2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball Review

The 2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball is here and ready to deliver. We give you the lowdown on the latest release in the series, complete with the info you need. The 2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball was initially scheduled for release on November 17 and was one of the most anticipated releases of the month. It was, however, delayed until November 24, 2021.

Panini’s Chronicle was built with a singular goal, offering collectors a selection of cards across various brands/series. Therefore, the series delivers multiple Panini brands in one. It’s made for people who love the variety! And also rookie cards.

Collectors consider Chronicles a testing ground to gauge the popularity of potential lines. Whether that’s true or not, the inherent variability of the release carries a distinct appeal, and it has become a favorite brand for some collectors.

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The Pros And Cons Of Panini Chronicles Basketball

Chronicle promised collectors two things – Variety and lots of rookie cards. They’ve delivered on both fronts. Chronicles offers a home for several Panini lines without full releases and serves collectors diverse styles in every box. People starting their collection find Chronicles helpful as it gives them a taste of different brands at a lower cost.

Asides from this variety, Chronicles focuses on Rookie cards, and everyone knows those are highly sought after in the hobby. It’s a fun box that offers so many rookies from diverse brands. It’s easy to see why this is a popular line. There are also several hits such as Gala, Vanguard, and Titanium and 2 autographs in every hobby box.

Some collectors fear that the overabundance of rookies in Chronicles will lower the value of the cards in the long run. Especially cards of underperforming players. However, rookies will always be desirable cards.

Chronicles is known for its strong selection of rookie cards (picture taken from Panini)

2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball Review Of Release Formats

For now, just the Hobby Box configuration has been made public. However, we expect other release formats to be announced later. This article will be updated as we get new information.

Hobby Box

The 2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball Hobby boxes were released on November 24.

Cards per pack – 8
Packs per box – 6
Boxes per case – 12
Guaranteed Autographs – 2

Price: (updatedFeb 2022) Around $290

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2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball Review Of The Checklist

Chronicles have a base set of 725 cards. Over 20 different brands are showcased in the 2020-21 release. They include a good selection of rookie cards, top players, and some of the NBA’s most electric players.

Base Set Components

The set includes cards from the following products:

Chronicles – #1-50
Prestige – #51-75
Threads – #76-100
Panini – #101-135
Luminance – #136-165
Playbook – #166-195
Donruss Rated Rookie – #196-200
Essentials – #201-235
Marquee – #236-270
XR- #271-300
Plates and Patches – #301-335
Majestic – #336-370
Limited – #371-400
Gala – #401-435
Titanium Jersey Number – #436-470
Gold Standard – #471-500
Prizm Update – #501-510
Donruss Optic Traded – #511-515
Crusade – #516-545
Hometown Heroes Optic – #546-565
Phoenix – #566-580
Honors – #581-600
Score – #601-625
Classics – #626-650
Rookies and Stars – #651-675
Legacy – #676-700
Totally Certified Rookies – #701-725

Totally Certified Rookies can be a great hit in Chronicles (look for Kawhi Leonard autos on eBay)

Autographs

Each 2020-21 Chronicles Basketball hobby box will have two autographs, including former greats, veterans, and top rookies. Chronicle Autographs delves into various distinct brands as well.

Here are the following autographs and the parallels they come in.

Airborne Signatures

Parallels:

  • Red #/25
  • Silver #/25
  • Blue #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

1 Luka Doncic /99
2 Josh Hart /99
4 Harry Giles III /99
5 Nerlens Noel /99
6 Dwight Powell /99
7 Nathan Knight /99
8 Jim Jackson /99
9 Delon Wright /99
10 LaMelo Ball /99
11 Robert Williams III /99
12 Avery Bradley /99
13 Lonnie Walker IV /49
14 Tyrese Haliburton /99
15 Jarrett Culver /99
16 Anthony Davis /25
17 Spud Webb /99
18 PJ Washington Jr. /99

