1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball Cards

1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball Cards

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Firmly entrenched as one of the top rookie card sets for hoops collectors, 1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball is led by Kevin Garnett. While the rest of the base set is largely second-tier stars, the set also has plenty of inserts to keep collectors busy.

1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball is divided into two series for a combined 252-card set. The first has 140 cards. Series 2 is limited to 112 cards. As far as the base sets go, Series 1 is much stronger. Not only does it include the vast majority of the set's rookie cards, but it has more star power as well.

Kevin Garnett is easily the most important card in 1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball. Below him, other rookies include Jerry Stackhouse, Michael Finley and Rasheed Wallace -- strong players at points in their careers, but not all-time greats. All of these players are in Series 1. In fact, the only rookie card in Series 2 is Sasha Danilovic.

As with all Topps Finest releases, Refractors lead the parallel chase. They fall two per box. All of the other inserts in the set are very basic by today's standards.

Mystery is a 44-card set that is split between both series. Inserted one per pack, they're more common that the base cards. The format switched between Series 1 and Series 2. First series parallels are Borderless and Borderless Refractors. The second half of the set, found in Series 2, takes a more tradition structure with Silver and Gold parallels going with Bronze inserts.

Dish and Swish, and Veteran/Rookie are double-sided cards that pair up teammates. Other inserts include Hot Stuff and Rack Pack.

All 1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball cards come with a clear protective peel. The idea was that they would protective the surfaces, which were prone to scratching. Today, many cards still have the peel, even though it makes the card less attractive as the labels run diagonally throughout the card. Taking the peels off can be risky as it requires picking at the edges. They can be removed without damaging the card, but it is a risk many collectors aren't willing to take, especially with more valuable cards.

1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball boxes have 24 packs of six cards.

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Set Checklist

1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

252 cards.

