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1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Cards

1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Cards

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1990-91 SkyBox Basketball not only marked the debut of a new brand, but the set elevated basketball cards in general to a new premium level. That may be hard to notice today, but the product did help pave the way for what would come in the years that followed.

Whether you're a fan or not, the 1990-91 SkyBox Basketball design is instantly recognizable. Gold borders give way to colorful backgrounds that are abstract. Toss in glowing basketballs and a black nameplate done with an elegant font and you've a look that's wild and emblematic of the time it was released.

Card backs are much more elegant. Although NBA Hoops used second photos on their card backs, they were small, generic portraits. 1990-91 SkyBox Basketball opted for large shots that take up a good chunk of the back, often action images or something that shows the player's personality. Stats are limited, but they offer a decent breakdown of how players stack up against one another.

1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Michael Jordan Front 1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Michael Jordan Back

The 1990-91 SkyBox Basketball checklist has 423 cards. This is divided between two series. The first has 300 cards while Series 2 is 123 cards. Series 2 packs are a mix of both series. To make room for the second group of cards, an equal number of Series 1 players were removed for Series 2 packs. Technically, this creates a large number of short prints across the entire print run. That said, there's so much of the product out there that it hasn't created any sort of major premium.

Likewise, due to the massive supply, even the top rookie cards don't command much on the secondary market today. But that doesn't mean there aren't a few standouts. Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Vlade Divac, Drazen Petrovic and Glen Rice are among the rookies on the checklist, which includes a Draft Picks subset in Series 2.

The most valuable 1990-91 SkyBox Basketball cards are its promos. Ten players, including Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, have cards with a small banner on the front that reads "Prototype." These were given out to dealers ahead of the set's release to help advertise and drum up interest.

There's also a "SkyBox Salutes the NBA" card that doesn't have any players but is relatively tough to find.

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1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

