Jeremy Lin’s Knicks debut will come in NBA Hoops

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

He’s the biggest name in the Big Apple right now, but Jeremy Lin doesn’t yet have a single basketball card showing him as a member of the New York Knicks.

Panini America is ready to change that.

The return of NBA Hoops is now at the forefront of the company’s basketball releases for 2011-12 and Lin will be one of the players found inside packs of the product when it arrives on Feb. 29. It will be the first product released by the company following the lockout as Preferred has been delayed into March.

He will have a standard card as well as an autographed card to be found in the low-end product’s 99-cent packs. Lin’s autographs will be found inside packs, too, and each hobby box of Hoops will include two chances at signed cards such as Lin’s, who has had quite a week for the Knicks.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Peter Angeles
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    This is GREAT!

  2. Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    can’t wait for HOOPS to return!!

    but if packs are supposed to be around $1 buck a pack, why are presales almost double the price per box?? There are sellers that have them listed for $68-75 per box… (36 packs) or are there going to be a retail version too??


    Huge 279-card base set going deep into team rosters with a chase Champions #279 card!

    Classic design calling back to the first Hoops set in 1989-90!

    179-card Hoops Autographs set featuring Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Dirk Nowitzki!

    Classic design and great insert set photography!

    You asked for it, you got it! Check out the insert A Night to Remember where the content was chosen by collectors.

    Look for original 1989-90 Hoops Buyback autographs featuring on-card signatures!

    36 packs per box, 8 cards per pack

  3. chrisolds
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Hobby is, I believe, $2 a pack since it guarantees autos.

  4. Michael Chase
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Look at all the people in the back who get to be apart of his card!

  5. Dave
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Look! Another sticker auto!

  6. Randy Bryniarski
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Jimmer and Isiah Thomas better be in this set!

  7. JonathanI
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Hoops has always done it for me. I appreciate their creativity that does not rely on flash. It is the same information and the same players as other brands, but I just like the presentation. I am glad they are the first coming out after the lockout.

  8. Robert Braxton
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    PERFECT TIMING! Post-Mavs Championship – I love it!

  9. ArmGar27
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Cool Looking. I like how the crowd in the background was not airbrushed and taken out.

  10. Robert Braxton
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I went to Walmart today; I didn’t see’m.

  11. Robert Braxton
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Not at Target either.

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