The folks at Panini
, the "worlds largest sports and entertainment collectables company," were kind enough to hook us up with images of some new Trail Blazers trading cards, including the "Prestige" rookie cards featuring this year's draft class, which go on sale Friday. And due to the lockout, no rookie photos were taken of the 2011 class, which is why both Nolan Smith and Elliot Williams get rookie cards this season, too (2011-12 was technically Elliot's rookie season since he missed the entirety of the 2010-11 season).
And aside from just straight trading cards, Panini also has sets that include autographed cards and cards that have snippets of game-worn fabric, which I've always thought was pretty cool.
Thanks to Panini for sending these over. And if you missed their coverage
of the NBA rookies photo shoot
, head over to Panini's blog, The Knight's Lance