A Review Of Panini 2021/22 Impeccable Basketball

Impeccable Basketball is always something of a beacon for basketball collectors. After trudging through the winter months of low-end releases, Impeccable signals the start of the NBA’s summer of high-end product drops.

This year 2021-22 Panini Impeccable Basketball hit the shelves on May 25th. In this article we’ll give you a full overview of everything you need to know about Impeccable from what’s in the hobby box, why we love the design, and how to best invest in this product.

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The lowdown on Impeccable 2021-22

The 21-22 Impeccable release marks its 6th year in production, and it’s not straying from the formula it’s relied on in years past. Everything we’ve come to love about Impeccable – its stainless-steel inserts, real gold and silver bars, and occasional use of holographic backgrounds – are present in this year’s release as well.

Impeccable is a 9-card hobby box, and each box contains 5 autos, 3 base cards, and 1 specialty card.

FOTL boxes, which typically run for an extra $400-500, get a silver or gold bar card as their specialty, while regular hobby boxes get the stainless steel.

Look on eBay for prices of silver or gold bar cards in the 2021-22 Impeccable release.

While the product doesn’t necessarily fall on the early end of the basketball card release cycle, it is typically the first high-end NBA product that we see from Panini. That means no more players in college jerseys – all players are featured in officially licensed pro jerseys.

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What we like about Panini 2021/22 Impeccable Basketball

Impeccable is building a brand. This year’s release features very few design changes, and while some people might see that as a lack of creativity, we think that’s exactly how high-end releases should be.

When you’re paying top dollar you want to be able to look at a card and know right away what it is. It’s just like a luxury sports car; you don’t have to guess when you see a Ferrari, and you certainly aren’t getting it mixed up with a Toyota.

By bringing back many of the same features and designs as years prior, Impeccable is continuing to solidify its identity as an elite product.

And speaking of that design, we appreciate basically everything about Impeccable. It’s a great-looking card. It’s flashy without being convoluted, and players pop against its colorful backgrounds.

We also love that this year’s release gave a nod to the NBA 75 list. In case you didn’t see, the NBA released a list of its 75 all-time best players in the wake of its 75th anniversary earlier this season. 21-22 Impeccable will mix in autos from the players on that list, on a specialty card that commemorates these all-time greats.

This adds a fun wrinkle to this year’s set and gives you a chance to pick up a great-looking auto from an NBA legend.

2021-22 Impeccable Basketball Hobby box breakdown

Hobby boxes were initially being sold at $3,500, but over the past few months, average sales prices have dropped to around $2,000 for 2021/22 Impeccable Basketball.

Here’s what each hobby box will contain:

  • 9 cards per pack,
  • 1 pack per box
  • 9 cards total

And here’s what Panini has released about the card breakdown inside:

  • 5 Autos
  • 3 Base
  • 1 Specialty card (Stainless Steel or Silver/Gold Bar)

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What’s inside 2021/22 Impeccable Basketball

Base cards

This year’s base set includes:

  • 100 veterans
  • 40 “Elegance auto” rookies
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Each of those cards are numbered to #99, and had the following parallels/ odds:

  • Silver- #75
  • Gold- #/60
  • Holo Silver – #/35
  • Gold – #/10
  • Holo Gold – #/5
  • Platinum – 1/1

The hits

This box includes 6 hits – 5 autos and 1 specialty card. The specialty card is dependent upon whether you buy a hobby box or FOTL:

  • Hobby Box: Stainless Steel
  • FOTL: Silver or Gold Car
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Checklist Info

Here’s the base checklist for Panini Impeccable. See bottom of the page for a full, searchable checklist.

