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Zach Nigut

11 days ago


PC TUESDAY: 2012 & 2013 Stained Glass Derrick Rose


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Derrick Rose


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Too big, too strong, too fast...too good! The youngest NBA MVP and the most explosive point guard ever. Born and raised in Chicago, DRose created amazing memories on the court, and has provided a major impact to foundations in the city off the court. One of my favorite players ever to wear a Bulls uniform, he might be the biggest "what if" story in NBA history. 


During 2012 & 2013 Panini had just acquired the NBA license and were producing cards that were beautiful and innovative.  These early years of Panini Basketball cards represented a time that Panini wanted to push the envelope and create high quality cards that were creative and captured the heart of the collector.


These two stained glass cards are great examples of this era. These cards came out of a product called Innovation.  This product provided a variety of designs and print techniques to create unique and beautiful set including memorabilia, autos, base, and acetate cards.


2012 Stained Glass cards were one "subset" that featured 100 players, and were inserted one per pack. These cards were printed on an embossed acetate and provided the appearance of classic art stained glass windows. There was a base "magenta" background (pictured in post) as well as a "purple" that was more rare.


In 2013 th 100 card set (75 veterans, 25 rookies) included more parallels and a different background pattern for the veterans and rookies. Parallels include the base green accent, Gold accent (pictured in post), and a teal accent SSP case promo. Collectors have estimated a little over 200 of each player were produced of which there are about 50 golds and only 20 teals.


Today the stained glass inserts live on, but are simply a printed design on the chromium stock.  While they are still highly desired by collectors, they pale in comparison to the original cards. In my opinion, the 2012 & 2013 stained glass cards are some of the most beautiful and innovative cards produced during the Panini era!


The combination of a beautiful card design and one of my all-time favorite Bulls, makes this a pair one that won't leave the PC.

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