Panini is launching a new higher-end basketball card product—but the brand might jog your memory. 2017-18 Vanguard Basketball will arrive September 5 as one of last season’s final releases. You might recall Vanguard if you recall some of the products cranked out by the now defunct Pacific Trading Cards early in the new millennium (think Tom Brady rookie cards).
Now, Panini gives Vanguard the Lazarus treatment with an autograph-heavy product making its debut as an NBA brand. Cards will be printed on thick, holographic card stock
Four of the five cards in each pack of Vanguard will carry autographs. There’s a base set, but each card is numbered to 49 so completing it will be a tough task. The base set will also have numerous parallels.]
will include some highlight-oriented cards from the recently completed season in its “Hot Off the Press” autograph subset. Rookie Signatures and Prime Prospects will carry autographs from some of the year’s top first year players.
Post-Season Heroes Autographed Materials will focus on the stars of the playoffs with a material swatch and signature.
Other autograph subsets include V-Team Signature Swatches, Cosmic Force, Beyond the Arc Scripts, High Voltage Signatures and In Focus.