1. Rui Hachimura – Washington Wizards
2 Pascal Siakam – Toronto Raptors
3 Michael Porter Jr. – Denver Nuggets
4 John Collins – Atlanta Hawks
5 Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dallas Mavericks
6 Tyrese Haliburton – Sacramento Kings
7 Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers
8 Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis Grizzlies
9 Nikola Vucevic – Chicago Bulls
10 Zion Williamson – New Orleans Pelicans
11 Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat
12 DeMar DeRozan – Chicago Bulls
13 Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
14 James Harden – Brooklyn Nets
15 Kawhi Leonard – Los Angeles Clippers
16 Mike Conley – Utah Jazz
17 Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks
18 Aleksej Pokusevski – Oklahoma City Thunder
19 Keldon Johnson – San Antonio Spurs
20 Terry Rozier III – Charlotte Hornets
21 Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn Nets
22 Victor Oladipo – Miami Heat
23 Devin Vassell – San Antonio Spurs
24 Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics
25 Aaron Gordon – Denver Nuggets
26 Deandre Ayton – Phoenix Suns
27 Blake Griffin – Brooklyn Nets
28 Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards
29 LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers
30 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Oklahoma City Thunder
31 RJ Barrett – New York Knicks
32 Jaylen Brown – Boston Celtics
33 Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas Mavericks
34 Fred VanVleet – Toronto Raptors
35 Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets
36 Lonzo Ball – Chicago Bulls
37 LaMelo Ball – Charlotte Hornets
38 CJ McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers
39 Carmelo Anthony – Los Angeles Lakers
40 Malcolm Brogdon – Indiana Pacers
41 Rudy Gobert – Utah Jazz
42 Zach LaVine – Chicago Bulls
43 Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies
44 De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings
45 Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
46 John Wall – Houston Rockets
47 Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets
48 Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
49 Julius Randle – New York Knicks
50 Jerami Grant – Detroit Pistons
51 Kyle Lowry – Miami Heat
52 Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks
53 RJ Hampton – Orlando Magic
54 Donovan Mitchell – Utah Jazz
55 Tobias Harris – Philadelphia 76ers
56 Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
57 D’Angelo Russell – Minnesota Timberwolves
58 Domantas Sabonis – Indiana Pacers
59 Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers
60 Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
61 Jrue Holiday – Milwaukee Bucks
62 Dennis Schroder – Boston Celtics
63 Russell Westbrook – Los Angeles Lakers
64 Saddiq Bey – Detroit Pistons
65 Derrick Rose – New York Knicks
66 Paul George – Los Angeles Clippers
67 Chris Paul – Phoenix Suns
68 Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks
69 Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
70 Brandon Ingram – New Orleans Pelicans
71 Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers
72 Collin Sexton – Cleveland Cavaliers
73 Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
74 Kemba Walker – New York Knicks
75 Cole Anthony – Orlando Magic
76 Kevin Durant – Brooklyn Nets
77 Anthony Edwards – Minnesota Timberwolves
78 Tyrese Maxey – Philadelphia 76ers
79 Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors
80 Kevin Porter Jr. – Houston Rockets
81 Cade Cunningham – Detroit Pistons
82 Jalen Green – Houston Rockets
83 Scottie Barnes – Toronto Raptors
84 Evan Mobley – Cleveland Cavaliers
85 Josh Giddey – Oklahoma City Thunder
86 Jonathan Kuminga – Golden State Warriors
87 Davion Mitchell – Sacramento Kings
88 Franz Wagner – Orlando Magic
89 James Bouknight – Charlotte Hornets
90 Ziaire Williams – Memphis Grizzlies
91 Joshua Primo – San Antonio Spurs
92 Chris Duarte – Indiana Pacers
93 Corey Kispert – Washington Wizards
94 Moses Moody – Golden State Warriors
95 Alperen Sengun – Houston Rockets
96 Trey Murphy III – New Orleans Pelicans
97 Tre Mann – Oklahoma City Thunder
98 Bones Hyland – Denver Nuggets
99 Jalen Johnson – Atlanta Hawks
100 Jalen Suggs – Orlando Magic

And here’s the checklist for the “Elegance Rookies”:

