Collectors who remember the days when packs could be purchased with spare change may like this.
Panini has announced details about its 2015-16 Complete Basketball cards, which is being released in December, just a few weeks into the new NBA season and a couple of months after another lower cost product, Hoops, hits store shelves.
Complete will contain a 330-card base set, parallels, and will sell for $1 per pack.
A hobby box of Complete Basketball will contain 36 packs, with five cards to a pack. That box also will yield 36 silver parallels that will fall one pack, a gold one and one Home insert.
Of course, at that price point, it’s a budget-oriented product that’s not going to be of much interest to hit lovers. Autographs will be landing at a rate of only one per 20-box case and appear to be on stickers. Panini announced that some of the signatures will include Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Anthony Davis, so when you find one, it will be worth it. Some rookies, like Karl-Anthony Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jahlil Okafor, will also be included.
Home/Away inserts will fall one per box, will a notable NBA star featured in front of his home court. Depending on the insert, the player will either be wearing his home or road jersey.
For the first time, Panini will celebrate the NBA Cares program with an insert. These cards will feature photos of players who give back to the community.
Court Vision will be a horizontal insert that will rely heavily on action shots, while Craftsmen inserts will pay tribute to players who possess the best skills among NBA players.
If collation is good, set builders should find Complete Basketball to be an easy set to complete, and an affordable one, too.