2010-11 Panini Classics
18 packs per box, 8 cards per pack
Base set contains 100 base cards, 40 Legends, 40 Autographed rookies
Complete set of 100 base cards plus 30 duplicates
Legends /999 (2): Michael Finley, Chris Webber
Silver /250 (1): Jeff Green
The base set design is one of my favorite designs from the past several years. It does have a throwback feel with script text of the player, position, and Classics logo. The primary team colors filling the majority of the background on the base cards make for a relatively bright and colorful set. The base set had at least 3 players from each team, with a good mix of stars, established veterans, and up-and-coming players. We also received a complete set of base cards, which is pretty rare and definitely a plus for those set collectors and the player collectors who want to be sure to pull a favorite player.
The two ‘Legend’ cards we pulled had a red and black color scheme with a black and white photo to give the card a look of nostalgia. While the obvious legends were included like Bird, Magic, Dr. J, Moses, etc.., some of the choices confused me a bit, such as Michael Finley, Glenn Robinson, and Jamal Mashburn, among others. Are these guys really ‘Legends’?
While I found the base set appealing, the inserts were another story. I found most of the inserts relatively bland, lacking the vibrant coloring of the base set. Instead most of the inserts have a similar look, feel, and color scheme. The Blast From The Past inserts confused me as well. Chris Bosh’s card, for instance, features him in a Raptors uniform. Glad to see we have blasted back a whole year to revisit his exile in Toronto. I’d imagine most folks would be more excited to pull a card featuring Bosh in his new Heat uniform.
The insert ratio is appreciated, which including memorabilia and autographs was close to one per pack (15/18).
The Membership Materials cards are made to look like membership cards, and contain a mix of retired and current players. Seeing at least one of the memorabilia or autographed cards from the box feature a retired player would have been nice.
We pulled two rookie autographs in the box- no complaints there. The rookie autographs in the set are just excellent as they follow the base design and are signed on-card. Surely the top rookie autographs are popular and selling well.
Base Set: 5/5 Stars
Inserts: 2/5 Stars
Memorabilia and Autographs: 4/5 Stars
Value: 4/5 Stars
Overall: 3.75/5 Stars
My biggest suggestion for a future Classics product would be to include more retired players per box (only 4 cards in my box), which is what most would probably expect from a product labeled ‘Classics’. Maybe this was just an odd box.