Monday, November 9, 2015

REVIEW:2015-2016 Panini Hoops Basketball

Hoops basketball is always the way I like to "tip off" my basketball collecting season.It gives you the first look at the rookie class and offers players in their new uniforms.

That is actually only the tip of the iceberg of what Hoops offers, read on to find out more!

In every box of 2015-2016 Hoops basketball is 24 packs of 12 cards. So you are getting a lot of cards! One positive! You will also find two autographs per box. Second Positive. And each box will run you roughly $65. Third positive. This review is off to a kicking start!

Each box will also come packing with 24 Rookie Cards, seven numbered cards, three Red Back variations, two Gold parallels, one Green parallel, one Bird’s Eye View, one Courtside, one Team Leaders and one Triple-Double.

The base cards are very simple wrap around border with a posed photo, mostly for players changing to their new teams or some nice action shots. There is a little bit of everything.

Find all of the rookies in their new uniforms! Porz is having a great year with the Knicks so far. I also pulled Okafor. With a big checklist, it's hard to get all of the key rookies in one box with only one rookie per pack. No complaint from me on that as it helps make the rookies a bit more valuable.

Parallels. There wasn't one that I didn't like. Shiny, some numbered. I am once again impressed.

These are just like the Elite Series for baseball.

More shiny goodness. Road to the Finals are numbered. Depending on which round, they are all numbered differently.

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh Flyers defines just that. A player going rim high.

It appears my Birds Eye View never made it on here. Those look amazing with the photography on them. They also have a rainbow foil finish to them. You are only supposed to get one per box, I got two with my second one being a Artist Proof parallel of Dirk. 

Another one-per-box is Triple-Double. I pulled LeBron, doesn't get much better than that.

My two autographs weren't super stars, not even close, but the design is really nice. It's also fun to have a variety of players in a low-end product such as Hoops that you may not see in other brands.

Anthony Bennett is a player that just hasn't panned out. 1st overall pick by the Cavs didn't play up to expectations and was involved in a three player trade that helped Cleveland nab Kevin Love. I think Cleveland got the better deal there. Even though pictured in a Timberwolves jersey here, he now plays for the Raptors trying to hold onto his NBA dreams.

Jordan Mickey hasn't had much experience yet as a rookie. As I type this, he has two points and one game played. Being a big man, 6'8" 235, he might get more playing time as the season goes on for the Celtics.
Overall, I believe this product is well worth the $65. It packs fun, it covers set collectors and kids, could provide some nice hits and just has a solid appeal.

This years Hoops will not disappoint!

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