Collectors always have plenty of NBA games to watch on an otherwise desolate sports landscape on Christmas. This year, they’ll be able to rip some freshly released packs while taking in the action. 2016-17 Panini Absolute Basketball is set for release on Wednesday, offering four autograph or memorabilia cards per four-pack box. Each pack will contain five cards.
Each pack (or mini box, whatever you prefer) carries a different player on the front. Inside, Panini has promised on-card rookie autographs and Draft Day Ink inserts.
2016-17 Panini Absolute will include on-card autographs of former greats. Among those Panini says have signed for the product this season are Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Bill Russell, Grant Hill and Steve Nash.
There are also Single swatch, Dual swatch, Triple swatch, Quad swatch and Six swatch Tools of the Trade memorabilia cards from members of the 2016 NBA Draft Class, featuring swatches of jerseys, basketballs, hats and… socks. Jumbo, Prime, and Tag versions of memorabilia inserts have been produced, featuring current, retired and rookie players.
Frequent Flyers, Freshman Flyers and Iconic subsets include memorabilia swatches donned by some of the league’s top veterans and first-year players. Both include autographed versions that are numbered.
Fans of particular teams may want to check out the Team Tandems, Team Trios and Team Quads, which include two, three and four players from the same franchise.
Glass cards are making their return as case hits with ten boxes making up a case.
Boxes are available at $90-$100. You can see 2016-17 Panini Absolute Basketball on eBay here.