21 Malcolm Brogdon – no base version
22 Sekou Doumbouya /99
23 Monte Morris /99
24 Bryn Forbes /99
25 Moses Brown /99
26 Mason Plumlee /99
27 Xavier McDaniel /99
29 Justin Holiday /99
30 Anthony Edwards /99
31 Larry Nance Jr. /99
32 Brandon Clarke /49
33 Cam Reddish /49
34 Julius Randle /49
35 Isaac Okoro /49
36 Clint Capela /99
37 Dwyane Wade /99
38 Jarrett Allen /99
39 Bruce Brown /99
40 James Wiseman /99

Apprentice Signatures

  • Red (No PJ Washington*) #/99 or #/49
  • Blue #/99 or #/49
  • Purple #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1

1 Bruno Fernando /199
2 Caleb Martin /199
3 Carsen Edwards /199
4 Anfernee Simons /199
5 Jaylen Hoard /199
6 Troy Brown Jr. /199
7 Nassir Little /199
8 Tremont Waters /199
9 Jaylen Nowell /149
10 Cody Martin /199
11 Kyle Guy /199
12 Lonnie Walker IV /199
13 Terence Davis II /199
14 PJ Washington Jr. /149
15 Louis King /149
16 Cam Reddish /99
17 Mfiondu Kabengele /149
18 Brandon Clarke /99
19 Ty Jerome /149
20 Moses Brown /199

21 Kendrick Nunn /99
22 Oshae Brissett /149
23 Paul Eboua /199
25 Grant Williams /149
27 Markus Howard /199
28 Jae’Sean Tate /199
29 Lamar Stevens /199
30 Karim Mane /199
31 Devon Dotson /199
32 Saben Lee /199
33 Jarrett Culver /199
34 Mason Jones /149
35 Isaiah Roby /149
36 Mamadi Diakite /199
37 Daniel Gafford /199
38 Paul Reed /199
39 Sam Merrill /149
40 Deni Avdija /99

Award-Winning Autographs

  • Gold #/10
  • Gold Vinyl 1/1

19 Clyde Drexler

Gold Standard Rookie Jersey Autographs

  • Red #/25
  • Prime #/25
  • Super Prime 1/1

1 Anthony Edwards /99
2 Caleb Martin /99
3 Tyrese Haliburton /99
4 Payton Pritchard /99
5 Isaiah Joe /99
6 Deni Avdija /99
7 Devin Vassell /99
8 Tyrese Maxey /99
9 Nico Mannion /99
10 LaMelo Ball /99
11 Jordan Nwora /99
12 Precious Achiuwa /99
13 Josh Green /99
14 Patrick Williams /99
15 Xavier Tillman /99
16 Cole Anthony /99
17 Saddiq Bey /99
18 Desmond Bane /99
19 Theo Maledon /99
20 James Wiseman /99

Hall of Fame Autographs

  • Red #/75 to less (No Payton*)
  • Blue #/75 to less (No Payton*)
  • Purple #/25 (No Payton*)
  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1.

1 Maurice Cheeks /199
2 Artis Gilmore /199
3 Dikembe Mutombo /149
4 Oscar Robertson /49
5 Calvin Murphy /149
6 Magic Johnson /49
7 Alex English /99
8 Dino Radja /99
9 Rick Barry /99
10 Lenny Wilkens /99
11 Dave Cowens /99
12 James Worthy /99
13 Grant Hill /99
14 Hakeem Olajuwon /99
15 Bernard King /99
16 Gary Payton /49
17 Sarunas Marciulionis /199
18 Bob McAdoo /99
19 Isiah Thomas /199
20 Chris Mullin /199

The Hall of Fame autos are a classy throwback (picture taken from Panini)

Hometown Heroes Rookie Auto

  • Red #/99 or less
  • Blue #/99 or less
  • Purple #/25 or #/15
  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1

