Beckett By the Numbers: 2012-13 Panini Prizm

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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 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.

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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.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Randy Moore
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I bought some retail packs of the prizm and I was impressed with the look of these cards. Panini got it right this time. I only wish they had put rc on the card fronts though.

  2. RJ
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I REALLY like Prizm … one thing I could do without … the “legends” cards, both HOF and fan favorite-type guys … I would much rather have, for example, new Warriors/Kings cards of guys like Carl Landry, Jarrett Jack, Aaron Brooks and James Johnson than guys like Kelly Tripucka and Terry Porter. Those guys had their run, had their careers, had their cards, etc. … yet the checklist for the current players across all products is the same 3-4 guys per team.

    I mean, is anyone still collecting Horace Grant cards, for example? No offense, Horace! I easily think Panini could make its own product out of those types of guys — and then expand on it.

    Like, I would love a product if I could get former Kings/Warriors autos of solid players like Rodney McCray, Antoine Carr, Wayman Tisdale, Rod Higgins, Manute Bol, etc. …

  3. Greg M
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    So you guys will be putting a book price on the green refractors? Any idea how long? Beckett I love your guys articles. Thank you

  4. sam m
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    when will the price of error cards 2013 prizm usa insert card of james harden on the front and on the back is the backside inverted pic of brandon rush card #25

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