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2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Cards

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Cards


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The unofficial start of the NBA collecting year, 2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball is a popular option every season as it is the first release with the key rookies shown in their NBA uniforms. Images are again a primary focus for the early-season set.

The basic Hobby format remains the same as 2017-18, with two autographs per box and an insert or parallel in every pack.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Base

The robust base set in 2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball is headlined by rookie talent. Top draftees receive their pack-pulled NBA trading card debut. The hardcourt RC background is similar to '17-18, but the view of the court is more zoomed out.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

There is a new Hoops Tribute subset that honors the stars of today and yesterday, as well.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Inserts

The 2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball checklist also packs in a variety of inserts, including 11 choices that are exclusive to Hobby boxes. Inserts and parallels combine to average one per pack.

Backstage Pass delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the stars of the league.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

Moving to the action on the court, Courtside showcases in-game photography.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

However, it's not only the new year that's highlighted, as the 2017-18 playoffs and NBA Finals feature heavily in the lineup. Road to the Finals documents the full postseason results, going round by round, with increasing rarity.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

Short-print options include Championship Moments, Finals MVP and the Champions team photo for the Golden State Warriors.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

If you get a sense of déjà vu, it's because the end result was virtually identical to 2016-17, with the same two teams (Cavaliers and Warriors), NBA Finals champion and Finals MVP.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Autographs

Even though the cards normally work with sticker signatures, 2018-19 NBA Hoops autographs still see strong interest, especially for the incoming rookie class. The fire-based Hot Signatures line features rookies alongside current and retired stars, adding limited Red Hot (#/25) parallels.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

Some of the top young players are also found in Rookie Ink, which uses a checkered background design to make the cards pop.

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops

Estimated Release Date: 10/24/2018
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 20 boxes per case

2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Hobby Box Break Average

  • 2 Autographs
  • 24 Inserts / Parallels

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents are subject to change.

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Reviews

  1. The design for the rookie cards is very similar to last years except for the white border triangles in the bottom left and upper right corner. Hoops is an affordable easy way to get all of the top rookies all in one set. You are not going to make a fortune on these cards but that’s not what this set is made for.

  2. They look a little like a set from the 1990s, Collectors Choice. I hope there is no foil on the card

  3. I’ve always thought that Panini actually goes out of their way to make this set look like a vintage Topps set, which is a good thing since I really miss Topps basketball. This year’s design, in particular, really captures that look. It’s also typically a nice deep set, which I like.

  4. Technically for most collectors, HOOPs could be considered the official basketball card of the NBA. Why?
    a.) Contains 10 to 12 players in a basketball team
    b.) Contains Coach
    c.) Introduce Rookie Cards
    d.) Contains inserts per pack which is easy to collect or complete
    e.) Contains at least one autograph per box
    f.) Lowest price point
    g.) Commemorate champions last season

    Overall: even kids new to the hobby, this is the perfect starting point.

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