Hope everyone is doing well. The NBA Finals are winding down with it being a foregone conclusion that the Warriors will lock up the title. I hoped the greatness of LeBron would make it interesting, but one man cannot take down an entire team. Is this good for the NBA? I don't see how it is...I don't have as much fun watching the season as I used to.
Anyway, it's been a while since we had a basketball pack on the site, so why not commemorate the Finals with a pack of 2017-18 Panini Prestige!
This pack of 30 cards cost $5, as opposed to dropping $3 for an 8 card pack. I don't know if there was some sort of price structure change (2 years ago madding paid 5 bucks for 10 cards!), but I'll take it.
We all kinda know what to expect with Panini, so lets get to it...6 cards per shot:
#78 - Nerlens Noel
#35 - JaMychal Green
#59 - Buddy Hield
#17 - Derrick Rose
#74 - Evan Fournier
#55 - Alec Burks
Not a bad look to the set. It appears the borders are a slight adjustment from that year's NFL version. The Prestige logo can get in the way of the photo like in that Buddy card.
#13 - Justin Holiday
#70 - Brook Lopez
#27 - DeAndre Jordan
#51 - Rudy Gobert
#21 - Terrance Ferguson (Micro Etch Rookies Green Parallel)
#77 - Harrison Barnes (Rain Parallel)
The Ferguson and the Barnes cards were flipped over in the pack. I'm pretty sure these are the Green and Rain parallels the pack referred to. Unfortunately, most of the cards in the pack have a pretty noticeable ding on one of the corners, as you can see on the Ferguson.
#103 - Avery Bradley (Rain Parallel)
#19 - Reggie Miller (All-Time Greats)
#10 - Kawhi Leonard (Stat Stars)
#5 - Kevin Durant (Stars Of The NBA)
#7 - Scottie Pippen (All-Time Greats)
#3 - Jayson Tatum (Rookie Class - Rain Parallel)
I don't remember if the Bradley card was also flipped over, but the Tatum Parallel was. The "rain" stands out a little more on that Rookie Class set. Not sure if getting 2 All-Time Greats in a pack is the norm or a collation thing. Stars Of The NBA seems unnecessary...why not just an All-Star Game subset?
#130 - Andre Roberson
#189 - Thomas Bryant (RC)
#126 - Russell Westbrook
#165 - Justin Jackson (RC)
#146 - John Wall
#196 - Furkan Korkmaz (RC)
Back to the base. Here the checklist if you are interested. 200 card set, with the last 50 being rookies. This leaves 5 cards per team...not sure how they chose who's in. For example, Tony Parker is not one of the 5 Spurs.
#198 - Sindarius Thornwell (RC)
#120 - Rudy Gay
#174 - Tyler Lydon (RC)
#115 - Trevor Ariza
#195 - Milos Teodosic (RC)
#110 - C.J. Miles
Here are the backs of the inserts (I didn't scan a regular card, but I think you all can assume what it looks like...and you're right):
If I counted right, Panini / Donruss released 24 NBA card sets in the 2017-18 card year (retail / hobby / high end). It seems to me that most of these sets are the same, just different amounts of glossy / foil / whatever. Then again, I don't have samples from all the sets, it just seems to be the way Panini operates.
Anyway, that's the pack. Enjoy what's left of the Finals, and thanks for reading!