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 $85
With a large checklist that covers all of the league's teams, 2013-14 NBA Hoops is ideal for those who like to build sets. It has a 300-card checklist, which is among the biggest in the sport. Inserts are plentiful and cover a variety of themes. There is also a pricier jumbo hobby version that has ten 50-card packs and the promise of two autographs and a memorabilia card.
2012-13 Panini Innovation Basketball doesn't have a lot of cards per box. But considering what you do get, it's very reasonably priced. They come with one pack that has three autographs or memorabilia cards. Innovation also has several interesting insert sets. As far as rolling the dice on a box, it's also the most affordable shot at a Damian Lillard NBA autograph.
2013 Upper Deck University of Kansas charts the legendary history of the school's basketball program. It's a history that's deep enough to appeal beyond just Jayhawks fans. Hobby boxes promise one autograph and lots of inserts.
Basketball Hobby Boxes Under $150
Subtle is not a word collectors would use to describe 2013-14 Panini Totally Certified Basketball. It's bright, it's colorful and it has one of the most easily recognized designs in the hobby. Every pack has a hit, with six-pack boxes delivering three autographs and three memorabilia cards.
2012-13 Select Basketball was one of the most popular mid-range basketball card products of the year. It has a nice design, colorful Prizm parallels and lots of autographed rookie cards. Hobby boxes come with four signed cards, six inserts and four Prizms.
Basketball Hobby Boxes Over $150
For its debut, 2012-13 Panini Immaculate Collection Basketball brought one of the best memorabilia lineups the sport has seen in a lot of years. Lining up nicely with the history of Exquisite, there are plenty of autographs, jersey and patch cards. Boxes have four high-end hits including an autographed patch rookie card and another autographed patch card.
There's expensive and then there's 2012-13 Panini Flawless Basketball. It made headlines when it first released thanks to its suggested price of more than $1,200. Apparently, that wasn't too high for many because now they're hovering around the $2,000 mark. Every card in the extremely limited product is limited to 25 copies or less. Packaged in a mini briefcase, the real key is the tremendous checklist that includes a lot of top-name players.
The Exquisite brand has a long history of boasting some of the most high-end cards in the hobby. 2012-13 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball is no different. Upper Deck has exclusive rights to Michael Jordan and LeBron James autographs, arguably the two biggest names in the sport. The college-themed set has a lot of other all-time greats and modern standouts. Boxes have five on-card autographs.