Monday, June 18, 2018
2017-18 Panini Essentials Value Pack
The NBA Draft is this week, which feels like a weird thing to say because the Finals just concluded. Panini keeps rolling out more NBA releases no matter what the calendar says. Here's a new one I just discovered.
EL-15 - Reggie Miller Essential Legends - The inserts and parallels were bunched up at the beginning of the pack, which is strange. They are all thicker than the base cards.
ES-10 - Karl-Anthony Towns Essential Stars - One of the bright young stars of the league.
154 - Kristaps Porzingis Orange - This is, I believe, a one per pack retail parallel which is also thicker than the base cards. Porzingis is probably hoping the Knicks will get him some help in the draft.
148 - Dirk Nowitzki - Here's what the base looks like. It's a pretty intense design, but I kind of like it.
147 - Pau Gasol - Here's a look at the back design. Like Dirk before him, Pau is another longtime veteran big man.
146 - Spencer Dinwiddie - Like the rest of the later Panini releases in this year's calendar, the cards show off the new Nike jerseys. It looks like they missed a few letters in 'Brooklyn'.
145 - Joel Embiid - I really like Embiid, but I'm not totally sure why.
144 - E'Twaun Moore
143 - Antonio Blakeney - I have no idea who Blakeney is, but he's a rookie and I didn't watch much of the Bulls this season. They're starting to turn into the Bucks, pre-Giannis days, to me.
60 - Stephen Curry - We all know this guy.
59 - John Wall
58 - Kyle Collinsworth - Another rook that I haven't heard of.
56 - Kyrie Irving - Irving carried the Celtics this season, got hurt, and then they carried on just fine without him.
57 - George Hill
55 - Elfrid Payton - I was happy to hear that Payton finally got this thing cut off his head recently.