2016 Panini Instant NBA Finals Basketball Checklist and Details


The shocking and dramatic NBA championship victory by the Cleveland Cavaliers is making its way to collectors right away thanks to the debut of 2016 Panini Instant NBA Finals Basketball cards from Panini America.


Available for purchase via the company’s online store for just a 48-hour period, each of the 15 cards produced for this set will be printed in varying quantities. The basic version will be limited to the amount ordered, but there is a cap on those numbered to 25 and 5 copies along with the black one-of-one.


Panini decided to list 11 cards from the 2016 Panini Instant NBA Finals Basketball set initially and planned to add three more cards within the first day of release.

“Captivating moments like we saw last night during Game 7 and throughout this NBA Finals are what the Panini Instant platform is all about, it’s why Panini Instant was developed,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop via the company’s official blog. “The ability to capture the most exciting moments in sports on real-time trading cards is an exciting evolution for fans and collectors everywhere.”

Pricing for the 2016 Panini Instant NBA Finals Basketball cards starts at $9.99 each for the basic edition with a red border. The green bordered (/25) and blue bordered (/5) retail for $49.99 and $99.99 respectively. Within the first 30 minutes of availability, seven of the black bordered one-of-ones had been sold at $249.99 apiece.

Collectors in the United States will be shipped their cards for free within three to five business days of the availability window closing. International buyers will have to pay for shipping.

2016 Panini Instant NBA Finals Basketball Checklist

This checklist will be updated until all have been announced. If you missed a card or want to see how it’s doing on the secondary market, click the links to see what’s on eBay.


  • Green /25
  • Blue /5
  • Black 1/1

1 Shaun Livingston, Golden State Warriors (Game 1) – Livingston Leads Way in Finals Opener
2 Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (Game 2) – Green Money in Rout Over Cavaliers
3 LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 3) – James Has Cavaliers Flying High at Home
4 Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 3) – Irving Rises to Occasion in Blowout Win
5 Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (Game 4) – MVP Shows Worth as Warriors Set Finals Record
6 Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 4) – Irving On Point with 34-Point Outburst
7 Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Game 5) – Thompson Goes Gonzo with Sweet Shooting Touch
8 LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 5) – James Slams Golden State as Series Heads Back to ‘The Land’
9 Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 5) – A Relentless Irving Continues Scoring Barrage Over Warriors
10 Kyrie Irving/LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 5) – Road Scholars: Tandem Goes for 41 Apiece as Cavs School Warriors
11 LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 6) – A Performance for the Ages, Fit for a King

Stephen Laroche can be found on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.


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  1. Richard 20 June, 2016 at 15:36

    And here I thought the parallels were going to be randomly gifted to the buyers. Silly me.

    I find it sadly amusing that many of these instant cards are selling for far more than their production numbers would allow for them to make the owners a future profit.

    That said, some of the highest production ones for Topps have sold at insane multiples after release, like the Ichiro hits cards managing to sell at $99.99.

    The price has since collapsed, but still for that one seller..

  2. Kevin St. J 20 June, 2016 at 19:10

    I’ll guess the last of the cards to be released will include Kyrie’s 3-pointer, LeBron’s Finals MVP and a Cavs team picture.

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