101 Cade Cunningham – Detroit Pistons
102 Jalen Green – Houston Rockets
103 Evan Mobley – Cleveland Cavaliers
104 Scottie Barnes – Toronto Raptors
105 Jalen Suggs – Orlando Magic
106 Josh Giddey – Oklahoma City Thunder
107 Jonathan Kuminga – Golden State Warriors *
108 Franz Wagner – Orlando Magic
109 Davion Mitchell – Sacramento Kings
110 Ziaire Williams – Memphis Grizzlies
111 James Bouknight – Charlotte Hornets
112 Joshua Primo – San Antonio Spurs
113 Chris Duarte – Indiana Pacers
114 Moses Moody – Golden State Warriors
115 Corey Kispert – Washington Wizards
116 Alperen Sengun – Houston Rockets
117 Trey Murphy III – New Orleans Pelicans
118 Tre Mann – Oklahoma City Thunder
119 Kai Jones – Charlotte Hornets
120 Jalen Johnson – Atlanta Hawks
121 Keon Johnson – Los Angeles Clippers
122 Isaiah Jackson – Indiana Pacers
123 Usman Garuba – Houston Rockets
124 Josh Christopher – Houston Rockets
125 Quentin Grimes – New York Knicks
126 Bones Hyland – Denver Nuggets
127 Cameron Thomas – Brooklyn Nets
128 Jaden Springer – Philadelphia 76ers
129 Day’Ron Sharpe – Brooklyn Nets
130 Santi Aldama – Memphis Grizzlies
131 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – Oklahoma City Thunder
132 Miles McBride – New York Knicks
133 Ayo Dosunmu – Chicago Bulls
134 Jared Butler – Utah Jazz
135 Isaiah Livers – Detroit Pistons
136 Greg Brown III – Portland Trail Blazers
137 Brandon Boston Jr. – Los Angeles Clippers
138 Luka Garza – Detroit Pistons
139 Charles Bassey – Philadelphia 76ers
140 Scottie Lewis – Charlotte Hornets

Investing in 2021-22 Panini Impeccable Basketball

Is 2021-22 Panini Impeccable basketball a good investment? Well, that depends on your budget and investing strategy. For big spenders with a considerable amount of risk tolerance, the upside with this product is big.

Resale market

Yes, you’ve heard it before – if you want to invest in high-end products, ripping and flipping individual cards isn’t how you do it. Holding wax is, and always has been, the safest way to make money in this hobby.

That said, if you are the thrill-seeking type who just can’t resist the fact that a $10,000 card could be in your box, I actually like your odds with Impeccable more than an equally priced counterpart, like Noir.

With Noir there were a lot of complaints that the most premium cards weren’t fetching enough on the open market to justify the sticker price; for example, a “Luka Doncic #20/49 Spotlight Signatures” from the 20-21 release just sold on eBay for only $2,228, on a box that cost $3,500.

Of recent eBay transactions (prior 2 months) that was the most expensive sale, and it didn’t even cover the price of the box.

For Impeccable on the other hand, we’ve seen some really valuable hits, including a LaMelo Ball [Red & Gold] #98, that sold for $15,000, and a few others in the 5 figures. So, if you’re looking for a lottery ticket, you might just find one in your 2021/22 Panini Impeccable Hobby Box.

Holding value

Impeccable tends to hold its value very well. It isn’t really impacted by any sort of “rookie bubble”, and it’s a name that any serious collector recognizes. Here’s how last season’s biggest rookies have held up over the past year:

PlayerUngraded value (upon release)Upgraded value May 2022PSA 10 value (upon release)PSA 10 value (May 2022)
Lamelo Ball$203$203$1068$485
Anthony Edwards$78$78$323$310
Tyrese Haliburton$36$44$208$180

When looking at year-long trends, it’s important to look at ungraded and gems to get a full picture. Even if you’re only planning on buying/ selling PSA 10s the ungraded cards are sold so much more frequently, that you can use the data points to paint a more consistent picture than you get with mint.

As you can see, the value has stayed pretty consistent over the last 12 months (other than LaMelo, but he saw a value drop across all releases this year.)

