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2010/11 Panini America Absolute Memorabilia Basketball Box Break Review

Year over Year Comparison

2009/10 Panini Absolute Basketball

Checklist: 2009/10 Absolute Memorabilia

- MSRP Price: $40.00 Per Pack

- Current Box Price: $230.00 ++

4 Packs Per Box - 4 Cards Per Pack

Good:
Blake Griffin RC Cards Got Hot
NBA Legends Included In Base Set
Brand 'New Set' For NBA In 09/10
Lots of sets/inserts to collect

Suggestions or Opinion
Price Got Really Expensive After Griffin Explosion
Almost all sticker-autographs
Came Out In May When NBA Was Almost Over

2010/11 Panini Absolute Basketball

Checklist: 2010/11 Absolute Memorabilia

- MSRP Price: $40.00 Per Pack

- Current Box Price: $131.96 (Avg)

4 Packs Per Box - 5 Cards Per Pack

Good:
Kevin Durant Auto's for the 1st time in Panini
Same MSRP Price As 2009/10 Product
TOTT, Hoopla, Legends + Other Sets Return
Released earlier than last year

Suggestions or Opinion
Mostly Sticker Autographs
The RC class never caught fire during season
Auto & Non-Auto RPM RC's is confusing

2010-11 Panini Absolute Basketball Box Price Graph
Source: eBay Completed Auctions
   

If 2009/10 is any indication on what might happen to this years Absolute Basketball set - good things are in the cards. Blake Griffin really took the NBA by storm one year after being drafted by the Clippers with the #1 pick. Before Griffin's NBA debut this season, boxes of 09/10 Absolute were selling for far less. However, this goes to show you the power 1 player can have in driving up the value in box sales - let alone multiple players.

2010/11 Absolute didn't even have a rookie as hot as Tyreke Evans was last season - so it took a little extra to get collectors interest this time around. The best thing about 10/11 Absolute is that it was the very first set to include Kevin Durant Autograph Cards within a Panini Basketball release!! That alone will help re-sale and box price values despite a RC class that played second fiddle to Blake Griffin all season long.

As we've seen with all 2009/10 Panini Basketball boxes (they've gone up in price - often WAY over MSRP) That means that there is nothing holding the 10/11 version from doing the same. The NBA in general is a tough league to break into. For the most part, the NBA has been built around Kobe, LeBron, Shaq, D-Wade, Carmelo, and a handful of other players since Michael Jordan retired for the 3rd time. Blake Griffin is pretty rare, but it doesn't mean John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and others can't become NBA superstars as well in year 2 or 3.

Overlooked/Sleeper RC's That Might Step Up In 2011/12

  • Jordan Crawford
    Traded from Atlanta to Washington
    Out-Played/Scored John Wall During Last Half of Season
    Needs to improve shot selection & range
  • Greg Monroe
    Took over for injured/missing Ben Wallace
    Will probably be day #1 starter next year
    Need to improve scoring to be an elite center
  • Derrick Favors
    Showed some signs of life in RC season
    Still very young and raw
    Needs to improve attitude & work ethic
  • Gary Neal (Doesn't have an Auto RC in this set)
    Can score if given minuets and shots
    Played well in spurts during 10/11
    Depth chart limited but full at G position in San Antonio

 

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