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors 1:12 packs

Series 1
1 Hakeem Olajuwon
2 Stacey Augmon
3 John Starks
4 Sharone Wright
5 Jason Kidd
6 Lamond Murray
7 Kenny Anderson
8 James Robinson
9 Wesley Person
10 Latrell Sprewell
11 Sean Elliott
12 Greg Anthony
13 Kendall Gill
14 Mark Jackson
15 John Stockton
16 Steve Smith
17 Bobby Hurley
18 Ervin Johnson
19 Elden Campbell
20 Vin Baker
21 Micheal Williams
22 Steve Kerr
23 Kevin Duckworth
24 Willie Anderson
25 Joe Dumars
26 Dale Ellis
27 Bimbo Coles
28 Nick Anderson
29 Dee Brown
30 Tyrone Hill
31 Reggie Miller
32 Shaquille O'Neal
33 Brian Grant
34 Charles Barkley
35 Cedric Ceballos
36 Rex Walters
37 Kenny Smith
38 Popeye Jones
39 Harvey Grant
40 Gary Payton
41 John Williams
42 Sherman Douglas
43 Oliver Miller
44 Kevin Willis
45 Isaiah Rider
46 Gheorghe Muresan
47 Blue Edwards
48 Jeff Hornacek
49 J.R. Reid
50 Glenn Robinson
51 Dell Curry
52 Greg Graham
53 Ron Harper
54 Derek Harper
55 Dikembe Mutombo
56 Terry Mills
57 Victor Alexander
58 Malik Sealy
59 Vincent Askew
60 Mitch Richmond
61 Duane Ferrell
62 Dickey Simpkins
63 Pooh Richardson
64 Khalid Reeves
65 Dino Radja
66 Lee Mayberry
67 Kenny Gattison
68 Joe Kleine
69 Tony Dumas
70 Nick Van Exel
71 Armon Gilliam
72 Craig Ehlo
73 Adam Keefe
74 Chris Dudley
75 Clyde Drexler
76 Jeff Turner
77 Calbert Cheaney
78 Vinny Del Negro
79 Tim Perry
80 Tim Hardaway
81 B.J. Armstrong
82 Muggsy Bogues
83 Mark Macon
84 Doug West
85 Jalen Rose
86 Chris Mills
87 Charles Oakley
88 Andrew Lang
89 Olden Polynice
90 Sam Cassell
91 Todd Day
92 P .J. Brown
93 Benoit Benjamin
94 Sam Perkins
95 Eddie Jones
96 Robert Parish
97 Avery Johnson
98 Lindsey Hunter
99 Billy Owens
100 Shawn Bradley
101 Dale Davis
102 Terry Dehere
103 A.C. Green
104 Christian Laettner
105 Horace Grant
106 Rony Seikaly
107 Reggie Williams
108 Toni Kukoc
109 Terrell Brandon
110 Clifford Robinson
111 Joe Smith RC
112 Antonio McDyess RC
113 Jerry Stackhouse RC
114 Rasheed Wallace RC
115 Kevin Garnett RC
116 Bryant Reeves RC
117 Damon Stoudamire RC
118 Shawn Respert RC
119 Ed O'Bannon RC
120 Kurt Thomas RC
121 Gary Trent RC
122 Cherokee Parks RC
123 Corliss Williamson RC
124 Eric Williams RC
125 Brent Barry RC
126 Alan Henderson RC
127 Bob Sura RC
128 Theo Ratliff RC
129 Randolph Childress RC
130 Jason Caffey RC
131 Michael Finley RC
132 George Zidek RC
133 Travis Best RC
134 Loren Meyer RC
135 David Vaughn RC
136 Sherrell Ford RC
137 Mario Bennett RC
138 Greg Ostertag RC
139 Cory Alexander RC
140 Checklist
Series 2
141 Chucky Brown
142 Eric Mobley
143 Tom Hammonds
144 Chris Webber
145 Carlos Rogers
146 Chuck Person
147 Brian Williams
148 Kevin Gamble
149 Dennis Rodman
150 Pervis Ellison
151 Jayson Williams
152 Buck Williams
153 Allan Houston
154 Tom Gugliotta
155 Charles Smith
156 Chris Gatling
157 Darrin Hancock
158 Blue Edwards
159 Shawn Kemp
160 Michael Cage
161 Sedale Threatt
162 Byron Scott
163 Elliot Perry
164 Jim Jackson
165 Wayman Tisdale
166 Vernon Maxwell
167 Brian Shaw
168 Haywoode Workman
169 Mookie Blaylock
170 Donald Royal
171 Lorenzo Williams
172 Eric Piatkowski
173 Sarunas Marciulionis
174 Otis Thorpe
175 Rex Chapman
176 Felton Spencer
177 John Salley
178 Pete Chilcutt
179 Scottie Pippen
180 Robert Pack
181 Dana Barros
182 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
183 Eric Murdock
184 Anthony Mason
185 Will Perdue
186 Jeff Malone
187 Anthony Peeler
188 Chris Childs
189 Glen Rice
190 Grant Hill
191 Michael Smith
192 Sean Rooks
193 Clifford Rozier
194 Rik Smits
195 Spud Webb
196 Aaron McKie
197 Nate McMillan
198 Bobby Phills
199 Dennis Scott
200 Mark West
201 George McCloud
202 B.J. Tyler
203 Lionel Simmons
204 Loy Vaught
205 Kevin Edwards
206 Eric Montross
207 Kenny Gattison
208 Mario Elie
209 Karl Malone
210 Ken Norman
211 Antonio Davis
212 Doc Rivers
213 Hubert Davis
214 Jamal Mashburn
215 Donyell Marshall
216 Sasha Danilovic RC
217 Danny Manning
218 Scott Burrell
219 Vlade Divac
220 Marty Conlon
221 Clarence Weatherspoon
222 Terry Porter
223 Luc Longley
224 Juwan Howard
225 Danny Ferry
226 Rod Strickland
227 Bryant Stith
228 Derrick McKey
229 Michael Jordan
230 Jamie Watson
231 Rick Fox
232 Scott Williams
233 Larry Johnson
234 Anfernee Hardaway
235 Hersey Hawkins
236 Robert Horry
237 Kevin Johnson
238 Rodney Rogers
239 Detlef Schrempf
240 Derrick Coleman
241 Walt Williams
242 LaPhonso Ellis
243 Patrick Ewing
244 Grant Long
245 David Robinson
246 Chris Mullin
247 Alonzo Mourning
248 Dan Majerle
249 Johnny Newman
250 Chris Morris
252 Magic Johnson
1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball Kevin Garnett RC

Dish and Swish Set Checklist

29 cards. Inserted 1:24 Series 1 packs. Cards are double-sided.

