A Very Heady Insert: 2018-19 Panini Spectra Features the Return of the Floating Head


Floating heads on trading cards, a staple of early 1960s baseball sets, are now on basketball cards, thanks to the work of the Panini Basketball Product Development Team.

Panini’s Director of Basketball David Porter said the company’s development team was looking for something different for insertion in 2018-19 Panini Spectra. “It’s just something fun that the basketball team liked,” Porter said. “We had a few people in design that looked at us like we were crazy, but they got the look right. They just didn’t realize the history [of the floating heads].”

Headliners are short prints, dropping one per case.

2018-19 Panini Spectra Basketball Headliners Checklist

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1 Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2 LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
3 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
4 Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
5 James Harden, Houston Rockets
6 Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
7 Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
8 Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
9 Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors
10 Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
11 Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
12 Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
13 Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
14 Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
15 Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
16 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
17 Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
18 Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
19 Shaquille O’Neal, Orlando Magic
20 Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
21 Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings
22 Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
23 Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
24 Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
25 Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

2018-19 Panini Spectra Basketball Headliners Gallery


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