2018 Leaf Best of Basketball Details and Checklist

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The hobby landscape has a lot of “buyback” products now — releases that bring together cards from the past. These mix the potential for big things with the allure the intrigue of the unknown. Leaf’s Best of line was one of the first to adopt the concept. And it’s back with 2018 Leaf Best of Basketball.

Each box is anchored by a premium repurchased card. Rookies, autographs, memorabilia cards, inserts — they’re all possible. Some are graded.

Redemptions are randomly inserted for unopened boxes or memorabilia pieces that wouldn’t otherwise be able to fit in the box.

Boxes come with a second card as well, an exclusive Best of Basketball Originals insert. The 18-card checklist is a mix of past, present and future. Bill Russell, Larry Bird and Shaquille O’Neal are among the Hall of Famers. Stephen Curry and Kyle Kuzma bring some veteran flavor. As for a possible future, the 2018 Leaf Best of Basketball Originals also includes high schooler LaMelo Ball, Lonzo’s brother.

2018 Leaf Best of Basketball at a glance:

Cards per pack: 2
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 10
Release date: February 22, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Repurchased Cards – 1
  • Best of Basketball Originals – 1

2018 Leaf Best of Basketball Originals Checklist

18 cards.
1 per box.

BB-01 Allen Iverson
BB-02 Alonzo Mourning
BB-03 Anfernee Simons
BB-04 Bill Russell
BB-05 Bobby Knight
BB-06 Clyde Drexler
BB-07 Dennis Rodman
BB-08 Dominique Wilkins
BB-09 Hakeem Olajuwon
BB-10 Kyle Kuzma
BB-11 LaMelo Ball
BB-12 Larry Bird
BB-13 Magic Johnson
BB-14 Mo Bamba
BB-15 Oscar Robertson
BB-16 Scottie Pippen
BB-17 Shaquille O’Neal
BB-18 Stephen Curry

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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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2 comments

  1. Roger D Christensen 22 March, 2019 at 06:06

    Dear Ryan,

    Please contact me regarding Basketball autographs.

    I am 69 years old and have collected since 1959.

    For the first 3 years the SD Clippers were in town I work on game nights on the stats crew.
    Thanks,
    Roger Christensen

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