It's safe to say that so far this season, the uniquely gifted, enticingly deep 2017-18 NBA rookie class has been as good as advertised. Heck, it might be even better than advertised. The on-court performances from the likes of Lonzo Ball, De'Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and more deliver must-see stuff on a nightly basis -- and that has absolutely carried over to the trading card landscape.
It’s safe to say that so far this season, the uniquely gifted, enticingly deep 2017-18 NBA rookie class has been as good as advertised. Heck, it might be even better than advertised. The on-court performances from the likes of Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and more deliver must-see stuff on a nightly basis — and that has absolutely carried over to the trading card landscape.
In late January, that landscape gets a new fixture with the release of Panini America’s 2017-18 Status Basketball, a different-by-design kind of product that highlights the highly touted 2017 NBA Draft Class with a rousing ensemble of Rookie Cards, inserts, parallels, autographs and memorabilia cards. On average, each hobby box of 2017-18 Status Basketball (six cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 20 boxes per case) will deliver one autograph, 10 Rookie Cards and 10 inserts or parallels.
The highlights of 2017-18 Status Basketball are many and include . . .
- Draft Night inserts featuring special inscriptions signed at the NBA Draft or swatches of the hat worn at the draft in Draft Night Autographs Inscriptions and Draft Night Hats.
- Elite Signatures autographs featuring a checklist that includes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and more.
- Chase the ultra-rare die-cut Pursuit Parallel, which falls approximately one per case.
- New Breed Autographs feature the top players from the 2017 NBA Draft.
- A base set that features parallels such as Status and Aspirations, and the ultra-rare Pursuit (unnumbered) and Kaleido (1/1).
We’ll have plenty more on 2017-18 Status Basketball in the coming weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. For now, though, enjoy this sneak peek:
Shop for your favorite Panini America basketball products now at the official online store of Panini America.
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3 Replies to “Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2017-18 Status Basketball (Preview Gallery)”
I like the photography, but the card design is ugly. There’s just way too much color going on. To me, it stands out more than the photo itself. This is just MHO & it’s not even worth two cents.
A really bold move design wise. Reminds me of early computer graphics from the 90s. Hopefully the surface will have a reflective finish and the cards will feature sharp action shots to amalgamate the past, and the advanced printing and photographic technology of the present. I cannot wait to see QC busting the first few packs. I could not comment on the rookie class, because I only keep the cards I like, regardless of value. So their performance does not matter much to me, but the hype is undeniably there.