1 Moses Brown /199
2 Grant Riller /149
3 Jae’Sean Tate /199
4 Paul Eboua /199
5 Reggie Perry /199
6 Jalen Harris /149
7 James Wiseman /99
8 Xavier Sneed /199
9 Isaiah Joe /199
10 Ashton Hagans /199
11 Lamar Stevens /199
12 Killian Tillie /199
13 Mason Jones /149
14 Nathan Knight /199
15 Karim Mane /199
16 Kaleb Wesson /199
17 Devon Dotson /199
18 Onyeka Okongwu /99
19 Isaac Okoro /149
20 Sam Merrill /149

21 Xavier Tillman /149
22 Saddiq Bey /149
23 Udoka Azubuike /149
24 Vernon Carey Jr. /149
25 Josh Hall /149
26 Sean McDermott /149
27 Caleb Martin /149
28 Trent Forrest /199
29 Myles Powell /199
30 Mychal Mulder /199
31 Gabe Vincent /199
32 Naji Marshall /149
33 Nico Mannion /149
34 Jaden McDaniels /149
35 Anthony Edwards /99
36 Paul Reed /199
37 Mamadi Diakite /199
38 Ty-Shon Alexander /199
39 Saben Lee /199
40 Markus Howard /199

How do you like the Hometown Heroes design? (picture taken from Panini)

Limited Rookie Jersey Auto

  • Red (No McDaniels*) #/25 or less
  • Prime #/25 or less
  • Super Prime 1/1

1 Daniel Oturu /99
2 Aleksej Pokusevski /99
3 Jae’Sean Tate /99
4 C.J. Elleby /99
5 Aaron Nesmith /99
6 Killian Hayes /99
7 Zeke Nnaji /99
8 Anthony Edwards /99
9 Tyrell Terry /99
10 Jaden McDaniels /99
11 Cassius Winston /99
12 Tre Jones /99
13 Tyrese Maxey /99
15 Facundo Campazzo /49
16 Udoka Azubuike /99
17 Skylar Mays /99
18 Deni Avdija /99
19 Robert Woodard II /99
20 Onyeka Okongwu /99

21 Theo Maledon /99
22 Devon Dotson /99
23 Devin Vassell – no base version
24 Payton Pritchard /99
25 Isaac Okoro /99
26 Tyler Bey /99
27 Obi Toppin /99
28 Isaiah Joe /99
30 Jordan Nwora /99
31 Immanuel Quickley /99
32 Vernon Carey Jr. /99
33 Tyrese Haliburton /99
34 Kira Lewis Jr. /99
35 LaMelo Ball /99
36 Desmond Bane /99
37 Isaiah Stewart /99
38 Saben Lee /99
39 RJ Hampton /99
40 Jahmi’us Ramsey /99

Fan favorite Obi Toppin has a signature in Chronicles (picture taken from Panini)

National Pride Signatures

  • Red (No Markkanen*) #/25
  • Silver #/25
  • Blue #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

2 Boban Marjanovic /99
3 Luguentz Dort /99
4 J.J. Barea /99
5 Ivica Zubac /99
6 Buddy Hield /99
7 Luka Doncic /99
8 Andrea Bargnani /99
11 Sekou Doumbouya /49
12 Dikembe Mutombo /99
13 Nickeil Alexander-Walker /49
14 Steven Adams /49
15 Jonas Valanciunas /99
16 Detlef Schrempf /99
17 Lauri Markkanen /99
18 Toni Kukoc /99
19 Jakob Poeltl /99
20 Facundo Campazzo /99

Phoenix Rookie Auto

  • Red #/25 or #/24
  • Silver #/25 or #/24
  • Blue #/25 or #/24
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

1 Jay Scrubb /99
2 Nathan Knight /99
3 Sam Merrill /99
4 Markus Howard /99
5 Paul Reed /99
6 Mason Jones /99
7 Ashton Hagans /99
8 Reggie Perry /99
9 Jaden McDaniels /99
10 Trent Forrest /99
11 Killian Tillie /99
12 Deni Avdija /49
13 Onyeka Okongwu /99
14 Mamadi Diakite /99
15 Theo Maledon /99
16 Tyrese Maxey /49
17 Ty-Shon Alexander /99
18 Obi Toppin /49
19 Moses Brown /99
20 Jahmi’us Ramsey /49

