Offering its usual array of autograph and memorabilia cards on thick stock, 2016-17 Panini National Treasures basketball will return for its eighth season on May 3.
On average, Panini says there will be eight autograph or relic cards and one Printing Plate 1/1 in every 10-card box for a price tag of around $500.
Rookie Patch autographs are the big draw with NT and this year’s edition will offer some of the top cards of Rookie of the Year candidate Malcolm Brogdon. A second round pick, the Milwaukee Bucks guard was absent from many of the early season Panini basketball products. Sixers forward Dario Saric, the other top candidate, will also presumably have autographs in the set.
This year’s edition also features the arrival of the Personalized insert that will introduce what Panini calls “some truly unique inscriptions.” Details weren’t immediately available.
Colossal Jersey Autographs will include oversized swatches along with an autograph while Hometown Heroes inserts feature on-card autographs on cards designed around the hometowns of the NBA’s top players.
Panini acquired jerseys worn in last year’s NBA Finals and 2016-17 National Treasures basketball will include full-letter jersey patch cards from those shirts as part of its NBA Finals Nameplates insert set. Logoman patches featuring the NBA’s iconic red, white and blue emblem and Treasured Tags memorabilia cards are also part of the checklist.
International Treasures cards will showcase some of the league’s top players who hail from outside the United States with memorabilia swatches and national flag emblems.
NT will also be the home for 1/1 Printing Plate cards from various Panini basketball releases. There will be one Printing Plate in each 2016-17 National Treasures box.