1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Cards

1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Cards

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The sophomore effort from Topps Chrome can't possibly match the star power found in the 1996-97 Topps Chrome rookie class, but still offers collectors two big first-year names and a good all-around product. Headlined by the rookie cards for Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady, 1997-98 Topps Chrome continues the tradition of strong basketball releases and is bolstered by Refractor parallels and some under-the-radar inserts.

While 1996-97 Topps Chrome was a retail exclusive, which ultimately helped its value, 1997-98 Topps Chrome was expanded to both hobby and retail outlets. The base set totals 220 cards and the design does not stray far from the original. Once again, base Refractors (1:12 packs) provide the most value for collectors.

Although Tracy McGrady represented the best rookie card available for many years, Tim Duncan has emerged as the preferred option for collectors and top rookie value. Chauncey Billups is also another appealing rookie found within the checklist.

1997-98 Topps Chrome Tim Duncan RC #1151997-98 Topps Chrome Tracy McGrady RC #125

Three inserts are available to collectors in 1997-98 Topps Chrome, including Destiny (1:12 packs), Season's Best (1:8 packs) and Topps 40 (1:6 packs). Every 24-pack box should yield several of each. There are also Refractor parallels for the inserts and Destiny Refractors are the rarest (1:48 packs).

Season's Best is the most notable insert based on the wild designs and overall variety. These make a great option for collectors to obtain some classic 1990s inserts for budget prices. There are six total themes featured in Season's Best, each with a different design. All six of the themes, including Shooting Stars, Power Core, Key Master, Hotshots, Pressure Points and Front Court Finesse, can be seen below.

1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Season's Best Shooting Stars Michael Jordan 1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Season's Best Power Core Charles Barkley 1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Season's Best Key Master Shaquille O'Neal

1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Season's Best Hotshots Allen Iverson1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Season's Best Pressure Points John Stockton 1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Season's Best Front Court Finesse Grant Hill

Like most of the the 1990s products, Michel Jordan is a very popular option in 1997-98 Topps Chrome and he can be found in the base set as well as Season's Best and Topps 40 inserts. There is also a checklist card that honors the Chicago Bulls title team from the previous season.

One main complaint from collectors is the overall collation of the boxes. While box prices are not ridiculous, currently hovering around $100 per box, collectors who are hoping to pull McGrady or Duncan from a box are better off going with singles.

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1997 98 Michael Jordan Topps Chrome Refractor Insert Card Bulls PSA Gem Mint 10
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Checklist

1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

CL = checklist.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors - 1:12 packs

1 Scottie Pippen
2 Nate McMillan
3 Byron Scott
4 Mark Davis
5 Rod Strickland
6 Brian Grant
7 Damon Stoudamire
8 John Stockton
9 Grant Long
10 Darrell Armstrong
11 Anthony Mason
12 Travis Best
13 Stephon Marbury
14 Jamal Mashburn
15 Detlef Schrempf
16 Terrell Brandon
17 Charles Barkley
18 Vin Baker
19 Gary Trent
20 Vinny Del Negro
21 Todd Day
22 Malik Sealy
23 Wesley Person
24 Reggie Miller
25 Dan Majerle
26 Todd Fuller
27 Juwan Howard
28 Clarence Weatherspoon
29 Grant Hill
30 John Williams
31 Ken Norman
32 Patrick Ewing
33 Bryon Russell
34 Tony Smith
35 Andrew Lang
36 Rony Seikaly
37 Billy Owens
38 Dino Radja
39 Chris Gatling
40 Dale Davis
41 Arvydas Sabonis
42 Chris Mills
43 A.C. Green
44 Tyrone Hill
45 Tracy Murray
46 David Robinson
47 Lee Mayberry
48 Jayson Williams
49 Jason Kidd
50 Bryant Stith
51 Chicago Bulls Champs CL
52 Brent Barry
53 Henry James
54 Allen Iverson
55 Shandon Anderson
56 Mitch Richmond
57 Allan Houston
58 Ron Harper
59 Gheorghe Muresan
60 Vincent Askew
61 Ray Allen
62 Kenny Anderson
63 Dikembe Mutombo
64 Sam Perkins
65 Walt Williams
66 Chris Carr
67 Vlade Divac
68 LaPhonso Ellis
69 B.J. Armstrong
70 Jim Jackson
71 Clyde Drexler
72 Lindsey Hunter
73 Sasha Danilovic
74 Elden Campbell
75 Robert Pack
76 Dennis Scott
77 Will Perdue
78 Anthony Peeler
79 Steve Smith
80 Steve Kerr
81 Buck Williams
82 Terry Mills
83 Michael Smith
84 Adam Keefe
85 Kevin Willis
86 David Wesley
87 Muggsy Bogues
88 Bimbo Coles
89 Tom Gugliotta
90 Jermaine O'Neal
91 Cedric Ceballos
92 Shawn Kemp
93 Horace Grant
94 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
95 Robert Horry
96 Vitaly Potapenko
97 Pooh Richardson
98 Doug Christie
99 Voshon Lenard
100 Dominique Wilkins
101 Alonzo Mourning
102 Sam Cassell
103 Sherman Douglas
104 Shawn Bradley
105 Mark Jackson
106 Dennis Rodman
107 Charles Oakley
108 Matt Maloney
109 Shaquille O'Neal
110 Karl Malone MVP CL
 111 Antonio McDyess
112 Bob Sura
113 Terrell Brandon
114 Tim Thomas RC
115 Tim Duncan RC
116 Antonio Daniels RC
117 Bryant Reeves
118 Keith Van Horn RC
119 Loy Vaught
120 Rasheed Wallace
121 Bobby Jackson RC
122 Kevin Johnson
123 Michael Jordan
124 Ron Mercer RC
125 Tracy McGrady RC
126 Antoine Walker
127 Carlos Rogers
128 Isaac Austin
129 Mookie Blaylock
130 Rodrick Rhodes RC
131 Dennis Scott
132 Chris Mullin
133 P.J. Brown
134 Rex Chapman
135 Sean Elliott
136 Alan Henderson
137 Austin Croshere RC
138 Nick Van Exel
139 Derek Strong
140 Glenn Robinson
141 Avery Johnson
142 Calbert Cheaney
143 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
144 Stojko Vrankovic
145 Chris Childs
146 Danny Manning
147 Jeff Hornacek
148 Kevin Garnett
149 Joe Dumars
150 Johnny Taylor RC
151 Mark Price
152 Toni Kukoc
153 Erick Dampier
154 Lorenzen Wright
155 Matt Geiger
156 Tim Hardaway
157 Charles Smith RC
158 Hersey Hawkins
159 Michael Finley
160 Tyus Edney
161 Christian Laettner
162 Doug West
163 Jim Jackson
164 Larry Johnson
165 Vin Baker
166 Karl Malone
167 Kelvin Cato RC
168 Luc Longley
169 Dale Davis
170 Joe Smith
171 Kobe Bryant
172 Scot Pollard RC
173 Derek Anderson RC
174 Erick Strickland RC
175 Olden Polynice
176 Chris Whitney
177 Anthony Parker RC
178 Armon Gilliam
179 Gary Payton
180 Glen Rice
181 Chauncey Billups RC
182 Derek Fisher
183 John Starks
184 Mario Elie
185 Chris Webber
186 Shawn Kemp
187 Greg Ostertag
188 Olivier Saint-Jean RC
189 Eric Snow
190 Isaiah Rider
191 Paul Grant RC
192 Samaki Walker
193 Cory Alexander
194 Eddie Jones
195 John Thomas RC
196 Otis Thorpe
197 Rod Strickland
198 David Wesley
199 Jacque Vaughn RC
200 Rik Smits
201 Brevin Knight RC
202 Clifford Robinson
203 Hakeem Olajuwon
204 Jerry Stackhouse
205 Tyrone Hill
206 Kendall Gill
207 Marcus Camby
208 Tony Battie RC
209 Brent Price
210 Danny Fortson RC
211 Jerome Williams
212 Maurice Taylor RC
213 Brian Williams
214 Keith Booth RC
215 Nick Anderson
216 Travis Knight
217 Adonal Foyle RC
218 Anfernee Hardaway
219 Kerry Kittles
220 Dikembe Mutombo DPOY CL
1997-98 Topps Chrome Refractor Tim Duncan

