It’s a brand name familiar to collectors and dealers who’ve been around the hobby for a while and it’s ready to make its annual return. 2020-21 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball is set for release on March 24.
Absolute is a mid-range product offering two packs per hobby box with five cards per pack. On average, each box should contain four hits–two autographs and two memorabilia cards. Cases will hold ten boxes.
Look for retail configurations of Absolute as well.
The base set checklist will include 100 cards featuring rookies and veterans. Parallels include Red (#/199); Blue (#/99); Orange (#/75); Teal (# 49); Purple (#/25); Gold (#/10); Green (#/5) and 1/1 Black versions. Packs sold at Dollar Tree will have their own exclusive parallels.
Rookie autographs will be found inside Future Signatures, Rookie Autographs and Retired Players, each with lower numbered parallels.
Tools of the Trade is the calling card for Absolute. Cards will come with three, four or six swatches along with an autograph of one of the 33 rookies on the checklist.
Auto Glass cards return with a 25-player checklist that’s produced on actual glass and are typically served up as redemptions because of it.
Jumbo Hat and Jumbo memorabilia will put relic pieces, including Spalding basketball pieces, onto cards. Laundry Tags, Rookie Threads and Established Threads are three other possibilities for memorabilia cards.