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2010/11 Donruss Basketball Hobby Box Break - Panini America

2010/11 Panini Donruss Basketball Hobby Box

2010/11 Donruss Basketball Box Break

When: January 8, 2010

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This type of product (under $75 for a hobby box) really gets me excited to see what I can get inside. With 3 'hits' and 1 being an autograph - I truly feel this is one of the best value sets Panini has put together for basketball.

There is a cool mix of current, HOF and rookie NBA players in this set. In fact, all of our 'hits' were non-rookies. The die-cuts on some of the cards are a nice added touch, and I saw a curved die-cut, an interesting die-cut on the Masters insert set and a more diagonal die-cut on the Production Line inserts. You'll also find Emerald Donruss logo on some cards instead of silver - so there was some attention to detail during the design of this set as well. You'll also find 'Rated Rookies' for the first time in Basketball - which fall at about 1 per pack ... sometimes more. (We got John Wall, Evan Turner and many others)

Usually when a box doesn't cost over $80 - you lack serial numbers inserts, quality jersey hits, and overall lack of fun when opening a box goes down a bit. I would say this box delivers $120 excitement with a $70 price tag. You have a chance at some real nice autographs - and the parallels, inserts and die-cuts make opening each pack really exciting. Some people might not like all the sticker autographs - but I actually like them in a product like this to keep the price down for everyone ... and save the on-card stuff for more expensive products like Timeless Treasures and National Treasures. Plus the stickers allow for the checklist to be deeper - and for there to be at least 1 autograph per box. Not only that, we pulled an Artis Gilmore Autograph Jersey card - how often do you pull a (should be)* hall of fame basketball player out of a product that cost $2.99 a pack or less? Doesn't happen very often in any sports these days.

Whenever we get product from Panini - I always say to myself .... I sure hope they benefit from this as much as Sports Card Radio & our fans do. Well, after opening this box ... I just might have to buy another one! Seriously, if the price is around $75 for a full hobby box - expect another contest. There is value here besides the hits - as I've seen Press Proofs and Rookies + other rare parallel cards sell for $20+ online. There is always the chance you can hit a Kobe, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson or John Wall autograph - so the excitement  is unmatched for boxes in this price range....especially compared to baseball which usually gives you 1 hit per box for this price.

As a former shop ower - I probably could have sold out of something like this ... as the kids can afford it, and there is enough fire power with the autograph checklist to get the big spenders to try some as well. I love big patches and on card autographs ... but not everyone can afford $20 a pack or $150+ boxes. These types of products hopefully sell well enough for Panini - because I feel collectors are getting a good value from 2010/11 Donruss Basketball. If you collect basketball cards ... or just like good deals like me, I think you'll like 10/11 Donruss Basketball by the box over similar priced products across all sports.

*Artis Gilmore averaged 22.3 points and 17.1 rebounds in the ABA and 17.1 points & 10.1 rebounds per game in the NBA. He is 1st all time in NBA field goal percentage.

2010/11 Donruss Chris Bosh Production Line Jersey Card #91/399
Chris Bosh Production Line Jersey Card #91/399
2010/11 Donruss Stephen Curry Production Line Jersey Card #202/399
Stephen Curry Production Line Jersey Card #202/399
2010/11 Donruss John Wall Rated RC Card #228
2010/11 Donruss John Wall Rated RC Card #228
2010/11 Donruss Production Line JR Smith Die Cut #26/49
Production Line JR Smith Sapphire Die Cut #26/49
2010/11 Donruss Artis Gilmore Autograph Jersey #6/49
2010/11 Donruss Artis Gilmore Autograph Jersey #6/49