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1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Cards

1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Cards



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Featuring a distinct look with full-bleed photography and large cursive text, 1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball has aged well. Boosted by the strong 1996 NBA Draft class, 96-97 Ultra is broken into two series releases and offers a nice assortment of parallels and inserts.

The 1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball checklist comes in at 300 cards and is split in half for each series. In addition to regular base cards, a variety of subsets, including On the Block, Ultra Effort, Maximum Effort, Rookie Encore, Step It Up and Play of the Game, fill out the set. While both Series 1 and Series 2 feature rookie cards, the big rookie cards, like Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Ray Allen, are only found in Series 1. Ben Wallace and Derek Fisher are the notable rookie cards found in Series 2.

Continuing the trend from 1995-96 Ultra, 1996-97 includes Gold Medallion parallels and takes things up another level with Platinum Medallion parallels. The foil-centered parallels cover the majority of the base set and are distinguished by the effect on the text on the card front and some also feature a notation under the name. Also, a majority of the parallels include a prefix on the back, with #P- for Platinum and #G- for Gold.

While neither parallel is numbered, the Gold Medallion cards are much more common and the Platinum Medallion parallels have a reported print run of less than 250 copies. The two Medallion parallels can be seen below alongside the Kobe Bryant base rookie card.

1996-97 Fleer Ultra Kobe Bryant RC #521996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Gold Medallion Parallel Kobe Bryant RC1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Platinum Medallion Parallel Kobe Bryant RC

The remainder of the product is a large mix of inserts. Among the standouts, Court Masters are the toughest pulls at 1:180 retail packs. They are also intriguing given their plastic stock. Decade of Excellence is notable because it features the iconic 1986-87 Fleer design with some added gold foil. While it is unlikely to be confused with the original release, collectors have likely encountered them when searching for rookie cards for Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon or Michael Jordan.

Tougher to find in good condition, Fresh Faces include a die-cut jersey design and a checklist featuring the top rookie players. Full Court Traps is heavy on foil and the Gold parallel commands good value. Rising Stars (1:180 packs) has a art-like canvas appearance and is centered on the elite young players. Missing foil can produce slight premiums for the Rising Stars cards. Finally, Starring Role is toughest insert to pull at 1:280 packs. Only found in Series 2, these are some of the most valuable non-rookie options in the product.

Unlike many of the products from the 1990s, the prices for 1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball sealed boxes have not really taken off, but the issue is finding them. When they surface, hobby boxes can be found for around $100 per box. Also, it is important to note the cards can suffer from considerable wear or chipping, especially on the edges.

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1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Subsets: OTB=On the Block, UE=Ultra Effort, ME=Maximum Effort, RE=Rookie Encore, SU=Step it Up, PG=Play of the Game
PARALLEL CARDS (No checklist cards): Gold Medallion (S1-1:12 packs, S2-1 per pack), Platinum Medallion (S1-1:180 packs, S2-1:100 packs)

