By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
If you’re fan of the old — but also a fan of the new — then the new Panini America basketball set might be for you.
Panini offered the first looks at 2011-12 Past & Present basketball on Tuesday, a product that it promises “to embrace the extreme differences between vintage cards and cutting-edge print technologies in one unique product.”
That means that you’ll find cards with some new looks and experiments on this brand-new line and you’ll also find some cards with more familiar looks, too, when it arrives on May 9.
Each 20-pack box will include three autographs and one memorabilia card and 20 inserts from several sets showcasing new looks. Panini promises four new technologies on cards in Past & Present and each showcases on inserts in the line — the Breakout, Changing Times, Fireworks and Raining 3s inserts will utilize “water, fire and special texture effects.”
The rather element-al approach also will include two vintage designs in the product and a third that will be short-printed. The brand also will include the first dual rookie redemption cards, which will fuel some collectors’ fires as they’re clamoring for the newest RCs. These will highlight both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 draft classes.
The autographs, the company promises, “will incorporate sleek, clean and crisp designs allow the autograph to really pop off the card.”
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