For many young boys, trading basketball cards was a rite of passage. Whether it was swapping a 1992-93 Shaquille O’Neal Fleer Ultra rookie card for a Michael Jordan in the same set, or a 1972-73 Topps rookie card of Julius Erving for that year’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, many a kid has celebrated his trade coups, while just as many others have kicked themselves in defeat.

Even though the NBA didn’t take shape until 1948, basketball cards actually date to 1910 and the Egyptiene Cigarette’s College Athletes Felts B-33 series. Basketball cards were printed for one more year after that, but basketball players would not appear on a card again until 1932, when C.A. Briggs Chocolate published a 31-card set. Each card in that set featured an illustration of a player from a popular sport, including basketball.

Bowman first printed basketball cards in 1948 with players from the Basketball Association of America, while Topps didn’t dip into the market until 1957. In fact, Topps has had an on-again, off-again relationship with basketball cards, stopping and starting over the years. Unfortunately for Topps, the company missed out on the chance to publish a Michael Jordan rookie card. Instead, Fleer printed the most coveted card in the hobby—the ‘86-‘87 Jordan, which shows the NBA’s greatest player skying over opponents en route to the hoop.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA chronicles the colorful history of the NBA’s short-lived competitor, the American Basketball Ass… [read review or visit site]

Non Sports Cards: Tobacco, Gum and Candy

Non Sports Cards: Tobacco, Gum and Candy

Tom Boblitt moderates this extremely deep, collaborative site dedicated to non-sports cards (tobacco, gum and candy… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1986 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan Rookie Rc #57 Psa 10 Gem Mint (pwcc)1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Emerald (green) Charles Barkley Pmg2009 Topps Chrome Refractors Stephen Curry Rookie Rc /500 Bgs 10 Pristine (pwcc)1987 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan #59 Psa 10 Gem Mint (pwcc)1984-85 Star Basketball Michael Jordan Rookie Rc #101 Bgs 8.5 Nm-mt+1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome Refractor Rookie Rc #138 Bgs 10 Pristine Not Psa 1986 Fleer Sticker Michael Jordan Rookie Rc #8 Psa 9 Mint (pwcc)Lebron James 2006-07 Exquisite Collection Auto Logo Patch #066/100Michael Jordan 02-03 Spx Winning Material Auto On Card Shooting Jersey #/2307-08 Sp Rookie Threads Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Lebron James Triple Auto 9.51998-99 Skybox Metal Universe Allen Iverson Precious Metal Gems /50 Pmg2009 Topps Chrome Stephen Curry Gold Refractor Rc Sp /50!2003-04 Sp Signature Edition #a101 Lebron James Rookie Auto 03/25 Au Rc1986 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan Rookie Rc #57 Bgs 9 Mint (pwcc)Tim Duncan 2000-01 Topps Finest Moments Refractor Auto Card # Fm-td2015-16 Panini Luxe Kobe Bryant Autograph Auto 07/25 Lakers1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rc Rookie Bgs 9 Regrade 9.5? W/ 10 Pristine1986 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan Rookie Rc #57 Psa 8 Nm-mt (pwcc)Michael Jordan 1986 86/87 Fleer #57 Rc Rookie Chicago Bulls Bgs 8.5 Nm-mt+1986 Fleer Bball Ultra Hi-grd Complete Psa Set Michael Jordan Rc Psa 9 Mt (pwcc)Psa 9 Kevin Durant 2007-08 Upper Deck Exquisite Thunders Patch Auto Rc /99 Pop 41998-99 E-x Century Essential Credentials Future #10 Kobe Bryant /81 Bgs 9.5 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rc Chicago Bulls Rookie Card Psa 1Stephen Curry 2014-15 Flawless Diamond Green #4/51986 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan Rookie Rc #57 Bgs 8.5 Nm-mt+ (pwcc)Michael Jordan 2013-14 Exquisite Collection Auto Shoe Kicks #08/152009-10 National Treasures James Harden Rpa Rc 3-color Patch Auto /99 Bgs 9.5Lebron James 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Auto Jersey Patch #19/502006-07 E-x Essential Credentials Now Kobe Bryant /17 Bgs 9.5 Gem1997 Ultra Platinum Medallion Tim Duncan Rookie Rc /100 #131 Bgs 9 Mint (pwcc)Karl-anthony Towns 2015-16 Panini Luxe Wolves Rc Gold Framed Autograph /10 Auto1979-80 Topps Basketball Uncut Finished Sheet. Bird Magic ErvingBgs 9.5 1998-99 Topps Michael Jordan Gold Label Red #gl1 83/100 Crazy Rare GemDraymond Green 2012-13 Immaculate Collection Jumbo Patch Rookie Auto 60/751986 Fleer Sticker Michael Jordan Rookie Rc Bgs 9 Mint2012-13 Immaculate Anthony Davis Rpa Rc Rookie 3-color Patch Auto /75 Bgs 9 2014-15 National Treasures Kobe Bryant Nba Champions Gold Relic Auto (34/49)2012-13 Immaculate #112 Kawhi Leonard "7-break" Rookie Patch Auto /99 Bgs 9/9 RcKevin Garnett 07-08 Upper Deck Nba Chronology Auto Timeless Memories #/99 Karl-anthony Towns Rc 2015-16 Panini Luxe Gold Metal Framed Auto 03/10 (on Card)1988 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan #17 Psa 10 Gem Mint (pwcc)2006-07 Fleer Autographics #mja2 Michael Jordan Bulls Hof Signed Auto Autograph 1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie Rc #138 Psa 10 Gem Mint (pwcc)2015-16 Panini Luxe Kobe Bryant Red Metal Frame Auto Autograph #d 03/252014 National Treasures Andrew Wiggins Rookie Rc Auto Patch /99 Bgs 9.5 (pwcc)Stephen Curry 2009-10 Topps Chrome Refractor Rookie Rc #/500 Bgs 9.5 Gem Mint96/97 Upperdeck Rookie Exclusive Buyback/8 Kobe Bryant Rc Auto Bgs 9/102009 Topps Chrome Stephen Curry Rookie Rc /999 #101 Bgs 9.5 Gem Mint (pwcc)2008-09 Russell Westbrook Ud Exquisite Auto Rc 3 Color Patch #'d /225 Gradable13-14 Immaculate Scottie Pippen Acetate Jersey Number 3 Color Patch Auto #/331997-98 Metal Universe Platinum Portraits Die-cut #1 Michael Jordan Bgs 9 Rcr2015-16 Panini Luxe D'angelo Russell Rc 3 Color Jumbo Patch Auto 12/25 Lakers D81957 Topps Basketball #17 Bob Cousy Boston Celtics Rc Rookie Hof Psa 8 Nm-mtMichael Jordan Bgs 9.5/10 And Psa 10 Collection ****submit Offers*****1986 Fleer Sticker Michael Jordan Rookie Rc #8 Bgs 9 Mint (pwcc)2009-10 National Treasures Blake Griffin Rc Patch /99 Bgs 9 10 Auto Sub Avg 9.5 1987 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan #59 Psa 9 Mint (pwcc)1986 Fleer Basketball Card #57 Michael Jordan Psa 9 (oc) Mint!!2012-13 Panini Preferred Kobe Bryant Booklet 1/1 One Of One 1of1 Tag La LakersLebron James 2008-09 Exquisite Career Portfolio Booklet Patch Auto /10