First Buzz: 2016-17 NBA Hoops basketball cards

2016-17-NBA-Hoops-2What: 2016-17 NBA Hoops basketball cards
Arrives: Oct. 12
Box basics: Two autographs per 24-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The NBA season tips off on cardboard with this release, which arrives a week after Panini America’s Contenders college brand gets collectors started on the hardwood.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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National Sports Collectors Convention — the catch-all post

Via @paniniamerica: We are here! Set-up has begun for the @nsccshow #NSCC16
Via @paniniamerica: We are here! Set-up has begun for the @nsccshow #NSCC16

The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly here and the months of preparation are culminating in the show of all shows for sports collectors the next five days in Atlantic City, N.J.

There will be plenty to see, plenty to do and plenty to buy and Buzz has been watching the developments the whole way. We’ll have galleries of images from the show floor and a few nuggets here and there in the coming days but there’s already been plenty written leading up to the show that you can all find right here.

Here’s a rundown of all past NSCC stories here on The Buzz …

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Kevin Durant’s first Warriors autos arrive in Panini NSCC promo packs

durant-national-cardThe NBA’s biggest offseason signing will get a part of the spotlight at the National Sports Collectors Convention beginning next week in Atlantic City, N.J.

And Kevin Durant‘s autographs will be there, too.

The newest member of the Golden State Warriors recently made his cardboard debut with his new team via Panini Instant but his first autographed cards in his new uniform will be part of the Panini America wrapper redemption program at the show.

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Kevin Durant’s first Warriors card arrives via 2016-17 Panini Instant + gallery

Panini Instant, Panini America‘s real-time trading card platform, will be the home for Kevin Durant‘s first Golden State Warriors card as well as a tribute to Tim Duncan after his retirement as part of some new changes the company revealed on Monday night.

Beginning tomorrow — and for only 24 hours — the Durant card will be available with some other tweaks to be seen on the cardboard from the program.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 5)

2015-16-Panini-Gala-basketball-headliners-durant-autoThe Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Vintage price surges, big pulls, The National, Kevin Durant to Golden State and … Dwyane Wade to Cleveland?

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Buzz Poll: Kevin Durant is a Golden State Warrior … what does it mean for his basketball cards & hobby?

2015-16-Panini-Spectra-basketball-DurantKevin Durant will be a member of the Golden State Warriors next season, opting to join a team that lost just nine regular-season games before coming up one win short in the postseason.

We want to know what you think this means for his basketball cards …

>>> Collectors react to the news on the Blowout Forum.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Preferred basketball cards

015-16-Panini-Preferred-NBA-Steph-Curry-NBA-FinalsWhat: 2015-16 Panini Preferred basketball cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics:  Two autographs and two memorabilia booklets per two-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Playbook gets a slight revamp to include an auto and a booklet in each pack, while continuing to include game-specific memorabilia booklets and a massive autograph set that is free of stickers.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Spectra basketball cards

2015-16-Panini-Spectra-basketball-kobeWhat: 2015-16 Panini Spectra basketball cards
Arrives: June 8
Box basics:  Seven autographs or memorabilia cards per 10-card box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Spectra combines memorabilia with ink on every autographed card in the brand with jumbo memorabilia pieces to be found elsewhere in a package that’s nearly all about the hits and a rainbow of color.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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Kobe Bryant’s NBA All-Star jersey dominates at auction, doubling past record & Steph Curry’s gamer, too

Kobe-Bryant-2016-NBA-All-Star-Jersey-auction2One of Kobe Bryant‘s final NBA All-Star Game jerseys got a big send-off on Thursday just like the star who wore it.

How? Via NBA Auctions.

The jersey was worn during the first half of his final All-Star Game on Feb. 14 in Toronto and sold for $100,040 after 74 bids — basically doubling what is believed to be the previous high for a jersey sold on the site.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Noir basketball cards

2015-16-Panini-Noir-basketball-color-rookies-townsWhat: 2015-16 Panini Noir basketball cards
Arrives: May 25
Box basics: Seven autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-card box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Noir returns for another run on the court and it’s bringing with it the premium NBA Championship tags from players’ jerseys, striking rookie variations and “star-studded autograph checklists that showcase rookies, veterans and retired players.”

