Say this about Panini America’s upcoming and highly anticipated 2020-21 Select Basketball: It won’t be difficult — at all — for fans and collectors to differentiate the hobby version from its retail counterpart. The latter, as you’re about the find out, boasts the bold, blue base cards. That’s it. That’s the tell . . . and it’s fantastic.
In a royally refreshing break from production norms, Panini America Product Development and Production officials gave retail base cards their own Optichrome-enhanced color scheme, complete with some spectacular-looking Blue Base Prizm parallels. In addition, retail and Blaster SKUs also will deliver additional parallel and insert exclusives, many of which are featured in the gallery that follows.
While the hobby edition of 2020-21 Select Basketball will arrive in hobby shops across North America on Friday, retail versions just started packing out and shipping this week, which means they should be arriving in most retail outlets in the next two weeks or so. So until then, here’s a sneak peek at some of the retail-exclusive content sure to blue, er, blow collectors away . . .