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First look: 2010-11 Panini Prestige basketball cards by Chris Olds

Panini America revealed its first basketball set for 2010-11 — its sophomore season as the NBA’s lone trading card licensee — and it’s Prestige leading the way.

Set to arrive on Sept. 29, Prestige will include a rookie in every pack and each 24-pack hobby box will include one autograph, one NBA Auto Draft Class card (limited to 499 or less) and two memorabilia cards.

Oh, and perhaps Panini’s biggest selling point? There are more than 20,000 on-card autographs to be found in this product.

Eight-card packs will carry a $4 suggested retail price.

The set will mark the first cards of No. 1 overall pick John Wall as well as autographs from Panini-exclusives Evan Turner and Wesley Johnson. It also will include the first Knicks autographs of Amar’e Stoudemire as well as debut autographs of Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer in their new uniforms.

Among the autograph checklist are Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Shaquille O’Neal, Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Tyreke Evans, Rajon Rondo, Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Elgin Baylor and Alonzo Mourning.

See more images from the set after the jump.

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Panini America Inks Evan Turner to Exclusive Agreement by Tracy Hackler

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A week to the day after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, Ohio State standout Evan Turner has agreed to an exclusive agreement with Panini America.

The deal means that Turner’s autographed trading cards will be available exclusively in Panini America products, beginning with the company’s first 2010-11 release, Prestige, due out in September. In addition, Turner will likely be involved in promotional appearances for the company.

“We are excited to announce that we have signed Turner,” said Scott Prusha, Director of Marketing for Panini America. “We look forward to an exciting rookie season from him and hope he has as much success as our NBA rookies last year.”

In 2009-10, Panini’s first as the NBA’s exclusive trading card and sticker manufacturer, the company enjoyed exclusive agreements with Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks sensation Brandon Jennings, among others.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional information on the Panini America’s 2010-11 NBA product line and images of Evan Turner’s first trading cards.

— Tracy Hackler



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-12) Contest No. 11 — A Tyler Hansbrough 2009-10 Limited autographed memorabilia card (courtesy of Panini America) by Chris Olds

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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and the portion courtesy of Panini starts now.

We’re launching several contests tonight and we’re starting off big because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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Card gallery: 2009-10 Rookies & Stars basketball cards by Chris Olds

The 2009-10 Rookies & Stars basketball set from Panini America arrives on Wednesday with four autograph or memorabilia cards per hobby box — and one of this writer’s favorite card designs of the year in the Dress for Success inserts (above).

Few trading card sets have carried a more organic (non-geometric) design as interesting and different than this one — one that will incite as many oohs as it might ughs because it’s just that different than other stuff out there. (That’s the sign of an interesting card set to me.)

Don’t get the (what looks like) underwater dye swirls confused with paint splatter designs used in the past. This one’s different — and perhaps more interesting.

What else can be found in Rookies & Stars? See a sampling after the jump.

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*** CONTEST CLOSED *** Free Stuff Friday: Contest No. 11 — a Blake Griffin autographed photo courtesy of Panini America by Chris Olds

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE LAST REMAINING OPEN CONTEST THIS WEEK.

We’ve had a long but fun day here for the first (but certainly not last) run of Free Stuff Friday.

logoHow can you win what you see above? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that doesn’t indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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Panini kicks off its basketball promotions with videos by Chris Olds

Check out this video from Panini America, which is just the start of its basketball card promotions. The company takes you behind the scenes at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.



First Look Gallery: 2009 Donruss Elite Basketball by Tracy Hackler

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Panini America officials on Wednesday released preliminary information on what promises to be one of the company’s most popular basketball products of the season: 2009 Donruss Elite.

The brand’s distinguished history in baseball and football combined with what appears to be solid product content for the maiden NBA release should see anxious hoops collectors embrace Elite when it goes live in late November.

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