2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review

On December 15th, Panini debuted another new basketball set with Panini’s Flux. How does it measure up? To find out, keep reading our 2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball.

Unfortunately, the buzz surrounding the new product has been less than stellar. In addition, there has been a distinct lack of promotion from Panini.

Panini gets a little busy this time of year. They were busy dealing with other sports, hotter sets, and preparing for a new future without owning the NBA license. That said, it appears Panini was simply looking for a quick profit by pushing out the latest set late in the year. With the license loss looming, the company is not overly concerned about flooding the market.

History of Panini Flux

In 2017, Panini created a basketball card set that would take cards from all their sets and combine them into the Chronicles product. They had no idea that one of the NBA’s deepest draft classes would emerge in just two seasons. It made the 2019-20 Chronicles set one of the hottest cards in the hobby ever.

They debuted 26 different card brands that season, including Prestige, Luminance, Essentials, Marquee, XR, Recon, Majestic, Gala, Titanium, Vanguard, Crusade, Phoenix, and Score, Rookies & Stars, Classics, Threads, and Flux.

The Chronicles release also introduced the Panini Flux series. It quickly became one of the more popular brands in the product, partly thanks to Zion Williamson and Ja Morant collectors. For their reasons, Panini has now turned Flux into a standalone product.

Flux was popularized by the appearance of Ja Morant and other stars in its Chronicles release (look for Ja Morant rookies on eBay).

So let’s step right into the newest basketball series from Panini, Panini Flux, and review the cards, inserts, autographs, parallels, and everything else that comes with deciding whether or not to collect Panini’s newest basketball set.

The 2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review of Release Formats

Hobby Box

  • 12 Boxes per Case
  • 10 Packs
  • 5 Cards per Pack
  • 1 Uncirculated Encased Insert, Parallel, or Autograph Box Topper
  • Autograph (1), Atmosphere Insert (1), Prizm Insert (1), Additional Inserts (3), Silvers (3)
  • Presells at $249.95

The biggest hits from the Panini Flux set will be the uncirculated encased insert, parallel, or autograph box topper. There are few other highlights. Unfortunately, Flux has few numbered sets. However, most of the ones included are numbered to five or one.

1st off the Line Box (FOTL)

  • 12 Boxes per Case
  • 10 Packs
  • 5 Cards per Pack
  • 1 Exclusive Flux Purple or Gold Scope
  • 1 FOTL Box Topper
  • Autograph (1), Atmosphere Insert (1), Prizm Insert (1), Additional Inserts (3), Silvers (3)
  • Presells at $399.95

Retail Blaster Box

  • 6 Packs
  • 3 Cards per Pack
  • 2 Exclusive Mojo Prizms, 1 Silver/Color Prizm, 1 Insert/Insert Prizm
  • Presells at $34.99

Some of the exclusive retail-only inserts included in Flux are Flux Appeal, Freshman Year, Double Take, and D Lux. They also have exclusive parallels such as Light Blue Prizms and Pink Prizms and autograph exclusive sets including Flux Rookie Signatures, Flux Freshman Signatures, and Flux Signatures.

The main reason the Flux blaster boxes will be tough to keep on the shelf will be the Mojo prizms, which are exclusive to only the retail boxes. The Mojo Prizms include a Silver Mojo, Blue Mojo, Red Mojo, Gold Mojo, and Black Mojo.

The 2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review Of Checklist Information

For its’ inaugural season, the Panini Flux Basketball set will feature a 250-card base set that includes 200 veterans and 50 rookies. By using the popular opti-chrome technology, the Panini Flux cards have a chance to dominate the basketball card market until next summer.

We are nearly halfway through the 2021-22 NBA season. However, this set still covers the rookie class from the previous year. That means you can still have a chance to collect rookie cards from players like Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, and James Wiseman.

The 2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Parallels

Panini Flux includes a ton of the Gold (only numbered 10) and Black (only one) parallels. This decision makes the parallels tougher to get and, therefore, more valuable.

