2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview

2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview – The 2017-18 NBA season tips-off on October 17th, 2017. The anticipation of seeing a number of first-year players starting for their respective teams has the NBA fan-base and collecting community eager to the point of giddy. With a draft class that many experts have referred to as “the deepest in NBA history”, collectors are already looking at opportunities for prospecting and determining who will be the next player they add to their collection.

The NBA collecting season is one of the longest in the hobby. The first products of the new season and the final products of the previous season often debut within a few weeks of each other. Thankfully, the respective 2016-17, 2017-18 designations help distinguish them apart.

Sometimes, Panini’s line of collegiate focused products don’t get the respect from collectors they deserve. It’s a shame too given the amount of autographed content the company usually loads into a box. However, this year’s 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball was entirely different. Dealers couldn’t keep it in stock and online breakers were going through it in droves.

The frantic demand should serve as a barometer for what dealers, breakers and collectors should expect from Panini’s full line of NBA licensed basketball products for the 2017-18 season. In fact, Panini has warned distributors that every single NBA basketball card release for this year will be allocated. While this will certainly upset some dealers, Panini should be congratulated for not printing products demand in order to maintain their collectibility.

2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview – Other Resources

Earlier this year we provided a look at the most NBA-ready players in the 2017-18 draft class. We also highlighted the top performers from the NBA’s Summer League. Check out both below as well as a direct link to the NBA website. Also, look for individual Future Watch Player Profiles of the 2017-18 NBA Draft Class, once the season starts.

2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview – Early Season Product Calendar

Here is a look at the NBA Basketball Card early, 2017-18 season release calendar. This is followed by a description of each product and a link for more information.

  • 2017-18 Panini Hoops Basketball Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
  • 2017-18 Donruss Basketball – Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
  • 2017-18 Panini Ascension – Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
  • 2017-18 Panini Prizm Basketball – Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
  • 2017-18 Panini Court Kings Basketball – Wednesday, December 6th
  • 2017-18 Panini Totally Certified Basketball – Wednesday, December 13th

If you just can’t wait to start your 2017-18 basketball collecting, there is good news. The 2017-18 Panini NBA Sticker Collection releases at hobby and retails this week!

2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview – Product Details

2017-18 Panini Hoops NBA Basketball Cards delivers (2) Autographed Cards and (24) Inserts or Parallels (combination of) in Every Box! Look for the first rookie cards of the 2017 NBA Draft Class and several HOBBY EXCLUSIVE Inserts Sets! Release Date – Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

2017-18 Donruss NBA Basketball Cards delivers (1) Autographed Card, (1) Memorabilia Cards and (24) Inserts in Every Box! Get one of the most collectible rookie cards of the year with the Rated Rookies set, featuring 50 rookies from the 2017 Draft Class. Look for Artist’s Proofs in Black & Gold (Release Date – Wednesday, November 15th, 2017)

2017-18 Panini Ascension NBA Basketball Cards delivers (1) Autographed Card, (2) Rookies, (2) Rookie Variations and (5) Insert Cards in Every Box! One of the most distinct and colorful sets to hit the hobby, featuring autographs of the 2017-18 Rookie Class and only the top veterans in the NBA today! Showcasing action, expression and excitement– everything that makes the NBA great! (Release Date – Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017)

2017-18 Panini Prizm NBA Basketball Cards delivers (2) Autographed Cards, (22) Prizm Cards and (10) Insert Cards in Every Box! Follow the rainbow of your favorite players with parallels from un-numbered to 1-of-1’s! (Release Date – Wednesday, November 29th, 2017)

2017-18 Panini Court Kings NBA Basketball Cards delivers (1) Autographed Card, (1) Memorabilia Card, (1) Insert Card and (2) Rookie Cards plus (1) Over-Sized 5×7 Box Topper in Every Box! The most artistic cards in the world return for the highly anticipated 2017-18 NBA Rookie Class! Court Kings is LOADED with rookie content, vivid designs and outstanding autograph and memorabilia cards! Keep your eyes peeled for HOT BOXES that feature additional autograph and memorabilia content! (Release Date – Wednesday, December 6th, 2017)

2017-18 Panini Totally Certified NBA Basketball Cards delivers (1) Autographed Card and (1) Memorabilia Card in Every Box! Look for stunning ON-CARD autographs from the best and brightest stars of the 2017 NBA Draft Class! (Release Date – Wednesday, December 13th)

2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview – McFarlane NBA Series 31

McFarlane NBA Series 31 Action Figures – Also available right now, for those that can’t wait to get their 2017-18 NBA collecting on, is the new line of Sportspicks from McFarlane Toys with NBA Series 31. The latest series of NBA Sportspicks figures will showcase players in their ALL-NEW NBA uniforms! In addition all figures are featured in NEW poses! All figures feature multiple points of articulation and stand approximately seven inches tall. 

The line-up for McFarlane Sportspicks NBA Series 30 Figures includes the Sportspicks DEBUT of Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), James Harden (Houston Rockets), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)

McFarlane Sportspicks NBA Series 31 Figures are available in single player solid case pack and assorted figures case. Assorted cases include (2) LeBron James figures, (1) random Collector Level figure and (1) figure of each other player.



2017-18 NBA Basketball Cards Season Preview

Rob Bertrand

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Rob has been involved in developing hobby related, multi-media content for over 15-years. An avid collector himself, he is the former co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. Rob got his start on the business side of the hobby as the lead content developer for Card Corner Club before the site’s merger with Cardboard Connection. He also has an extensive article archive on the collectibles website WorthPoint as one of their sports card and memorabilia experts. In addition to hobby related news coverage, he has also been a contributor for Sportsology.net. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.