2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball Details


2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball Davis

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Old school and new collectors will be able to get back to basics with the release of 2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball, which offers a very affordable per-pack price point of just $1 – a rarity in today’s hobby.

Panini America is digging deep with this release as 2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball seeks to live up to its name with one of the largest base sets that NBA fans have seen for years. Not content to offer a bare-bones collection, there is also a compelling roster of traditional insert and parallel cards plus a chase element featuring ink from some big names. Released on December 4, it arrived as the season is starting to get into full swing and may draw in hobbyists that have been considering collecting cards of the NBA’s best.

Get a sortable 2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball checklist and price guide access.


Base Set

As mentioned above, the 2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball base set offers up one of the most comprehensive looks at the NBA this season. It weighs in at 330 cards. While a handful of players may get missed, the depth of this set is likely not going to be matched this season very often. Each pack contains a silver parallel, but there is a tougher chase element with the gold parallels that are seeded once per box.



2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball is loaded up with six different non-memorabilia insert sets. Home/Away cards are seeded once per box with a celebrated player pictured in front of their home court or road jerseys. Court Vision is a horizontal collection showing great action shots while Craftsmen is all about the players with the best skills. NBA Cares cards are a unique component to the insert program as it takes a look at players that are known for giving back to their community.



As befitting an entry-level product with a low price points, the more desirable hits are inserted at longer odds and the Autographs in 2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball appear once per case. The lineup of players draws from both veteran and rookie talents and prominent names such as Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, and Karl-Anthony Towns are potential pulls.

2015-16 Panini Complete Basketball at a glance:

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 5
Boxes per case: 20
Set size: 330 cards
Release date: December 4, 2015

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Gold Parallels – 1
  • Silver Parallels – 36

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey, Beckett Basketball, and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at slaroche@beckett.com or follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.


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  1. David Johnson 1 October, 2015 at 10:54

    This may be one of the best new sets Panini has done in a while. I love the idea of getting back to basics, with a large base set, keeping the parallels simple and to a minimum, a nice array of inserts with varying odds, and a single autograph set with long odds. This is what the hobby has needed for a long time to help bring kids back to collecting. I hope this becomes a mainstay every year. I also hope it stays this simple and they don’t add parallels of the inserts or confusing variations.
    The only critic I have is that it would be nice if the inserts had a little more pizazz to them, like a little bit of foil, holo-foil, refractor finish, or something to make them stand out more from the base cards, though the die-cut jerseys look nice.

  2. David D 1 October, 2015 at 12:26

    Totally agree with David’s comment above.

    If a company is going to have a monopoly on a sport- as Panini does with basketball, it needs to offer more variety at the lower price end for young and new collectors to the hobby.

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