The 10 Best Basketball Card Boxes to Buy in 2023 (Big Pulls)

2023 is almost upon us and not only is it time to start buying that bubbly but the Winter is a great time to be a basketball card investor as some of the best boxes are dropped this time of year.

Below are some of the more anticipated basketball card hobby boxes dropping in early 2023.

  • 1/11 2022-23 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball
  • 1/18 2021-22 Panini Immaculate Collection Basketball
  • 1/25 2021-22 Panini Mosaic Basketball
  • 1/25 2022-23 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Basketball
  • 1/26 2020-21 Panini Flawless Basketball
  • 2/10 2021-22 NBA Hoops Premium Box Set Basketball
  • 2/18 2021-22 Donruss Elite Basketball
  • 4/8 2021-22 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Basketball
  • 4/13 2021-22 Panini Contenders Basketball
  • 4/26 2021 Topps Finest Basketball
  • 4/27 2021-22 Panini Revolution Basketball

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2022-23 Best Basketball Hobby Boxes

 

#10. 2021-22 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Hobby Box (Shop eBay)

  • Cheap Cost.
  • 270 cards in total.
  • Averages 1 Autograph & 24 Inserts/Parallels per box.
  • Released on January 7, 2022.
  • Buyers will receive 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box.
  • Parallels: Anniversary Edition, Blue, Green Ice, Hyper Blue, Neon Green, Purple, Purple Winter, Red Backs, Teal Explosion, Winter, Yellow, Silver #/199, Green #/99, Hyper Red #/99, 75th Anniversary #/75, Red #/75, Blue Explosion #/59, Artist Proof #/25, Hyper Green #/25, Orange Explosion #/25, Red Explosion #/15, Artist Proof Gold #/10, Hyper Gold #/10, Artist Proof Black 1/1.
  • Most Valuable Card Sold: On 10/3/22 the 2021 NBA Hoops Dual On Card Auto Jonathan Kuminga/Luka Doncic Auto SSP Sealed sold for $2,509.

Top Comments From Buyers

The design is an improvement from last year, especially the rookies. Inserts are okay, parallels are average. Teal explosions are one of the nicer parallels across Panini sets though, and the similar anniversary variations look nice as well. Wouldn’t recommend buying hobby (massive checklist = low hit ratio), but if found at a reasonable retail price they’re worth scooping.” – CTC

“Counting the days until Panini no longer makes basketball cards. Their prices have gotten out of hand. No new cards for the new season and we’re 2 months in. Seeing pre-sale of 200 dollars for a box of Hoops product, one of the lowest product lines. The hobby needs a dose of reality and becomes affordable and accessible again.” – Mark

 

#9. 2021-22 Panini Illusions Basketball Box (Shop eBay)

  • Moderate Cost.
  • 200 cards in total.
  • Averages 1 Autograph, 14 Parallels, and 14 Inserts per box.
  • Released on September 9, 2022.
  • Buyers will receive 6 cards per pack, 14 packs per box, and 12 boxes per case.
  • Parallels: Bronze, Emerald, Orange, Pink, Starlight, Ruby #/125, Red #/99, Teal #/75, Black #/49, Blue #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Purple 1/1. Base Asia, Red, Gold #/25, Lucky Envelopes #/8.

Top Comments From Buyers

“Definitely a cool rip. Love the style of the cards and the Tough insert. Actually pulled an auto card as well (Cedric Ceballos). Nice for the price.” – SmkbSoop

 

#8. 2021-22 Panini Revolution Basketball Hobby Box (Shop eBay)

  • Moderate Cost.
  • 200 cards in total.
  • Averages 4 Rookies, 8 Parallels, 4 Inserts per box.
  • Released on April 27, 2022.
  • Buyers will receive 5 cards per pack, 8 packs per box, and 16 boxes per case.
  • Parallels: Astro Groove Fractal Impact – #/149 Cosmic – #/100 NBA 75th Anniversary – #/75 Sunburst – #/60 Cubic – #/50 Lava – /10 Galactic – Emerald – #/88 Holo Gold – #/8.
  • Most Valuable Card Sold: On Oct 22, 2022, the 2021 Panini Revolution Kaleido/Trae Young Autograph True 1/1 sold for $1,445.

Top Comments From Buyers

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#7. 2021-22 Panini Choice Donruss Basketball Hobby Box (Shop eBay)

  • Moderate/High Cost.
  • 200 cards in total.
  • Averages 1 Autograph, 1 Relic, 60 Inserts/Parallels per box.
  • Released on February 25, 2022
  • Buyers will receive 30 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 10 boxes per case.
  • Parallels: Green Ice, Silver Press Proof, Yellow Flood, Purple Press Proof #/199, 75th Anniversary #/75. Red #/99, Blue #/49, Gold #/10, Black Gold #/8, Black 1/1. Green, Green/Yellow, Orange, Pink, Red/Gold, Teal, Base #/149, Purple #/99, Red #/99, Light Blue #/60, Blue #/49, Yellow #/25, Red/Blue #/15, Gold #/10, Black 1/1.

