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Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010-11 Donruss Basketball Review - Sponsored by Panini


You know the drill, Panini sends me a box, I bust it, write a review and give away the cards.  These boxes can be had for 59 dollars cash money. 3 autos or Memos per box.

Base Cards:  The photography on these is old school grainy, which I like.  The stock feels solid and the cards were in good shape out of the pack.  I like the 84 donruss backs too.  One issue.  The cards should not be full bleed.  They should have white borders and ok two issues, less glossy
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Team Checklists: Old School and Cool
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Rated Rookies: I like that the backs are a different color, but again white border and less glossy.
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Parallels: 
You have the emeralds which are not serialed, have a green donruss logo and are die cut.  I pulled a mess off these.  This would be a cool parallel set to complete
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Artists Proof /100 with superfractory technology goodness
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Inserts:  Eleventy Billion Inserts that I could seriously do without.  The Stockton is a base parallel and the Nash is an emarald and die cut for some reason.
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The LeBron is an emerald and looks more miscut than anything else.  The Green Donruss logo was enough of a cue that it is a parallel
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The Jerseys /399 - The both of them - I go back and forth about these.  I'm not sure how much Panini could sell these boxes for without the two jersey cards.  If it would shave $10 off the cost of a box (not likely) I could do without them. 
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The Auto: Brandon Roy /10  In my neck of the woods, this is a good pull.  Still would prefer on card.  One on card auto per box would be sweet.
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4 out of 5 Joes would recommend this product.  Why you ask, I'll tell you why.  Its the same reason that the jersey cards aren't really needed in this product.  There is a lot of value in the box from the collectors perspective.  The parallels are easy to follow (something that is lacking in some Panini products though they did a better job this year in certified red blue etc) and you get enough in a box to make them reasonably collectible.  The auto checklist is decent and the autos are parallels of the set which I like.  Plus $59 a box is decent when you have a a set to build as well.  I had much more fun opening this box than the timeless treasures even though I pulled a Wall auto out of that.  One note on the Timeless, It seems that my box was a bit of an anomaly with two so so jerseys.

1 comment:

TJ said...

Wow. Nice A B-Roy auto is always a good thing. Especially if he continues to be a Blazer!

This is by far the my favorite Panini set. I'm going to try to open a box this weekend.