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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball (100+ Pics)

March 22, 2017

Panini America 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball QC Gallery1 Update

Panini America’s never-been-done before Aficionado Basketball brand takes its lead, at least aesthetically, from 1996 Aficionado Baseball, a product from a proud collecting era that made a name for itself with just one solitary release. Fast forward more than 20 years and Panini America’s Basketball Product Development Team is preparing to introduce NBA collectors to the Aficionado experience with Friday’s release of 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball.

Back in 1996, Aficionado stood out on the strength of its base-card aesthetics. As you’ll see in the Quality Control Gallery that follows, the good looks return — along with a bevy of modern niceties that weren’t necessarily commonplace two decades ago. As 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball’s solicitation suggests, the product is “designed, built and tailored to be a true collector’s product.” On average, each hobby box (eight cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver one autograph, one memorabilia card and 20 inserts or parallels.

Two of those parallels in particular — the super-rare, blue-foiled Tip Off and Opening Night — fall just once per case.  Other key inserts include Meteor, Innovators, Craftwork, Slick Picks and Power Surge. A 150-card base set is rounded out by the Global Reach and Inducted subsets. A little bit of everything that 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball has to offer is previewed in the must-see gallery that follows.

Enjoy the extended look and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2017 11:50 am

    Adrian Dantley is a name is haven’t heard in years. Glad to see him in this set.

  2. ericjoshua permalink
    March 22, 2017 1:32 pm

    Those Inserts Idea are Nice to Look forward to…

  3. JSB permalink
    March 23, 2017 2:22 pm

    This is one of the sweetest looking products you guys have put out. I was going to comment you need an autographed version of Global Reach and then I scroll down to see the International Ink. Awesome stuff! Thanks for the preview.


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