By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888

Having burst into the licensed sports cards market last year with a range of NBA product, Panini returns this year with a second line-up to propose to basketball fans. As the name suggests, the product is aimed at rookie collectors featuring 40 of the NBA top rookies’ autograph on team logo and logoman patch cards. Selling for $80 per hobby box, Rookies and Stars will deliver four hits per box and there will also be an hobby exclusive insert set called Sharp Shooters to chase. Last years’ incarnation offered an interesting base set design with a bit of a retro feel to it and also included dreaded sticker autographs which are still present this year. Also returning will be the “Moment in Time” insert set which features important moment in the NBA’s history. Panini’s Rookies and Stars is set to hit the hardwood on the 17th November 2010 and it will be interesting to see if Panini can improve on last year’s effort.

Configuration:  24 packs per box. 5 cards per pack.
Box Break
- One Auto Patch and Three Auto or Mem Cards (#d to 499 or less)
- Two parallel cards including Gold (#’d 499) and Gold Holo foil (#’d to 199)
- 12 inserts including Sharp Shooters, Studio Combo Rookies, Gold Stars, Team Leaders and Moments in Time

Highlights
- Autographed NBA Team Logo and Logoman patches from 40 of the year’s most anticipated rookies
- New Game Garb Prime Materials and Game Garb Prime Signatures insert cards display beautiful swatches from fan favorite players
- Hobby exclusive 15-card Sharp Shooters insert includes autographs and memorabilia from the game’s best shooters
- Return of the Moments in Time insert that captures iconic moments in the history of the NBA

Set Consists Of
- 100 Commons
- 15 Retired
- 40 Rookie Auto Patches (#’d to 499 or less)
- 15 Rookie Base