Series 1
1 Mookie Blaylock
2 Alan Henderson
3 Christian Laettner
4 Dikembe Mutombo
5 Steve Smith
6 Dana Barros
7 Rick Fox
8 Dino Radja
9 Antoine Walker RC
10 Eric Williams
11 Dell Curry
12 Tony Delk RC
13 Matt Geiger
14 Glen Rice
15 Ron Harper
16 Michael Jordan
17 Toni Kukoc
18 Scottie Pippen
19 Dennis Rodman
20 Terrell Brandon
21 Chris Mills
22 Bobby Phills
23 Bob Sura
24 Jim Jackson
25 Jason Kidd
26 Jamal Mashburn
27 George McCloud
28 Samaki Walker RC
29 LaPhonso Ellis
30 Antonio McDyess
31 Bryant Stith
32 Joe Dumars
33 Grant Hill
34 Theo Ratliff
35 Otis Thorpe
36 Chris Mullin
37 Joe Smith
38 Latrell Sprewell
39 Charles Barkley
40 Clyde Drexler
41 Mario Elie
42 Hakeem Olajuwon
43 Erick Dampier RC
44 Dale Davis
45 Derrick McKey
46 Reggie Miller
47 Rik Smits
48 Brent Barry
49 Malik Sealy
50 Loy Vaught
51 Lorenzen Wright RC
52 Kobe Bryant RC
53 Cedric Ceballos
54 Eddie Jones
55 Shaquille O'Neal
56 Nick Van Exel
57 Tim Hardaway
58 Alonzo Mourning
59 Kurt Thomas
60 Ray Allen RC
61 Vin Baker
62 Sherman Douglas
63 Glenn Robinson
64 Kevin Garnett
65 Tom Gugliotta
66 Stephon Marbury RC
67 Doug West
68 Shawn Bradley
69 Kendall Gill
70 Kerry Kittles RC
71 Ed O'Bannon
72 Patrick Ewing
73 Larry Johnson
74 Charles Oakley
75 John Starks
76 John Wallace RC
77 Nick Anderson
78 Horace Grant
79 Anfernee Hardaway
80 Dennis Scott
81 Derrick Coleman
82 Allen Iverson RC
83 Jerry Stackhouse
84 Clarence Weatherspoon
85 Michael Finley
86 Kevin Johnson
87 Steve Nash RC
88 Wesley Person
89 Jermaine O'Neal RC
90 Clifford Robinson
91 Arvydas Sabonis
92 Gary Trent
93 Tyus Edney
94 Brian Grant
95 Olden Polynice
96 Mitch Richmond
97 Corliss Williamson
98 Vinny Del Negro
99 Sean Elliott
100 Avery Johnson
101 David Robinson
102 Hersey Hawkins
103 Shawn Kemp
104 Gary Payton
105 Sam Perkins
106 Detlef Schrempf
107 Marcus Camby RC
108 Doug Christie
109 Damon Stoudamire
110 Sharone Wright
111 Jeff Hornacek
112 Karl Malone
113 Chris Morris
114 Bryon Russell
115 John Stockton
116 Shareef Abdur-Rahim RC
117 Greg Anthony
118 Blue Edwards
119 Bryant Reeves
120 Calbert Cheaney
121 Juwan Howard
122 Gheorghe Muresan
123 Chris Webber
124 Vin Baker OTB
125 Charles Barkley OTB
126 Kevin Garnett OTB
127 Juwan Howard OTB
128 Larry Johnson OTB
129 Shawn Kemp OTB
130 Karl Malone OTB
131 Anthony Mason OTB
132 Antonio McDyess OTB
133 Alonzo Mourning OTB
134 Hakeem Olajuwon OTB
135 Shaquille O'Neal OTB
136 David Robinson OTB
137 Dennis Rodman OTB
138 Joe Smith OTB
139 Mookie Blaylock UE
140 Terrell Brandon UE
141 Anfernee Hardaway UE
142 Grant Hill UE
143 Michael Jordan UE
144 Jason Kidd UE
145 Gary Payton UE
146 Jerry Stackhouse UE
147 Damon Stoudamire UE
148 Olajuwon/Robinson/Horry ME
Miller/Weatherspoon
149 Checklist
150 Checklist
Series 2 
151 Tyrone Corbin
152 Priest Lauderdale RC
153 Dikembe Mutombo
154 Eldridge Recasner RC
155 Todd Day
156 Greg Minor
