2014-15 Panini Noir Basketball is not for everyone. Considering that the 2015-16 NBA season begins in just over a month, the set is a very late release and the pricing is steep, to say the least. However, if you can get beyond the high box price, Noir Basketball might be one of the best-looking basketball sets of the year. On top of that, the on-card autographs and quality patches lead to some huge hits.
Obviously a play on the black-and-white period of cinema from the 1940s and 1950s, 2014-15 Panini Noir Basketball takes things a step further with contrasting color cards. While there are two versions for most of the cards, each with different player images, no card is numbered higher than 99 and that includes the base set.
Like most super high-end NBA products, top rookies command the most interest. This is especially true for the Autographed Patch Rookies in the main set. The gold ink that is commonly featured across the autographs in the set is very striking and the Spotlight Signatures are especially impressive.
Although not enough of a draw on its own, the China Jerseys offer a intriguing option for memorabilia card collectors who like to know exactly where their relics originated. Additional interest comes as a result of the unique jerseys that were worn to honor the Chinese New Year and the top teams that were included.
Priced at $800-900 for a box 12 cards, it remains to be seen if Panini Noir will age like a fine wine or just join the growing glut of high-end basketball products. Nevertheless, collectors who are looking for something a little different, with the budget to afford it, should at least check out what Noir has to offer.
Featuring a real-time look at auctions currently on eBay, the guide below includes the 30 most-watched 2014-15 Panini Noir Basketball cards. The list regularly updates to include the newest information, so check back often to see the options.