The arrival will be a little later than usual in an unusual time for product releases, but 2021-22 Panini Hoops Basketball now has a spot on the upcoming calendar. The long-running brand will offer the first cards of rookies in their NBA uniforms.
Hoops is scheduled to arrive on New Year’s Eve.
Hoops Hobby boxes carry randomly inserted autograph cards but it’s really more of a base card/parallel/insert product. Each box will carry 24 packs with eight cards per pack. Cases will hold 20 boxes.
Panini has cut the number of autographs guaranteed per box from two down to one. Rookies, veterans and retired players are all possible via Hot Signatures, Hot Signatures Rookies, Hoops Ink or Rookie Ink. There will be Hobby-exclusive Red parallels of those, numbered to 25.
There’s no word yet on the size of the base set, but we do know there will be parallels including Hobby exclusive Silver (#’d/199), Green (#’d/99), Artist Proof (#’d/25), Artist Proof Gold (#’d/10), Artist Proof Black (#’d/1), and NBA 75th anniversary.
There will be an average of one parallel or insert per pack.
As for inserts, there will be plenty of color if the preliminary information from Panini is any indication. Some inserts will be found only in Hobby boxes including JAM-tastic, Legends of the Ball, High Voltage, HIPnotized, and Highlights.
The SRP for 2021-22 Hoops is $120 per box ($5 per pack).
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