In January 2009, it was announced that Panini would become the exclusive trading card partner of the NBA beginning with the 2009-10 season and collectors have been anxiously waiting to hear details on the company's first launch.
Well, the wait is finally over ...
Panini America officials revealed details and images from their first official NBA launch, 2009 Prestige. Releasing the first week of October, the set will include the first fully licensed rookie cards of the new NBA draft class, as well as exclusive autographs from Panini America spokesman Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Jordan Hill, Brandon Jennings and Hasheem Thabeet.
A closer look at the program:
Total Base Set Cards (including rookies): 250 total cards - 150 base common cards and 100 rookie cards
SRP per pack: $4.00
Release Date: October 7, 2009
HITS PER BOX
4 Autograph and/or Memorabilia Cards
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.
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.
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.