1996-97 Topps Chrome basketball ushered in a new era for sports cards. Although the mystery "chrome" formula debuted earlier in 1996 Topps Chrome Baseball, it was 96-97 Topps Chrome Basketball that ultimately marked the birth of the chromie. A "chromie" is a collector that is drawn to the shiny allure that is Topps and Bowman Chrome, no matter the sport.
From refractor and rookie collectors to set builders, Chrome has been providing collectors with great cards for many years.
Below we look back at some of the best base cards and refractors from the product that forever changed card world, 1996-97 Topps Chrome.
Top Base Cards / Refractors
- Kobe Bryant RC #138
- Michael Jordan #139
- Allen Iverson RC #171
- Steve Nash RC #182
- Ray Allen RC #217