First look: 2011-12 Panini Past & Present


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.”

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


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  1. tom waldron 13 March, 2012 at 17:14

    hey the only and I repeat only way Panini can make a PAST AND PRESENT IS IF THEY SIGN MR JORDAN.
    The look of this is ok just wondering the price point

  2. Peter Angeles 13 March, 2012 at 18:01

    While reading this, in my mind, it really sounds cool. I hope that the finished product will deliver the best that it can for the collectors who waited for a set that includes rookie cards.

  3. Folkert Leffring 14 March, 2012 at 09:30

    I’m LOVING the B.J., Paul and Blake cards’ design, shame they’re sticker autos. I suppose all of these are inserts? Would like to see a base card as well.
    From what I see here, the whole set is a very inconsistent design-wise, not sure whether I like or dislike that. Looking forward to seeing more snapshots and further information

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