157 David Wesley
158 Vlade Divac
159 Anthony Mason
160 Malik Rose RC
161 Jason Caffey
162 Steve Kerr
163 Luc Longley
164 Danny Ferry
165 Tyrone Hill
166 Vitaly Potapenko RC
167 Sam Cassell
168 Michael Finley
169 Chris Gatling
170 A.C. Green
171 Oliver Miller
172 Eric Montross
173 Dale Ellis
174 Mark Jackson
175 Ervin Johnson
176 Sarunas Marciulionis
177 Stacey Augmon
178 Joe Dumars
179 Grant Hill
180 Lindsey Hunter
181 Grant Long
182 Terry Mills
183 Otis Thorpe
184 Jerome Williams RC
185 Todd Fuller RC
186 Ray Owes RC
187 Mark Price
188 Felton Spencer
189 Charles Barkley
190 Emanual Davis RC
191 Othella Harrington RC
192 Matt Maloney RC
193 Brent Price
194 Kevin Willis
195 Travis Best
196 Antonio Davis
197 Jalen Rose
198 Pooh Richardson
199 Stanley Roberts
200 Rodney Rogers
201 Elden Campbell
202 Derek Fisher RC
203 Travis Knight RC
204 Shaquille O'Neal
205 Byron Scott
206 Sasha Danilovic
207 Dan Majerle
208 Martin Muursepp RC
209 Armon Gilliam
210 Andrew Lang
211 Johnny Newman
212 Kevin Garnett
213 Tom Gugliotta
214 Shane Heal RC
215 Stojko Vrankovic
216 Robert Pack
217 Khalid Reeves
218 Jayson Williams
219 Chris Childs
220 Allan Houston
221 Larry Johnson
222 Walter McCarty RC
223 Charlie Ward
224 Brian Evans RC
225 Amal McCaskill RC
226 Rony Seikaly
227 Gerald Wilkins
228 Mark Davis
229 Lucious Harris
230 Don MacLean
231 Cedric Ceballos
232 Rex Chapman
233 Jason Kidd
234 Danny Manning
235 Kenny Anderson
236 Aaron McKie
237 Isaiah Rider
238 Rasheed Wallace
239 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
240 Billy Owens
241 Michael Smith
242 Vernon Maxwell
243 Charles Smith
244 Dominique Wilkins
245 Craig Ehlo
246 Jim McIlvaine
247 Nate McMillan
248 Hubert Davis
249 Carlos Rogers
250 Zan Tabak
251 Walt Williams
252 Jeff Hornacek
253 Karl Malone
254 Greg Ostertag
255 Bryon Russell
256 John Stockton
257 George Lynch
258 Lawrence Moten
259 Anthony Peeler
260 Roy Rogers RC
261 Tracy Murray
262 Rod Strickland
263 Ben Wallace RC
264 Shareef Abdur-Rahim RE
265 Ray Allen RE
266 Kobe Bryant RE
267 Marcus Camby RE
268 Erick Dampier RE
269 Tony Delk RE
270 Allen Iverson RE
271 Kerry Kittles RE
272 Stephon Marbury RE
273 Steve Nash RE
274 Jermaine O'Neal RE
275 Antoine Walker RE
276 Samaki Walker RE
277 John Wallace RE
278 Lorenzen Wright RE
279 Anfernee Hardaway SU
280 Michael Jordan SU
281 Jason Kidd SU
282 Hakeem Olajuwon SU
283 Gary Payton SU
284 Mitch Richmond SU
285 David Robinson SU
286 John Stockton SU
287 Damon Stoudamire SU
288 Chris Webber SU
289 Clyde Drexler PG
290 Kevin Garnett PG
291 Grant Hill PG
292 Shawn Kemp PG
293 Karl Malone PG
294 Antonio McDyess PG
295 Alonzo Mourning PG
296 Shaquille O'Neal PG
297 Scottie Pippen PG
298 Jerry Stackhouse PG
299 Checklist (#151-263)
300 Checklist (#264-300 / Inserts)
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Kobe Bryant RC #52

