1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball Cards

1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball Cards


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Few products incapsulate the mid-to-late-1990s in collecting better than 1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball. Featuring futuristic base cards, limited parallels, exciting inserts and even autographed cards, 1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball had it all.

Although it is certainly not a vintage product, the sensitive nature of the base cards has only been amplified over time. High grades are tough to come by and the cards are easily damaged.

1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball Base / Parallels

The 1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 NBA base design is reminiscent of a previous Skybox insert, 1995-96 Hoops Skyview. Containing a frame border and die-cut image of each player, a transparent plastic sheet, decorated with clouds, is the primary background.

The bulk of the product is comprised of 80 base cards. That would be 82 if you include the checklists. Base cards for some of the top players are available, including Michael Jordan, but the main draw is the 1996-97 NBA rookie class. Headlined by Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury, collectors have plenty of rookie cards to chase. The only top rookie name missing from the base checklist is Steve Nash.

It may seem unlikely today, but there is actually only one base parallel. Credentials, numbered to 499, features a pearl foil border and are noted as "CREDENTIALS" on the card front. These rare parallels have produced some of the biggest values from the product.

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1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball Inserts

The remainder of 1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball includes the various inserts. A Cut Above (1:288 packs) employs a die-cut buzz saw design on a 10-card insert. The famed Autographics set made its debut in 1996-97 and the 95-card checklist was included across Fleer and Skybox products throughout the season at 1:72 pack odds.

Net Assets are found around one per box, and include 20 cards that mimic the look of a basketball net with a detailed die-cut design. Lastly, Star Date 2000 looks to the future with 15 players from the rookie class, including Kobe Bryant. These are the most common inserts, dropping 1:9 packs.

1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball Hobby boxes include 24 packs and two cards per pack, sandwiched between blanks or an occasional checklist card.

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1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Credentials #/499 (Does not include checklists)

1 Christian Laettner
2 Dikembe Mutombo
3 Steve Smith
4 Antoine Walker RC
5 David Wesley
6 Tony Delk RC
7 Anthony Mason
8 Glen Rice
9 Michael Jordan
10 Scottie Pippen
11 Dennis Rodman
12 Terrell Brandon
13 Chris Mills
14 Shawn Bradley
15 Michael Finley
16 Dale Ellis
17 Antonio McDyess
18 Joe Dumars
19 Grant Hill
20 Chris Mullin
21 Joe Smith
22 Latrell Sprewell
23 Charles Barkley
24 Clyde Drexler
25 Hakeem Olajuwon
26 Erick Dampier RC
27 Reggie Miller
28 Loy Vaught
29 Lorenzen Wright RC
30 Kobe Bryant RC
31 Eddie Jones
32 Shaquille O'Neal
33 Nick Van Exel
34 Tim Hardaway
35 Jamal Mashburn
36 Alonzo Mourning
37 Ray Allen RC
38 Vin Baker
39 Glenn Robinson
40 Kevin Garnett
41 Tom Gugliotta
 42 Stephon Marbury RC
43 Kendall Gill
44 Jim Jackson
45 Kerry Kittles RC
46 Patrick Ewing
47 Larry Johnson
48 John Wallace RC
49 Nick Anderson
50 Horace Grant
51 Anfernee Hardaway
52 Derrick Coleman
53 Allen Iverson RC
54 Jerry Stackhouse
55 Cedric Ceballos
56 Kevin Johnson
57 Jason Kidd
58 Clifford Robinson
59 Arvydas Sabonis
60 Rasheed Wallace
61 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
62 Brian Grant
63 Mitch Richmond
64 Sean Elliott
65 David Robinson
66 Dominique Wilkins
67 Shawn Kemp
68 Gary Payton
69 Detlef Schrempf
70 Marcus Camby RC
71 Damon Stoudamire
72 Walt Williams
73 Shandon Anderson RC
74 Karl Malone
75 John Stockton
76 Shareef Abdur-Rahim RC
77 Bryant Reeves
78 Roy Rogers RC
79 Juwan Howard
80 Chris Webber
81 Checklist
82 Checklist
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A Cut Above Set Checklist

10 cards
1:288 packs

1 Kevin Garnett
2 Anfernee Hardaway
3 Grant Hill
4 Allen Iverson
5 Michael Jordan
6 Shawn Kemp
7 Hakeem Olajuwon
8 Shaquille O'Neal
9 Glenn Robinson
10 Dennis Rodman
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Net Assets Set Checklist

20 cards
1:20 packs

1 Ray Allen
2 Charles Barkley
3 Patrick Ewing
4 Kevin Garnett
5 Anfernee Hardaway
6 Grant Hill
7 Allen Iverson
8 Michael Jordan
9 Jason Kidd
10 Kerry Kittles
11 Karl Malone
12 Alonzo Mourning
13 Shaquille O'Neal
14 Gary Payton
15 Bryant Reeves
16 David Robinson
17 Dennis Rodman
18 Joe Smith
19 Damon Stoudamire
20 Chris Webber
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Star Date 2000 Set Checklist

15 cards
1:9 packs

1 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
2 Ray Allen
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Marcus Camby
5 Erick Dampier
6 Juwan Howard
7 Allen Iverson
8 Jason Kidd
9 Kerry Kittles
10 Stephon Marbury
11 Jamal Mashburn
12 Antonio McDyess
13 Joe Smith
14 Damon Stoudamire
15 Antoine Walker
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Grant Hill Promos / Incentives Set Checklist

Grant Hill Emerald Autographed Basketball Redemption (1:500 packs)
Grant Hill Oversized Case Incentive #/3000
Grant Hill Sample Promo

Autographics Set Checklist

The cards are found throughout 1996-97 Fleer/Skybox products.

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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.

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