2021-22 Basketball Cards Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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While the NBA is getting back to normal, the 2021-22 basketball cards lineup isn’t totally there just yet. By the time it wraps, the sets and brands will likely look a lot like 2020-21. But the change of schedule last season, it’s pushed things back a little this year. For the immediate future that simply means a delayed start to what should become a steady flow of products over the next year or so.

From entry-level products to high-end releases and everywhere in between, there will be plenty to choose from. Whether you’re looking for 2021-22 basketball cards checklists, release dates, product information, price guide access and more, here’s a handy hub where you’ll find it all.

2021-22 Basketball Cards: What’s Ahead

Panini is the major player once again. They’ve got the exclusive NBA basketball card license, one they’ve held since 2009-10. They’re also the lone basketball card maker for the WNBA and virtually every major collegiate program in the United States.

That doesn’t mean they’re the only company though. Upper Deck and Onyx Authenticated both have sets that are heavy on draft picks. Topps is back in basketball cards with Overtime Elite.

New NIL licensing rules also offer new rules and eligibility for active collegiate players.

As far as rookies go, top draft picks Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley and Scottie Barnes are among the key players heading into the season.

For the second year in a row, the new basketball card season got a late start as the industry continues to deal with pandemic-caused schedule changes and global supply chain challenges.

Below is a full 2021-22 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 2021-22 Basketball Card Release Dates and Product Information

New sets will be added as details are announced. If it’s not listed here, we don’t know if and when a particular product is coming out. Release dates are subject to change (and often do).

2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball

Release Date: October 19, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Select Basketball

Release Date: October 26, 2022

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2021-22 Panini One and One Basketball

Release Date: November 4, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Mosaic Basketball

Release Date: November 9, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball

Release Date: November 16, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Immaculate Basketball

Release Date: November 23, 2022

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Already Released

2021-22 Basketball Cards Archive

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

2021-22 Bowman University Basketball

Release Date: June 1, 2022

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2021-22 Donruss Basketball

Release Date: February 25, 2022

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2021-22 Donruss Optic Basketball

Release Date: September 2, 2022

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2021-22 Leaf Memories Basketball

Release Date: May 27, 2022

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2021-22 Leaf Metal Basketball

Release Date: April 29, 2022

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2021-22 NBA Hoops Basketball

Release Date: December 31, 2021

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2021-22 Onyx Vintage Basketball

Release Date: October 20, 2021

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2021-22 Panini Black Basketball

Release Date: September 9, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Chronicles Basketball

Release Date: September 21, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Contenders Basketball

Release Date: April 13, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Court Kings Basketball

Release Date: May 4, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Illusions Basketball

Release Date: September 9, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Impeccable Basketball

Release Date: May 25, 2022

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2021-22 Panini National Treasures Basketball

Release Date: July 20, 2022

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2021-22 Panini NBA G League Basketball

Release Date: October 6, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Obsidian Basketball

Release Date: August 17, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Origins Basketball

Release Date: March 11, 2022

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2021-22 Panini PhotoGenic Basketball

Release Date: June 20, 2022

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2021-22 Panini Revolution Basketball

Release Date: April 27, 2022

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2021-22 Pro Set Power Basketball

Release Date: June 17, 2022

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2021-22 Topps Chrome Overtime Elite Basketball

Release Date: April 15, 2022

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2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball

Release Date: August 24, 2022

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2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball

Release Date: September 29, 2021

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2021 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Basketball

Release Date: November 16, 2021

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2021 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Basketball

Release Date: November 29, 2021

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2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Basketball

Release Date: April 6, 2022

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2021 Topps Finest Basketball

Release Date: April 26, 2022

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2021 Topps Now Overtime Elite

Release Date: September 23, 2021

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2021 Upper Deck Premier Prospects Basketball

Release Date: August 4, 2021

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2022 Topps x Chet Holmgren Basketball

Release Date: May 12, 2022

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2022 Topps Chet Holmgren Art Collection

Release Date: April 21, 2022

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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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4 comments

  1. Jack 8 July, 2022 at 05:53

    Hey, is there going to be a Select basketball release for the 2021-22 season?

    Thanks,

    Jack

    • Ryan Cracknell 8 July, 2022 at 10:53

      New sets will be added as details are announced. If it’s not listed here, we don’t know if and when a particular product is coming out.

  2. JC 9 July, 2022 at 14:09

    Hi,

    Will the Chronicles basketball set for the 2021-22 season be released later this year?

    JC

    • Ryan Cracknell 11 July, 2022 at 13:50

      New sets will be added as details are announced. If it’s not listed here, we don’t know if and when a particular product is coming out.

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