One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s Gold Standard Basketball brand during its first five years in existence has been the inclusion of veteran base-set variations that have created feeding frenzies for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. The phenomenon began with that inaugural 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball release and featured Pete Maravich, Patrick Ewing and Dennis Rodman.
The brand has followed suit in the years since by releasing variations for retired legends and current stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo, Anfernee Hardaway, Grant Hill, Shawn Kemp, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rasheed Wallace, LeBron James, Chris Webber, Allen Iverson and more. The recent release of 2015-16 Gold Standard Basketball delivered a new wave of variations to add to the chase, including the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Damon Stoudamire, James Harden and more.
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