Posted on

2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball Product Review



Manufacturer: Panini America

Product: 2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball

PRICE: $110.00/box

Just like the introduction of the Aficionado brand to soccer, this is the introduction of the brand to the basketball offerings from Panini America. The are a lot of products at this price range and here comes another offering.

As I mentioned in the 2017 Panini Aficionado review, I like the base set design, it brings back memories of Double Dribble… Outside of that this set looks to be a good entry to mid-level product for the sport.

With some cool parallels and different inserts the set is definitely hitting on all cylinders with some 90’s nostalgia in regards to look and feel. Check out the list of rookies, current, and retired stars. This one has piqued my interest and I will be following sales on ebay. I may just be picking up a few cards of my favorite old school players.


Definitely a fun break, I am always down with fun inserts and this one scratches that itch.

OVERALL RATING (Like, Love, Hate)



Sell Sheet


Ebay (Sold, Highest First)





  • 8 cards per pack
  • 10 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case


  • 1 Autograph Card
  • 1 Memorabilia Card
  • 20 Inserts/Parallels


  • Aficionado features a new textured print technology!
  • Designed, built, and tailored to be a true collector’s product Aficionado showcases the most uniquely designed insert cards of the year!
  • Look for one autograph and one memorabilia card in every box!
  • Collect a 150-card base set, featuring the subsets Global Icons and Inducted!


Collect three of the sharpest looking autograph insert cards of the 2016-17 release year! Endorsements features top names in the game, both active and retired, International Ink features players proud of their heritage set against their home country’s flag, and First Impressions features members of the 2016-17 rookie class.


Base Set Artist’s Proof/Tip Off – Base Set Artist’s Proof Red/Gold (numbered from 99 to 1) – Global Reach Artist’s Proof – Global Reach Artist’s Proof Red/Gold (numbered from 99 to 1) Inducted Artist’s Proof – Inducted Artists Proof Red/Gold (numbered 99 to 1) Slick Picks/Artist’s Proof – Slick Picks Artist’s Proof Red/Gold (numbered from 99 to 1) – Magic Numbers/Artist’s Proof – Magic Numbers Artist’s Proof Red/Gold (numbered from 99 to 1) – Power Surge/Artist’s Proof – Power Surge Artist’s Proof Red/Gold (numbered from 99 to 1) – Opening Night Preview Edition – Signatures (numbered to 125) – Authentics/Prime (numbered from 175 to 15) – Dual Authentic /Prime (numbered from 299 to 1) – Endorsements/Artist’s Proof Bronze/Gold (numbered from 199 to 1) – International ink/Artist’s Proof Bronze/Gold (numbered from 249 to 1) – First Impressions/Artist’s Proof Bronze/Gold (numbered from 249 to 1) – Craftwork – Innovators – Meteor – On average, non-base cards are included approximately 2 in every pack.