21 Cassius Winston /49
22 Vernon Carey Jr. /49
23 Jae’Sean Tate /99
24 Lamar Stevens /99
25 Kaleb Wesson /99
26 Sean McDermott /99
27 Jalen Harris /99
28 Myles Powell /99
29 Gabe Vincent /99
30 Mychal Mulder /99
31 Josh Green – no base version
32 Jordan Nwora /99
33 Caleb Martin /99
34 Devon Dotson /99
35 Robert Woodard II /99
36 Saddiq Bey /49
37 Aaron Nesmith /99
38 Isaac Okoro /49
39 Xavier Tillman /99
40 Naji Marshall /99

Rookie Cornerstones Set Checklist

  • Red Obsidian #/25
  • Quartz #/25
  • Onyx 1/1

1 Aaron Nesmith /99
3 Jaden McDaniels /99
4 Facundo Campazzo /99
5 Tyrell Terry /99
6 C.J. Elleby /99
7 Zeke Nnaji /99
8 Immanuel Quickley /99
9 Kira Lewis Jr. /99
10 Isaiah Joe /99
11 Obi Toppin /99
12 Desmond Bane /99
13 Killian Hayes /99
14 Onyeka Okongwu /99
15 Cole Anthony /99
16 Precious Achiuwa /99
17 Josh Green /99
18 Isaiah Stewart /99
19 Anthony Edwards /99
20 Tyrese Haliburton /99

21 Jordan Nwora /99
22 Daniel Oturu /99
23 Udoka Azubuike /99
24 Aleksej Pokusevski /99
25 Devin Vassell
26 Deni Avdija /99
28 Patrick Williams /99
29 Tyrese Maxey /99
30 Tre Jones /99
31 Payton Pritchard /99
32 RJ Hampton /99
33 Vernon Carey Jr. /99
34 James Wiseman /99
35 Saddiq Bey /99
36 Theo Maledon /99
37 LaMelo Ball /99
38 Nico Mannion /99
39 Isaac Okoro /99
40 Xavier Tillman /99

Rookie Cornerstones can be breathtaking (look for one on eBay)

Rookie Private Signings Association Version

  • Gold #/10
  • Gold Vinyl 1/1

24 RJ Hampton
36 Tyler Bey
38 Tre Jones
43 Nick Richards
46 Skylar Mays
48 Cassius Winston

2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball Review Of Parallels

 The parallels in 2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball come from the following products:

Chronicles, Prestige, Threads, Panini, Luminance, Playbook, Donruss Rated Rookie, Essentials, Marquee, and X.R.

They all have a similar parallel structure:

Parallels:

  • Asia #/149
  • Bronze #/149
  • Green #/149
  • Green Ice #/149
  • Pink #/149
  • Teal #/149
  • Red #/149
  • Blue #/99
  • Purple #//49
  • Gold #/ /10
  • Lucky Envelopes #//8
  • Platinum 1/1

Plates & Patches and Majestic

They all have a similar parallel structure:

Parallels:

  • Red #/149
  • Blue #/99
  • Purple #/49
  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1

Limited and Gala

Parallels:

  • Red #/75
  • Blue #/49
  • Purple #/25
  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1

Titanium Jersey Number

Parallels:

  • Draft Position – print runs vary
  • Draft Year #/20

Gold Standard

Parallels:

  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1

Prizm Update, Donruss Optic Traded, Crusade, Hometown Heroes Optic, Phoenix, and Honors

They all have a similar parallel structure:

Parallels:

  • Asia #/149
  • Bronze #/149
  • Green #/149
  • Green Ice #/149
  • Pink #/149
  • Silver #/149
  • Teal #/149
  • Red #/149
  • Blue #/99
  • Purple #/49
  • Gold #/10
  • Lucky Envelopes #/8
  • Black 1/1
Honors provides a clean and classic looking rookie card (picture taken from Panini)

