Hope everyone had a fun weekend. Since I put up a hockey post during it's playoffs, might as well do the same for basketball. Packs of this set starting popping up a couple of weeks ago. Here's a pack of 2013-14 Panini Basketball!
8 cards come in the retail pack, while 10 cards come in the hobby pack. The retail pack sells for $2. Disappointed that I only get 8 cards in a pack; I must be used to the 12 cards Topps gives me.
I also couldn't figure out what that picture is in the center of the pack. Took me days before I realized it was the Panini Knight dude. Why does he appear on the pack? Anyway, here's what I got:
#49 - Joakim Noah
#55 - John Henson
#22 - Chris Kaman
#33 - Klay Thompson
Not too bad. The pictures are sharp and I kinda like the fade to black at the top. I could do without the big-lettered Panini, and depending on the angle, the foil lettering could be hard to read. The background at the bottom matches the team's primary color.
#173 - Peyton Siva (RC)
#10 - Chris Paul (Bird's Eye View)
#117 - Gerald Henderson
#157 - Kevin Durant
The Bird's Eye View is a 10 card set, but the pack does not list the odds of pulling an insert. I got a kick out of the unintentional "Easter Egg" on the Peyton RC.
Do you want to see backs? You all probably know what they look like already. Alright, here are a couple of samples:
Reused photo / team logo, one line of stats, quick blurb of highlights (updated through the end of 2013), yadda, yadda, yadda.
This is a 200 card set, consisting of 160 players and 40 rookies. No idea if the rookies are short printed, or if there are legends in the set like last year. I think it's a better looking set than last year's offering, though.
Anyway, that's it for now. Have a good week everyone, and thanks for reading!