By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
Panini America‘s first post-lockout season for NBA cards is winding down and that means one thing.
It’s time for a look at 2012-13 — and from all accounts it will be a card calendar loaded with more than three times as many releases as 2011-12 … and twice as many Rookie Cards than a normal year.
Arriving in August, 2012-13 NBA Hoops will include a 300-card base set which will include Rookie Cards for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 NBA Draft classes. There will be two autographed cards found in every 36-pack hobby box. (Need a checklist or OPG for a past Hoops set? Click here.)
Just like this past season, there will be a rare single-player chase card — a Kevin Durant “Durantula” card this time — as well as autographed buybacks from the inaugural 1989-90 set. Also included for collectors to chase will be an NBA champions card.
Rounding out the offerings will be several insert card sets — Draft Night Signatures, Kobe’s All-Rookie Team, Rookie Impact and Spark Plugs.
We’ll have more on this one between now and release. Until then, check out this small selection of images from the product below.
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