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    SCF Official Review: 2013/14 Panini Crusade

    First and foremost, I'd like to thank our sponsors at Panini for providing us with this box.

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    6 packs per box
    5 cards per pack
    Current Retail Price (online): $65.99 - $79.99

    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

    Base Set
    - 150
    Rookies
    - 50 (1:3 packs)
    Legends
    - 50 (1:3 packs)

    Inserts
    - Nobility (1:14 packs)
    - Royalty (1:18 packs)
    - Knight Court (1:18 packs)

    Autographs
    - Quest
    - Apprentice Signatures - Find autographs of this year's top rookies in Apprentice Signatures!
    - High Praise Ink - Score signatures of the biggest stars in the NBA in High Praise Ink!
    - Hardwood Homage
    - Majestic Marks
    - Sultans of Springfield

    Memorabilia
    Quest (Maximum numbered to 299)
    Quest Prime (Maximum numbered to 25)
    - On the quest for authentic memorabilia from the league's budding stars? Look no further than Crusade's Quest Memorabilia insert set!

    Majestic (Maximum numbered to 299)
    Majestic Prime (Maximum numbered to 25)

    Crusade
    Be on the hunt for the newest cards in the Crusade legacy, including Teal parallels #'d/299, Orange Die-Cuts #'d/99, and Golds #'d/10!
    - Blue
    - Red (Numbered to 349)
    - Teal (Numbered to 249)
    - Orange Die-Cut (Numbered to 99)
    - Purple (Numbered to 49)
    - Gold (Numbered to 10)
    - Green (Numbered to 5)
    - Black (Numbered to 10)

    WHAT WE PULLED

    Base - 9/250 (3.6%)

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    Crusade Blue (12)
    Crusade Red /349 (4) - Tom Gugliotta, Mark Jackson, Marc Gasol, Mario Chalmers
    Crusade Teal /249 (2) - Marcin Gortat, Manu Ginobili

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    Knight Court (1)
    Nobility (1)

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    Hardwood Homage Larry Nance Autograph /199 (on card)

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    Quest Memorabilia Anthony Randolph 2-color Jersey /299

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    Crusade returns for another year with a drop in price point, but that does not necessary make it a better value. The 250-card base set comprises of 150 veterans, 50 rookies and 50 legends. The rookies and legends appear 1:3 packs. There are three numbered parallels for the base cards.

    A little confusing, there is also a Crusade Insert set. You will get more Crusade inserts in a box than base cards. Each pack yielded three Crusade inserts with 1-2 base cards. Base cards are showcased on a white card stock while the parallels are refractor based. The refractors have many versions from the unnumbered blue to a Green /5. All total, there are eight levels.
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    Only three insert sets grace Crusade. While this box contained two, odds are you could get less than that with Nobility (1:14), Royalty and Night Court (1:18 each). There are lackluster in nature as they seem like simple carryovers from the base card design with little tweaks. There are no parallel versions of any of these.

    Each box should yield one autograph and one relic on average. The two relic series are Quest and Majestic Memorabilia, both with a Prime version /25. Autographs get a better treatment with a small array of sets. Rookies get some love with Apprentice Signatures. Legends appear in Hardwood Homage and Sultans of Springfield. Other sets include Quest, Majestic and High Praise Ink. The bright side is the use of on card autographs in some cases.

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    Base - 3/5
    Design - 4/5
    Fun - 4/5
    Value - 3.75/5
    Rebuy - 3.75/5

    Overall - 18.5/25 (70%)

    NPN INFORMATION

    NPN, 2013-14 Panini Crusade Basketball
    5325 FAA Blvd, Suite 100A
    Irving, TX 75061-3601

    Limit 2 entries per household, mailed separately

    Postmarked By: 7/23/14
    Received By: 7/30/14

    Canada Skills: 679 + 402 / 134 x 603 - 138 = ?

    Once again, I'd like to thank our wonderful sponsors at Panini for giving us the opportunity to open and review this release. For more information on all of their products, visit them today at www.paniniamerica.net.

    Base and inserts are available for request. Please PM me with the card or cards of interest. Cards will remain available for 30 days from the time this review is posted. As always, only VIPs may make a request for the first 48 hours.

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