2012 Exquisite Basketball’s Release Might Be An Impending Storm

With the impending release of the newest incarnation of Exquisite basketball, I think there are a lot of people out there who are not quite grasping what this will mean to the basketball hobby. The general consensus is that when Upper Deck left the licensed game due to Panini’s exclusive, the basketball collectors lost the one company that truly understood what their needs were. Now that the squizz is back, I think there are going to be a lot of hungry people out there who have been craving a fix for the last few years.

Obviously the two crown jewels of Basketball have not made a high end appearance since the last time Exquisite rolled around, and I can definitely say that this is one thing that has drastically hindered Panini’s ability to be successful in the basketball arena. Now that Gregg has promised a Jordan auto in every Exquisite case, the perceived value of a box has already skyrocketed higher than ever believed. Add in that LeBron is back as well, and all of a sudden, this is one set that many collectors are going to chase like crazy.

Bottom line, Jordan autos from past Exquisite sets sell for crazy money, and a promise of one per case will water down some but not completely. Check out a small portion of what I am talking about:

05-06 Exquisite Michael Jordan / LeBron James Dual Logo Patch Auto 1/1

05-06 Exquisite Limited Logos Michael Jordan Auto Patch BGS 9.5

06-07 Exquisite Michael Jordan Dual Patch Auto

Even the lower ones are still crazy:

03-04 Exquisite Michael Jordan Patch Auto

05-06 Exquisite Michael Jordan Auto Patch

Obviously, when it comes to the stocking of one’s personal collection, Jordan collectors can be very picky. Not only that, it takes deep pockets to stay on top of the game when purchasing cards for a player that has the most valuable signature of any player in any sport. So, when the autographs become plentiful enough for the average collector to pick up, there might be a feeding frenzy enough to sop up the supply quicker than expected. I mean, even I want a Jordan for my collection.

Secondly, we saw with Fleer retro that branding can trump licensing, a fact that Im sure surprised the people at Upper Deck some, and that should mean some great results on a set that doesn’t feature NBA jerseys. Exquisite has a cult following that will never die, so much so that the rabid overseas market, combined with the competition from here in the States means that the smaller print run could get people into some ugly bidding wars.

Yes, its true that I do not have a crystal ball, but after a discussion at Sports Cards Plus today, I found out that there just isn’t that many pre-orders left to buy for the shops anymore. This product may have dried up well before its release, just because of what it stands for. The obvious solution to this is to give Upper Deck its license back, as Panini has had little success in cracking the nut that UD loyalists have presented. Panini may have signed Kobe and Durant, but its second fiddle as far as many people are concerned. Sure doesn’t hurt that the design of Upper Deck products continue to be top notch, something that Panini still struggles mightily with.

Upper Deck may never reach the platform they had secured back in 2009, but this part of the equation sure looks to be on track.

2 thoughts on “2012 Exquisite Basketball’s Release Might Be An Impending Storm

  1. Finally. I will add an on card Jordan auto from Exquisite to my collection. I don’t collect basketball but, this one is a must have. I hope they just load it up with awesome designs and use the gold or silver paint pens all over these things.

    Also, I hope it begins to generate enough revenue for them to push for their NFL license back. Sucks that not a single collector-worthy set has been released since they lost the licnese….

  2. Another great post. Everyone wants a Jordan auto. And if you already have a Jordan auto, there is always a better one to pull or buy from eBay. I’ve already got my entire allotment of 2011-12 Exquisite Basketball sold to my in-store customers.

    Check prices on old boxes and cases of Equisite Basketball. Old cases of Exquisite Basketball did not give you a Jordan Auto per case. Also, add to that the fact that a second box in that same case 2011-12 Exquisite will have (per Gregg Kohn’s Tweet) either a Jordan (a second one), Lebron, Magic, Bird, Dr. J, Bill Russell auto, these cases are a good investment for future sells on eBay.

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