2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Cards

2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Cards

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With a bold design and low-numbered Refractor parallels, 2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball is a popular option for collectors. This is even more the case due to the strong rookie class led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Although James' rookie is not signed, the rookie cards for Wade and Anthony feature autographs.

At face value, 03-04 Finest Basketball seems like a very simple release, especially among modern cards, given that there are no inserts and the full base set sits at 185 cards. However, there is some complexity and variety to the release thanks to the subsets and Refractor parallels. The design remains consistent throughout the set, with a large last name display set against a silver orb and a background graphic that resembles team-colored roads. The player's number is highlighted in a circle at the bottom, above the name and team.

2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Base Kobe Bryant2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball LeBron James RC

While the full set is actually 185 cards, it can be easily broken down into several groups. The main base set includes the first 100 cards and features the veteran options. Next comes the veteran jersey cards that are mostly numbered to 999. They include small swatches of player-worn and game-worn uniform pieces incorporated into the base design.

Following the memorabilia cards, 42 rookies are featured and many of the cards are signed. These cards are the top options in 2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball. Each numbered to 999, many also feature a sticker autograph. Although the rookie card for LeBron James is one of the unsigned exceptions, values are still strong his rookie. The set is finished with 13 redemption cards for biggest names heading into the 2004 NBA Draft. This includes pre-rookie cards for Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala on the 03-04 Finest base design.

2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Dwyane Wade RC Autograph2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Carmelo Anthony RC Autograph

In addition to the individual groups, each subset in 2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball also includes several Refractor parallels. The base Refractors, numbered to 250, are a little different as they add jersey pieces to roughly half the set. There are also Gold Refractors (#/25), X-Fractors (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).

Similar to the pre-rookie cards for the 2004-05 draftees, it is important to note that there are pre-rookie cards for the top 2003-04 rookies, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. These base cards were originally issued as redemptions in 2002-03 Finest Basketball.

2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball boxes are not impossible to find, but the supply is dwindling and prices are on the higher side. Each Hobby box includes three mini boxes and each mini box contains six packs. Autographs and relics combine to average one per mini box and three per full box.

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Finest 03-04 Jersey Kevin Garnett 124 261 999
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Finest 03-04 Jersey Tracy McGrady 111 549 999
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Finest 03-04 Jersey Yao Ming 103 768 999
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Finest 03-04 Jersey GOLD REFRACTOR Dirk Nowitzki 120 242 250
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Luol Deng HEAT 2003-04 Topps Finest XRC RC # 179
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2003-04 Finest #174 Emeka Okafor XRC
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2003-04 TOPPS FINEST BRIAN COOK ROOKIE AUTO REFRACTOR 250 #146 RC MT SP LAKERS
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2003-04 TOPPS FINEST T.J. FORD ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH 999 SP #170 RC MINT BUCKS
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2003-04 (04-05) Finest #178 Dwight Howard XRC RC ROOKIE CARD MAGIC LAKERS
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2003-04 Finest RC Chris Bosh
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2003-04 Topps Finest Carlos Boozer On Card Auto Rc 164 999
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2003-04 Finest #132 Chris Kaman RC 999 - NM-MT
$5.60

2003-04 Finest #115 Amare Stoudemire Jersey 999 - NM-MT
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2003-04 Finest #111 Tracy McGrady Jersey 999 - NM-MT
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2003-04 Finest #179 Luol Deng XRC - NM-MT
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2003-04 Finest #167 Troy Bell AU RC Auto 999 - NM-MT
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2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

100 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractors 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Base Kobe Bryant

