2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations Gallery and Guide


2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations are sneaky. They don’t jump out at you quickly as being different. But they are out there and they should be something to look for if you’re busting packs of the brand’s standalone hoops debut.

2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations

Ten players from the 90-card shell set have variations. Among them are top rookies Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett. Also in the mix are several superstar vets like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry and James Harden.

The 2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations don’t immediately jump out and scream, “I’m not the regular base card!” In fact, at first glance, there doesn’t appear to be some sort of tip-off on the card itself. One way is to go by parallels. Variations don’t have them. Only the regular card. So if it’s serial numbered or you look online at a place eBay and see the parallels, that’s the image for the regular card, not the variation. If the image is different, it is the variation.

An easier way? Use the gallery below. It has all the variations along with the corresponding base cards so you can tell them apart quickly and easily.

Although print runs and exact insertion rates have not been announced, Panini officials did confirm that variations are tougher to pull than base cards. However, case should have multiple variants.

2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick list of cards with variations. If you’re looking for a specific one, click on the links to see what’s available on eBay.

5 Stephen Curry
15 Zion Williamson
16 Giannis Antetokounmpo
22 RJ Barrett
42 James Harden
59 Kawhi Leonard
70 Ja Morant
82 Rui Hachimura
83 LeBron James
88 Darius Garland

2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations Gallery

5 Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Variation – dribbling

Base – layup

15 Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations Zion Williamson
Variation – ball over head

Base – dribbling

16 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Variation – yellow jersey

Base – white jersey

22 RJ Barrett, New York Knicks

Variation – leaning, NBA logo visible on basketball 

Base – standing tall, Nike Swoosh visible on shorts

42 James Harden, Houston Rockets

Variation – black jersey

Base – white jersey

59 Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Variation – white jersey

Base – red jersey

70 Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations Ja Morant
Variation – dunking

Base – pointing

82 Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards

Variation – ball in two hands

Base – passing ball, on one foot

83 LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

2019-20 Panini Origins Basketball Variations LeBron James
Variation – purple jersey

Base – yellow jersey

88 Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers

Variation – turned to side

Base – facing forward


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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1 comment

  1. Ej 3 December, 2020 at 06:47

    My most favorite variations of the year…BUT…the Darius Garland Card on the right is most definitely the variation!!

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