2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball Remains Rock Steady


Like a rock, 2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball brings back its trademark quad memorabilia autograph cards (and more). Although hits-focused, with three of every six cards in a box being of the autograph or memorabilia variety, there is more to the product.

2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball Rookie Cornerstones Prime

2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball hobby boxes break down to include a pair of autographs, one memorabilia card and one insert made with plastic PVC stock. The remaining two cards are base or parallels.

2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball Overview

Cornerstones cards return in a few forms. Whether it’s rookies, veterans or legends, these are highlighted by an on-card signature and four swatches of memorabilia that take a four-corners approach. Base versions for rookies have 199 copies each.

Once again, parallels look to minerals for inspiration rather than just colors. These include Crystal (/75), Quartz (/49), Marble (/10) and Onyx (1/1).

2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball Rookie Cornerstones Tag

Legendary Cornerstones take a similar look and feel, only with retired players. Print runs for the base versions max out at 129 copies. Some are less. Parallel levels for these are Crystal (/49 and under), Quartz (/25 and under), Marble (/10 and under), and Onyx (1/1).

No matter the type, tougher Quartz, Marble and Onyx Cornerstones parallels include premium swatches.

More signatures can be found in 2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball in Elemental Signatures and Franchise Pillars. All cards in both of these have no more than 129 copies. Parallels include Crystal (/49 or less), Quartz (/25 or less), Marble (/10 or less) and one-of-one Onyx.

2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball Elemental Autographs

Among the strictly memorabilia cards on the checklist are scarce Memorabilia Super Prime cards. These are one-of-ones and come with tags taken from game-work jerseys.

The regular inserts in 2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball stand out right away based on how they’re constructed. They’re not traditional card stock or even the more modern thick and glossy. Rather, they use a combination of holographic foil on the front and vinyl PVC on the back. Combining to land one per box, themes include Unbreakables, Startups and the return of the popular Downtown, which cast star players against an illustrated backdrop of the city they play in.

2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball Downtown

2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Basketball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 6
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: TBA
Release date: March 20, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Autographs – 2
• Memorabilia Cards – 1
• PVC Inserts – 1


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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