1 Zach Randolph
2 Keith Van Horn
3 Steve Francis
4 Al Harrington
5 Jason Kidd
6 Jamaal Tinsley
7 Lamar Odom
8 Antoine Walker
9 Tony Parker
10 Jamal Mashburn
11 Desmond Mason
12 Carlos Arroyo
13 Chris Andersen
14 Chris Wilcox
15 Vince Carter
16 Peja Stojakovic
17 Qyntel Woods
18 Mike Dunleavy
19 Sam Cassell
20 Allan Houston
21 Speedy Claxton
22 Rafer Alston
23 Michael Finley
24 Richard Jefferson
25 Larry Hughes
26 Pau Gasol
27 Maurice Taylor
28 Donyell Marshall
29 Darrell Armstrong
30 Latrell Sprewell
31 Reggie Miller
32 Stephon Marbury
33 Antawn Jamison
34 DerMarr Johnson
35 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
36 Tony Battie
37 Kwame Brown
38 Fred Jones
39 Jamal Crawford
40 Kurt Thomas
41 Eric Snow
42 Andre Miller
43 Ray Allen
44 Caron Butler
45 Corliss Williamson
46 Kenny Thomas
47 Jason Terry
48 Ronald Murray
49 Richard Hamilton
50 Elton Brand
51 Ron Artest
52 Jerome Williams
53 Ricky Davis
54 Brent Barry
55 Dikembe Mutombo
56 Earl Boykins
57 Brad Miller
58 Shane Battier
59 Tyson Chandler
60 Kelvin Cato
61 Shawn Marion
62 Bobby Jackson
63 Corey Maggette
64 Antonio McDyess
65 Drew Gooden
66 Mike Miller
67 Darius Miles
68 Stephen Jackson
69 Cuttino Mobley
70 Gary Payton
71 Toni Kukoc
72 Eddie Jones
73 Gilbert Arenas
74 Matt Harpring
75 Marko Jaric
76 Bonzi Wells
77 Nick Van Exel
78 Quentin Richardson
79 Rasho Nesterovic
80 Steve Nash
81 Morris Peterson
82 Nikoloz Tskitishvili
83 Damon Stoudamire
84 Bruce Bowen
85 Brian Grant
86 Jalen Rose
87 Jerry Stackhouse
88 Kobe Bryant
89 Eddy Curry
90 Tim Thomas
91 Erick Dampier
92 Jason Williams
93 Troy Murphy
94 Kerry Kittles
95 Zydrunas Ilgauskas
96 Theo Ratliff
97 Samuel Dalembert
98 Jeff McInnis
99 Juwan Howard
100 Joe Johnson

Base Memorabilia Set Checklist

30 cards. Serial numbered #/999 or as noted.
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractors 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Jersey McGrady

101 Paul Pierce
102 Ben Wallace
103 Yao Ming
104 Jermaine O'Neal
105 Rashard Lewis
106 Karl Malone
107 Allen Iverson
108 Mike Bibby
109 Rasheed Wallace
110 Nene Hilario
111 Tracy McGrady
112 Andrei Kirilenko
113 Manu Ginobili
114 Kenyon Martin
115 Amare Stoudemire
116 Baron Davis
117 Michael Olowokandi
118 Carlos Boozer
119 Jason Richardson
120 Dirk Nowitzki
121 Chauncey Billups
122 Chris Webber
123 Glenn Robinson #/807
124 Kevin Garnett
125 Michael Redd
126 David Wesley
127 Tayshaun Prince
128 Jamaal Magloire
129 Tim Duncan
130 Shaquille O'Neal

Rookies Set Checklist

42 cards. Serial numbered #/999.
Some cards are autographed and are noted below.
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractors 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball LeBron James RC

