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Nike Elite Series Collection - Special Edition Case

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The Nike Basketball Elite Series gave the nod to the elevated level of play and heightened stakes of the NBA playoffs, which we basketball fans recognize as a distinct second season, and not just the epilogue to the NBA regular season. The three sneaker styles that made up the collection -- the LeBron 9 PS, Kobe VII and Zoom Hyperdunk -- were sold individually in stores in both home and away colorways, but they were also packaged in a special deluxe bundle and distributed to select media outlets (as well as the Nike Vault at L.A.'s Staples Center and House of Hoops Harlem). The black-and-gold away colorways of the kicks were housed in a special-edition box containing three separate drawers for each shoe, with the packaging finished in colors and textures echoing the shoes themselves. Part of the inscription on the box featured the word "epic," which was a fitting description of the overall presentation.