First look: 2012-13 Panini Past & Present

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

It’s back to the future for the second time.

Panini America revealed the first glimpses at the forthcoming sophomore edition of Panini Past & Present, a throwback-designed product that was a surprisingly fresh look at old cards in a new — and old — way last season.

Arriving in May, Past & Present will include 250 cards in its base set along with 50 short-printed variations. Each box will include three autographs along with the first Rookie Cards for the brand as they were not included in the product last year.

This time around, Panini promises six “unique technology-driven inserts” which will include a new installment of Raining Threes inserts along with some new touches. Treads cards will feel like the bottoms of basketball shoes. Meanwhile, Winning Touch banners promise to be felt.

Then there will be Headbands cards that will have a felt finish, while Rise ‘n’ Shine will have a cereal box aesthetic. (Don’t add milk — it might ruin them.)

For the autographs, there will be a new helping of Elusive Ink — guys who just don’t sign as much — while there will be Gamers memorabilia cards and more.

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. kris
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    i like it so far

  2. David Johnson
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Nice, I loved last year’s product. The headbands cards sound like they could be cool too.

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