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1983-84 Star Company Basketball Cards

1983-84 Star Company Basketball Cards



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When Topps decided to abandon their basketball card line following 1981-82 Topps, collectors were left in a bind. After 1982-83 marked the first dead year for basketball collectors in over a decade, Star Company stepped up to fill the void the following year. 1983-84 Star Company Basketball was the first major release of the basketball product that was the sole option for NBA collectors from 1983-84 to 1985-86. Although 1984-85 Star would ultimately become the company's best-known product, 1983-84 Star Company Basketball has quite a few notable first-year NBA cards as well.

1983-84 Star Company Basketball Lakers Team Bag1983-84 Star Company Basketball is technically the earliest full basketball release from Star, but the very first Star NBA set covered the 1982-83 NBA All-Star Game with a 32-card set. This was their first foray into the sport and the earliest NBA option available following 1981-82 Topps Basketball.

Centered around a deep base set, 1983-84 Star Company Basketball features 275 main cards, with 12-13 cards per team. The design showcased in the early product would remain virtually the same over the entire period that Star produced official NBA basketball cards from 1983-84 to 1985-86. Contrary to the normal random-pack and box format, 1983-84 Star was available by mail order in bagged team sets.

While production numbers are varied, it is believed that only 5,000 sets were produced for each team and the number is much less for some of the first teams in the checklist due to quality issues. That is why many of the cards from #1-60 are tougher to track down. This includes several of the top stars, notably Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

For a variety of reasons, including the non-traditional pack-out and distribution, Star Company cards are not recognized as official rookie cards. However, for many collectors Star Co. is home to the true rookie cards for some of the biggest basketball stars of the 1980s. 1983-84 Star Company Basketball is no different, featuring the first NBA cards for several key players. This includes Hall of Fame players James Worthy, Ralph Samson, Isiah Thomas, Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins.

1983-84 Star Company Basketball Clyde Drexler1983-84 Star Isiah Thomas #94

Since the cards were distributed as team sets, there are technically no inserts for the main release of 1983-84 Star Company Basketball. However, a variety of smaller themed sets were also released during the 1983-84 season, including All-Star Game and All-Rookies sets.

Because of the general uncertainty surrounding the brand and rampant counterfeit rumors, none of the major card graders would accept Star Company Basketball card submissions for many years. In 2008, BGS began grading most of the Star releases from 1983 to 1986 and remains the only company to do so. Although there have not really been issues with 1983-84 Star Company Basketball cards, the graded route is still the safest option for collectors.

Like all Star Company Basketball releases, centering issues are very common. Outside of singles, sealed team bags are not in great supply, but can normally be found for most of the teams and offer another way for collectors to start building the set.

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1983-84 Star Company Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Players with their first NBA cards are noted with an asterisk(*).
1983-84 Star Company Basketball Clyde Drexler

