The product formerly known as Playoff Contenders Basketball will boast a new name and a new-look Rookie Card when 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball releases in early February.
Each of the product’s trademark Rookie Ticket Autographs will receive a memorabilia upgrade this season in the form of a manufactured prime patch (hence the enhanced product name) and those Rookie Ticket Patch Autograph RCs will constitute three of the four autographs seeded in each box.
2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches will carry a $6 SRP (five cards per pack, 20 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) and each case break will yield one or more autographs from a list that includes exclusive Panini spokesmen Kobe Bryant and John Wall, Shaquille O’Neal, dual-signed Building Blocks Black Autographs numbered to 10 or less and Place in History Black Autographs also numbered to 10 or less.
Other product highlights include:
Of the four autographs per box, at least one will be of a 2010-11 Lottery Pick
200 Championship Ticket 1/1s
Classic Tickets Prime Material Autographs numbered to 10 or less
Notable inserts Rookie of the Year Contenders Autographs and Place in History Autographs recalling such odd-seeming draft-day pairings as Bryant and the Charlotte Hornets, Dirk Nowitzki and the Milwaukee Bucks and Pau Gasol and the Atlanta Hawks, to name three
In addition to autographs from Bryant, Wall and O’Neal, the Contenders Patches’ signing roster also includes Blake Griffin, Amar’e Stoudemire, Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Carmelo Anthony, Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson and Brandon Jennings
Now for the Comment: First, Panini is including manufactured prime patches in the product. Panini, please don't. You are adding cost to a product that you don't need to.
These I like much better. I dislike the sticker, but like the design. I want to see the player.
These draft flashbacks are awesome and when you get to see who these huge stars were drafted by, you will get a good laugh. Well done Charlotte, well done.
The other comment I have is
Now I have no delusions that you will get the number 1 or number 2 pick every time but the problem I had with UD products is getting the 43rd draft pick in a box and nothing else.
MSRP is going to be $120 a box and should sell for about $80 on release. Doesn't come out until February. See you then.