2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball (Release Date & Draft Picks Review)

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Panini Prizm is always a favorite amongst collectors, and the 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball set will be no different. When it finally arrives, that is. It looks like the Covid-19 pandemic will delay the 2020-21 NBA season and it appears the 2020-21 Panini Prizm set will follow suit.

Delayed as it may be, we for one are having a hard time being patient. Therefore, in anticipation of the upcoming release, we’re gonna go ahead and jump the gun! So get ready to take a look at everything we know so far. In addition to the 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball preview, we’ll also provide a brief overview of the latest Panini Prizm Draft Picks collection.



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2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball: What We Know So Far


As of right now, it looks like the much-awaited 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball release date is set for March 3rd, 2021. While a sooner than expected arrival would be welcome, we’re just hoping it won’t slide back any further at this point. However, once it arrives, here’s what you can generally expect from the set.

As always, we anticipate a base of cards that usually contains around 300 of the league’s best players. Additionally, you can always count on Panini to deliver cards featuring the most promising rookies. Nothing has been released about the design yet, but the Prizm sets seem to be pretty consistent as far as style goes. We expect the player to be the main focus complemented by a uniquely patterned background and border. Please note this is mere speculation but we’re guessing Panini will continue this trend.

And keeping with that tradition leads us to the conclusion that there will be an extensive, almost endless list of parallels and inserts. The last two releases have had two autographed cards on average in each Hobby box (giving them a ratio of 1 in every 77). Therefore, we’ll expect somewhat similar numbers from the new set once it arrives.

To get a feel of what parallels and inserts may show up check out the checklist from the 2019-20 Panini Prizm Basketball set.


2020-2021 Panini Prizm Basketball Draft Picks (Buy on eBay)


Base and Parallels

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This set always pre-empts the regular Panini Prizm Basketball set and starts to cause that annual buzz about all of the new players that are available. It almost always features the players in their college gear, as it is released before the draft day and is an attempt by Panini to predict some of the new players that will be making an impact for years to come.

The base set contains 80 of the best college prospects that are slated to be available in the draft. When it comes to looks, the majority of the card is taken up by the player.  Additionally, the rest of the design is often dictated by which parallel it is. Here’s a breakdown of the parallels from this year’s set:

Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Purple Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, Red #/299, Blue #/199, Purple Ice #/149, Blue Ice #/99, Purple #/75, Orange Pulsar #/49, Green Pulsar #/25, Mojo #/25, Blue Shimmer FOTL #/13, Gold #/10, Black Gold #/5, Black 1/1.

As you can see, the list is in order of increasing rareness. The unnumbered parallels are the most common with the cards getting less common as you hit the numbered ones. Additionally, there are also special boxes, which offer their own range of unique parallels.


2020-2021 Panini Prizm Basketball Draft Picks Inserts (Get them on eBay!)

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Every year you can expect to find some incredible inserts the Panini Prizm Basketball Draft Picks set. When it comes to the 2020-21 release, you can kind the Crusade, Global Prospects, Color Blast, and Downtown inserts.

The Crusade inserts include 15 of the most exciting rookies, while the Downtown inserts feature 19 of the best players.

The Color Blast set has become one of the most popular cards in the whole hobby in recent years thanks to its unique design, rareness, and great look. And fortunately, there’s usually a Color Blast insert for the regular set as well.



Here are a few of the players you can find in the Draft Picks set:

Anthony Edwards – Georgia Bulldogs

James Wiseman – Memphis Tigers

LaMelo Ball – International

Isaac Okoro – Auburn Tigers

Onyeka Okongwu – USC Trojans

Deni Avdija – International

Obi Toppin – Dayton Flyers

Precious Achiuwa – Memphis Tigers

Cole Anthony -North Carolina Tar Heels



As much as we love the Color Blast and Downtown, we’re most interested in the Global Prospects inserts. These feature the top 5 players in the draft who are not originally from the United States.  Will any of the following players be the next Luka Doncic??



96 Killian Hayes – International

97 James Wiseman – Memphis Tigers

98 LaMelo Ball – International

99 RJ Hampton – International

100 Deni Avdija – International


2020-2021 Panini Prizm Basketball Draft Picks Autographs (Buy on eBay)


Finally, there are also autographed versions of the base card, called Prospect Autographs. These again feature an extensive list of parallels. Here’s a breakdown: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Red Ice, Red #/199, Blue #/149, Purple Ice #/99, Blue Ice #/75, Orange Pulsar #/49, Green Pulsar #/25 (No Hall*), Mojo #/25, Blue Shimmer #/13, Gold #/10, Black Gold #/5, Black 1/1.


2020-2021 Panini Prizm Basketball Draft Picks Hobby Box Review

Now that you know so much about the set, you may be thinking about picking up a hobby box. Therefore, the least we can do is offer a quick breakdown of what you can exp[ect to find inside of one!

In each Hobby Box you’re gonna unwrap 5 autographs, 5 Silver Prizms, and Ten Parraellls. Additionally, you may be lucky enough find some EXCLUSIVE parallels. These include Gold, Black Gold, Purple Ice and MOJO.

Hobby Box structure: In each 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball Draft Picks Hobby Box you’ll receive 40 cards. The cards are separated into 5 different packs with 8 cards in each. As far as prices go, they vary by seller. However, If you’re looking for a basic idea expect to spend somewhere between $200 and $400. Sure, it’s a good chunk of change. BUT, if the right cards pop out of that box, the amount you paid will look like NOTHING compared to the amount you sell the cards for! Good luck!



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2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball Investment Strategies

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Short (less than 1 year)

We like this idea simply because a set like Panini Prizm ALWAYS generates plenty of hype. Therefore, if you get in early you should have a great chance to flip them for a nice gain.


These strategies greatly depend on the player who’s on the card. If you find one with either a player who’s on the rise or a solidified star, both of these options would be appropriate. One thing you won’t have to worry about is whether or not there will be a market for a card with the Panini Prizm label.




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