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Rippin’ Retail: Panini Longevity Rookies & Stars vs. three Basketball Blasters by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

Collectors often bemoan he differences between hobby and retail boxes, opting for the superior hobby version over the taste-test of a retail blaster or other type of offering.

In some cases, though, that logic just might be unfounded — good cards certainly can be found in retail, but if they’re not there the prices might be better depending on how in-demand boxes might be.

It really just depends on what you’re buying. However, not all retail boxes are made alike, either.

I recently ripped some retail Panini America basketball boxes and was kind of surprised by what I found. Frankly, the cheapest of all retail versions — the Blaster box — seemed to compete well with its bigger-time counterpart, the Longevity version of 2010-11 Rookies & Stars. The $50 Longevity box was a dud, while three Blasters (two Rookies & Stars boxes and one Threads box) seemed more interesting for approximately the same price at $60.

How is that? It surprised me. At first glance, the retail-focused Longevity found only in Target stores seems like a good alternative to the typical Blaster boxes. After all, it looks more like a hobby box so it should feel more like a hobby box, right? It’s packing three autograph or memorabilia cards per 10-pack box and is otherwise an abbreviated offering of the standard Rookies & Stars set but printed on foilboard. (In the case of this design, I actually don’t mind the foilboard — a rare instance.)

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***NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-19) — Win a box of 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars basketball cards by Chris Olds
November 19, 2010, 5:40 pm
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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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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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FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11/13): A preview by Chris Olds


We’ve got plenty more on tap for Free Stuff Friday as we enter a our sixth week of day-long contests with the mission to get free stuff into collectors’ hands.

We’ll kick it all off with an Early Bird Contest starting later tonight, which will run until we start giving stuff away at 10 a.m. Central time right here on The Beckett Blog (click that link for the latest contests in the morning).

All you have to do is be here and be ready to answer questions…

What will we have on tap? See it all after the jump.

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Rookies & Stars football cards by Chris Olds
July 28, 2009, 2:12 pm
Filed under: Donruss, NFL, Panini | Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Panini America released additional card images from its forthcoming Rookies & Stars football card set, which will arrive on Aug. 5.

Check ’em out …

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Leaf Rookies & Stars Football has good Team Chemistry by Chris Olds

Sometimes, it’s the simple additions to an insert set that make it a bit stronger.

In the case of the Team Chemistry cards in the upcoming 2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars Football set, all that hinges on just a little ink.

Check out these cards from the product, which hits store shelves next Wednesday, after the jump.

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