131 Darko Milicic RC
132 Chris Kaman RC
133 LeBron James RC
134 Richie Frahm RC
135 Steve Blake RC
136 Zaza Pachulia RC
137 Keith Bogans RC
138 Kirk Hinrich RC Autograph
139 Jarvis Hayes RC
140 Zarko Cabarkapa RC Autograph
141 Zoran Planinic RC Autograph
142 Udonis Haslem RC
143 David West RC
144 Boris Diaw RC Autograph
145 Travis Outlaw RC Autograph
146 Brian Cook RC Autograph
147 Ndudi Ebi RC Autograph
148 Josh Howard RC Autograph
149 Jason Kapono RC Autograph
150 Luke Walton RC Autograph
151 Travis Hansen RC Autograph
152 Willie Green RC Autograph
153 Mo Williams RC Autograph
154 Francisco Elson RC Autograph
155 Kyle Korver RC Autograph
156 Marquis Daniels RC Autograph
157 Chris Bosh RC Autograph
158 Dwyane Wade RC Autograph
159 Aleksandar Pavlovic RC Autograph
160 Mike Sweetney RC Autograph
161 Marcus Banks RC Autograph
162 Luke Ridnour RC Autograph
163 Carmelo Anthony RC Autograph
164 Mickael Pietrus RC Autograph
165 Reece Gaines RC Autograph
166 Kendrick Perkins RC Autograph
167 Troy Bell RC Autograph
168 Leandro Barbosa RC Autograph
169 Dahntay Jones RC Autograph
170 T.J. Ford RC Autograph
171 Nick Collison RC Autograph
172 Theron Smith RC Autograph

2004-05 Rookie Redemptions Set Checklist

13 cards. 1:4 mini boxes.
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractors 1/1
2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball 2004-05 Rookies Dwight Howard

173 Dwight Howard
174 Emeka Okafor
175 Ben Gordon
176 Shaun Livingston
177 Devin Harris
178 Josh Childress
179 Luol Deng
180 Rafael Araujo
181 Andre Iguodala
182 Andris Biedrins
183 Kirk Snyder
184 Josh Smith
185 Sebastian Telfair

Base Refractor Parallel Set Checklist

184 cards. Serial numbered #/250.
2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Refractor Chris Bosh RC Autograph Jersey

