Basketball Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide
Have you got a basketball fan on you list? Basketball card hobby boxes include the top players in the game today. Long gone are the days of cardboard and bubble gum. Modern cards include new printing technologies, autographs and even pieces of game-used memorabilia.
No matter your budget, basketball card hobby boxes are available in all price ranges. Our gift buying guide below highlights some of the most popular options released in recent months.
Basketball Hobby Boxes Under $65
Hopes are very high hopes for rookies this year. 2014-15 Panini NBA Hoops was the first set out of the gate for the season. It includes rookie cards of all the top picks like Andrew Wiggins. Hobby boxes come with at least one autograph and memorabilia card as well as ton of inserts. This is an ideal product for a casual collector or the young person on your list, especially if they're just getting started in the hobby.
2014-15 Panini NBA Stickers represent collecting at its simplest. There are no inserts, autographs and other potentially high-ticket items. It's about plugging away at the set and the hands-on appeal of filling an album. Packs can be found for a dollar and albums are just $2 (although it's often a throw-in when you buy a box from a dealer).
Basketball Hobby Boxes Under $120
2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball has a somewhat new look. It's still filled with lots of color and bold looks. Every pack comes with either an autograph or memorabilia card. While not all the hits are huge, there are lots of low-numbered possibilities at a price that lower than a lot of other products.
Scheduled to arrive in early December, Prizm is basketball's cornerstone chromium product now. Hobby boxes have 14 Refractor-like Prizm parallels and one autograph from a rookie. There are also more expensive jumbo boxes that have 22 Prizms and three autographs.
Basketball Hobby Boxes Over $150
Continuing with its focus on high-end memorabilia, Immaculate has some of the most unique cards of the year. Like last year, there are tons of jumbo patches. Rookies are also autographed patch cards. But the standout part of 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball is the Sneek Peak inserts. These have some huge pieces of game-used sneakers, perhaps the most iconic piece of memorabilia in the sport.
Exquisite is the original ultra high-end basketball brand. Ten years after its debut, it continues to focus on autographs and rare cards, only now with an NCAA spin. Like Immaculate, 2013-14 Upper Deck Exquisite is also led by shoe cards. Although the swatches aren't from player-worn or game-used sneakers, the cards are signed. They also represent some of the best-known shoes in the industry. If you're on the hunt for Michael Jordan or LeBron James autographs, they're both Upper Deck exclusives and this is they're top basketball product of the year.