By Chris Olds | Editor
With the NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Los Angeles, the folks at Panini America — the NBA’s lone trading card licensee — are busy promoting their products at the NBA Jam Session this weekend and there’s already a nugget of news.
The late 1980s and 1990s staple — NBA Hoops — will be returning next season, news noted by four 2011-12 promo cards available at the Panini booth.
As you can see above, the cards feature three of Panini’s spokesmen — John Wall, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant — and a fourth guy you might have heard a little bit about this season, Blake Griffin. (How long until he’s part of the Panini lineup?)
The inaugural NBA Hoops set arrived in 1989-90 — a year marked by the arrival of David Robinson‘s highly sought-after Rookie Card — and ran continuously until the 1999-2000 season. Fleer revived the name for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons before it closed its doors.
We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available.
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