423 cards. Series 1 = #1-300, Series 2 = #301-423
1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Shawn Kemp RC 1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Gary Payton
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1 John Battle
2 Duane Ferrell RC
3 Jon Koncak
4 Cliff Levingston
5 John Long
6 Moses Malone
7 Doc Rivers
8 Kenny Smith
9 Alexander Volkov
10 Spud Webb
11 Dominique Wilkins
12 Kevin Willis
13 John Bagley
14 Larry Bird
15 Kevin Gamble
16 Dennis Johnson
17 Joe Kleine
18 Reggie Lewis
19 Kevin McHale
20 Robert Parish
21 Jim Paxson
22 Ed Pinckney
23 Brian Shaw
24 Michael Smith
25 Richard Anderson
26 Muggsy Bogues
27 Rex Chapman
28 Dell Curry
29 Armon Gilliam
30 Michael Holton
31 Dave Hoppen
32 J.R. Reid RC
33 Robert Reid
34 Brian Rowsom
35 Kelly Tripucka
36 Micheal Williams
37 B.J. Armstrong RC
38 Bill Cartwright
39 Horace Grant
40 Craig Hodges
41 Michael Jordan
42 Stacey King RC
43 Ed Nealy
44 John Paxson
45 Will Perdue
46 Scottie Pippen
47 Jeff Sanders RC
48 Winston Bennett
49 Chucky Brown RC
50 Brad Daugherty
51 Craig Ehlo
52 Steve Kerr
53 Paul Mokeski
54 John Morton
55 Larry Nance
56 Mark Price
57 Tree Rollins
58 John Williams
59 Steve Alford
60 Rolando Blackman
61 Adrian Dantley
62 Brad Davis
63 James Donaldson
64 Derek Harper
65 Anthony Jones
66 Sam Perkins
67 Roy Tarpley
68 Bill Wennington
69 Randy White RC
70 Herb Williams
71 Michael Adams
72 Joe Barry Carroll
73 Walter Davis
74 Alex English
75 Bill Hanzlik
76 Tim Kempton
77 Jerome Lane
78 Lafayette Lever
79 Todd Lichti RC
80 Blair Rasmussen
81 Danny Schayes
82 Mark Aguirre
83 William Bedford RC
84 Joe Dumars
85 James Edwards
86 David Greenwood
87 Scott Hastings
88 Gerald Henderson
89 Vinnie Johnson
90 Bill Laimbeer
91 Dennis Rodman
92 John Salley
93 Isiah Thomas
94 Manute Bol
95 Tim Hardaway RC
96 Rod Higgins
97 Sarunas Marciulionis RC
98 Chris Mullin
99 Jim Petersen
100 Mitch Richmond
101 Mike Smrek
102 Terry Teagle
103 Tom Tolbert RC
104 Kelvin Upshaw
105 Anthony Bowie RC
106 Adrian Caldwell
107 Sleepy Floyd
108 Buck Johnson
109 Vernon Maxwell
110 Akeem Olajuwon
111 Larry Smith
112 Otis Thorpe
113 Mitchell Wiggins
114 Vern Fleming
115 Rickey Green
116 George McCloud RC
117 Reggie Miller
118 Dyron Nix
119 Chuck Person
120 Mike Sanders
121 Detlef Schrempf
122 Rik Smits
123 LaSalle Thompson
124 Benoit Benjamin
125 Winston Garland
126 Tom Garrick
127 Gary Grant
128 Ron Harper
129 Danny Manning
130 Jeff Martin
131 Ken Norman
132 Charles Smith
133 Joe Wolf
134 Michael Cooper
135 Vlade Divac RC
136 Larry Drew
137 A.C. Green
138 Magic Johnson
139 Mark McNamara
140 Byron Scott
141 Mychal Thompson
142 Orlando Woolridge
143 James Worthy
144 Terry Davis RC
145 Sherman Douglas RC
146 Kevin Edwards
147 Tellis Frank
148 Scott Haffner
149 Grant Long
150 Glen Rice RC
151 Rony Seikaly
152 Rory Sparrow
153 Jon Sundvold
154 Billy Thompson
155 Greg Anderson
156 Ben Coleman
157 Jeff Grayer RC
158 Jay Humphries
159 Frank Kornet
160 Larry Krystkowiak
161 Brad Lohaus
162 Ricky Pierce
163 Paul Pressey
164 Fred Roberts
165 Alvin Robertson
166 Jack Sikma
167 Randy Breuer
168 Tony Campbell
169 Tyrone Corbin
170 Sidney Lowe
171 Sam Mitchell RC
172 Tod Murphy
173 Pooh Richardson RC
174 Donald Royal RC
175 Brad Sellers
176 Mookie Blaylock RC
177 Sam Bowie
178 Lester Conner
179 Derrick Gervin RC
180 Jack Haley RC
181 Roy Hinson
182 Dennis Hopson
183 Chris Morris
184 Pete Myers RC
185 Purvis Short
186 Maurice Cheeks
187 Patrick Ewing
188 Stuart Gray
189 Mark Jackson
190 Johnny Newman
191 Charles Oakley
192 Brian Quinnett
193 Trent Tucker
194 Kiki Vandeweghe
195 Kenny Walker
196 Eddie Lee Wilkins
197 Gerald Wilkins
198 Mark Acres
199 Nick Anderson RC
200 Michael Ansley
201 Terry Catledge
202 Dave Corzine
203 Sidney Green
204 Jerry Reynolds
205 Scott Skiles
206 Otis Smith
207 Reggie Theus
208 Jeff Turner
209 Sam Vincent
210 Ron Anderson
211 Charles Barkley
212 Scott Brooks
213 Lanard Copeland
214 Johnny Dawkins
215 Mike Gminski
216 Hersey Hawkins
217 Rick Mahorn
218 Derek Smith
219 Bob Thornton
220 Tom Chambers
221 Greg Grant RC
222 Jeff Hornacek
223 Eddie Johnson
224a Kevin Johnson
224b Kevin Johnson
225 Andrew Lang RC
226 Dan Majerle
227 Mike McGee
228 Tim Perry
229 Kurt Rambis
230 Mark West
231 Mark Bryant
232 Wayne Cooper
233 Clyde Drexler
234 Kevin Duckworth
235 Byron Irvin RC
236 Jerome Kersey
237 Drazen Petrovic RC
238 Terry Porter
239 Clifford Robinson RC
240 Buck Williams
241 Danny Young
242 Danny Ainge
243 Randy Allen
244a Antoine Carr
244b Antoine Carr
245 Vinny Del Negro
246 Pervis Ellison RC
247 Greg Kite
248 Rodney McCray
249 Harold Pressley
250 Ralph Sampson
251 Wayman Tisdale
252 Willie Anderson
253 Uwe Blab
254 Frank Brickowski
255 Terry Cummings
256 Sean Elliott RC
257 Caldwell Jones
258 Johnny Moore
259 Zarko Pspaalj
260 David Robinson
261 Rod Strickland
262 David Wingate
263 Dana Barros RC
264 Michael Cage
265 Quintin Dailey
266 Dale Ellis
267 Steve Johnson
268 Shawn Kemp RC
269 Xavier McDaniel
270 Derrick McKey
271 Nate McMillan
272 Olden Polynice
273 Sedale Threatt
274 Thurl Bailey
275 Mike Brown
276 Mark Eaton
277 Blue Edwards RC
278 Darrell Griffith
279 Bobby Hansen
280 Eric Johnson
281 Eric Leckner
282 Karl Malone
283 Delaney Rudd
284 John Stockton
285 Mark Alarie
286 Steve Colter
287 Ledell Eackles
288 Harvey Grant
289 Tom Hammonds RC
290 Charles Jones
291 Bernard King
292 Jeff Malone
293 Darrell Walker
294 John Williams
295 Checklist
296 Checklist
297 Checklist
298 Checklist
299 Checklist
300 Danny Ferry RC
301 Bob Weiss
302 Chris Ford
303 Gene Littles
304 Phil Jackson
305 Lenny Wilkens
306 Richie Adubato
307 Paul Westhead
308 Chuck Daly
309 Don Nelson
310 Don Chaney
311 Dick Versace
312 Mike Schuler
313 Mike Dunleavy Sr.
314 Ron Rothstein
315 Del Harris
316 Bill Musselman
317 Bill Fitch
318 Stu Jackson
319 Matt Guokas
320 Jim Lynam
321 Cotton Fitzsimmons
322 Rick Adelman
323 Dick Motta
324 Larry Brown
325 K.C. Jones
326 Jerry Sloan
327 Wes Unseld
328 Atlanta Hawks
329 Boston Celtics
330 Charlotte Hornets
331 Chicago Bulls
332 Cleveland Cavaliers
333 Dallas Mavericks
334 Denver Nuggets
335 Detroit Pistons
336 Golden State Warrior
337 Houston Rockets
338 Indiana Pacers
339 Los Angeles Clippers
340 Los Angeles Lakers
341 Miami Heat
342 Milwaukee Bucks
343 Minnesota Timberwolv
344 New Jersey Nets
345 New York Knicks
346 Orlando Magic
347 Philadelphia 76ers
348 Phoenix Suns
349 Portland Trail Blaze
350 Sacramento Kings
351 San Antonio Spurs
352 Seattle SuperSonics
353 Utah Jazz
354 Washington Bullets
355 Rumeal Robinson RC
356 Kendall Gill RC
357 Chris Jackson RC
358 Tyrone Hill RC
359 Bo Kimble RC
360 Willie Burton RC
361 Felton Spencer RC
362 Derrick Coleman RC
363 Dennis Scott RC
364 Lionel Simmons RC
365 Gary Payton RC
366 Tim McCormick
367 Sidney Moncrief
368 Kenny Gattison RC
369 Randolph Keys
370 Johnny Newman
371 Dennis Hopson
372 Cliff Levingston
373 Derrick Chievous
374 Danny Ferry
375 Alex English
376 Lafayette Lever
377 Rodney McCray
378 T.R. Dunn
379 Corey Gaines
380 Avery Johnson RC
381 Joe Wolf
382 Orlando Woolridge
383 Tree Rollins
384 Steve Johnson
385 Kenny Smith
386 Mike Woodson
387 Greg Dreiling RC
388 Micheal Williams
389 Randy Wittman
390 Ken Bannister
391 Sam Perkins
392 Terry Teagle
393 Milt Wagner RC
394 Frank Brickowski
395 Danny Schayes
396 Scott Brooks
397 Doug West RC
398 Chris Dudley RC
399 Reggie Theus
400 Greg Grant
401 Greg Kite
402 Mark McNamara
403 Manute Bol
404 Rickey Green
405 Kenny Battle RC
406 Ed Nealy
407 Danny Ainge
408 Steve Colter
409 Bobby Hansen
410 Eric Leckner
411 Rory Sparrow
412 Bill Wennington
413 Sidney Green
414 David Greenwood
415 Paul Pressey
416 Reggie Williams
417 Dave Corzine
418 Jeff Malone
419 Pervis Ellison
420 Byron Irvin RC
421 Checklist
422 Checklist
423 Checklist