Destiny Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:12 packs.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors - 1:48 packs

D1 Grant Hill
D2 Kevin Garnett
D3 Vin Baker
D4 Antoine Walker
D5 Kobe Bryant
D6 Tracy McGrady
D7 Keith Van Horn
D8 Tim Duncan
D9 Eddie Jones
D10 Stephon Marbury
D11 Marcus Camby
D12 Antonio McDyess
D13 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
D14 Allen Iverson
D15 Shaquille O'Neal
1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Destiny Kobe Bryant

Season's Best Set Checklist

29 cards. 1:8 packs.
Card #8 does not exist.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors - 1:24 packs

Pressure Points
1 Gary Payton
2 Kevin Johnson
3 Tim Hardaway
4 John Stockton
5 Damon Stoudamire
Shooting Stars
6 Michael Jordan
7 Mitch Richmond
9 Reggie Miller
10 Clyde Drexler
Front Court Finesse
11 Grant Hill
12 Scottie Pippen
13 Kendall Gill
14 Glen Rice
15 LaPhonso Ellis
Power Core
16 Karl Malone
17 Charles Barkley
18 Vin Baker
19 Chris Webber
20 Tom Gugliotta
Key Master
21 Shaquille O'Neal
22 Patrick Ewing
23 Hakeem Olajuwon
24 Alonzo Mourning
25 Dikembe Mutombo
Hotshots
26 Allen Iverson
27 Antoine Walker
28 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
29 Stephon Marbury
30 Kerry Kittles
1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Season's Best Shooting Stars Michael Jordan

Topps 40 Set Checklist

39 cards. 1:6 packs.
Card #T40-7 does not exist.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors - 1:18 packs

T40-1 Glen Rice
T40-2 Patrick Ewing
T40-3 Terrell Brandon
T40-4 Jerry Stackhouse
T40-5 Michael Jordan
T40-6 Christian Laettner
T40-8 Reggie Miller
T40-9 Gary Payton
T40-10 Detlef Schrempf
T40-11 Kevin Garnett
T40-12 Eddie Jones
T40-13 Clyde Drexler
T40-14 Anfernee Hardaway
T40-15 Chris Webber
T40-16 Jayson Williams
T40-17 Joe Smith
T40-18 Karl Malone
T40-19 Tim Hardaway
T40-20 Vin Baker
T40-21 Tom Gugliotta
T40-22 Allen Iverson
T40-23 David Robinson
T40-24 Dikembe Mutombo
T40-25 John Stockton
T40-26 Charles Barkley
T40-27 Mitch Richmond
T40-28 Damon Stoudamire
T40-29 Anthony Mason
T40-30 Shaquille O'Neal
T40-31 Glenn Robinson
T40-32 Juwan Howard
T40-33 Shawn Kemp
T40-34 Dennis Rodman
T40-35 Grant Hill
T40-36 Kevin Johnson
T40-37 Alonzo Mourning
T40-38 Hakeem Olajuwon
T40-39 Joe Dumars
T40-40 Scottie Pippen
1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball Topps 40 Scottie Pippen


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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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