2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball Marks Brand’s College Hoops Debut


2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball might be the brand’s first go with college hoops, but it’s bringing some familiar content from other corners of the hobby. That means an extensive anything-goes kind of approach, drawing extensively from the Panini portfolio.

Typically, there are a limited number of college basketball lines each year. Chronicles expands that, offering designs and themes from more than a dozen different brands packaged together in the same product.

Hobby and 1st Off the Line boxes keep it small as far as the number of packs go. Each box type has just two. However, those packs are large with 24 cards each. Box hits include a pair of autographs, two memorabilia cards. Each hobby pack averages four optichrome cards as well with eight in a box.

2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball Checklist Overview

A total of 13 brands are represented on the Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball checklist. Some of these may get NBA releases in 2021-22 but here it’s all college hoops with a major focus on the rookie class. None of the products on the checklist have standalone collegiate basketball sets.

2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball Cade Cunningham

For starters, there is a Chronicles set. Others include Hoops Tribute, which brings the retro 1990-91 design, Donruss, Legacy, Playoff, Rookies & Stars, Score and Prestige.

2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball Donruss Jalen Suggs

Among the chromium brands are Select, Flux and Donruss Optic. Gala gets collegiate basketball cards for the first time as well.

2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball Select Scottie Barnes

Autograph themes and styles are equally varied. According to Panini, Contenders Optic College Tickets, Flux Rookie Autographs and Select In Flight Signatures are among the cards with on-card ink.

Gold Standard Rookie Jersey Autographs, Illusions First Impressions Jersey Autographs and Limited Rookie Jersey Autographs all combine signatures and memorabilia.

1st Off the Line boxes, which will be available through Panini’s website, are the only place to get Cracked Ice parallels. Numbered to 6 copies, these are one per FOTL box.

2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 24, 1st Off the Line – 24
Packs per box: Hobby – 2, 1st Off the Line – 2
Boxes per case: Hobby – 16, 1st Off the Line – 16
Set size: TBA
Release date (subject to change): September 29, 2021

Shop for 2021 Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball boxes on eBay:

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Memorabilia Cards – 2
  • Optichrome Cards – 8

What to expect in a 1st Off the Line box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Memorabilia Cards – 2
  • Optichrome Cards – 8
  • Cracked Ice Parallels – 1

The full 2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball will be up as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the set’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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