First Look: 2010 Panini Absolute Basketball

Panini hits the bucket with 2010 Absolute Basketball, which hits cards shop shelves today, just in time for the NBA Finals. Absolute is for serious collectors, and even with a price of $40 a pack, it's well worth it. There's only four packs per box, but in each box, you'll get 4 Autograph and Memorabilia Cards, 1 Parallel, 1 Rookie, and 1 Retired Legend. That means each pack is guaranteed a unique "hit." Among the top-tier inserts are exclusive Kobe Bryant on-card autographs, exclusive Tyreke Evans rookie autographs,  "Tools of the Trade" Black Triple Prime Materials Signature Spectrum cards numbered to 5 or less, and Hoopla Signature Materials featuring Carmelo Anthony autographs, numbered to 25 or less. Check out the slideshow for a look at more of these incredible cards, or visit for more details.

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