2012-13 Panini Intrigue Basketball – Early Information

6 cards per pack, 1 pack per box, 10 boxes per case
–    3 Autographs per pack!
–    1 Memorabilia card per pack!
–    Plus! One 5-card Bonus Intriguing Player pack per box! Only the game’s 20 top players
are featured in this set, with ten different versions of each to deliver diversity.
–   60 Autograph Rookie Cards
–   100 Card Base Set
–   Red – White and Blue Autographs from Team USA Members
–   Packaged in metal tins.
Release Date:  August 28, 2013
Online sites have this priced at $129.00 a box on pre-order – which is only about $15 dollars over cost – so there isn’t a big expectation from retailers that this will be flying off the shelves. In fact, after PayPal and other fees, you’re probably loosing money on a $130 dollar order. As a customer, I can’t expect we’ll see anywhere close to $130 dollars worth of value from boxes, not to mention this set comes on the heals of National Treasures and comes at a time when collectors are more looking forward to the 2013/14 season. Maybe it’s just me, but unless you’re dripping wet in cash, you probably have better things to spend their money on than a set that comes out 2 months after the NBA finals and offers nothing over-and-above the countless 12/13 sets that have already come out.
There will be some nice cards to chase down from this set, just not at $130 a box. If Panini expects collectors to pay that kind of price for such a late season release, they should include XRC redemptions for 2013/14 NBA rookies that were just drafted. Imagine this time next year when we have sets without the double rookie class? I bet they will be charging the same price – but I won’t be buying – this year or next.
Stick to singles.
The logo looks like someone took the square eraser to the words INTRIGUE and created a “Logo” for this set. Nice looking card otherwise.
Preview: Here

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