Errors and Variations Checklist

91 Dennis Rodman

  • SkyBox logo on right
  • SkyBox logo on left

112 Otis Thorpe

  • Mitchell Wiggins on front (dribbling)
  • Otis Thorpe on front (dunking)

113 Mitchell Wiggins

  • Otis Thorpe on front (dunking)
  • Mitchell Wiggins on front (dribbling)

118 Dyron Nix

  • Wayman Tisdale on back (free throw)
  • Dyson Nix on back (portrait)

224 Kevin Johnson

  • SkyBox logo on bottom of card
  • SkyBox logo on top of card

244 Antoine Carr

  • Wearing Hawks jersey on back
  • Wearing Kings jersey on back

271 Nate McMillan

  • Olden Polynice on back (on bench)
  • Nate McMillan on back (standing)

SkyBox Salutes the NBA Checklist

1 card.
1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Salute

SkyBox Salutes the NBA

Prototype Cards Checklist

11 cards.
1990-91 SkyBox Basketball Prototype Magic Johnson

41 Michael Jordan
91 Dennis Rodman
138 Magic Johnson
151 Rony Seikaly
162 Ricky Pierce
173 Pooh Richardson
224 Kevin Johnson
233 Clyde Drexler
260 David Robinson
282 Karl Malone
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Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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