Panini America is breaking out a proud name from collecting’s past and bringing it to basketball for the first time, providing hoops fans and hobbyists with the chance at a proper introduction to the uniqueness of the Aficionado brand. A baseball-only release that burst onto the scene with a one-season run in 1996, Aficionado stood out on the strength of its base-card aesthetics. As you’ll see in this extended preview, the good looks return — along with a bevy of modern niceties that weren’t necessarily commonplace two decades ago.
As 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball’s solicitation suggests, the product is “designed, built and tailored to be a true collector’s product” and “showcases the most uniquely designed insert cards of the year.” On average, each box of the product (eight cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver one autograph, one memorabilia card and 20 inserts or parallels.
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