The NBA season will open December 22 and one of the Association’s most familiar trading card lines will follow a few weeks later. 2020-21 NBA Hoops is set to arrive February 3.
Panini has now released some preliminary information on this season’s issue, which has its origins in the late 1980s.
2020-21 Panini Hoops Configuration
Look for Hoops hobby boxes to once again carry 24 packs of eight cards with 20 boxes per case. Hoops isn’t generally known as a hits-oriented product but there will be two autographs per box. The SRP is a little under $80 but in the current market, it might be tough to land one at that price.
Panini is promising “plenty of Hobby-exclusive content” including autograph subsets and inserts that won’t be found in the retail product shipped to outlets like Target, Walmart and Meijer, but expect some retail-exclusive content as well.
Details are a little sparse but look for the usual mix of veterans and rookies. With limited capacity to create photos of this year’s rookies because of the impact of COVID-19, Panini is using last year’s rookies to show off the design of the 2020-21 cards.
Ever wonder what today’s players might look like on an old school design? There’s a throwback element to this year’s base set with a planned 30th anniversary tribute to the 1990-91 Hoops set featuring checklist of current players.
Rookie autographs will be found in subsets including Hot Signatures Rookies and Rookie Ink. Numbered parallels will be possible including “Red Hot” versions numbered to 25. Hoops Art Signatures, with on-card autographs, are back as well, along with veteran Hot Signatures.
With 24 inserts per box (one per pack), there will be no shortage of chase cards with 2020-21 Hoops.
Panini is touting several Hobby-exclusive insert sets that will feature current and former greats. Among them: High Voltage, HIPnotized and Prime Twine.
City Edition will feature players against a backdrop of their home city while Courtside showcases action photography.