NBA Trading Card Collectors Corner – Issue 24, October / November 2013 Edition

NBA Trading Card Collectors Corner

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Hello, and welcome again to the monthly newsletter for local Australian NBA Basketball trading card collectors, NBA Trading Card Collectors Corner. This publication is free to all and proudly presented by your only place for NBA Basketball Hobby boxes, packs and supplies, DGCollectables.


Collectormania – Sunday 23 March 2014


For those of you in Sydney, the last Collectormania for 2013 was on 27 October 2013. This was a successful event with a good turnout of casual and hardcore card collectors. The next one is next year on Sunday 23 March 2014 starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm. This is a place where collectors can meet in person, trade and purchase NBA hobby boxes, packs and supplies. DGCollectables along with other sports and non-sports collectors/dealers will be actively participating at this upcoming show.


The next one is to be held on Sunday 23 March 2014 at Penrith Exhibition Marquee. This venue is situated in Sydney’s west at Mulgoa Road, Penrith NSW 2750. Public transport is available from Penrith Train Station, which is positioned only a short drive to the venue. There is also plenty of free onsite parking. This promises to be a collector’s delight. We hope to see you there and remember to bring along your trade lists and trade bait.


Recent NBA Trading Card Releases


The 2013-14 NBA season began just a few days again, however, there have not been any new 2013-14 hobby product released to date. Panini over the last 2 months has released almost the last of its 2012-13 NBA product.


2012-13 Panini Flawless was released in October and was well received by the collecting community. Collectors’ appetite for high end cardboard has not abated, with box breakers busting cases upon cases. This has flowed onto the secondary market with strong prices achieved for base cards up to the premium autograph and patch cards. Panini ensured pent up demand for the product with a major marketing campaign as well as pushing back the release date to November 2013 for 2012-13 Panini Immaculate, their last 2012-13 NBA trading card set release.


Even without a licence to produce NBA trading cards, Upper Deck hasn’t been totally off the radar and recently released the 2013 Upper Deck The University of Kansas set. As the name suggests, this is a set focusing purely on the Kansas Jayhawks College Basketball team. Each hobby box comprises 24 packs, with 8 cards in each pack. Each box will contain on average an autograph card and two Special Light F/X Kansas Icons inserts. With alumni including Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, Kirk Hinrich and Mario Chalmers, the set should be relatively popular, following on from last year’s The University of North Carolina set release from Upper Deck.


Upcoming NBA Trading Card Releases


Panini is planning to release one more 2012-13 NBA basketball trading card set this year, being the high end 2012-13 Panini Immaculate.

2012-13 Panini Immaculate is a new high end product releasing on 13 November 2013. Each box will contain 1 auto rookie patch numbered 99 or less, 1 autograph or auto patch card, 1 memorabilia card, 1 additional memorabilia or autograph card, 1 regular card numbered to 99 and 1 additional card. Initial release photos of some of the cards in the set by Panini have had collectors talking with the first ever offering of six NBA Logoman booklet cards all numbered 1-of-1 as well as player worn hat cards. It was thought that high end basketball sets with licensed NBA players was confined to the relatively recent release of 2012-13 Panini National Treasures, however, Panini are looking to supplement this with a set very reminiscent of Upper Deck Ultimate Collection from years gone past.

Not to be outdone, Upper Deck is visiting its past and releasing 2012-13 Upper Deck Exquisite. This is planned to be released on 19 November 2013. As most collectors know, the Exquisite brand has been in basketball since the 2003-04 season, and has been extremely successful in defining high end collecting in the hobby. Since Upper Deck’s loss of the NBA trading card licence at the beginning of the 2009-10 NBA season, there has only been one Exquisite basketball release, which was for the 2011-12 season. This was not as popular as previous seasons, due to the lack of Logoman cards, collegiate uniforms as well as the inclusion of unnumbered Shadowbox autograph cards, which generally appeared once per box, on average. Upper Deck are attempting to revive the set through having an average of 5 hard signed autographs per box, the introduction of Super Tins as well as having the chase of the Exquisite 16, a rare trading card featuring 16 hard signed autographs. It will be interesting to see how this is received by collectors this time around.

In terms of new 2013-14 NBA trading card sets, it appears that 2013-14 Panini Prestige will be the first one released on 6 November 2013. Each hobby box will contain 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. On average, each hobby box will contain two autographs, two memorabilia cards, two bonus Shots Silver, and 18 other inserts. This will be collectors’ first opportunity to get their hands on rookie cards from the 2013 rookie class, including players such as Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel, Tim Hardaway Junior, Michael Carter Williams and others.



Best Pulls


Australian hobby collectors have been recently pulling rare parallels; game used cards and autos of rookies as well as superstars from past and present. Here are a few submissions from the readers out there.




Notable Card(s) Pulled


2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars Longevity Hobby Box

Landry Fields Rookie Auto

Dexter Pittman Rookie 2 Colour Jersey /299





Thanks to RC and others who submitted their great pulls into the newsletter. Send your Best Pulls to and we will endeavour to include them in our next issue.


That’s it For Now!


That’s it for now for this issue of NBA Trading Card Collectors Corner and the next issue will be out in December 2013. Catch up with you all then.



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