There’s high end and then there’s HIGH END. 2013-14 Panini Flawless Basketball turns trading cards into something you might find inside a jewelry case with the second edition of the product arriving on Wednesday. At a going rate north of $1700 per box—er briefcase—it’s not for everyone. However, super premium issues can often surpass the scoffing when the secondary market comes to life.
It’s not a complicated product, really, just expensive.
Announced at $1,500, you might have to pay at least a couple hundred more than that to get one.
Flawless and Immaculate, Panini’s other high-end product, drew a lot of attention last season. In the last couple of months, about 20 Flawless cards have sold on eBay for prices of $1,000 or more with Kyrie Irving diamond and emerald cards ringing up the biggest prices.
Just like last year, 2013-14 Flawless (and yes, it’s last season’s product even with a new one set to begin in a month) packs ten cards inside a metal briefcase. Six of those cards will bear autographs and images of current and former players, two will feature jumbo patches and two jewel base cards.
Every card will be numbered to 25 or less according to information from Panini.
Around 100 rookies, veterans and former stars make up the relic checklist. Panini did manage to snare some tough autograph signers for the product and will also have several older Hall of Fame greats including Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
New this year are Retired Numbers Autographs featuring former players whose jersey numbers hang in the rafters and Top of the Class autograph/memorabilia cards which focus on former number one draft picks.