Preview Gallery: 2012-13 NBA Hoops Rookie Impact

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The next NBA season is still far away, but the first card set of 2012-13 will arrive soon as NBA Hoops is slated for an August release with a double-dose of rookies in tow.

If you haven’t heard, all those rookies who didn’t have cards in last year’s lockout-limited lineup from Panini America will have their first cards in this year’s sets along with this year’s rookie class.

There will be 25 Rookie Impact insert cards showing last year’s rookie class in this one for starters, while Panini promises that 72 cards in the 300-card base set will be all about rookies.


With the NBA’s rookie photo shoot sessions set for late-August, this one is likely to rely on draft-night or some other type of photography for this year’s draft class. It’s scheduled to arrive on Aug. 15.

Here’s a look at nearly all of the Rookie Impact cards of last year’s class to be found in Hoops very soon.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Ed
    Posted Sunday July 22nd, 2012 at 05:51 PM | Permalink

    Upper Deck REALLY needs to get back into releasing basketball cards!

  2. Posted Sunday July 22nd, 2012 at 08:18 PM | Permalink

    Awesome! I’m lovin’ it!!!

  3. Josiah Cecil
    Posted Sunday July 22nd, 2012 at 11:41 PM | Permalink

    Although its slated for more rookies this year, last years release was still a horrible product in my opinion. You can maybe find a handful of valuable cards and Im talking valued at 1.00 or more. I just think HOOPS could do a lot better than last year so I will wait and see…..

  4. Kingbudd
    Posted Monday July 23rd, 2012 at 11:38 AM | Permalink


    @Chirs are you guys ever doing a Gold Standard break?

  5. chrisolds
    Posted Monday July 23rd, 2012 at 01:58 PM | Permalink

    It’s coming up later today.

  6. RJ
    Posted Monday July 23rd, 2012 at 04:00 PM | Permalink

    I like how the mock-ups are still labeled 2011-12 Hoops. C’mon, Panini — just pretend it’s football and give a crap!

  7. XstreamINsanity
    Posted Monday July 23rd, 2012 at 07:49 PM | Permalink

    They probably did that because they may have some from 2012-13 in there as well? I don’t know, but with a dual rookie class, they’re going to need a way to differentiate it. Need to get me one of the Brandon Knight ones. :)

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