Hee-Hee Hits: Panini Previews 2011 Michael Jackson

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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor


Earlier this week, Panini America revealed a look at awaited  trading card thriller 2011 Michael Jackson.

Set for a June 8 release  date, the company’s homage to the King of Pop will moonwalk into the market with a $2.99-per-pack price tag and an array of Jackson-inspired cardboard. Each 24-pack box promises a breadth of inserts themed after the icon’s legendary career. According to early odds, adventurous collectors can expect to pull 12 Decades, eight Top Tens, six Number Ones, five Gold Parallels, one Platinum Parallel and one Number Ones Deluxe card per box.

The real chase comes in the 20-box case.

Ideally featuring actual memorabilia worn by the other MJ, case breaks should yield one or more hits including limited Diamond Parallels, Eclectic Threads (shirt, pants and dual swatches), Televised Fashions, and Jackson Live (single and dual swatches).

As Jackson jolts trading-card traditionalism,  we’re interested to hear about the way this set makes you feel. (The way it makes you feel).


  1. David Johnson
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Some cut autos in the set would have been way sweeter than the cut up clothes.

  2. Jestin Haugh
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Yeah this really terrible. I would expect that people could get 1 relic per box. He had thousands of different outfits. Also finding 50 to 100 cut autos to put in this product would have been nice. A few people will collect the set, but the parallels will be worthless, except maybe the 1/1’s. They could have also included auto’s of his friends and family that had inscriptions written about MJ. Some of the pictures look cool, but this product was not well thought out.

  3. Scott Schwartz
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I’ll help the guys at Panini out as I’ve heard MANY things about this product. They were VERY limited to what they could do with MJ’s estate. There were NO cut auto’s allowed PERIOD, NOT 1 was allowed or the deal was off. The fact they got to include relic pieces took almost a year for his lawyers to give their approval as they don’t understand the card industry and what “we” want as consumers to obtain. I HOPE the readers here won’t slam Panini as REALLY they got what they could and did the BEST they could to give us a real tribute product based on The King of Pop.

  4. Julie
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I thought Panini did a great job! You can get Michael’s autographs if you want them, but you cannot get his clothes unless you pay $10,000 or more. I have 2 certified autographs of Michael, therefore the clothing meant more to me in these cards. I’m sure Panini had to wrestle with the estate over many issues. I am so thankful to them that they endured the fight and brought us some AWESOME cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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