing cards including the great ‘Clutch Performer’ insert. As you can see from the scan, it ruined the design.
Elite Basketball is pre-selling for nearly $100 dollars. At that price, I’d have to recommend other less expensive basketball releases including their flagship. Elite has proven to be a strong performer for Donruss but the design is one of the reasons I am looking forward to Studio so much.
If you love Donruss’ futuristic designs, with four “hits” per box and lots of serial numbered cards and parallels, you will love Elite Basketball. If the price drops $10-$15 per box, it should be a must-buy for basketball collectors and “MOJO-hunters” alike.
Current price – $94 pre-sell at DaCardWorld.com
Guarantees – 100 cards with four autographs or relics
Look for – Die-Cut autographs, Elite patch/autographs
Strong design on inserts and parallels
Lots of serial numbered cards
Relics feel really out-of-place
Elite Series missing magic of 90’s original
Relic – Lebron James #’d to 99
Relic -Paul Pierce #’ to 299
Autograph – Jonny Flynn #’d to 499
Autograph – DaJuan Summers #’d to 499
Final Grade: B-