1984-85 Star Company Basketball Cards

1984-85 Star Company Basketball Cards

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Long overlooked by collectors, 1984-85 Star Company Basketball has seen a surge of interest from collectors searching for the top NBA cards of the '80s.

Although Star Company released its first set in 1983-84, the 1984-85 Star Company release is particularly noteworthy because several Hall of Fame players made their NBA cardboard debut in the set. This includes the first NBA-licensed cards for Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and John Stockton, among others. Depending on who you talk to, these are either true rookies, XRCs or pre-rookies. No matter what, they're first and that ultimately matters the most for many collectors.

The second major release from Star, 1984-85 Star Company Basketball came at an advantageous time for both basketball collectors and Star Co. themselves. Since Topps left the basketball market after 1981-82 Topps, and another major card producer would not emerge until 1986-87 Fleer, Star had the only NBA cards available between 1982 and 1986.

1984-85 Star Company Basketball Set Details

The 1984-85 Star Co. checklist was comprised of 288 base cards, broken down into team groupings and a few insert subsets. Instead of being sold as a full set or as a more-traditional product where packs and boxes contained random cards, Star issued their cards as team sets, in sealed plastic polybags. Each team set varied in the total number depending on the team, but most team bags featured 10 to 14 cards.

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The 1984-85 Star Company design is very simple with an action image, single-color border, circle team logo in the corner, and white text. The cards suffer from cutting and centering issues, and cards that were in the front of the team bags are subject to additional wear. The single-color borders also had problems with chipping. This has resulted in a considerable premium for the rare Mint and Gem Mint card versions.

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Although the exact print runs for each release were never disclosed, Star Company was limited throughout its official production period and it is believed that less than 8,000 total sets were produced in '84-85 Star, with some estimates putting the total as low as 3,000 of each team set. On top of that, the primary distribution was limited to just a handful of outlets and some regions were largely omitted.

1984-85 Star Company Basketball Grading

Adding to the problems, it came to light that Star Company had printed unauthorized cards using the original plates. Although it was allegedly only the second half of the 1985-86 set, the seeds of doubt began to grow. This, along with counterfeits, puts collectors in an unfortunate situation when making purchases and is further complicated because PSA and SGC will not authenticate or grade Star Company cards. Starting near the end of 2008, BGS began to grade most Star Company cards, and currently remains the only major grading service to do so. PSA previously graded Star Company cards, but has not done so for many years.

1984-85 Star Company Basketball Tips for Fakes

While it is recommended to only buy authenticated Star Company cards, especially when dealing with the Michael Jordan cards, there are a few things that can help distinguish the authentic cards from reprints and counterfeits. The first thing to inspect is the border. Reprints and counterfeits will feature the wrong color border or they will be noticeably thicker than they should be. Another thing to check is the finish on the card as the original cards do not have a glossy finish. Also, some fakes will display a blurry image, which is relatively easy to spot. Lastly, it is incredibly obvious, but some cards are noted as reprints on the back.