Philadelphia 76ers
1 Julius Erving
2 Maurice Cheeks
3 Franklin Edwards
4 Marc Iavaroni
5 Clemon Johnson
6 Bobby Jones
7 Moses Malone
8 Leo Rautins
9 Clint Richardson
10 Sedale Threatt *
11 Andrew Toney *
12 Sam Williams
Los Angeles Lakers
13 Magic Johnson
14 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
15 Michael Cooper
16 Calvin Garrett
17 Mitch Kupchak
18 Bob McAdoo
19 Mike McGee
20 Swen Nater
21 Kurt Rambis *
22 Byron Scott *
23 Larry Spriggs
24 Jamaal Wilkes
25 James Worthy *
Boston Celtics
26 Larry Bird
27 Danny Ainge *
28 Quinn Buckner
29 M.L. Carr
30 Carlos Clark
31 Gerald Henderson
32 Dennis Johnson
33 Cedric Maxwell
34 Kevin McHale
35 Robert Parish
36 Scott Wedman
37 Greg Kite *
Milwaukee Bucks
38 Sidney Moncrief
39 Nate Archibald
40 Randy Breuer *
41 Junior Bridgeman
42 Harvey Catchings
43 Kevin Grevey
44 Marques Johnson
45 Bob Lanier
46 Alton Lister *
47 Paul Mokeski *
48 Paul Pressey *
Dallas Mavericks
49 Mark Aguirre *
50 Rolando Blackman *
51 Pat Cummings
52 Brad Davis *
53 Dale Ellis *
54 Bill Garnett
55 Derek Harper *
56 Kurt Nimphius
57 Jim Spanarkel
58 Elston Turner
59 Jay Vincent *
60 Mark West *
New York Knicks
61 Bernard King
62 Bill Cartwright
63 Len Elmore
64 Eric Fernsten
65 Ernie Grunfeld
66 Louis Orr
67 Leonard Robinson
68 Rory Sparrow *
69 Trent Tucker *
70 Darrell Walker *
71 Marvin Webster
72 Ray Williams
Houston Rockets
73 Ralph Sampson *
74 James Bailey
75 Phil Ford
76 Elvin Hayes
77 Caldwell Jones
78 Major Jones
79 Allen Leavell
80 Lewis Lloyd
81 Rodney McCray *
82 Robert Reid
83 Ty Teagle *
84 Wally Walker
Detroit Pistons
85 Kelly Tripucka *
86 Kent Benson
87 Earl Cureton
88 Lionel Hollins
89 Vinnie Johnson
90 Bill Laimbeer
91 Cliff Levingston *
92 John Long
93 David Thirdkill
94 Isiah Thomas *
95 Ray Tolbert
96 Ty Tyler
Portland Trail Blazers
97 Jim Paxson
98 Kenny Carr
99 Wayne Cooper
100 Clyde Drexler *
101 Jeff Lamp *
102 Lafayette Lever *
103 Calvin Natt
104 Audie Norris
105 Tom Piotrowski
106 Mychal Thompson
107 Darnell Valentine *
108 Pete Verhoeven
Phoenix Sons
109 Walter Davis
110 Alvan Adams
111 James Edwards
112 Rod Foster *
113 Maurice Lucas
114 Kyle Macy
115 Larry Nance *
116 Charles Pittman
117 Rick Robey
118 Mike Sanders *
119 Alvin Scott
120 Paul Westphal
San Diego Clippers
121 Bill Walton
122 Michael Brooks
123 Ty Cummings *
124 James Donaldson *
125 Craig Hodges *
126 Greg Kelser *
127 Hank McDowell
128 Billy McKinney
129 Norm Nixon
130 Ricky Pierce *
131 Derek Smith *
132 Jerome Whitehead
Utah Jazz
133 Adrian Dantley
134 Mitchell Anderson
135 Thurl Bailey *
136 Tom Boswell
137 John Drew
138 Mark Eaton *
139 Jy Eaves
140 Rickey Green *
141 Darrell Griffith
142 Bobby Hansen *
143 Rich Kelley
144 Jeff Wilkins
New Jersey Nets
145 Buck Williams *
146 Otis Birdsong
147 Darwin Cook
148 Darryl Dawkins
149 Mike Gminski
150 Reggie Johnson
151 Albert King *
152 Mike O'Koren
153 Kelvin Ransey
154 Micheal Ray Richards
155 Foots Walker
156 Bill Willoughby
Indiana Pacers
157 Steve Stipanovich *
158 Butch Carter
159 Leroy Combs
160 George T. Johnson
161 Clark Kellogg *
162 Sidney Lowe *
163 Kevin McKenna
164 Jy Sichting *
165 Brook Steppe
166 Jimmy Thomas
167 Granville Waiters
168 Herb Williams *
Chicago Bulls
169 Dave Corzine
170 Wallace Bryant
171 Quintin Dailey *
172 Sidney Green *
173 David Greenwood
174 Rod Higgins *
175 Clarence Johnson
176 Ronnie Lester
177 Jawann Oldham
178 Ennis Whatley *
179 Mitchell Wiggins *
180 Orlando Woolridge *
Denver Nuggets
181 Kiki Vandeweghe *
182 Richard Anderson
183 Howard Carter
184 T.R. Dunn
185 Keith Edmonson
186 Alex English
187 Mike Evans
188 Bill Hanzlik *
189 Dan Issel
190 Anthony Roberts
191 Danny Schayes *
192 Rob Williams
Seattle SuperSonics
193 Jack Sikma
194 Fred Brown
195 Tom Chambers *
196 Steve Hawes
197 Steve Hayes
198 Reggie King
199 Scooter McCray
200 Jon Sundvold *
201 Danny Vranes
202 Gus Williams
203 Al Wood
Washington Bullets
204 Jeff Ruland *
205 Greg Ballard
206 Charles Davis
207 Darren Daye
208 Michael Gibson
209 Frank Johnson *
210 Joe Kopicki
211 Rick Mahorn
212 Jeff Malone *
213 Tom McMillen
214 Ricky Sobers
215 Bryan Warrick
Kansas City Kings
216 Billy Knight
217 Don Buse
218 Larry Drew *
219 Eddie Johnson *
220 Joe Meriweather
221 Larry Micheaux
222 Ed Nealy *
223 Mark Olberding
224 Dave Robisch
225 Reggie Theus
226 LaSalle Thompson *
227 Mike Woodson
Cleveland Cavaliers
228 World B. Free
229 John Bagley *
230 Jeff Cook
231 Geoff Crompton
232 John Garris
233 Stewart Granger
234 Roy Hinson *
235 Phil Hubbard
236 Geoff Huston
237 Ben Poquette
238 Cliff Robinson
239 Lonnie Shelton
240 Paul Thompson
San Antonio Spurs
241 George Gervin
242 Gene Banks
243 Ron Brewer
244 Artis Gilmore
245 Edgar Jones
246 John Lucas
247a Mike Mitchell
248a Mark McNamara *
249 Johnny Moore
250 John Paxson *
251 Fred Roberts *
Golden State Warriors
252 Joe Barry Carroll
253 Mike Bratz
254 Don Collins
255 Lester Conner
256 Chris Engler
257 Sleepy Floyd *
258 Wallace Johnson
259 Pace Mannion
260 Purvis Short
261 Larry Smith
262 Darren Tillis
Atlanta Hawks
263 Dominique Wilkins *
264 Rickey Brown
265 Johnny Davis
266 Mike Glenn *
267 Scott Hastings *
268 Eddie Johnson
269 Mark Landsberger
270 Billy Paultz
271 Doc Rivers *
272 Tree Rollins
273 Dan Roundfield
274 Sly Williams
275 Randy Wittman *


Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
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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