The debut edition of Panini America’s Revolution Basketball was something of a sleeper hit last season. With no history to call upon and no road map to follow, the product had to carve out its own following — which it did with a unique blend of dazzling parallels, designs that took full advantage of those parallels and rare-but-hard-signed autographs. It took some time, but that different-by-design recipe ultimately resonated with basketball collectors.
Fast forward 11 months or so and we find the highly anticipated follow-up, 2016-17 Revolution Basketball, preparing for its release next Wednesday. The franchise is one year older . . . and one year wiser, too. The parallels are back. The rare, on-card autographs are back. But this year, company officials have made the various parallels in the set much easier to identify by including descriptions on the back.
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