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2009 Prestige Basketball Preview

Posted by houstoncollector on July 6, 2009


While I don’t follow basketball at all (other than to see how the Rockets are doing), and don’t collect the cards, I know that some of you guys do, so here’s a first look at 2009 Prestige Basketball.  

The base set consists of 250 total cards, with 100 of those being rookies, presumably seeded at 1 per pack. The set has a $4 SRP (presuming $3 retail) and releases on October 7, 2009. You’re going to get four hits per box, either in autograph or memorabilia form. A good hunch says 1 auto and 3 memorabilia, but we may be surprised.

Inserts include:

  • Draft Pick Rights (100):  Signatures from the top NBA rookies can be found on these cards.
  • Preferred Signatures & Materials (10):  Signatures and materials from the NBA’s top names.
  • NBA Draft Class (36):  This insert features some of the top prospects and performers from the 2009 NBA Draft Class, including signed embroidered Draft and NBA patches.
  • Stars of the NBA (20):  The stars of the NBA are included in this insert.
  • Stat Stars (20):  This insert features the top statistical performers from the 2008-2009 NBA season.
  • Connections (10):  This insert features the NBA’s top duos.
  • Hardcourt Heroes (20):  The top players of the hardcourt are featured here.
  • Prestigious Pros (50):  Some of the most dynamic players in the NBA are featured in this insert.
  • Prestigious Picks (50):  This insert features the cream of the crop from the 2009 NBA Draft, including collegiate – game-used material cards.
  • Inside The Numbers (10):  Take a look inside the numbers of the 2008-2009 NBA season.
  • True Colors (10):  This insert includes NBA players with their NBA Team Colors.
  • Old School (18):  This insert features some of the legendary players from the NBA.
  • Playmakers (18):  This insert features some of the NBA’s top game changers.
  • Super Sophs (9):  The top rookies from the 2008-2009 NBA season are featured in this insert.
  • Franchise Favorites (27):  This insert features some of the game’s fan favorites.

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While I don’t think the design itself is all that bad, I’m looking at the insert titles and can easily see the correlation between this set and their previous football and baseball sets.  This isn’t just a problem with Donruss, but it seems that there’s little difference between a set from one year to the next.  Donruss Elite has looked the same basically since 2002 or earlier.  Prestige has had similar designs since about the same time.  SP Authentic has looked similar for years, and the same with Triple Threads.  It’s just like you know when Upper Deck and Topps shows the design for Series 1 Baseball that you’re going to see that same design for Football and Basketball as well.  I think it’s something the industry needs to recognize and correct before we all get so bored we just stop caring.  Now, as far as Prestige goes, it does look (at least in the samples) as the design has been tweaked to avoid floating swatch madness, and the placement of the autographs (so far) look pretty good.  However, you know this’ll have the same number of parallels that football had, because Panini just can’t get away from the concept of shoving as many parallels in a product as possible for both the base and all of their parallels, and then auto and jersey versions of the same.  We’ll have to see, though, and I’m willing to give Panini the benefit of the doubt.


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