All-Rookie Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:4 S2 packs.

1 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
2 Ray Allen
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Marcus Camby
5 Tony Delk
6 Derek Fisher
7 Allen Iverson
8 Kerry Kittles
9 Matt Maloney
10 Stephon Marbury
11 Vitaly Potapenko
12 Roy Rogers
13 Antoine Walker
14 Samaki Walker
15 John Wallace
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball All-Rookie Ray Allen

Board Game Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:9 S2 packs.

1 Vin Baker
2 Charles Barkley
3 Dale Davis
4 Clyde Drexler
5 Patrick Ewing
6 Grant Hill
7 Michael Jordan
8 Shawn Kemp
9 Jason Kidd
10 Karl Malone
11 Alonzo Mourning
12 Dikembe Mutombo
13 Hakeem Olajuwon
14 Shaquille O'Neal
15 Scottie Pippen
16 David Robinson
17 Dennis Rodman
18 Loy Vaught
19 Chris Webber
20 Jayson Williams
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Board Game Charles Barkley

Court Masters Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:180 S1 retail packs.

1 Anfernee Hardaway
2 Michael Jordan
3 Karl Malone
4 Scottie Pippen
5 David Robinson
6 Grant Hill
7 Shawn Kemp
8 Hakeem Olajuwon
9 Gary Payton
10 John Stockton
11 Charles Barkley
12 Juwan Howard
13 Reggie Miller
14 Shaquille O'Neal
15 Mitch Richmond
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Court Masters Shaquille O'Neal

Decade of Excellence Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:100 packs.

U1 Clyde Drexler
U2 Joe Dumars
U3 Derek Harper
U4 Michael Jordan
U5 Karl Malone
U6 Chris Mullin
U7 Charles Oakley
U8 Sam Perkins
U9 Ricky Pierce
U10 Buck Williams
U11 Charles Barkley
U12 Patrick Ewing
U13 Eddie Johnson
U14 Hakeem Olajuwon
U15 Robert Parish
U16 Byron Scott
U17 Wayman Tisdale
U18 Gerald Wilkins
U19 Herb Williams
U20 Kevin Willis
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Decade of Excellence Michael Jordan

Fresh Faces Set Checklist

9 cards. 1:72 S1 packs.

1 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
2 Ray Allen
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Marcus Camby
5 Allen Iverson
6 Kerry Kittles
7 Stephon Marbury
8 Steve Nash
9 Antoine Walker
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Fresh Faces Kobe Bryant

Full Court Traps Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:15 S1 packs.
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold - 1:180 S1 packs

1 Michael Jordan
2 Gary Payton
3 Scottie Pippen
4 David Robinson
5 Dennis Rodman
6 Mookie Blaylock
7 Horace Grant
8 Derrick McKey
9 Hakeem Olajuwon
10 Bobby Phills
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Full Court Traps Michael Jordan

Give and Take Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:18 S2 retail packs.

1 Mookie Blaylock
2 Anfernee Hardaway
3 Tim Hardaway
4 Allen Iverson
5 Michael Jordan
6 Jason Kidd
7 Gary Payton
8 Scottie Pippen
9 John Stockton
10 Damon Stoudamire
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Give Take Anfernee Hardaway

Rising Stars Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:180 S1 hobby packs.

1 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
2 Kobe Bryant
3 Anfernee Hardaway
4 Grant Hill
5 Juwan Howard
6 Allen Iverson
7 Jason Kidd
8 Stephon Marbury
9 Joe Smith
10 Damon Stoudamire
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Rising Stars Grant Hill

Rookie Flashback Set Checklist

11 cards. 1:45 S1 packs.

1 Michael Finley
2 Antonio McDyess
3 Arvydas Sabonis
4 Joe Smith
5 Jerry Stackhouse
6 Damon Stoudamire
7 Brent Barry
8 Tyus Edney
9 Kevin Garnett
10 Bryant Reeves
11 Rasheed Wallace
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Rookie Flashback Kevin Garnett

Scoring King Set Checklist

29 cards. 1:24 S2 hobby packs.
PARALLEL CARDS: Plus Foil - 1:96 S2 hobby packs

1 Steve Smith
2 Dino Radja
3 Glen Rice
4 Michael Jordan
5 Terrell Brandon
6 Jim Jackson
7 Antonio McDyess
8 Grant Hill
9 Latrell Sprewell
10 Hakeem Olajuwon
11 Reggie Miller
12 Loy Vaught
13 Shaquille O'Neal
14 Alonzo Mourning
15 Vin Baker
16 Tom Gugliotta
17 Kendall Gill
18 Patrick Ewing
19 Anfernee Hardaway
20 Allen Iverson
21 Danny Manning
22 Kenny Anderson
23 Mitch Richmond
24 David Robinson
25 Shawn Kemp
26 Damon Stoudamire
27 Karl Malone
28 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
29 Chris Webber
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Scoring Kings Plus Michael Jordan

Starring Role Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:280 S2 packs.

1 Kevin Garnett
2 Anfernee Hardaway
3 Grant Hill
4 Michael Jordan
5 Shawn Kemp
6 Karl Malone
7 Hakeem Olajuwon
8 Shaquille O'Neal
9 David Robinson
10 Damon Stoudamire
1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball Starring Role Hakeem Olajuwon

Promo Set Checklist

1 card

Jerry Stackhouse


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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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