Collectors who were wishing there were trading cards for the NBA Finals right now will have that wish granted. Panini is using its real-time trading card platform and exclusive NBA license to produce on-demand cards for the Finals.
Panini had cards from the first six games available to order on Monday but indicated its Game 7 cards wouldn’t be ready until Tuesday. There will be 15 cards in all, commemorating each game of the seven-game Series including one devoted to James’ Finals MVP award, one featuring a Cavaliers team celebration and one capturing Irving’s game-winning 3-pointer from Game 7.
The concept is much like what Topps is doing with its NOW platform, but there is a bit of a twist with Panini’s newly launched Instant concept. While Topps sells only single cards, printed to the number of orders that are placed in a 24-hour period, Panini is offering a few other options.
Unlike Topps NOW, which offers cards on virtually every day of the baseball season, Panini released all of its cards from the Finals in one fell swoop for that two-day period.
“Captivating moments like we saw last night during Game 7 and throughout this NBA Finals are what the Panini Instant platform is all about, it’s why Panini Instant was developed,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “The ability to capture the most exciting moments in sports on real-time trading cards is an exciting evolution for fans and collectors everywhere.”