2016-17 Studio From Downtown Goes Uptown



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Occasionally an insert set comes along that doesn’t need any autographs or memorabilia to catch on with collectors. Combining rarity with a unique look, 2016-17 Studio From Downtown is one such set.

Even without a lot of flash, most of the individual cards are currently selling for more than $100, some significantly more.

2016-17 Studio From Downtown inserts are kind of like Diamond Kings going to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?‘s Toon Town. Players are shown with an action photo. Everyone’s in a similar shooting pose, which is appropriate seeing as how the set is dedicated to basketball’s top shooters.

It’s the backgrounds where things get more interesting and original. Players are surrounded by a drawn interpretation of their team’s city. That means buildings, monuments and other local symbols done with big, exaggerated lines, lots of color and plenty of visual flair.

The whimsical illustrations can be seen as a mix of cartoonish fun and a little bit of urban art edge.

Landing just one per 2016-17 Studio Basketball case, From Downtown cards are not easy to find. And that’s a big reason why they’re so expensive now. But that’s not the only reason. Most products have case hits and not a lot of them catch on. From Downtown captures a certain originality. While there are some comparisons to Panini’s Kaboom! inserts, these are different in tone and overall style.

Here’s a look at the entire 2016-17 Studio From Downtown set.

2016-17 Studio From Downtown Checklist

Looking for a particular card? Click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

FD1 Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
FD2 James Harden, Houston Rockets
FD3 Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
FD4 Yogi Ferrell, Dallas Mavericks
FD5 Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
FD6 Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
FD7 LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
FD8 Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
FD9 Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
FD10 Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
FD11 Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
FD12 Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
FD13 Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
FD14 Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
FD15 Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
FD16 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
FD17 J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers
FD18 Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
FD19 Gary Payton, Seattle Supersonics
FD20 Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers

2016-17 Studio From Downtown Gallery

2016-17 Studio FD 1 Stephen Curry

FD1 Stephen Curry

2016-17 Studio FD 2 James Harden

FD2 James Harden

2016-17 Studio FD 3 Karl-Anthony Towns

FD3 Karl-Anthony Towns

2016-17 Studio FD 4 Yogi Ferrell

FD4 Yogi Ferrell

2016-17 Studio FD 5 Russell Westbrook

FD5 Russell Westbrook

2016-17 Studio FD 6 Damian Lillard

FD6 Damian Lillard

2016-17 Studio FD 7 LeBron James

FD7 LeBron James

2016-17 Studio FD 8 Jimmy Butler

FD8 Jimmy Butler

2016-17 Studio FD 9 Kristaps Porzingis

FD9 Kristaps Porzingis

2016-17 Studio FD 10 Ben Simmons

FD10 Ben Simmons

2016-17 Studio FD 11 Isaiah Thomas

FD11 Isaiah Thomas

2016-17 Studio FD 12 Kyrie Irving

FD12 Kyrie Irving

2016-17 Studio FD 13 Kevin Durant

FD13 Kevin Durant

2016-17 Studio FD 14 Devin Booker

FD14 Devin Booker

2016-17 Studio FD 15 Andrew Wiggins

FD15 Andrew Wiggins

2016-17 Studio FD 16 Dirk Nowitzki

FD16 Dirk Nowitzki

2016-17 Studio FD 17 JJ Reddick

FD17 J.J. Reddick

2016-17 Studio FD 18 Kobe Bryant

FD18 Kobe Bryant

2016-17 Studio FD 19 Gary Payton

FD19 Gary Payton

2016-17 Studio FD 20 Allen Iverson

FD20 Allen Iverson

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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