Top Comments From Buyers

Pretty much the same type of set as last year. They need to be more innovative.” – Phillip P.

My rating has nothing to do with the quality of the product. They look like decent-looking cards. It has to do with, once again, Panini taking what is a lower-end product and making it unaffordable. I really hope for the days of more than one card manufacturer for each of the major sports coming back.” – Jacques Raymond

 

#6. 2021-22 Panini Photogenic Basketball Debut Edition Hobby Box (Shop eBay)

  • Moderate Cost.
  • 140 cards in total.
  • Averages 1 Autograph, 3 Rookies, 3 Parallels, and 3 Inserts per box.
  • Released on June 20, 2022
  • Buyers will receive 5 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, and 14 boxes per case.
  • Parallels:  Silver, Diamond Anniversary #/75, Gold #/10, Platinum 1/1.

Dual Autographs Set Checklist

  • 1 Luka Doncic/Trae Young – Dallas Mavericks/Atlanta Hawks
  • 2 Larry Bird/Magic Johnson – Boston Celtics/Los Angeles Lakers
  • 3 Charles Barkley/Shaquille O’Neal – Houston Rockets/Los Angeles Lakers
  • 4 Kevin Durant/Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
  • 5 Anthony Edwards/Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 6 John Stockton/Karl Malone – Utah Jazz
  • 7 Jonathan Kuminga/Moses Moody – Golden State Warriors
  • 8 Manu Ginobili/Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs
  • 9 Cade Cunningham/Jalen Green – Detroit Pistons/Houston Rockets
  • 10 Anthony Davis/Evan Mobley – Los Angeles Lakers/Cleveland Cavaliers

 

#5. 2021-22 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball Hobby Box (Shop eBay)

  • High Cost.
  • 330 cards in total.
  • Averages 2 Autographs, 22 Prizms, Parallels 10 Inserts per box.
  • Released on July 8, 2022 Hobby
  • Buyers will receive 12 cards per pack, 12 packs per box, and 12 boxes per case.
  • Parallels: Blue Wave, Green, Green Ice, Green Wave, Hyper, Ice, Blue NBA 75th, Orange Ice, Pink Ice, Pulsar, Purple Wave, Red/Gold Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, Silver, White Sparkle, Red #/299, Blue #/199, Purple Ice #/149, Blue Ice #/125, Purple #/99, Red NBA 75th Diamond #/75, Orange Wave #/60, Orange #/49, Pink Pulsar #/42, Choice Blue #/39, Purple Pulsar #/35, Blue Shimmer #/30, Green Pulsar #/25, Mojo #/25, Gold #/10, Gold Shimmer #/10, Gold Wave #/10, Lucky Envelope #/8, Black Gold #/5, Green Shimmer #/5, Black 1/1, Black Shimmer 1/1. Blue/Yellow/Green, Tiger Stripes, Red #/88, Blue #/39, Red/Blue/Purple #/15, Green #/8, Nebula 1/1. FAST BREAK PRIZMS PARALLELS: Base Fast Break, Blue #/150, Red #/100, Purple #/75, Pink #/50, Bronze #/20, Neon Green #/5. Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red. PREMIUM FACTORY SET PRIZMS: Base #/150.

Top Comments From Buyers

Prizm Basketball Hobby Boxes are always the drop of the year and are a MUST buy– D. Kang99

“Prizm Basketball > than all” – Greg

 

#4. 2021-22 Panini Noir Basketball Hobby Box (Shop eBay)

  • Ultra High Cost.
  • 200 cards in total.
  • Averages 2 Autographs, 22 Prizms, Parallels 10 Inserts per box.
  • Released on June 8, 2022
  • Buyers will receive 10 cards per pack, 1 pack per box, and 4 boxes per case.
  • Parallels: Holo Silver #/35, Gold #/10, Holo Gold #/5, Platinum 1/1.

