Tentative Panini 2020-21 NBA Basketball Card Calendar

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Under normal circumstances, the 2020-21 basketball season would be getting underway right about now. Instead, the Lakers are still basking in the glory of their championship and the 2019-20 season is coming to a close. The draft still needs to happen, players need to sign new contracts and a lot of the planning still needs to take place. It’s looking like it’ll simply be the “2021 NBA season” with things not getting underway until the new year. That shift in schedule means some changes for the 2020-21 basketball card season as well with products moving back to be in line with the league.

Collectors can still expect to see 2020-21 Hoops to kick off the NBA card season. However, instead of the fall, it won’t arrive until January. 2020-21 Panini Prizm is now planned for early March.

Here’s a look at some of the planned lines and early release dates for 2020-21 NBA basketball cards. It is tentative and it is very possible things could shift by the time the season rolls out.

Tentative 2020-21 Panini NBA Basketball Card Lineup


  • Hoops – January 13, 2021
  • Certified – January 20, 2021
  • Donruss – January 27, 2021


  • Revolution – February 10, 2021
  • Absolute – February 24, 2021


  • Prizm – March 3, 2021
  • Origins – March 10, 2021
  • Contenders – March 24, 2021
  • Crown Royale – March 31, 2021


  • Donruss Optic – April 14, 2021
  • Impeccable – April 28, 2021


  • Select – May 12, 2021
  • Noir – May 26, 2021


  • Court Kings – June 2, 2021
  • National Treasures – June 16, 2021
  • Mosaic – June 30, 2021

Just because the 2020-21 NBA basketball card season is delayed, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be other basketball cards in the meantime. More 2019-20 sets are still on the way. There will also be multiple collegiate sets, which kick off with 2020-21 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball on October 21.

Stay tuned for specifics on these releases as they’re formally announced in the weeks and months ahead.

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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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