2020-21 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Basketball Blaster Box Breakdown


2020-21 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Basketball began showing up in retail outlets recently. Here are the highlights from two retail blaster boxes.

These have seven packs with four cards per pack, with a chance at pulling autographs and rare Downtown inserts. Blaster exclusives include Purple Wave and Green Pulsar Prizm parallels.

Green Prizms:

  • Tyrese Maxey
  • Saddiq Bey
  • Deni Avdija
  • Tyrese Haliburton
  • Kira Lewis Jr.
  • Cassius Stanley
  • Devon Dotson
  • Zeke Nnaji
  • Obi Toppin (Crusade)
  • LaMelo Ball (Crusade)

Out of the 14 packs, 10 green Prizms emerged . Every pack that didn’t contain a different colored Prizm had a Green, so these appear to be the “common” insert pull of the set. A decent array of players in this bunch, including lottery picks Avdija, Haliburton, and Lewis Jr., along with the Ball and Toppin Crusades.

Silver Prizms:

  • Tyrese Haliburton
  • Aaron Nesmith (Crusade)

Silvers hit at one per box. I got nothing earth shattering, with the Haliburton trending in the $4-$10 price range.

Purple Wave Prizms:

  • Payton Pritchard
  • Zeke Nnaji

Purple Waves also hit at one per box. If this is the ongoing trend, these would be easier hits than the Purple Wave Prizms from 2019-20 Panini Prizm Basketball blaster boxes. The Pac 12 is represented here with Nnaji and Prichard, who has seen sales of up to $10.

Overall, these two boxes produced what a collector would typically expect. No autograph is not surprising, as they are tough pulls at retail. The lack of a Green Pulsar Prizm is standard as well as they are serial-numbered to 25.

Busting a box will surely whet collectors’ appetites for what’s to come. The challenge, of course, continues to be finding one in stock at the local retailer


Steve Dalton

Steven enjoys his job tracking and reporting on the basketball card market for Beckett Media. His other interests include comic book speculation and investing, kaiju movies and collectibles, and UK basketball.

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  1. okallday 5 December, 2020 at 20:12

    Quick quetion. I pulled an Obi downtown from one of these blaster boxes. I saw that they sell on ebay for 75-80 dollars raw atm. What would be the best option for me. Post them up for 80 and sell or hold on to for at least a year?

    • Ryan Cracknell 7 December, 2020 at 13:52

      It’s a personal choice. There’s no guarantees it will go up or down. If you’re happy with current rates and want to sell, then that’s a way to go. If you like the card and think it might go up, then you may want to hold onto it.

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