By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the Online Price Guide has been posted.
The 2012-13 Panini Prizm basketball card set from Panini America has arrived on Beckett.com with the favorites, autographs and memories in tow. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs – and see even more — after the jump.
Total value: $12,200
Average price: $12.64
Highest card: Panini Prizm Autographs Prizms #1 Kobe Bryant $400-$700
Other notable cards:
— Panini Prizm Prizms #245 Damian Lillard $75-$200
— Panini Prizm Autographs #5 Anthony Davis $100-$200
— Panini Prizm USA Basketball Prizms #3 LeBron James $40-$100
— Panini Prizm Autographs Prizms #4 Kyrie Irving $250-$500
Springs Says: Everyone seems to love the new Panini Prizm. Yes, it’s on a familiar technology (and arguably done much better), but that is what makes it sell. The unpriced Gold Prizm cards out of 10 are selling for some crazy money (see the USA ones, in particular) and there is a lot of value throughout the whole product. The Green parallels are retail-only and have just begun to show up, so we will get those priced as soon as there is enough market information. The Prizm Autograph parallel out of 25 has also shown a lot of strong sales. Overall, a well-done product. At the very least, it should give you a good reason to collect a base set again in basketball.
Olds’ Opinion: If you love Refractors — and they’ve been shown to be popular for nearly 20 years now — then you should love Prizms. The Chromium technology — which is not a printing technique exclusive to trading cards — is one that adds another dimension to the visual appeal of cards and it’s one that has shown traditional cardboard can be trumped. This product is pretty collector-friendly with a deep checklist and not a ton of parallels — Prizms — per box. That will help them hold a bit more value. We’ll be seeing more of the touch, undoubtedly, so a debut product like this one could be one that collectors look back on fondly — and spend on — as more and more stuff arrives.
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