DS1 Mookie Blaylock, Steve Smith
DS2 Sherman Douglas, Dino Radja
DS3 Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson
DS4 Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan
DS5 Mark Price, Chris Mills
DS6 Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn
DS7 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Dikembe Mutombo
DS8 Grant Hill, Joe Dumars
DS9 Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin
DS10 Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon
DS11 Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller
DS12 Pooh Richardson, Lamond Murray
DS13 Nick Van Exel, Cedric Ceballos
DS14 Glen Rice, Khalid Reeves
DS15 Glenn Robinson, Eric Murdock
DS16 Tom Gugliotta, Christian Laettner
DS17 Kenny Anderson, Derrick Coleman
DS18 Patrick Ewing, Derek Harper
DS19 Anfernee Hardaway, Shaquille O'Neal
DS20 Dana Barros, Clarence Weatherspoon
DS21 Kevin Johnson, Charles Barkley
DS22 Rod Strickland, Clifford Robinson
DS23 Mitch Richmond, Walt Williams
DS24 Avery Johnson, David Robinson
DS25 Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp
DS26 B.J. Armstrong, Oliver Miller
DS27 John Stockton, Karl Malone
DS28 Greg Anthony, Byron Scott
DS29 Juwan Howard, Chris Webber

Hot Stuff Set Checklist

15 cards. Inserted 1:9 Series 1 packs.

HS1 Michael Jordan
HS2 Grant Hill
HS3 Clyde Drexler
HS4 Anfernee Hardaway
HS5 Sean Elliott
HS6 Latrell Sprewell
HS7 Larry Johnson
HS8 Eddie Jones
HS9 Karl Malone
HS10 John Starks
HS11 Scottie Pippen
HS12 Shawn Kemp
HS13 Chris Webber
HS14 Isaiah Rider
HS15 Robert Horry

Mystery Set Checklist

44 cards. Inserted one per pack.

PARALLEL CARDS: Borderless (#1-22, Series 1), Borderless Refractor (#1-22, Series 1), Silver (#23-44, Series 2), Gold (#23-44, Series 2)

Series 1
M1 Michael Jordan
M2 Grant Hill
M3 Anfernee Hardaway
M4 Shawn Kemp
M5 Kenny Anderson
M6 Charles Barkley
M7 Latrell Sprewell
M8 Chris Webber
M9 Jason Kidd
M10 Glenn Robinson
M11 David Robinson
M12 Karl Malone
M13 Larry Johnson
M14 Reggie Miller
M15 Scottie Pippen
M16 Patrick Ewing
M17 Mitch Richmond
M18 Glen Rice
M19 Jamal Mashburn
M20 Juwan Howard
M21 Hakeem Olajuwon
M22 Shaquille O'Neal
Series 2
M23 Alonzo Mourning
M24 Dennis Rodman
M25 Joe Dumars
M26 Tim Hardaway
M27 Clyde Drexler
M28 Jerry Stackhouse
M29 John Stockton
M30 Derrick Coleman
M31 Michael Finley
M32 Glen Rice
M33 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
M34 Anthony Mason
M35 Nick Van Exel
M36 Vin Baker
M37 Horace Grant
M38 John Starks
M39 Clarence Weatherspoon
M40 Kevin Johnson
M41 Joe Smith
M42 Dikembe Mutombo
M43 Damon Stoudamire
M44 Antonio McDyess

Rack Pack Set Checklist

7 cards. Inserted 1:72 Series 2 packs.

RP1 Jerry Stackhouse
RP2 Brent Barry
RP3 Damon Stoudamire
RP4 Joe Smith
RP5 Michael Finley
RP6 Antonio McDyess
RP7 Rasheed Wallace

Veteran/Rookie Set Checklist

29 cards. Inserted 1:24 Series 2 packs.

RV1 Joe Smith, Latrell Sprewell
RV2 Antonio McDyess, Dikembe Mutombo
RV3 Jerry Stackhouse, Clarence Weatherspoon
RV4 Rasheed Wallace, Chris Webber
RV5 Kevin Garnett, Tim Gugliotta
RV6 Bryant Reeves, Greg Anthony
RV7 Damon Stoudamire, Willie Anderson
RV8 Shawn Respert, Vin Baker
RV9 Ed O'Bannon, Armon Gilliam
RV10 Kurt Thomas, Alonzo Mourning
RV11 Gary Trent, Rod Strickland
RV12 Cherokee Parks, Jamal Mashburn
RV13 Corliss Williamson, Mitch Richmond
RV14 Eric Williams, Dino Radja
RV15 Brent Barry, Loy Vaught
RV16 Alan Henderson, Mookie Blaylock
RV17 Bob Sura, Terrell Brandon
RV18 Theo Ratliff, Grant Hill
RV19 Randolph Childress, Rod Strickland
RV20 Jason Caffey, Michael Jordan
RV21 Michael Finley, Kevin Johnson
RV22 George Zidek, Larry Johnson
RV23 Travis Best, Reggie Miller
RV24 Loren Meyer, Jason Kidd
RV25 David Vaughn, Shaquille O'Neal
RV26 Sherell Ford, Shawn Kemp
RV27 Mario Bennett, Charles Barkley
RV28 Greg Ostertag, Karl Malone
RV29 Cory Alexander, David Robinson


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