Panini Flux 2020-21 Parallels

  • Parallels: Light Blue, Moonlight, Pink, Red, Silver, Sunrise, Blue (#/99), Supernova (#/75), Solar Eclipse (#/49), Lunar Eclipse (#/25), Purple Scope FOTL (#/18), Gold (#/10), Gold Scope FOTL (#/8), Green (#/5), Black (1/1)
  • Cracked Ice Parallels: Blue, Red, Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Laser Parallels: Laser, Gold (#/10)
  • Mojo Parallels: Silver, Blue (#/99), Red (#/49), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Asia Parallels: Gold Wave, Red Wave, Silver Wave, Lucky Envelope (#/8)
  • Factory Set Pulsar Parallels: Pulsar, Black, Blue, Green, Red
  • Fanatics Factory Set Cracked Ice Parallels: Cracked Ice, Green

The 2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review Of Inserts

While collectors are always going to chase after the autographs and lower numbered cards, one of the exciting features about Panini Flux is their Atmosphere insert. The insert features five different levels: Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere, and Exosphere.

The top Exosphere level will feature cards of LeBron James (#96), Luka Doncic (#97), Stephen Curry (#98), Giannis Antetokounmpo (#99), and LaMelo Ball (#100).

Panini Flux 2020-21 Inserts

  • Atmosphere (100 Cards)
    • Troposhere (#1-40)
    • Stratosphere (#41-65)
    • Mesophere (#66-85)
    • Thermosphere (#86-95)
    • Exosphere (#96-100)
The atmosphere inserts come in five different levels (picture taken from Panini).
  • D Lux (6 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Blue (#/99), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Déjà vu (40 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Blue (#/99), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Flow Motion (20 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Red (#/25), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Fluid (20 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Red (#/25), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Flux (30 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Blue (#/99), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Freshman Year (24 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Blue (#/99), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Full Capacity (25 Cards)
  • Incoming (30 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Red (#/25), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Rookie Influx (30 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Red (#/25), Gold (#/10), Black (1/1)
  • Titan (20 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Purple Scope FOTL (#/38), Purple (#/25), Gold Scope FOTL (#/18), Black Scope FOTL (#/8), Gold (#/5), Black (1/1)
  • Titan Legends (10 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Purple Scope FOTL (#/38), Purple (#/25), Gold Scope FOTL (#/18), Black Scope FOTL (#/8), Gold (#/5), Black (1/1)
  • Titan Rookies (70 Cards)
    • Parallels: Silver, Purple Scope FOTL (#/38), Purple (#/25), Gold Scope FOTL (#/18), Black Scope FOTL (#/8), Gold (#/5), Black (1/1)

The 2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review Of Autographs

Since Panini Flux is only in its first year, collectors will be cautious about purchasing boxes and cases. However, one of the key reasons first-year sets succeed is their selection of autographs. Thankfully, Panini Flux included an extensive selection of autograph cards featuring Rookies, Superstars, and Hall of Fame Legends. Additionally, collectors have one more reason to buy with the added exclusive parallels in the 1st off the Line boxes (Red Scope 1/1, Blue Scope #/5).

Autograph Influx Set

  • Parallels:
    • Silver
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Black (1/1)

There is no Kelly Olynyk Black parallel in this set.

1 Rick Fox
2 Thomas Bryant
3 Chuma Okeke
4 Maurice Cheeks
5 Josh Jackson
6 Jaren Jackson Jr.
7 Gary Trent Jr.
8 Hakeem Olajuwon
9 Khris Middleton
10 Will Barton
11 Richard Hamilton
12 Luka Doncic
13 Goga Bitadze
14 George McGinnis
15 Walt Frazier
16 Sterling Brown
17 Isaiah Roby
18 Wayne Ellington
19 Steven Adams
20 Nerlens Noel
21 Spencer Dinwiddie
22 P.J. Tucker
23 Jrue Holiday
24 Josh Howard
25 Doug McDermott
26 Coby White
27 Ja Morant
28 Kelly Olynyk
29 Alize Johnson
30 Caron Butler

