2012-13 Panini Elite Series Basketball Box Break Review

September 30th, 2013

The cards in this product are quite beautiful and offer thick card stock, classy reflective foil trim, interesting die-cuts, on-card autos, and sweet insert sets. Box price took a plunge after the product’s initial release, which makes this product even more appealing since it is LOADED with Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis autos along with veterans like Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill, Larry Johnson, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, etc. Searching the “sold listings” on ebay shows you just how many cards there are in this checklist that sell for big money.

On the flip side of that coin, a huge number of the autos sell for next to nothing. This is pretty much the norm in basketball as the difference between top rookies and average rookies is astronomical compared to sports like baseball and football.

Elegant designs and beautiful hits, but is the box-value as impressive as the packaging? Like most basketball products, the high-end stuff is extremely “hit-or-miss.” Unlike most basketball products, Elite’s box value plummeted shortly after its release, bringing box prices down to a more reasonable $130-150 range compared to the original MSRP of over $200. Although the price drop is good for collectors, it’s very bad for re-sellers and especially local card shops, who have to eat the price difference themselves.

Frankly at the lower price this is definitely a worthwhile box to bust as the upside is huge with inserts like “Passing the Torch” and the die-cut autos of a stellar rookie class. I love the checklist and the quality of the cards and personally I’m surprised this product did so poorly with collectors, of course after busting my own box I can see why many collectors would be discouraged from busting it themselves.

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