Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2 Pack Donruss Basketball Review

I know these have been out for a few weeks but I haven't gotten around to reviewing them here yet. This post was actually started a week ago, but then we lost power for a few days during our wonderful Texas winter storm and I'm just now getting back to it. Blogging hasn't been much of a priority for me lately, so sue me. Anyway, lets get to it.

Panini didn't put out a "flagship" set this year so it seems Donruss is taking it's place. You get 10 cards per pack and the set features a larger player list from each team than any of Panini's other offerings so far this season. It's got John Wall on the wrapper, Mr. "I finished second in Rookie of the Year Voting". Blake'll win, for sure.

The card design is a throwback/tribute to one of Donruss's old baseball sets. I don't remember which year and don't care to look it up now. I like the design even though they decided to tweak the colors somewhat and make them look "old school". It's kinda weird at first, but I've gotten used to it. Every team has the same color treatment and a little dash of foil stamp for the Donruss logo.

This is what the backs look like. Nice and simple retro design. All the usual player info and multiple lines of stats unless you've only played one year like Jonas here.

Besides the standard base design there are Rated Rookie and Team Photo cards as well. The Production Line card is one of the insert sets included. This one is die cut though you can hardly tell, just the top is cut at a slant. What's the point really? This would also be called the non-auto non-relic version. (Distinguished by the subtle use of white space.)

Pack 2 yielded these base cards. Nice that I got a Dirk rockin' a sweet headband and Andrei Kirilenko doing his best Tom Chambers impression. Go ahead and research it. AK47 with the long 'do and Tom, separated at birth?

These are the Rated Rookies and Team card that came in pack 2. Nothing special here, but there was one more card.

A Kobe Production Line jersey card with a nice purple swatch. The cool thing about this was, half the packs at the store had been opened and put back, but Mr. Packsearcher missed this one. I'll have to say that I really like this set though I don't have plans on building it. I've grabbed a few other packs since these including an interesting rack pack I'll post about some other time. Later.


  1. Love this set. Stick to the retail jumbo packs if you can find them, should you reconsider. 40 cards for 4.99.

  2. I think this is my favorite set of the year. I love seeing the Rated Rookies logo and the Production Line inserts look great. I think I'm going to finish this one.