Equinox Autographs Set

  • Parallels:
    • Wave
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Blue Scope (#/5) *FOTL Exclusive
    • Red Scope (1/1) * FOTL Exclusive
    • Black (1/1)
  • Equinox Autograph cards are #’d to 25 except for the following player cards, which are all #’d to 15:
    • Anfernee Hardaway, Oscar Robertson, Collin Sexton, Isiah Thomas, De’Aaron Fox, Jason Kidd, Anthony Davis, Hakeem Olajuwon, Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, Michael Porter Jr., Shawn Kemp, Rasheed Wallace, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Jamal Murray.
The Luka is one of the most sought-after autos in the Equinox series (picture taken from Panini).

There is no Bryn Forbes Wave parallel in the Equinox Autographs set.

The Equinox Autos

1 Richard Hamilton (#/25)
2 Lamar Odom (#/25)
3 Charles Oakley (#/25)
4 Cam Reddish (#/25)
5 Anfernee Hardaway (#/15)
6 Mike Bibby (#/25)
7 De’Andre Hunter (#/25)
8 Donte DiVincenzo (#/25)
9 Oscar Robertson (#/15)
10 Collin Sexton (#/15)
11 Al Horford (#/25)
12 Magic Johnson (#/25)
13 Brandon Clarke (#/25)
14 Duncan Robinson (#/25)
15 Quentin Richardson (#/25)
16 Rex Chapman (#/25)
17 Isiah Thomas (#/15)
18 Christian Laettner (#/25)
19 Jordan Poole (#/25)
20 Lenny Wilkens (#/25)
21 Lauri Markkanen (#/25)
22 Kelly Oubre Jr. (#/25)
23 De’Aaron Fox (#/15)
24 Jalen Brunson (#/25)
25 Domantas Sabonis (#/25)
26 Talen Horton-Tucker (#/25)
27 Jason Kidd (#/15)
28 Anthony Davis (#/15)
29 LaMarcus Aldridge (#/25)
30 Coby White (#/25)
31 Jarrett Allen (#/25)
32 Sekou Doumbouya (#/25)
33 Robert Covington (#/25)
34 Hakeem Olajuwon (#/15)
35 Rudy Gay (#/25)
36 Clint Capela (#/25)
37 Luka Doncic (#/15)
38 Kendrick Nunn (#/25)
39 Matthew Dellavedova (#/25)
40 P.J. Tucker (#/25)
41 Kevin Durant (#/15)
42 Montrezl Harrell (#/25)
43 Cameron Johnson (#/25)
44 Michael Porter Jr. (#/15)
45 Shawn Kemp (#/15)
46 PJ Washington Jr. (#/25)
47 Rasheed Wallace (#/15)
48 Gordon Hayward (#/25)
49 Karl Malone (#/15)
50 Stephen Jackson (#/25)
51 Steven Adams (#/25)
52 Maxi Kleber (#/25)
53 Buddy Hield (#/25)
54 Jarrett Culver (#/25)
55 Malik Beasley (#/25)
56 Bryn Forbes (#/25)
57 David Robinson (#/15)
58 Jamal Murray (#/15)
59 Luguentz Dort (#/25)
60 B.J. Armstrong (#/25)

Equinox Rookie Autographs Set

  • Parallels:
    • Wave
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Blue Scope (#/5) *FOTL Exclusive
    • Red Scope (1/1) * FOTL Exclusive
    • Black (1/1)

