When NBA Hoops basketball cards made their debut back in the late 1980s, collectors were hunting for the long-awaited rookie cards of David Robinson. The 7-footer who brought eyes to Navy’s basketball program quickly became a star with the San Antonio Spurs. Thirty years later, collectors are awaiting a new generation of stars who will appear in their pro uniforms for the first time inside packs of 2019-20 NBA Hoops cards, which are set to arrive October 23, just as the new season tips off.
2019-20 NBA Hoops Basics/Base Set
Hoops hobby boxes will carry 24 packs with eight cards per pack. Cases will have 20 boxes.
Each box, on average, should contain two autographs along with 24 inserts and parallels in addition to the base cards. Part of the base set will be a Tribute subset that features greats from the past with a nod to a Hoops design from the past.
Tough pulls will include the hobby-exclusive, Artist Proof Gold cards, which are limited to 10 copies.
Zion Williamson autographs are expected to be a huge draw for Hoops, which will arrive early in the NBA season. New in 2019-20 is an on-card autograph set called Hoops Art Signatures, featuring the top rookies. There will be dual-autograph versions, showcasing a top rookie with an established star.
Rookie Ink will also feature 2019 draftees, with signatures on stickers according to Panini promotional material.
Hot Signatures Rookies will be another option for finding autographs of the incoming draftees. Veteran players will also be featured on Hot Signatures cards. Red Hot versions of both will be limited to 25 copies.
Road To The Finals showcases every game of the 2019 playoffs with varying rarity. Look for the SSP Champions cards with a team photo of the Toronto Raptors.
Zero Gravity inserts showcase acrobatic action shots. Legends of the Ball highlight past greats. Courtside returns with unique action photographs from NBA games.
Some inserts will be exclusive to hobby boxes (not in retail packs as found in Target/Walmart/Meijer stores) including High Voltage, NBA City, Legends of the Ball and others.