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Set Checklist

1984-85 Star Company Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

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Boston Celtics
1 Larry Bird
2 Danny Ainge
3 Quinn Buckner
4 Rick Carlisle
5 M.L. Carr
6 Dennis Johnson
7 Greg Kite
8 Cedric Maxwell
9 Kevin McHale
10 Robert Parish
11 Scott Wedman
12 Larry Bird
LA Clippers
13 Marques Johnson
14 Junior Bridgeman
15 Michael Cage XRC
16 Harvey Catchings
17 James Donaldson
18 Lancaster Gordon
19 Jay Murphy
20 Norm Nixon
21 Derek Smith
22 Bill Walton
23 Bryan Warrick
24 Rory White
NY Knicks
25 Bernard King
26 James Bailey
27 Ken Bannister
28 Butch Carter
29 Bill Cartwright
30 Pat Cummings
31 Ernie Grunfeld
32 Louis Orr
33 Leonard Robinson
34 Rory Sparrow
35 Trent Tucker
36 Darrell Walker
37 Eddie Lee Wilkins XRC
Phoenix Suns
38 Alvan Adams
39 Walter Davis
40 James Edwards
41 Rod Foster
42 Michael Holton
43 Jay Humphries XRC
44 Charles Jones
45 Maurice Lucas
46 Kyle Macy
47 Larry Nance
48 Charles Pittman
49 Rick Robey
50 Mike Sanders
51 Alvin Scott
Indiana Pacers
52 Clark Kellogg
53 Tony Brown
54 Devin Durrant
55 Vern Fleming XRC
56 Bill Garnett
57 Stuart Gray
58 Jerry Sichting
59 Terence Stansbury
60 Steve Stipanovich
61 Jimmy Thomas
62 Granville Waiters
63 Herb Williams
San Antonio Spurs
64 Artis Gilmore
65 Gene Banks
66 Ron Brewer
67 George Gervin
68 Edgar Jones
69 Ozell Jones
70 Mark McNamara
71 Mike Mitchell
72 Johnny Moore
73 John Paxson
74 Fred Roberts
75 Alvin Robertson XRC
Atlanta Hawks
76 Dominique Wilkins
77 Rickey Brown
78 Antoine Carr XRC
79 Mike Glenn
80 Scott Hastings
81 Eddie Johnson
82 Cliff Levingston
83 Leo Rautins
84 Doc Rivers
85 Tree Rollins
86 Randy Wittman
87 Sly Williams
New Jersey Nets
88 Darryl Dawkins
89 Otis Birdsong
90 Darwin Cook
91 Mike Gminski
92 George L. Johnson
93 Albert King
94 Mike O'Koren
95 Kelvin Ransey
96 Micheal Ray Richards
97 Wayne Sappleton
98 Jeff Turner XRC
99 Buck Williams
100 Michael Wilson
Chicago Bulls
101 Michael Jordan XRC
102 Dave Corzine
103 Quintin Dailey
104 Sidney Green
105 David Greenwood
106 Rod Higgins
107 Steve Johnson
108 Caldwell Jones
109 Wes Matthews
110 Jawann Oldham
111 Ennis Whatley
112 Orlando Woolridge
Seattle SuperSonics
113 Tom Chambers
114 Cory Blackwell
115 Frank Brickowski XRC
116 Gerald Henderson
117 Reggie King
118 Tim McCormick XRC
119 John Schweitz
120 Jack Sikma
121 Ricky Sobers
122 Jon Sundvold
123 Danny Vranes
124 Al Wood
Milwaukee Bucks
125 Terry Cummings
126 Randy Breuer
127 Charles Davis
128 Mike Dunleavy
129 Kenny Fields
130 Kevin Grevey
131 Craig Hodges
132 Alton Lister
133 Larry Micheaux
134 Paul Mokeski
135 Sidney Moncrief
136 Paul Pressey
Denver Nuggets
137 Alex English
138 Wayne Cooper
139 T.R. Dunn
140 Mike Evans
141 Bill Hanzlik
142 Dan Issel
143 Joe Kopicki
144 Lafayette Lever
145 Calvin Natt
146 Danny Schayes
147 Elston Turner
148 Willie White
Golden State Warriors
149 Purvis Short
150 Chuck Aleksinas
151 Mike Bratz
152 Steve Burtt
153 Lester Conner
154 Sleepy Floyd
155 Mickey Johnson
156 Gary Plummer
157 Larry Smith
158 Peter Thibeaux
159 Jerome Whitehead
160 Othell Wilson
Portland Trailblazers
161 Kiki Vandeweghe
162 Sam Bowie XRC
163 Kenny Carr
164 Steve Colter
165 Clyde Drexler
166 Audie Norris
167 Jim Paxson
168 Tom Scheffler
169 Bernard Thompson
170 Mychal Thompson
171 Darnell Valentine
LA Lakers
172 Magic Johnson
173 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
174 Michael Cooper
175 Earl Jones
176 Mitch Kupchak
177 Ronnie Lester
178 Bob Mcadoo
179 Mike McGee
180 Kurt Rambis
181 Byron Scott
182 Larry Spriggs
183 Jamaal Wilkes
184 James Worthy
Washington Bullets
185 Gus Williams
186 Greg Ballard
187 Dudley Bradley
188 Darren Daye
189 Frank Johnson
190 Charles Jones
191 Rick Mahorn
192 Jeff Malone
193 Tom McMillen
194 Jeff Ruland
Olympic Team
195 Michael Jordan
196 Vern Fleming
197 Sam Perkins
198 Alvin Robertson
199 Jeff Turner
200 Leon Wood
Philadelphia 76ers
201 Moses Malone
202 Charles Barkley XRC
203 Maurice Cheeks
204 Julius Erving
205 Clemon Johnson
206 George L. Johnson
207 Bobby Jones
208 Clint Richardson
209 Sedale Threatt
210 Andrew Toney
211 Sam Williams
212 Leon Wood XRC
Cleveland Cavaliers
213 Mel Turpin XRC
214 Ron Anderson XRC
215 John Bagley
216 Johnny Davis
217 World B. Free
218 Roy Hinson
219 Phil Hubbard
220 Edgar Jones
221 Ben Poquette
222 Lonnie Shelton
223 Mark West
224 Kevin Williams
Utah Jazz
225 Mark Eaton
226 Mitchell Anderson
227 Thurl Bailey
228 Adrian Dantley
229 Rickey Green
230 Darrell Griffith
231 Rich Kelley
232 Pace Mannion
233 Billy Paultz
234 Fred Roberts
235 John Stockton XRC
236 Jeff Wilkins
Houston Rockets
237 Akeem Olajuwon XRC
238 Craig Ehlo XRC
239 Lionel Hollins
240 Allen Leavell
241 Lewis Lloyd
242 John Lucas
243 Rodney McCray
244 Hank McDowell
245 Larry Micheaux
246 Jim Petersen XRC
247 Robert Reid
248 Ralph Sampson
249 Mitchell Wiggins
Dallas Mavericks
250 Mark Aguirre
251 Rolando Blackman
252 Wallace Bryant
253 Brad Davis
254 Dale Ellis
255 Derek Harper
256 Kurt Nimphius
257 Sam Perkins XRC
258 Charlie Sitton
259 Tom Sluby
260 Jay Vincent
Detroit Pistons
261 Isiah Thomas
262 Kent Benson
263 Earl Cureton
264 Vinnie Johnson
265 Bill Laimbeer
266 John Long
267 Dan Roundfield
268 Kelly Tripucka
269 Terry Tyler
Sacramento Kings
270 Reggie Theus
271 Don Buse
272 Larry Drew
273 Eddie Johnson
274 Billy Knight
275 Joe Meriweather
276 Mark Olberding
277 Lasalle Thompson
278 Otis Thorpe XRC
279 Pete Verhoeven
280 Mike Woodson
281 Julius Erving
282 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
283 Dan Issel
284 Bernard King
285 Moses Malone
286 Mark Eaton
287 Isiah Thomas
288 Michael Jordan


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