Notes

1 Jae’Sean Tate (#/25)
2 Markus Howard (#/25)
3 Moses Brown (#/25)
4 Isaac Okoro (#/25)
5 Patrick Williams (#/25)
6 Onyeka Okongwu (#/25)
7 Kira Lewis Jr. (#/25)
8 Payton Pritchard (#/25)
9 Theo Maledon (#/25)
10 Saben Lee (#/25)
11 Devin Vassell (#/25)
12 Aaron Nesmith (#/25)
13 James Wiseman (#/25)
14 Mychal Mulder (#/25)
15 Caleb Martin (#/25)
16 Deni Avdija (#/25)
17 Facundo Campazzo (#/25)
18 LaMelo Ball (#/25)
19 Tre Jones (#/25)
20 Saddiq Bey (#/25)
21 Tyrese Haliburton (#/25)
22 RJ Hampton (#/25)
23 Jordan Nwora (#/25)
24 Nico Mannion (#/25)
25 Robert Woodard II (#/25)
26 Precious Achiuwa (#/25)
27 Anthony Edwards (#/25)
28 Obi Toppin (#/25)
29 Xavier Tillman (#/25)
30 Daniel Oturu (#/25)
31 Killian Hayes (#/25)
32 Tyrese Maxey (#/25)
33 Zeke Nnaji (#/25)
34 Isaiah Joe (#/25)
35 Cole Anthony (#/25)
36 Jalen Harris (#/25)
37 Lamar Stevens (#/25)
38 Paul Reed (#/25)
39 Devon Dotson (#/25)
40 Mason Jones (#/25)
The Equinox series also features the hottest rookies (pictures taken from Panini).

Flux Freshman Signatures Set

  • Parallels:
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Black (1/1)

Notes

1 LaMelo Ball
2 Tyrese Haliburton
3 Patrick Williams
4 Tyrese Maxey
5 Cole Anthony
6 Killian Hayes
7 Deni Avdija
8 RJ Hampton
9 Obi Toppin
10 Anthony Edwards

Flux Signatures Set

  • Parallels:
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Black (1/1)

The Reggie Jackson Flux Signature does not come in the Gold parallel.

1 Dwight Powell
2 Ersan Ilyasova
3 Juwan Howard
4 Elfrid Payton
5 Jason Richardson
6 Kendrick Nunn
7 David Robinson
8 Luke Kennard
9 Daniel Gafford
10 Oshae Brissett
11 Louis King
12 Danilo Gallinari
14 Hedo Turkoglu
15 Kenny Anderson
16 Keith Van Horn
17 Jaren Jackson Jr.
18 Rod Strickland
19 Luguentz Dort
20 Toni Kukoc
21 Terry Porter
22 Edmond Sumner
23 Austin Rivers
24 Kendall Gill
25 Frank Kaminsky
26 Thanasis Antetokounmpo
27 Leonard “Truck” Robinson
28 Aron Baynes
29 Terence Davis II
30 Tony Parker
31 Reggie Jackson
32 A.C. Green
33 Tim Hardaway Jr.
34 Shawn Bradley
35 Will Barton
36 Dan Majerle
37 Antoine Walker
38 Kenyon Martin
40 Jason Kidd
41 Bob Love
42 Brad Wanamaker
43 Dikembe Mutombo
44 CJ McCollum
45 J.J. Barea
46 Anfernee Simons
47 Daniel Theis
48 Jarrett Culver
49 John Shumate
50 Tomas Satoransky

Rookie Autograph Influx Set

  • Parallels:
    • Silver
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Black (1/1)

There is no Jaden McDaniels Gold parallel in the Rookie Autograph Influx set.

1 Jae’Sean Tate
2 Mamadi Diakite
3 Patrick Williams
4 Caleb Martin
5 Lamar Stevens
6 Tyrese Maxey
7 Isaac Okoro
8 Tyler Bey
9 Sean McDermott
10 Theo Maledon
11 Sam Merrill
12 Robert Woodard II
13 Anthony Edwards
14 Markus Howard
15 Saben Lee
16 Mason Jones
17 Deni Avdija
18 Nathan Knight
19 Facundo Campazzo
20 Moses Brown
21 LaMelo Ball
22 Ty-Shon Alexander
23 Xavier Tillman
24 Saddiq Bey
25 Cole Anthony
26 James Wiseman
27 Freddie Gillespie
28 Gabe Vincent
29 Mychal Mulder
30 Devon Dotson

