2011-2012 Basketball Cards
The 2011-12 season got off to a rough start because of the NBA lockout. The owners and players had issues agreeing on the new CBA, and nearly two months of basketball was lost. A truncated season began right around Christmas. The Miami Heat ultimately prevailed against the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the title. LeBron James finally had his championship and his cards values pushed even higher.
The lockout had a large effect on 2011-12 basketball cards, specifically Panini. The total product offering was cut down to only a few products. While redemption XRC cards would be available, no true rookie cards would be included in 2011-12 products. Instead there would be a double rookie class for 2012-13. The only place to find in-pack cards for 2011 NBA Draft picks is in Upper Deck products. While they are not official rookie cards, they are a popular option. Also, Panini announced they had reached an exclusive rookie card deal with the top two picks in the draft, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams.
Although there were no true rookie cards during the 2011-12 season, several rookie players caught the attention of collectors. First and foremost, Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving. Other top players from the 2011 NBA Draft include Jonas Valanciunas, Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Iman Shumpert, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas, and Kenneth Farried.
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2011-12 Fleer Retro Basketball sees the return of several classic hobby names including Jambalaya, Precious Metal Gems and SkyBox Autographphics. Hobby boxes promise six autographs.
The brand that helped revive the basketball card market is back. 2011-12 NBA Hoops from Panini promises a huge checklist of base cards and signatures, including 1989-90 NBA Hoops BuyBacks Autographs. The low-end set comes with two autographs per hobby box.
2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Basketball seeks to start a new gold rush for treasure hunters. The high-end set comes with a 2011-12 Rookie Class autograph redemption, two additional autographs and two memorabilia cards in every box. Solid gold cards return as well.
2011-12 Panini Limited is a hits-driven set that comes with an autograph, memorabilia card and autographed rookie redemption in every single-pack box. The set features several focused themes and clean designs.
Combining new and old, 2011-12 Panini Past & Present Basketball arrives with a retro-themed base set and a handful of insert sets that use new printing technologies. Boxes come with three autographs and a memorabilia card.
2011-12 Panini Preferred is all about the hits, literally. Every single-pack box comes with three autographs and one multi-swatch book card. Several of the designs nod to the hobby’s history.
2011-12 SP Authentic Basketball set information, price comparisons and top singles. This is Upper Deck’s latest retro NCAA basketball set. Featuring good odds on Michael Jordan and LeBron James autographs, each box also contains a card with a piece of Carmichael Arena floor where Jordan played in college.
2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball marks the return of one of the most popular high-end hardcourt brands in hobby history. Every box promises a total of five autographs.
2012 Leaf Best of Basketball is the company’s first product exclusive to hoops. Combining new autograph cards with slabbed buybacks, boxes promise a lot of high-end potential.