2015-16 Panini Select Basketball set to shine once again

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2015-16 Panini Select Basketball Durant

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s Optichrome technology comes to the forefront once again with the release of 2015-16 Panini Select Basketball and collectors may be impressed with the shining cards coming out of packs.

With three autograph or memorabilia hits per box, each pack also should contain one limited Prizm parallel card and a short printed base card. Throw in a large tiered set and this release could prove to have something for everyone.

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

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Base Set

Like last season, 2015-16 Panini Select Basketball has a large 300-card set and it is once again split into three distinct designs. The most common to find are Concourse at three per pack, followed by Premier Level, which come 10 per box. Courtside is much scarcer as each card comes once in every six packs. These cards have a new feature this year as 20 of the veteran performers are shown in action from their rookie seasons.

Each card has several Prizm parallels numbered to 249 or less. In addition to Green and Black color shifts, Tie-Dye (/25) returns for another season after a solid debut last year.

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Autographs and Memorabilia

2015-16 Panini Select Basketball has on-card autographs from close to 100 NBA rookie and veteran players. Select Signatures and Select Rookie Signatures share a similar clean design while Sparks Autographs & Memorabilia have a distinct look to go along with prime swatches.

2015-16 Panini Select Basketball at a glance:

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 5
Set size: 300 cards split evenly into three distinct subsets
Release date: March 9, 2016

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs and Memorabilia Cards – 3 Total
  • Prizm Parallels – 12
  • Courtside Base Cards – 2
  • Premier Level Base Cards – 10

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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