Rookie Private Signings Icon Version Set

  • Parallels:
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Platinum (1/1)
16 Isaiah Stewart
24 RJ Hampton
31 Tyrell Terry
35 Xavier Tillman
38 Tre Jones

SwingMan Signatures Set

  • Parallels:
    • Silver
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Black (1/1)

Notes

1 Larry Bird
2 Vince Carter
3 Kawhi Leonard
4 Magic Johnson
5 Kevin Garnett
6 Charles Barkley
7 Luka Doncic
8 Ja Morant
9 Jerry West
10 Trae Young

Ultraviolet Signatures Set

  • Parallels:
    • Silver
    • Gold (#/10)
    • Black (1/1)
1 Spencer Haywood
2 Danuel House Jr.
3 Jim Jackson
4 Jalen Brunson
5 Detlef Schrempf
6 Buddy Hield
7 Toni Kukoc
8 Desmond Mason
9 Ben Wallace
10 Lonnie Walker IV
11 Robert Williams III
12 Khem Birch
13 T.J. Warren
14 Jamal Murray
15 Gary Harris
16 Anfernee Hardaway
17 Larry Nance Jr.
18 Bruno Fernando
19 Oshae Brissett
20 Chuma Okeke
21 Rudy Gay
22 Julius Randle
23 Darius Miles
24 Duncan Robinson
25 Ty Jerome
26 Tony Parker
27 Devin Harris
28 Jonas Valanciunas
29 Mark Aguirre
30 Daniel Gibson
Ultraviolet Signatures have some cool veteran autos (look for more on eBay).

2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review of Singles Value

Since this is the first year that Panini Flux will be released as a standalone product, there is not much data available for comparison. Therefore, the only Flux basketball cards we have to look at are the ones from the 2019-20 Chronicles set. However, the prices are not representative since that year had a solid rookie class.

While we only have a few cards to look at, here is what the PSA 10 Flux cards from the 2019-20 Chronicles sets have performed value-wise:

2019-20 Blue Zion Williamson /25 $4,000.00
2019-20 Base Ja Morant /99 $2,999.99
2019-20 Base Zion Williamson /99 $2,122.00
2019-20 Red Zion Williamson $1,993.32
2019-20 Silver Ja Morant $665.00
2019-20 Black Kendrick Nunn /1 $600.00
2019-20 Gold Cam Reddish /10 $431.10
2019-20 Silver Kevin Porter Jr. $355.00

Meanwhile, the 2020-21 set is currently selling for these prices:

Year Set Name No. Price
2020-21 Encased Titan Prizm Black Tyrese Maxey 1/1 $3,999
2020-21 Encased Titan Prizm Black LaMelo Ball 1/8 $3,500
2020-21 Black Prizm Luka Doncic 1/1 $2,999
2020-21 Gold Prizm Fluid LeBron James 7/10 $2,999
2020-21 Gold Shimmer LaMelo Ball 4/10 $2,200
2020-21 Uncirculated Encased Titan FOTL LaMelo Ball 7/8 $1,900

2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review of Wax Value

There is not enough data on the product like the singles since it is in its rookie season. However, we can still look at some of eBay’s cases’ prices. That should give you an idea of the current market.

Hobby Box Value

December 11th First Off The Line (FOTL) $5,000
December 16th First Off The Line (FOTL) $4,162
December 18th Hobby Case $3,000
November 16th Hobby Case $4,100
Flux is one of the more reasonably priced basketball hobby boxes (get one on eBay).

Bottomline Of The 2020-21 Panini Flux Basketball Review

With the surprising announcement that Panini Flux would be released as a standalone product, the hype train had very little time to get going. Unfortunately, by the time Panini announced the official release date, collectors had forgotten about it.

Every year, the final products to hit shelves always find themselves undervalued and underappreciated either from the holidays or because collectors have moved on. Panini Flux looks like one of those products. But, frankly, it feels like a rushed cash grab.

There are elements of the product that collectors will enjoy, like the Encased and Uncirculated inserts. But the rest of the set is not that interesting. In addition, the lack of relics renders this set to be lackluster at best.

 

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