2020-21 Hoops Blaster Box Highlights
Early February saw the release of 2020-21 Panini NBA Hoops, a product containing one of the most comprehensive checklists of the season with 200 base veterans, 50 base rookies, and a 20-card Hoops Tribute base subset. Like previous years, Hoops features the first cards of this season’s rookie class in their pro uniforms.
Here are the highlights from the opening of a Hoops retail blaster box containing 11 packs with eight cards per pack. Blaster exclusives include Blue and Red parallels. In addition, collectors will find, on average, one autograph or memorabilia card per box.
Base Set Parallels:
Derrick Rose, Marc Gasol, Leandro Bolmaro RC
Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Killian Hayes, Theo Maledon, Cole Anthony, Desmond Bane, Tyrese Maxey, Saddiq Bey, Immanuel Quickley, Xavier Tillman, Robert Woodward II, Udoka Azubuike, Malachi Flynn, Daniel Oturu, Cassius Winston, Tre Jones, Tyler Bey, Josh Green, Aaron Nesmith, Obi Toppin, Cassius Stanley, Jahmi’us Ramsey
Hoops delivers on the rookie quantity, yielding 22 total RCs on a two per pack basis, highlighted by #1 overall pick Edwards and current top rookie Ball. Ball’s Hoops #223, debuting on the new Beckett Basketball Hot List at #5, experienced early sales as high as $200+, but prices have since cooled into the sub $50 range. Another impressive rookie, New York Knick Immanuel Quickley sneaks onto the Hot List at #20 with his first mainstream RC that doesn’t include an autograph.
Autographs and Memorabilia:
Hoops Great SIGnificance, a 100-card autograph insert set, features many rookie signatures as well as some big name veterans. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them.
Derrick Jones Jr.
Lights, Camera, Action
Nothing really exciting here with just base versions pulled. The Hoops SLAM inserts, exclusive to retail, are proving popular, with the Kobe Bryant and LeBron James cards leading the way.
Overall, 2020-21 NBA Hoops continues its tradition as a flagship hobby/retail release that’s heavy on rookies and inserts. And, with several retail outlets implementing policies to increase consumer availability, collectors may actually be able to find some in the wild.