Sunday, November 3, 2013

2013-14 Hoops Jumbo hobby box

Sport:  Basketball
Product:  2013-14 Hoops jumbo
Break Date:  November 3, 2013
Breakdown:  Three guaranteed hits: two autographs, 1 jersey card
Summary:  While Hoops is a low-end product, as a set builder, I really enjoy it. This year, Panini upped their game with the initial product of the season, the 10-pack jumbo box. With 50 cards per pack, the boxes pack a wallop at the price point (between $90 and $110).

This year's product has gold variations, red back variations (regular version has black copy/logos on the back) along with the standard card. The photography is stellar, and the card design is really, really clean.

The base set is 300 deep so it's a good product for set builders, and with three hits per jumbo box, it's a fun break. But, the auto set is also deep at 200 cards, so there's a high percent chance that the autos you pull are going to be mediocre.

Each jumbo box comes with two autographs, one jersey card, a slew of red back/gold parallels, one Artist's Proof, and more inserts than anyone can handle.

The first auto came out of the first pack, and it was un-inspiring - Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Not long after, the jersey card surfaced – Carmelo Anthony (pretty satisfying).

Then, the hit of the box came out - a gold Michael Carter-Williams rookie. MCW has been stellar out of the gate this season, and the card is pulling $40+ on eBay. The Miami Heat Champions short print was in the box, and the final auto was Chicago Bulls rookie Erik Murphy. As a Gator alum, it's a nice PC card even though it isn't a high-dollar card.

Grade for the product:  B+
Grade for the specific break:  B+

What we pulled: 

Signatures Autograph:  Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Erik Murphy
Authentics Hoops (jersey):  Carmelo Anthony
Artist's Proof:  DeMar DeRozan 
Gold parallels (50, best cards listed):  Michael Carter-Williams (RC), Archie Goodwin (RC), Anthony Davis
Red Back parallels (27, best cards listed):  Kelly Olynk (RC), Peyton Siva (RC), Blake Griffin
Action Shots (20, best cards listed):  Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Damian Lillard
Board Members (20, best cards listed):  Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard
Hoop Dreams (20, best cards listed):  Damian Lillard
Spark Plugs (20, best cards listed):  Jimmy Butler
Courtside (20, best cards listed):  LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant
Basketball Hall of Fame (20, best cards listed):  Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving
Class Action (20, best cards listed):  LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard

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