There is nothing reserved about the 2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve basketball set, which is scheduled to make its inaugural appearance the week of June 28. There will be bold designs, on-card autographs, a variety of printing styles and different levels of rarity for high-end NBA collectors.
A hobby box will contain three packs, with eight cards per pack. Panini is promising three hits in every hobby box, including two autograph cards and an additional signature or relic card. In addition, Panini is promising that every hobby box will feature a Cornerstones jersey autograph, which features four swatches and an on-card signature; these cards will be numbered to 99 or less.
Expect box prices to open at around $240.
Some of the inserts will feature micro-etch patterns, embossing and more. The inserts will fall one per pack. Rarer inserts will include Number Ones, a 1/1 card that features autographs of players selected No. 1 in the NBA Draft; and One of a Kind, which will have 1/1 signatures of NBA superstars.
For even more rare versions, collectors can hunt for All Systems Go, which pays tribute to the league’s top cards. This card will appear once in every eight-box case. Closing Statements will appear once in every seven cases, and it will feature five former NBA players who ended their careers with a stellar performance.
The main autograph pull from this set will be the Cornerstones quad relics set. They will be broken down into rookies, veterans and legendary players, and there also will be parallels in Quartz, Granite, Marble and Onyx.
Upper Tier Signatures is just what it implies — an autograph of a top-level NBA star.
The key relic card will be Team Slogans, numbered to two. These hard-to-find cards will contain notable sayings from the jerseys of six NBA teams.