HOUSTON — Yes, we know that 2012-13 Elite Basketball is less than a week from hitting hobby shops. And we know that the product’s arrival after a few seasons away has hoops collectors all over the globe excited. Heck, we’re just as excited — especially after checking out the Quality Control Gallery. But when you have the chance to preview the kind of basketball card brilliance that has arrived at Panini America headquarters in recent days, well, you do it.

So to help tip off 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend in style, we proudly present this extended look at some of the must-see on-card autographs from 2012-13 Select Basketball and 2012-13 Preferred Basketball that have hit HQ in the last few days. We’re talking absolutely sick Silhouette Primes, dazzlingly die-cut Panini’s Choice Awards and so much more. Enjoy the gallery, and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of what promises to be a fantastic 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend.