CotG: 09-10 Playoff Contenders

As the NBA season wraps up, the Knicks get a meaningless win today so for the Card of the Game (CotG) post here is another Panini product that just came out, 09-10 Playoff Contenders and it is yet another mid- tier product at $6 a pack.

Pack 1:
Amare Stoudemire
Richard Hamilton
Artis Gilmore
Jason Terry
Kurt Thomas

Pack 2:
Brook Lopez
Austin Daye Auto
Mario Chambers & Gilbert Arenas Round Numbers
Zach Randolph
Al Thornton

This is definitely not the best card design Panini has come up with. The ticket design is overdone and I think the words on the card are too prominent and rather distracting. Honestly the design works a bit better foiled but with others better options available I doubt many will build this set. The Round Numbers insert also don’t really stand out in any way. But let’s be honest, people are buying this product for the autos and not the base set and I was lucky to get an auto of Austin Daye. Daye was drafted 15th overall but his wikipedia page doesn’t say much which is never a good sign. All in all it is not the worst product in the world but it also isn’t the greatest.

As for the CotG, there were no Knicks but I am a fan of Brook Lopez. In a couple of years he could be the second best center in the game (behind Dwight Howard) and to think the Knicks could be drafted him.

I hope the Mets do better than the Knicks this season (and the Mets last season for that matter).


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