It’ll be released smack dab in the middle of the off-season but Panini America will debut a new brand of basketball cards later this summer with the arrival of 2012-13 Panini
Intrigue Basketball. If you like insert sets, this higher end product will be for you. There are no less than 15 of them to go along with past and present autographs, memorabilia cards and a 100-card base set.
Due for release in late August, the product will be “superstar heavy” according to Panini.
“Intrigue” will be the name of the product and also the theme. Boxes will actually be metal tins with one six-card pack and one containing five cards. The latter will be a 200-card “set within a set” concept according to Panini, with 10 different versions of the NBA’s 20 best players.
Among the pulls inside will be autographed ‘Impact Rookies’; a 50-card autograph insert with gold and platinum parallels called ‘Immortalized Autos’; Red White & Blue, which will feature autographs of players who competed for various U.S. National teams (there will be gold and platinum parallels); a 60-card ‘Rookie Autograph Memorabilia’ set featuring Prime and Laudry Tag parallels; an autographed 50-card ‘Winning Ink’ set designed to feature what Panini calls the NBA’s ‘winningest players, past and present and ‘Slam Ink and Dunk Company’ with autographs from the league’s best slam dunk artists.