2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball Takes Prospects High-End

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As a brand, Topps Inception has been around since 2011. However, 2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball marks its debut in the sport. It may focus on the developmental league, but the attention is still on autographs and bold designs.

Hobby boxes have seven cards, two of which are autographs.

2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball Checklist Overview

Topps continues to grow its Overtime Elite portfolio. First, it was Topps Now. There’s also a 2021-22 Topps Chrome set. Inception brings it more high-end. No matter the set, the foundation remains the same, offering some of the earliest cards for developmental talent not just for the 2022 NBA Draft but future years as well.

The base set borrows from the 2021 Topps Inception Baseball design. Consisting of 100 cards, there’s an abstract modernist look in the background to go with a filtered player image.

Parallels, which combine to land two per box, are available in eight levels:

  • Blue – /199
  • Yellow – /150
  • Magenta – /99
  • Red – /75
  • Orange – /50
  • Aqua – /25
  • Inception – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1

Base Autographs use a similar design, adding a signature to the mix. These have their own Magenta (/99), Red (/75), Orange (/50), Blue (/25), Aqua (/10) and Inception (1/1) parallels.

2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball Base Autographs Aqua Jalen Lewis

Inception Silver Signings get their name from the color of the ink used for the autograph. These use a dark background to help the signature stand out. Gold Ink (/25) and Gold Inscription (1/1) versions are also available.

2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball Silver Signings

Several autographed memorabilia inserts are also available.

These start with Inception Autograph Relics. Base versions all have serial numbers. So do the parallels: Magenta, Red (/25), Sneaker Relic (/25), Orange (/10), Sneaker Relic Orange, Blue (/6), Inception (1/1), and Sneaker Relic Logo (1/1).

Autograph Jumbo Relics come with oversized swatches. Some of the parallels also incorporate other pieces of memorabilia. Levels for these come in Orange (/25), Blue (/10), Jumbo Basketball (/5), Jumbo Net (/5), Sneaker Orange (/2), Inception (1/1) and Sneaker Brand Logo (1/1).

2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball Autograph Jumbo Relic Sneaker

More ball pieces are available in Autograph Game Ball Relics (/25). Net Relic (/5) and Logo (1/1) versions can be found as well.

Autograph relic book card themes in 2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball include Gameday Gear Autograph Relics (/5), Autograph Team Name (/5) and Dual Autograph Relic (/5). All three have additional one-of-one parallels.

2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball at a glance:

Cards per pack: 7
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 16
Set size: 100 cards
Release date (subject to change): June, 2022

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What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Parallels – 2
  • Base Cards – 3

The full 2021-22 Topps Inception Overtime Elite Basketball checklist will be up as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the product’s release.

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