Base Team, Photo Variations Fan the Flames of 2015-16 Gold Standard Basketball
One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s Gold Standard Basketball brand during its first five years in existence has been the inclusion of veteran base-set variations that have created feeding frenzies for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. The phenomenon began with that inaugural 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball release and featured Pete Maravich, Patrick Ewing and Dennis Rodman.
The brand has followed suit in the years since by releasing variations for retired legends and current stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo, Anfernee Hardaway, Grant Hill, Shawn Kemp, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rasheed Wallace, LeBron James, Chris Webber, Allen Iverson and more. The recent release of 2015-16 Gold Standard Basketball delivered a new wave of variations to add to the chase, including the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Damon Stoudamire, James Harden and more.
Almost four weeks after release, it’s safe to say that this year’s variations have kept Gold Standard Basketball top of mind by delivering a dizzying array of big-ticket sales in recent weeks.
Some of the highlights . . .
- A Kevin Garnett USA Basketball variation sold in late February for $85.
- A Harden USA Basketball variation recently sold for $50.
- A Chamberlain Philadelphia 76ers variation recently sold for $45.
- A two-card lot featuring Rajon Rondo’s Boston Celtics and Kentucky Wildcats variations sold in late February for $41.
Impressive numbers one and all, especially considering these cards feature no autographs and no memorabilia. They’re just compelling base-set variations of some of basketball’s most collectible players.
But more than just providing compelling — and sometimes downright devilish — chases for player and set collectors, these Gold Standard SPs and SSPs have become something of a delightful nomad’s land; a one-stop photographic summation of the featured player’s globetrotting NBA ways.
In the must-see gallery that follows, we showcase every veteran variation and photo variation in 2015-16 Gold Standard Basketball. But before the gallery, here’s a quick breakdown of the cards among the veteran variations that should be considered SSPs.
|48||Kevin Garnett||USA Basketball|
|48||Kevin Garnett||Brooklyn Nets|
|54||Rajon Rondo||Kentucky Wildcats|
|61||Paul Pierce||Kansas Jayhawks|
|61||Paul Pierce||Brooklyn Nets|
|63||James Harden||Arizona State Sun Devils|
|63||James Harden||USA Basketball|
|151||Damon Stoudamire||Arizona Wildcats|
|151||Damon Stoudamire||San Antonio Spurs|
|176||Pete Maravich||LSU Tigers|
|176||Pete Maravich||Boston Celtics|
|190||Wilt Chamberlain||Kansas Jayhawks|
|195||Jerry Stackhouse||Milwaukee Bucks|
|195||Jerry Stackhouse||Miami Heat|
|195||Jerry Stackhouse||Atlanta Hawks|
|195||Jerry Stackhouse||Brooklyn Nets|
Enjoy the gallery . . . and happy hunting.