Ask for a nicely designed card and get it. A few days ago I was wondering where are all the card designers have gone. After railing on Donruss Panini for using the same designs over and over and over, they go and release a nicely designed set. Donruss after years of baseball and football cards, has entered the realm of Basketball. Their first set is a tribute to the days of yore, when collecting was so much more fun! The design of the rated rookie cards is a nice throwback to the 1984 Donruss baseball card set. I am not a huge fan of the rookie photo shoots, but I do understand their necessity. That being said, I am not sure why they couldn’t photoshop out the curtain rods of the backdrop. I am really hoping that this is not the final print of this card. The base cards are going to look a bit like this: Again, I do love the nice tip of the cap to the 1984 Donruss Baseball card set. They reworked the design but it still has a great feel to it. I’m not a basketball fan or a basketball card fan, but I can easily see myself collecting this set. There is also a parallel set that is going along with it, that is a die cut version of the base card. The insert cards of the release are in my opinion unspectacular. As willing as they were to change up the base design of the card, they fall back to old designs for the autographs and game used.
Although the chances of pulling one of these inserts is low, the cards do have a nice flow to them. The autograph only card seems to invoke a UD spX look to it. I do like the “Magicians” card of Steve Nash, I have always been a fan of patch / autograph cards, and this one has a nice flow to it. The Kobe jersey card is just tired looking. It reminds me of a lot of Panini jersey cards.
The set will consist of 296 base cards, and each box will contain on average 3 autograph or game used cards and 20 die cut parallel cards. It should go live on December 22, 2010 and as more details, such as a checklist and pricing becomes available, I will post it.
As a non-basketball card fan, I can honestly say that I will buy a box. The set in my opinion is worth collecting, even if I am not a fan of the autogamers cards. What is your take on this set? Collect or Dump? My initial review is a 4.5/5, let’s see how it will hold up when I actually buy a box.