2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball Has a Blast


2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball takes chrome to the high-end. Every pack includes both an autograph and parallel with four of each across every hobby box.

2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball Checklist Overview

The Spectra base set uses opti-chrome as its starting point. However, built into the premium nature of the product, they’re thicker than cards found in brands like Prizm, Select and Optic. And while the parallel mix includes some solid colors, there are several that mix several colors. Among those in the product this year are Silver, Celestial, Interstellar, Meta, Gold, Universal Die-Cut, Marble and one-of-one Nebula.

Rookie Jersey Autographs rank among Spectra’s hits with ink from first-year standouts like Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and Scottie Barnes. Like standard base cards, many of the parallels for these use space themes: Celestial, Interstellar, Astral and one-of-a-kind Nebuula Logoman. Other Rookie Jersey Autograph versions include 75th Anniversary, Metal, Gold and Marble.

More signatures are available in Rookie Dual Patch Autographs and In the Zone.

Full Spectrum, which incorporate images from different stages of the player’s career.

2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball Full Spectrum Autographs Charles Barkley

Spectra has some other short print inserts, led by a new batch of Color Blast.

2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball Color Blast

Although it has been used in baseball, Solar Eclipse makes its basketball debut.

2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball Solar Eclipse Stephen Curry

There’s also new Diamond Anniversary inserts that have some of the best to ever play in the NBA.

2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball Diamond Anniversary Dirk Nowitzki

2021-22 Panini Spectra Basketball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 4
Packs per box: Hobby – 4
Boxes per case: Hobby – 8
Set size: TBA
Release date (subject to change): October 19, 2022

Shop for 2021-22 Spectra Basketball boxes on eBay:

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 4
  • Parallels – 4

Recent Panini Spectra Basketball releases:

The full 2021-22 Spectra Basketball checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the product’s release.


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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