Top 50 Checklist

  1. Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks
  2. Reggie Jackson – Los Angeles Clippers
  3. Dennis Schroder – Boston Celtics
  4. De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings
  5. Russell Westbrook – Los Angeles Lakers
  6. Saddiq Bey – Detroit Pistons
  7. Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors
  8. Zach LaVine – Chicago Bulls
  9. Christian Wood – Houston Rockets
  10. Spencer Dinwiddie – Washington Wizards
  11. Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas Mavericks
  12. Carmelo Anthony – Los Angeles Lakers
  13. RJ Barrett – New York Knicks
  14. Nikola Vucevic – Chicago Bulls
  15. LaMelo Ball – Charlotte Hornets
  16. Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks
  17. Keldon Johnson – San Antonio Spurs
  18. Domantas Sabonis – Indiana Pacers
  19. Tyrese Maxey – Philadelphia 76ers
  20. Jrue Holiday – Milwaukee Bucks
  21. Paul George – Los Angeles Clippers
  22. Michael Porter Jr. – Denver Nuggets
  23. Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics
  24. Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat
  25. Chris Paul – Phoenix Suns
  26. James Harden – Brooklyn Nets
  27. Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
  28. Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies
  29. Jerami Grant – Detroit Pistons
  30. Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
  31. Luguentz Dort – Oklahoma City Thunder
  32. Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
  33. Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
  34. DeMar DeRozan – Chicago Bulls
  35. Tobias Harris – Philadelphia 76ers
  36. John Collins – Atlanta Hawks
  37. Jaylen Brown – Boston Celtics
  38. OG Anunoby – Toronto Raptors
  39. Julius Randle – New York Knicks
  40. LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers
  41. Tyler Herro – Miami Heat
  42. Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards
  43. Kevin Porter Jr. – Houston Rockets
  44. Anthony Edwards – Minnesota Timberwolves
  45. Fred VanVleet – Toronto Raptors
  46. Caris LeVert – Indiana Pacers
  47. CJ McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers
  48. Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks
  49. Kemba Walker – New York Knicks
  50. Lonzo Ball – Chicago Bulls

 

#3. 2021-22 Panini Mosaic Basketball Box (Shop eBay)

  • Moderate/High Cost.
  • 150 cards in total.
  • Averages 1 Autograph, 20 Inserts/Parallels per box.
  • Released on January 25, 2023
  • Buyers will receive 15 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, and 12 boxes per case.
  • Parallels: 2021-22 Panini Mosaic Basketball Base Parallels Breakdown Hobby Exclusive Mosaic Red Mosaic NBA 75th Anniversary Mosaic Blue – #/99 Mosaic Purple – #/49 Mosaic White – #/25 Mosaic Gold – #/10 Mosaic Black

 

#2. 2021-22 Panini Optic Donruss Basketball Box (Shop eBay)

  • 150 cards in total.
  • Averages 1 Autograph, 20 Parallels, 20 Inserts.
  • Released on September 2, 2022
  • Buyers will receive 4 cards per pack, 20 packs per box, and 12 boxes per case.
  • Parallels:  Mosaic Red Mosaic NBA 75th Anniversary Mosaic Blue – #/99 Mosaic Purple – #/49 Mosaic White – #/25 Mosaic Gold – #/10 Mosaic Black – 1/1

Top Comments From Buyers

With the price coming down this seems like a much better value compared to Prizm– Danny

#1. 2021-22 Panini Prizm Basketball Box (Shop eBay)

  • High Cost.
  • 330 cards in total.
  • Averages 2 Autographs, 22 Prizms, Parallels 10 Inserts per box.
  • Released on July 8, 2022 Hobby
  • Buyers will receive 12 cards per pack, 12 packs per box, and 12 boxes per case.
  • Parallels: Blue Wave, Green, Green Ice, Green Wave, Hyper, Ice, Blue NBA 75th, Orange Ice, Pink Ice, Pulsar, Purple Wave, Red/Gold Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, Silver, White Sparkle, Red #/299, Blue #/199, Purple Ice #/149, Blue Ice #/125, Purple #/99, Red NBA 75th Diamond #/75, Orange Wave #/60, Orange #/49, Pink Pulsar #/42, Choice Blue #/39, Purple Pulsar #/35, Blue Shimmer #/30, Green Pulsar #/25, Mojo #/25, Gold #/10, Gold Shimmer #/10, Gold Wave #/10, Lucky Envelope #/8, Black Gold #/5, Green Shimmer #/5, Black 1/1, Black Shimmer 1/1. Blue/Yellow/Green, Tiger Stripes, Red #/88, Blue #/39, Red/Blue/Purple #/15, Green #/8, Nebula 1/1. FAST BREAK PRIZMS PARALLELS: Base Fast Break, Blue #/150, Red #/100, Purple #/75, Pink #/50, Bronze #/20, Neon Green #/5. Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red. PREMIUM FACTORY SET PRIZMS: Base #/150.

Top Comments From Buyers

Prizm Basketball Hobby Boxes are always the drop of the year and are a MUST buy– D. Kang99

“Prizm Basketball > than all” – Greg

 

2021-2023 Most Expensive Basketball Boxes

  1. 2021-22 Panini National Treasures Basketball Hobby 4-Box Case Sealed Unopened – $17k
  2. 2021-22 Panini Prizm NBA Basketball Factory Sealed 12 Box Hobby Case – $10k
  3. 2021-22 Immaculate Collection Basketball 5 Box Case Sealed – $8k
  4. 2021-22 Panini Noir Basketball 4 Box Case Sealed – $8k
  5. 2021-22 Panini Select Basketball 12 Box Case Sealed – $7k

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