The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2015-16 Complete Basketball (72 Images)
It’s fitting, really, that today is Thursday. In social media circles, Thursday is better known by its hash-tag acronym “#TBT,” Twitterspeak or Instagramese for “Throwback Thursday.” And when it comes to NBA trading card sets, it doesn’t get much more #TBT than Panini America’s new 2015-16 Complete Basketball.
From its price point ($1 a pack) to its card stock (the matte finish of yesteryear) to its photography (a full-color mix of action shots and portraits) to its box configuration (36 packs), 2015-16 Complete Basketball is a refreshing throwback to collecting’s earlier days — when completing a comprehensive set was more important than how many hits were in a box. When a few rare-but-attainable inserts provided a chase-worthy side mission. When parallels were just starting out.
Such is the case with Complete, an old-school breath of fresh air that appeals to fans and collectors who covet lots of cards (a 330-card base set) and lots of rookies for not a lot of money. And in the middle of it all, you’ve got Silver (one per pack) and Gold (one per box) parallels, a small handful of inserts (including Home and Away Jerseys, Court Vision and NBA Cares) and the rare opportunity at a one-per-case autograph card.
The must-see Quality Control Gallery that follows showcases most of what the product has to offer. Enjoy the images and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of 2015-16 Complete Basketball.