How do you package a $1,250 box of trading cards? In a metal briefcase, of course.
Panini America released a little more information on its upcoming 2012-13 Flawless basketball card issue on Wednesday, including the revelation that the ten cards inside will each be in heavy plastic holders tucked inside a case that looks like it might hold the key to unlock America’s nuclear weapon launch codes.
Oh, and each box will have either a real diamond or emerald embedded into one of the cards.
As we told you last month, Flawless stands as the most expensive trading card product ever released and Panini is making no apologies. “Extravagant” is how they refer to the new, limited edition issue that’s set to hit the market any day now.
In addition to seven autographed cards and two jumbo memorabilia relics, Panini says every box will have either a diamond-embedded base card numbered to 20, an emerald embedded parallel of a base card numbered to five or a 1/1 diamond-embedded parallel.
Panini is the NBA’s exclusive trading card partner and will fill Flawless with players from the past and present. Preview images have included Pete Maravich as a Celtic along with the likes of Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant. See a few of the cards below.
Panini Flawless will push the number of basketball card products issued by the company over a 12-month period to more than two dozen.