Bottomline of 2021/22 Impeccable Basketball

High-end basketball releases are back, and 2021-22 Impeccable Basketball is kicking off the party. They’ve stuck with a similar design and format as similar years, and have added in a few new inserts (such as the NBA 75th anniversary legends cards).

While the high price makes it a risky rip, some individual cards have done very well on the resale market. So, whether you’re looking to collect the cards, flip them on eBay, or hold the wax, Impeccable is poised to be one of our favorite NBA releases this year.

Full 2021-22 Impeccable Basketball checklist

NBA Impeccable 20-21

wdt_ID Card set Player Team Card number # of cards
1 2020-21 Award Winning Autographs Gold Vinyl Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 11 /1
2 2020-21 Award Winning Autographs Gold Vinyl Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers 27 /1
3 2020-21 Award Winning Autographs Gold Vinyl Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 42 /1
4 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Bernard King New York Knicks 6 /1
5 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Chris Mullin Golden State Warriors 11 /1
6 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics 21 /1
7 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 25 /1
8 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks 26 /1
9 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers 28 /1
10 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Joe Dumars Detroit Pistons 29 /1
11 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Larry Bird Boston Celtics 36 /1
12 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Louie Dampier Kentucky Colonels 38 /1
13 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Oscar Robertson Milwaukee Bucks 41 /1
14 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Ralph Sampson Houston Rockets 42 /1
15 2020-21 Spectra Hall of Fame Signatures Gold Vinyl Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons 46 /1
16 Base Asia Red and Gold Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards 1 /1
17 Base Asia Red and Gold Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors 2 /1
18 Base Asia Red and Gold Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets 3 /1
19 Base Asia Red and Gold John Collins Atlanta Hawks 4 /1
20 Base Asia Red and Gold Tim Hardaway Jr. Dallas Mavericks 5 /1
21 Base Asia Red and Gold Tyrese Haliburton Sacramento Kings 6 /1
22 Base Asia Red and Gold Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 7 /1
23 Base Asia Red and Gold Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 8 /1
24 Base Asia Red and Gold Nikola Vucevic Chicago Bulls 9 /1
25 Base Asia Red and Gold Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans 10 /1
26 Base Asia Red and Gold Jimmy Butler Miami Heat 11 /1
27 Base Asia Red and Gold DeMar DeRozan Chicago Bulls 12 /1
28 Base Asia Red and Gold Devin Booker Phoenix Suns 13 /1
29 Base Asia Red and Gold James Harden Brooklyn Nets 14 /1
30 Base Asia Red and Gold Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers 15 /1
31 Base Asia Red and Gold Mike Conley Utah Jazz 16 /1
32 Base Asia Red and Gold Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks 17 /1
33 Base Asia Red and Gold Aleksej Pokusevski Oklahoma City Thunder 18 /1
34 Base Asia Red and Gold Keldon Johnson San Antonio Spurs 19 /1
35 Base Asia Red and Gold Terry Rozier III Charlotte Hornets 20 /1
36 Base Asia Red and Gold Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets 21 /1
37 Base Asia Red and Gold Victor Oladipo Miami Heat 22 /1
38 Base Asia Red and Gold Devin Vassell San Antonio Spurs 23 /1
39 Base Asia Red and Gold Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics 24 /1
40 Base Asia Red and Gold Aaron Gordon Denver Nuggets 25 /1
41 Base Asia Red and Gold Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns 26 /1
42 Base Asia Red and Gold Blake Griffin Brooklyn Nets 27 /1
43 Base Asia Red and Gold Bradley Beal Washington Wizards 28 /1
44 Base Asia Red and Gold LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 29 /1
45 Base Asia Red and Gold Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder 30 /1
46 Base Asia Red and Gold RJ Barrett New York Knicks 31 /1
