2020-21 Basketball Cards Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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By the time it’s over, the lineup of 2020-21 basketball cards will bring a lot of variety. From entry-level products to high-end releases and everywhere in between, there will be plenty to choose from. Whether you’re looking for 2020-21 basketball cards checklists, release dates, product information, price guide access and more, here’s a handy hub where you’ll find it all.

With the delayed start to the season due to the pandemic, it means that the NBA card season kicked off later than normal as well. However, a handful of collegiate products came out earlier. These are primarily focused on the incoming draft class.

2020-21 Basketball Cards: What’s In Store

Panini continues to hold exclusive deals for both the NBA and much of the NCAA. This is also their second year for their WNBA license.

As far as rookies go, there aren’t the clearcut franchise names — at least heading into the draft — like Zion Williamson and Ja Morant in 2019-20. Some of the names to watch include Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman and Obi Toppin.

Below is a full 2020-21 basketball card release calendar and related set information. Upcoming releases are at the top, arranged by release date.

Once sets are released, they’ll be found by clicking on a tab at the top (sorted alphabetically).

Upcoming Products

Upcoming 2020-21 Basketball Card Release Dates and Product Information

New sets will be added as details are announced. Release dates are subject to change (and often do).


2020-21 Panini Flawless Basketball

Release Date: January 26, 2021

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Already Released

2020-21 Basketball Cards Archive

The following is a list of sets that are out now. They are arranged alphabetically.

2020-21 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball

Release Date: March 24, 2021

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2020-21 Certified Basketball

Release Date: February 10, 2021

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2020-21 Clearly Donruss Basketball

Release Date: July 21, 2021

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2020-21 Court Kings Basketball

Release Date: May 26, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Court Kings Basketball Works in Progress Obi Toppin


2020-21 Donruss Elite Basketball

Release Date: July 14, 2021

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2020-21 Immaculate Basketball

Release Date: December 31, 2021

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2020 Immaculate Collegiate Basketball

Release Date: November 20, 2020

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2020-21 Panini Black Basketball

Release Date: October 11, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball

Release Date: November 24, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Contenders Basketball

Release Date: May 19, 2021

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2020 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball

Release Date: October 21, 2020

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2020-21 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball

Release Date: December 1, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball Black Pandora Ja Morant

2020-21 Panini Crown Royale Basketball

Release Date: May 5, 2021

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2020 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball

Release Date: December 23, 2020

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2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball

Release Date: December 15, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Mosaic Basketball

Release Date: December 3, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Mosaic Basketball Stained Glass Stephen Curry

2020-21 Panini National Treasures Basketball

Release Date: August 11, 2021

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2020 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Basketball

Release Date: December 9, 2020

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2020-21 Panini Noir Basketball

Release Date: July 2, 2021

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2020-21 Panini One and One Basketball

Release Date: December 8, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Origins Basketball

Release Date: April 14, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Recon Basketball

Release Date: October 27, 2021

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2020-21 Panini Revolution Basketball

Release Date: March 10, 2021

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2020 Panini Revolution Basketball Galactic



2020 Panini Prizm WNBA Basketball

Release Date: October 28, 2020

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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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21 comments

  1. Nikolai W. Hales 2 February, 2021 at 08:53

    Can someone tell me when the retail counterpart of a product usually releases? Does it release immediately after the hobby product or does it come out a couple weeks after?

  2. Donja5 5 February, 2021 at 09:35

    Does anyone know when the topps are coming out? I wanted to buy some or pre-order but I can’t find any. Please, someone, let me know.

    • Ryan Cracknell 5 February, 2021 at 18:47

      @Donja5 – Topps Basketball? Panini has the NBA exclusive. 2009-10 was the last time Topps did basketball.

  3. Nicholas Matejewski 3 March, 2021 at 21:17

    Thought prizm released today on the 3rd of March? Now it’s the 31st I hope this is true

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 March, 2021 at 09:35

      @Nicholas – March 3 was a very early tentative date and always framed as such.

    • Ryan Cracknell 10 May, 2021 at 11:59

      @Mike – As mentioned at the top of the calendar, sets are only added once they’re formally announced.

  4. Markus 14 May, 2021 at 16:58

    When’s usually the first release for the next season? Is it around season start? Before? After?

    • Ryan Cracknell 17 May, 2021 at 14:22

      @Markus – Hoops is typically the first NBA set. Traditionally, it comes out around the start of the season.

  5. Ben 21 August, 2021 at 21:46

    Hi Ryan. Are you expecting any further 2020-21 announcements, or is Panini likely to cut it off after Mosaic and move on to 2021-22? Wondering specifically whether they are doing away with Encased after what seemed like a lackluster 2019-20.

  6. Brad Little 21 September, 2021 at 22:07

    Will there be any 2020-21 NBA Luminance whether in Chronicles which I haven’t seen any info on or inserted into another product?

    • Ryan Cracknell 17 November, 2021 at 00:23

      @Joel – The checklists are linked for each set. You could also go to Beckett.com and type “2020-21 basketball usa” into the search bar and you should get some results as long as USA is in the name of the set.

  7. Joel G 17 November, 2021 at 23:17

    thanks Ryan. Nothing on that search yet. Just seems odd nothing has been released yet on the most recent olympic basketball team.

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