In 1891, James Naismith nailed a pair of peach baskets to the opposite walls of a gymnasium at Springfield College in Massachusetts and invented the forerunner to what we know today as basketball. Despite these 19th-century roots, the National Basketball Association didn’t come into existence until 1948, and the NBA did not merge with its rival American Basketball Association until 1976. Still, there’s no shortage of collectible vintage basketball memorabilia.

Unlike other popular American sports such as baseball, football, and hockey, which require a great deal of space and equipment, basketball can be played by just about any school child, which is what’s made it so popular in the United States and throughout the world. The game’s global and mass-appeal makes memorabilia associated with many of the game’s biggest stars among the most sought-after items in all of sports collecting. Indeed, the player who’s widely considered the greatest athlete in all of American sports—Michael Jordan—was a basketball player.

Beyond the obvious appeal of Jordan, basketball has thrived thanks to its fierce rivalries. In college it’s North Carolina versus Duke, while in the NBA it’s the Boston Celtics versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Combined, those two teams have won more than half of all NBA championships (33) and account for quite a laundry list of memorable, and collectible, players. Bill Russell, John Havlicek, and Larry Bird, to name but a few, have all called Boston home, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, and, more recently, Kobe Bryant have shot jumpers and played defense for L.A.

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]

Most watched eBay auctions    

1999 Ud Century Legend Michael Jordan Signed Auto Jersey Psa/dna Authentic 2006/07 Fleer Autographics Michael Jordan Auto Autograph SpPsa 10 Michael Jordan 1986 86-87 Fleer Premier Rookie #57 Bulls Rare Authentic Nike Kobe Bryant Rookie Jersey Lakers Sewn Size 44 (men's Large)Authentic Tim Hardaway Miami Heat Nba Basketball Jersey Nike 44/l Warriors 19982005-2006 Michael Jordan Lebron James Dual Auto 9/10 Ud Hardwoods Bgs 9 Bgs 101986-87 Fleer Basketball #57 Michael Jordan Bulls Rc Rookie Bgs 9 Mint W 9.52000-01 Ud Ovation Kobe Bryant Shoe Autograph Auto #/8 Bgs 9.5 *rare*2013-14 Preferred Silhouette Prime Patch Auto Kobe Bryant 10/102013-14 Immaculate Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson & Shaquille O'neal Patch #'d/10Authentic Shaquille O'neal Los Angeles Lakers Nba Basketball Jersey Nike 44 La2012-13 Ud Exquisite Michael Jordan Platinum Auto Sp 1/1 Bulls Bgs 9.5 True 1of12013-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball Premium Shaquille O'neal Patch Auto 5/102013-14 Immaculate Collection Nba Logoman Patch Bradley Beal 1/2 Wizards1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie #57 ... Graded Psa 8 Nm-mt ... Looks Perfect2006-07 Ud Reflections Dual Logo Tag Patch Auto Michael Jordan/lebron James 1/1Nike * La Lakers Yellow And Purple Kobe Bryant Jersey Number 8 * Size LargeAuthentic Vintage Nike Nba '98-99 Miami Heat Shorts Game Issued Dri-fit2012-13 Elite Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant Passing The Torch Auto 8/25 Bgs 9.5/102013 Immaculate Nba Logoman Patch Shaquille O' Neal 1/2 Amazing Magic 1/112 13 Panini Flawless Basketball Greats Kobe Bryant Auto Patch 14/25 Signed Kb24Psa 10 Kobe Bryant 1997 Skybox Ex 2001 Jambalaya Die Cut /15jb #122013-14 Immaculate Patches Auto Magic Johnson 28/32 Jersey Number Patch LakersPsa 9 Michael Jordan 1986 86-87 Fleer Premier Rookie #57 Bulls Hof Rc1985-86 Star Basketball Michael Jordan Beckett Bvg/bgs 10 Pristine 1/3Skybox Ex-2000 Kobe Bryant Essential Credentials 413/499 Exquisite & Immaculate!Michael Jordan 1987 88 Fleer #59 Chicago Bulls Psa 101986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Rookie Rc Ksa 10 Gem Mint2014 Panini Immaculate Basketball Giannis Antetokounmpo Rc 4 Color Patch Auto 12/13 Exquisite Black Silver Ink Michael Jordan Auto #22/752013-14 Immaculate Patches Auto Larry Bird 32/33 Jersey Number Patch Celtics2006 Ud Exquisite Michael Jordan Auto Patches Limited To 100Vtg Kobe Bryant Nike Rewind Los Angeles Lakers Swingman Jersey M Shaq Retro 2000/01 Sp Authentic Buyback Michael Jordan 1998/99 Spa Auto 1/1 Bgs 9/auto 102008-09 Skybox Universe Precious Metal Gems Green Kobe Bryant #/10 Bgs 91996-97 Skybox E-x2000 A Cut Above Die Cut Insert #5 Michael Jordan Bv9002003-04 Ud Glass 1-2 Combo Jersey Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan Dual Patch Auto /10Karl Malone 13-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball Auto Game Worn Patch #/32!Authentic Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 1984 Nike Hardwood Jersey 36 Sewn Mint2013-14 Immaculate Kobe Bryant "sole Of The Game" Shoe Patch #'d/40 - Lakers1980 Topps Larry Bird Magic Johnson Erving Multi Rc Rookie Signed Auto Psa/dna1986 Fleer Basketball #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card '86-'87New Authentic Kobe Bryant Nike 2012 Usa United States Olympic Jersey Large Sewn1986-87 Fleer Basketball Michael Jordan Rc Rookie Hof Ksa 10 Gem Mint Centered1980 Larry Bird Magic Johnson Julius Erving Psa 8 Rookie - 50/50/50/501997/98 Finest Michael Jordan Refractor #279/289Solomon Hill 13-14 Panini Immaculate Nba Logoman Patch 1/1 2/5 PacersBgs 8.5 Michael Jordan #57 Rc 1986 Fleer Basketball Complete 132 Set 11 StickersInvestor Lot Of (10) Magic Johnson Signed Lakers Jersey Auto Size Xl Psa/dna CoaMichael Jordan 1985 Star Gatorade Slam Dunk #7 Bulls Bgs 9.51986 Fleer Sticker #8 Michael Jordan Bulls Rookie Rc Hof Psa 9 MintKevin Garnett=upper Deck 1997-98 Nba Game Jersey! 1:2500 Packs~ud Worn/usedDikembe Mutombo 13-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball Auto Game Worn Patch #/10!1997/98 Hoops #1 Kobe Bryant High Voltage 409/50024/25 Kobe Bryant 2013-14 Immaculate Premium Jumbo Patch Autograph Jersey NumberMichael Jordan Auto Signed Basketball Uda Coa Uas 09640 Real Nba Ball Rare Air..Nike San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan 21 Jersey Mens Medium 40 Stitched Nba John Wall 2013/14 Immaculate Nba Game Logoman Patch #2/3 = Jersey Number A8563Michael Jordan 2012-13 Sp Authentic Home Court Signatures Auto Autograph UncMichael Jordan Dual Signed Pair Of Air Jordan Shoes Upper Deck Authenticated