47 Base Asia Red and Gold Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics 32 /1
48 Base Asia Red and Gold Kristaps Porzingis Dallas Mavericks 33 /1
49 Base Asia Red and Gold Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors 34 /1
50 Base Asia Red and Gold Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets 35 /1
51 Base Asia Red and Gold Lonzo Ball Chicago Bulls 36 /1
52 Base Asia Red and Gold LaMelo Ball Charlotte Hornets 37 /1
53 Base Asia Red and Gold CJ McCollum Portland Trail Blazers 38 /1
54 Base Asia Red and Gold Carmelo Anthony Los Angeles Lakers 39 /1
55 Base Asia Red and Gold Malcolm Brogdon Indiana Pacers 40 /1
56 Base Asia Red and Gold Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 41 /1
57 Base Asia Red and Gold Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls 42 /1
58 Base Asia Red and Gold Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies 43 /1
59 Base Asia Red and Gold De'Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings 44 /1
60 Base Asia Red and Gold Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 45 /1
61 Base Asia Red and Gold John Wall Houston Rockets 46 /1
62 Base Asia Red and Gold Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets 47 /1
63 Base Asia Red and Gold Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 48 /1
64 Base Asia Red and Gold Julius Randle New York Knicks 49 /1
65 Base Asia Red and Gold Jerami Grant Detroit Pistons 50 /1
66 Base Asia Red and Gold Kyle Lowry Miami Heat 51 /1
67 Base Asia Red and Gold Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 52 /1
68 Base Asia Red and Gold RJ Hampton Orlando Magic 53 /1
69 Base Asia Red and Gold Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz 54 /1
70 Base Asia Red and Gold Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers 55 /1
71 Base Asia Red and Gold Bam Adebayo Miami Heat 56 /1
72 Base Asia Red and Gold D'Angelo Russell Minnesota Timberwolves 57 /1
73 Base Asia Red and Gold Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers 58 /1
74 Base Asia Red and Gold Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 59 /1
75 Base Asia Red and Gold Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 60 /1
76 Base Asia Red and Gold Jrue Holiday Milwaukee Bucks 61 /1
77 Base Asia Red and Gold Dennis Schroder Boston Celtics 62 /1
78 Base Asia Red and Gold Russell Westbrook Los Angeles Lakers 63 /1
79 Base Asia Red and Gold Saddiq Bey Detroit Pistons 64 /1
80 Base Asia Red and Gold Derrick Rose New York Knicks 65 /1
81 Base Asia Red and Gold Paul George Los Angeles Clippers 66 /1
82 Base Asia Red and Gold Chris Paul Phoenix Suns 67 /1
83 Base Asia Red and Gold Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks 68 /1
84 Base Asia Red and Gold Darius Garland Cleveland Cavaliers 69 /1
85 Base Asia Red and Gold Brandon Ingram New Orleans Pelicans 70 /1
86 Base Asia Red and Gold Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 71 /1
87 Base Asia Red and Gold Collin Sexton Cleveland Cavaliers 72 /1
88 Base Asia Red and Gold Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 73 /1
89 Base Asia Red and Gold Kemba Walker New York Knicks 74 /1
90 Base Asia Red and Gold Cole Anthony Orlando Magic 75 /1
91 Base Asia Red and Gold Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets 76 /1
92 Base Asia Red and Gold Anthony Edwards Minnesota Timberwolves 77 /1
93 Base Asia Red and Gold Tyrese Maxey Philadelphia 76ers 78 /1
94 Base Asia Red and Gold Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 79 /1
95 Base Asia Red and Gold Kevin Porter Jr. Houston Rockets 80 /1
96 Base Asia Red and Gold Cade Cunningham Detroit Pistons 81 /1
97 Base Asia Red and Gold Jalen Green Houston Rockets 82 /1
98 Base Asia Red and Gold Scottie Barnes Toronto Raptors 83 /1
99 Base Asia Red and Gold Evan Mobley Cleveland Cavaliers 84 /1
100 Base Asia Red and Gold Josh Giddey Oklahoma City Thunder 85 /1
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Brian Marshall

Brian Marshall

Brian’s a Denver based freelance writer, who’s interested in all things Denver sports. He’s an NBA aficionado who still can’t get over Derrick Rose’s ACL tear, and will happily debate anyone who doesn’t believe that Nikola Jokic is the greatest basketball player on the planet.


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