1 Zach Randolph - Jersey
2 Keith Van Horn
3 Steve Francis - Jersey
4 Al Harrington
5 Jason Kidd - Jersey
6 Jamaal Tinsley
7 Lamar Odom
8 Antoine Walker
9 Tony Parker - Jersey
10 Jamal Mashburn - Jersey
11 Desmond Mason - Jersey
12 Carlos Arroyo
13 Chris Andersen
14 Chris Wilcox - Jersey
15 Vince Carter
16 Peja Stojakovic - Jersey
17 Qyntel Woods
18 Mike Dunleavy
19 Sam Cassell
20 Allan Houston
21 Speedy Claxton
22 Rafer Alston
23 Michael Finley
24 Richard Jefferson - Jersey
25 Larry Hughes
26 Pau Gasol - Jersey
27 Maurice Taylor - Jersey
28 Donyell Marshall
29 Darrell Armstrong
30 Latrell Sprewell - Jersey
31 Reggie Miller - Jersey
32 Stephon Marbury - Jersey
33 Antawn Jamison
34 DerMarr Johnson
35 Shareef Abdur-Rahim - Jersey
36 Tony Battie
37 Kwame Brown
38 Fred Jones
39 Jamal Crawford
40 Kurt Thomas
41 Eric Snow
42 Andre Miller
43 Ray Allen - Jersey
44 Caron Butler - Jersey
45 Corliss Williamson
46 Kenny Thomas
47 Jason Terry
48 Ronald Murray - Jersey
49 Richard Hamilton
50 Elton Brand - Jersey
51 Ron Artest
52 Jerome Williams - Jersey
53 Ricky Davis
54 Brent Barry
55 Dikembe Mutombo
56 Earl Boykins
57 Brad Miller - Jersey
58 Shane Battier - Jersey
59 Tyson Chandler - Jersey
60 Kelvin Cato
61 Shawn Marion - Jersey
62 Bobby Jackson
63 Corey Maggette
64 Antonio McDyess - Jersey
65 Drew Gooden
66 Mike Miller - Jersey
67 Darius Miles
68 Stephen Jackson
69 Cuttino Mobley - Jersey
70 Gary Payton - Jersey
71 Toni Kukoc
72 Eddie Jones
73 Gilbert Arenas - Jersey
74 Matt Harpring
75 Marko Jaric
76 Bonzi Wells
77 Nick Van Exel
78 Quentin Richardson
79 Rasho Nesterovic - Jersey
80 Steve Nash
81 Morris Peterson - Jersey
82 Nikoloz Tskitishvili
83 Damon Stoudamire
84 Bruce Bowen
85 Brian Grant
86 Jalen Rose
87 Jerry Stackhouse - Jersey
88 Kobe Bryant
89 Eddy Curry - Jersey
90 Tim Thomas - Jersey
91 Erick Dampier
92 Jason Williams
93 Troy Murphy
94 Kerry Kittles
95 Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Jersey
96 Theo Ratliff
97 Samuel Dalembert
98 Jeff McInnis
99 Juwan Howard
100 Joe Johnson
101 Paul Pierce - Jersey
102 Ben Wallace - Jersey
103 Yao Ming - Jersey
104 Jermaine O'Neal - Jersey
105 Rashard Lewis - Jersey
106 Karl Malone - Jersey
107 Allen Iverson - Jersey
108 Mike Bibby - Jersey
109 Rasheed Wallace - Jersey
110 Nene Hilario - Jersey
111 Tracy McGrady - Jersey
112 Andrei Kirilenko - Jersey
113 Manu Ginobili - Jersey
114 Kenyon Martin - Jersey
115 Amare Stoudemire - Jersey
116 Baron Davis - Jersey
117 Michael Olowokandi - Jersey
118 Carlos Boozer - Jersey
119 Jason Richardson - Jersey
120 Dirk Nowitzki - Jersey
121 Chauncey Billups - Jersey
122 Chris Webber - Jersey
123 Glenn Robinson - Jersey
124 Kevin Garnett - Jersey
125 Michael Redd - Jersey
126 David Wesley - Jersey
127 Tayshaun Prince - Jersey
128 Jamaal Magloire - Jersey
129 Tim Duncan - Jersey
130 Shaquille O'Neal - Jersey
131 Darko Milicic
132 Chris Kaman - Jersey
133 LeBron James
134 Richie Frahm
135 Steve Blake
136 Zaza Pachulia - Jersey
137 Keith Bogans
138 Kirk Hinrich- Auto Jersey
139 Jarvis Hayes - Jersey
140 Zarko Cabarkapa - Autograph
141 Zoran Planinic - Autograph
142 Udonis Haslem
143 David West
144 Boris Diaw- Auto Jersey
146 Brian Cook - Autograph
147 Ndudi Ebi - Autograph
148 Josh Howard - Autograph
149 Jason Kapono- Auto Jersey
150 Luke Walton - Autograph
151 Travis Hansen - Autograph
152 Willie Green - Autograph
153 Maurice Williams- Auto Jersey
154 Francisco Elson - Autograph
155 Kyle Korver - Autograph
156 Marquis Daniels - Autograph
157 Chris Bosh - Auto Jersey
158 Dwyane Wade - Auto Jersey
159 Aleksandar Pavlovic - Auto Jersey
160 Mike Sweetney - Autograph
161 Marcus Banks - Auto Jersey
162 Luke Ridnour - Auto Jersey
163 Carmelo Anthony - Auto Jersey
164 Mickael Pietrus - Auto Jersey
165 Reece Gaines - Auto Jersey
166 Kendrick Perkins - Auto Jersey
167 Troy Bell - Autograph
168 Leandro Barbosa - Auto Jersey
169 Dahntay Jones - Autograph
170 T.J. Ford - Auto Jersey
171 Nick Collison - Autograph
172 Theron Smith - Auto Jersey
173 Dwight Howard
174 Emeka Okafor
175 Ben Gordon
176 Shaun Livingston
177 Devin Harris
178 Josh Childress
179 Luol Deng
180 Rafael Araujo
181 Andre Iguodala
182 Luke Jackson
183 Andris Biedrins
184 Robert Swift
185 Sebastian Telfair


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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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