2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball Details


2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball doesn’t cut corners when it comes to high-end cards. If it’s not an autograph or memorabilia card, then it has at least one gem embedded in it. Key rookies, star veteran and retired greats, on-card signatures and low print runs are among the other cornerstones of the product.

Hobby boxes for the super-premium product have ten cards. Ten are autographs, two are relics and the final two are gem cards.

2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball

2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball Overview

The 2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball base set elevates the cards in a couple of ways. First off, the main set is numbered to just 20 copies. There’s also the diamond that comes with it.

Parallels come in smaller quantities and offer up different gems: Ruby (/10), Sapphire (/8), Emerald (/5) and Oversized Diamond (1/1).

Unless it’s a cut signature, all autographs in 2018 Flawless Collegiate are signed on-card. While not exclusively first-year players, the 2018 draft class figures prominently on the checklist.

Rookie Patch Autographs have the jumbo swatches that are customary for Flawless. Some versions come things like team logos, conference logos, brand logos and the Final Four logo.

NBA veterans and retired players have similar Patch Autographs.

Team Slogan Signatures add an inscription to the mix. There is also Flawless Dual Autographs.

Rookie Gem Signatures (/25) take a similar jeweled approach as the main base set, only with the addition of the autograph. Parallels come in Ruby (/20), Sapphire (/15), Gold Diamond (/10), Emerald (/5) and Black (1/1), which has an oversized diamond. The product has regular Rookie Autographs as well that do not have gems.

2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball Rookie Gem Signatures

Shifting from prospects to legends, Premium Ink features signatures from some of the greatest players to ever play in the NCAA.

Flawless Player Team Gems offer up more jewels, and several of them. The front of these cards have a large team logo that is outlined with gems selected to go with the school’s colors.

2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball Player Team Gems

2018 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball at a glance:

Cards per pack: 10
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 2
Release date: November 16, 2018

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 6
  • Memorabilia Cards – 2
  • Gem Cards – 2


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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