Panini basketball launch includes hobby shop party packs

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Copy of prestige

Among the promotions that Panini America has planned for its NBA launch that coincides with 2009 Prestige Basketball are party packs that are set to go into collectors hands beginning on Oct. 7.

All hobby shops that pre-order the product will receive a selection of posters, Panini hats, t-shirts, swag bags, foam mini basketballs and promo cards.

The cards are Hardcourt Heroes promo cards featuring No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies rookie Hasheem Thabeet.

Could more promotions be in the works after Tuesday’s big news? We’ll just have to wait and see …

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

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