From the configuration to the content, much about Panini America's Absolute Basketball brand is changing for the 2017-18 NBA season. The product's calling-card inclusions, however, will remain comfortably intact. After all, what would Absolute Basketball be without Tools of the Trade and rare Absolute Glass inserts?
From the configuration to the content, much about Panini America’s Absolute Basketball brand is changing for the 2017-18 NBA season. The product’s calling-card inclusions, however, will remain comfortably intact. After all, what would Absolute Basketball be without Tools of the Trade and rare Absolute Glass inserts?
Rhetorical questions aside, perhaps the most striking difference most longtime Absolute fans will notice about 2017-18 Absolute Basketball (aside from a new configuration) is the existence of one Uncirculated slabbed card in each pack. One Uncirculated card in each box will feature a member of the 2017 NBA Draft class, the other will feature a veteran.
Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America in late December, each hobby box of 2017-18 Absolute Basketball (three cards per pack, two packs per box) will deliver two Uncirculated slabbed cards, two autographs and two memorabilia cards. Put another way, each pack will yield one Uncirculated slabbed card, one autograph and one memorabilia card.
The highlights of the reconfigured Absolute Basketball are many and include . . .
- The fabled Tools of the Trade Signatures insert returns with three different collectible versions featuring an autograph and either three, four or six swatches of memorabilia from a combination that includes jerseys, hats and basketballs. The checklist includes 33 players who attended the 2017 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.
- Find on-card autographs of the top rookies in Draft Day Ink and Rookie Autographs inserts that were signed at the 2017 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.
- The ultra-rate Absolute Glass chase returns and falls at roughly once per case.
- Uniquely themed autograph inserts highlighting top veterans and retired players; also find Pass the Rock Basketball memorabilia cards.
- An overall compelling mix of rookies, veterans, and retired legends autographs in Determination, Precision Signatures and Signature Standouts.
We’ll have much more on 2017-18 Absolute Basketball in the coming weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. But until then, enjoy this extended sneak peek:
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All information is accurate at the time of posting – content is subject to change and approval. Card images are solely for the purpose of design display. Actual images used on cards to be determined.