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Clear Vision basketball cards

15-16_Clear_Vision_Base-KobeWhat: 2015-16 Panini Clear Vision basketball cards
Arrives: May 13
Box basics: Two rookies, one insert and two parallels per box with one auto per inner case  (two eight-box inner cases per 16-box case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The acetate-driven Clear Vision comes to the basketball court as a standalone product with five four-card packs per box and every card inside being a clearly conceived creation printed on plastic.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Panini America prepares card set for NBA All-Star Game & plans signings

panini-america-2016-nba-all-star-game-karl-anthony-townsWith the NBA All-Star Game and its corresponding events set for this weekend in Toronto, that means Panini America will be on the scene for the event’s NBA Centre Court interactive event.

For those in attendance, that means exclusive trading cards and autograph signings.

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Kevin Durant signs exclusive autograph deal with Panini America

KD BTS Commercial ShootKevin Durant will remain a part of the Panini America team for an extended and exclusive amount of time after signing a new deal with the company that was announced on Monday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star will be a global spokesman for the company’s trading cards and its Panini Authentic memorabilia line — an exclusive deal that applies with cards, autographs, marketing and business development.

“Kevin Durant is one of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world but he transcends the game of basketball,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO, in a prepared release. “The way he carries himself on and off the court is as inspirational to us as it is to millions of fans throughout the world. We’re proud to be entering this new exclusive relationship with Kevin and the Panini family and look forward to a bright future with him. He’s meant so much to our company, our products and our brand and we’re excited to expand that relationship through both Kevin’s business sense and his fanbase.”

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 3)

ContendersThe Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing: Contenders variations, game-dated Relic confusion, signing 1/1 cards & more

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First Buzz: 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards

 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards
Arrives: January 2016
Box basics: One autograph, one memorabilia card, four base cards and one mini per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: SportKings returns with a new mix of cards that includes numbered autographed parallels and buyback autographs for stars throughout the sports world (and even a few from elsewhere) on the famed design from the 1930s.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Select basketball cards

15-16_Select_BK_PIS-porzingisWhat: 2015-16 Panini Select basketball cards
Arrives: March 3, 2016
Box basics: Three autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-pack box

What’s buzz-worthy: Select returns for another season with on-card autographs and prime memorabilia pieces along with a rainbow of Prizmatic color and insert sets featuring the NBA’s top stars and top rookies all in three types of base sets.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Blowout Black Friday Doorbuster Preview #2 — 2013-14 Panini Timeless Treasures basketball cards

The second Blowout Black Friday Doorbuster Preview this year is one that will give you three shots at something big from Panini America.

Specifically, you’ll get two autographs and one memorabilia card in every box of 2013-14 Panini Timeless Treasures basketball cards. It will be one of the dramatically discounted Doorbuster deals on Black Friday (Nov. 27) at

How much for a box?

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eBay Buzz: Just how much will this BGS-graded 2012-13 Flawless basketball diamond set sell for?


One collector took the challenge of completing the 2012-13 Panini Flawless basketball set — something that can only happen a few times because every card from the super-high-end brand is limited to just 20 serial-numbered copies with a diamond embedded inside.

Now, it’s time to see just how priceless Flawless can be as the set is on the auction block.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Absolute basketball cards

15-16_Absolute_TimberwolvesWhat: 2015-16 Absolute basketball cards
Arrives: Dec. 16
Hobby box basics: Four packs per box — one autograph or memorabilia card per pack (five cards per pack, 10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Absolute returns to the basketball court after two seasons on the bench and is back with a suggested retail price of only $25 a pack as well as a focus on rookies that “will quench your thirst,” according to the company.

See a gallery and more … below.

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