Score, Classic, and Rookies and Stars

They all have a similar parallel structure:

Parallels:

  • Red #/99
  • Blue #/99
  • Purple #/49
  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1

Legacy

Parallels:

  • Red #/99
  • Green Ice #/99
  • Blue #/99
  • Purple #/49
  • Gold #/10
  • Platinum 1/1

Totally Certified Rookies

Parallels:

  • Red #/99
  • Blue #/99
  • Purple #/49
  • Gold #/10
  • Black 1/1

Titanium Draft Position Checklist

436 LaMelo Ball /3
437 James Wiseman /2
438 Anthony Edwards 1/1
439 Tyrese Haliburton /12
440 Obi Toppin /8
441 Deni Avdija /9
442 Immanuel Quickley /25
443 Tyrese Maxey /21
444 Patrick Williams /4
445 Payton Pritchard /26
446 Cole Anthony /15
447 Isaac Okoro /5
448 Aaron Nesmith /14
449 Onyeka Okongwu /6
450 Saddiq Bey /19
451 Xavier Tillman /35
452 Kenyon Martin Jr. /52
453 Killian Hayes /7
454 RJ Hampton /24
455 Precious Achiuwa /20
456 Devin Vassell /11
457 Kira Lewis Jr. /13
458 Desmond Bane /30
459 Zeke Nnaji /22
460 Nico Mannion /48
461 Saben Lee /38
462 Aleksej Pokusevski /17
463 Malachi Flynn /29
464 Theo Maledon /34
465 Tre Jones /41
466 Jordan Nwora /45
467 Jaden McDaniels /28
468 Josh Green /18
469 Isaiah Stewart /16
470 Jalen Smith /10

2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball Review Of Value

Chronicles does not have a reputation as a high-end brand. However, it can resell at some pretty good prices.

Wax Value

We know that Chronicles gives collectors the chance to get rookie cards from a variety of cards of different brands. So, just how valuable are their unopened wax?

2017-18 Panini Chronicles Basketball Hobby Box $549.95
2018-19 Panini Chronicles Basketball Hobby Box $1,799.95
2019-20 Panini Chronicles Basketball Hobby Box $599.99

Each of the previous Chronicle releases has held value well, seeing as they all had a release price below $300. However, the 2018-19 release has outperformed the lot because, as everyone knows, it contained an exceptional rookie class.

2018-19 Panini Chronicles Basketball Hobby Boxes have retained strong value (look for them on eBay)

Singles Value

Let’s look at a few top-performing Panini Chronicles cards. All cards are PSA 10 unless otherwise stated.

2019 Panini Chronicles JA Morant Gold $610
2019 Panini Chronicles  Kawhi Leonard Blue $1,725
2019 Panini Chronicles Ja Morant RC Young Dolph Cameo $260
2018 Panini Chronicles Luka Doncic $233
2018 Panini Chronicles Phoenix Luka Doncic Purple $1,125
2018 Panini Chronicles Luka Doncic RC Pink $599
2017 Panini Chronicles Auto Kobe Bryant Blue PSA 8 $3,700
2019 Panini Chronicles Zion Williamson RC Blue  $947
2019 Panini Chronicles Kevin Durant Blue $645
2018 Panini Chronicles Luka Doncic Rookie $2,609
2018 Panini Chronicles Collin Sexton $933.77

As with several releases, each year has a few top stars that drive the value of the release. For a release that focuses on Rookies, all cards are at the very least sure to hold their value while those of top players soar. Chronicles showcase various brands and thus can offer tons of worthwhile rookies with every box.

Bottomline Of The 2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball Review

As the 2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball review shows, Chronicles is a fun set with tons of different designs. The brands on the 2020-21 Panini Chronicles Basketball checklist aren’t just extensive; they contain big names with collectors excited. While not every card would offer value, the collection of the chase and hit cards is generous. Compared to the box prices, the return on these cards is pretty solid. For example, collectors can chase the Gala and Titanium cards, which sell north of $3k.

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