Thanks to the folks over at Panini America we got a spiffy new box of
2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball Basketball to open. Each box contains 4 mini boxes, each with one pack containing 5 cards. Box states two autograph and two memorabilia cards per box.
I attempted to open this box live on UStream but from what I was told the audio on it was pretty terrible for some reason. You are more than welcome to track it down to watch it, but you will probably just hear me grumbling and cursing because no one can hear me.
Here is what was in the box:
Base cards (10):
Parallels /499 (2):
Derrick Caracter RC
Spectrum insert /100:
Inserts /399 (2):
Frequent Flyer Rudy Gay
Karl Malone Marks of Fame
Star Gazing Insert /100 (1):
Game used cards (2):
Derrick Rose Tools of the Trade /49
Derrick Favors Rookie Premiere Materials /25
Elliot Williams Rookie Premiere Materials dual GU/AU /499
Emeka Okafor Spectrum AU /25
So what do I like about this product? I love the game used cards because they incorporate a cool new element- a piece of the ball. To me, that makes this product more fun without really doing much of anything. The design of the game used with the ball makes for instant fun for the collector. The downside to the game used cards is that they are all one color (at least in this box). The Derrick Rose card looks boring as hell with just a big black swatch on there. I know that each card can't be a patch but when a card is only numbered to 49, it really can be.
Bottom line- it's a higher end product and it should have patches like previous releases of high end cards by Panini.
Another upside to the product are the Star Gazing inserts. These just look cool and they remind me a little bit of the old school Dream Team cards for some reason. I like oddball cards so perhaps that it why this insert is a hit with me.
The other inserts are fairly standard and don't really scream out "cool" or "new". The rainbow type foil on the parallels is nice to look at.
What don't I like about the cards?
While I like "shiny" type cards here and there, there is one downside to them- they fingerprint too easily. I always try not to touch chrome or foil cards on the surface but sometimes it just happens and it's annoying to look at.
I don't really care for the design to be very honest. I like action shots on baseball cards, and I don't really feel any differently about basketball. In the Donruss 2010-11 cards, the base cards were action but the RC's were on solid backgrounds which made them stand out from the base cards. That was cool. This set they are all on plain backgrounds that have some sort of smokish thing behind the player which looks like the color had water dropped on it.
You aren't really buying this box for base cards, so that really shouldn't be a factor in your decision to buy or not to buy a box. You get 4 hits, all serial numbered and all very sharp looking. That should be reason enough to purchase this product. I had fun opening it, and the hits are very fun.
Overall grade on this product is probably a B/B+ based on the contents of this box.
P.S. I touched both balls.
P.P.S Please say you got the joke.