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1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Cards

1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Cards

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Loud and colorful with a wild background design, the product debut of 1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball was anything but subtle. The release is split into two series and heavy on subsets and inserts that incorporate the letter Z.

The base set is a manageable 200 total cards, with 100 per series. It is important for collectors to realize that all the official rookie cards are found in Series 2 boxes. Led by Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Ray Allen, the rookie class is deep and still very affordable. Zupermen subsets are also found in Series 2.

The base parallels, known as Z-Clings, are only found in Series 1. The cards are identical to the base cards, but the backs are blank except for the player's name and the card number. While this excludes the rookie cards from the parallel since they are all in Series 2, three rookie players are available only in the parallel. Special cards for Ray Allen, Stephon Marbury and Shareef Abdul-Rahim feature draft day images and replace card #94 and the two checklists to keep the parallel at an even 100 cards.

A total of seven inserts complete the product along with the Autographics inserts that were found in several Skybox and Fleer products in 1996-97. Big Men on Court is the most notable insert in 1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball based on their tough odds (1:240 S2 packs), intricate design and high resulting values. The die-cut cards spell out the insert name in lower case, bubble letters. There is also a Z-Peat parallel that features gold foil. The Michael Jordan version of the parallel can sell at $500+ for high grades.

1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Big Men on Court Michael Jordan1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Big Man on Court Charles Barkley

Zebut inserts are also popular given they cover some of the top young players, including Kobe Bryant. Featuring silver, the embossed insert also has a Z-Peat parallel. Slam Cam showcases top dunkers with a Refractor-like background. The cards are among the toughest pulls in the product at 1:240 Series 1 packs. Lastly, there is a rare Total Z short print for Grant Hill that is only found in Series 2 boxes.

Although 1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball boxes are not impossible to find, they don't show up often and are not cheap. Collectors should pay close attention to the series of the sealed wax as many inserts are specific to one release and some are exclusive to hobby or retail.

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Checklist

1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

ZUP = Zupermen subset

Series 1
1 Mookie Blaylock
2 Alan Henderson
3 Christian Laettner
4 Steve Smith
5 Rick Fox
6 Dino Radja
7 Eric Williams
8 Muggsy Bogues
9 Larry Johnson
10 Glen Rice
11 Michael Jordan
12 Toni Kukoc
13 Scottie Pippen
14 Dennis Rodman
15 Terrell Brandon
16 Bobby Phills
17 Bob Sura
18 Jim Jackson
19 Jason Kidd
20 Jamal Mashburn
21 George McCloud
22 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
23 Antonio McDyess
24 Dikembe Mutombo
25 Joe Dumars
26 Grant Hill
27 Allan Houston
28 Otis Thorpe
29 Chris Mullin
30 Joe Smith
31 Latrell Sprewell
32 Sam Cassell
33 Clyde Drexler
34 Robert Horry
35 Hakeem Olajuwon
36 Travis Best
37 Dale Davis
38 Reggie Miller
39 Rik Smits
40 Brent Barry
41 Loy Vaught
42 Brian Williams
43 Cedric Ceballos
44 Eddie Jones
45 Nick Van Exel
46 Tim Hardaway
47 Alonzo Mourning
48 Kurt Thomas
49 Walt Williams
50 Vin Baker
51 Glenn Robinson
52 Kevin Garnett
53 Tom Gugliotta
54 Isaiah Rider
55 Shawn Bradley
56 Chris Childs
57 Jayson Williams
58 Patrick Ewing
59 Anthony Mason
60 Charles Oakley
61 Nick Anderson
62 Horace Grant
63 Anfernee Hardaway
64 Shaquille O'Neal
65 Dennis Scott
66 Jerry Stackhouse
67 Clarence Weatherspoon
68 Charles Barkley
69 Michael Finley
70 Kevin Johnson
71 Clifford Robinson
72 Arvydas Sabonis
73 Rod Strickland
74 Tyus Edney
75 Brian Grant
76 Billy Owens
77 Mitch Richmond
78 Vinny Del Negro
79 Sean Elliott
80 Avery Johnson
81 David Robinson
82 Hersey Hawkins
83 Shawn Kemp
84 Gary Payton
85 Detlef Schrempf
86 Doug Christie
87 Damon Stoudamire
88 Sharone Wright
89 Jeff Hornacek
90 Karl Malone
91 John Stockton
92 Greg Anthony
93 Bryant Reeves
94 Byron Scott
95 Juwan Howard
96 Gheorghe Muresan
97 Rasheed Wallace
98 Chris Webber
99 Checklist A
100 Checklist B
Series 2
101 Dikembe Mutombo
102 Dee Brown
103 Dell Curry
104 Vlade Divac
105 Anthony Mason
106 Robert Parish
107 Oliver Miller
108 Eric Montross
109 Ervin Johnson
110 Stacey Augmon
111 Charles Barkley
112 Jalen Rose
113 Rodney Rogers
114 Shaquille O'Neal
115 Dan Majerle
116 Kendall Gill
117 Khalid Reeves
118 Allan Houston
119 Larry Johnson
120 John Starks
121 Rony Seikaly
122 Gerald Wilkins
123 Michael Cage
124 Derrick Coleman
125 Sam Cassell
126 Danny Manning
127 Robert Horry
128 Kenny Anderson
129 Isaiah Rider
130 Rasheed Wallace
131 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
132 Vernon Maxwell
133 Dominique Wilkins
134 Hubert Davis
135 Popeye Jones
136 Anthony Peeler
137 Tracy Murray
138 Rod Strickland
139 Shareef Abdur-Rahim RC
140 Ray Allen RC
141 Shandon Anderson RC
142 Kobe Bryant RC
143 Marcus Camby RC
144 Erick Dampier RC
145 Emanual Davis RC
146 Tony Delk RC
147 Todd Fuller RC
148 Darvin Ham RC
149 Othella Harrington RC
150 Shane Heal RC
151 Allen Iverson RC
152 Dontae' Jones RC
153 Kerry Kittles RC
154 Priest Lauderdale RC
155 Matt Maloney RC
156 Stephon Marbury RC
157 Walter McCarty RC
158 Steve Nash RC
159 Jermaine O'Neal RC
160 Ray Owes RC
161 Vitaly Potapenko RC
162 Roy Rogers RC
163 Antoine Walker RC
164 Samaki Walker RC
165 Ben Wallace RC
166 John Wallace RC
167 Jerome Williams RC
168 Lorenzen Wright RC
169 Vin Baker ZUP
170 Charles Barkley ZUP
171 Patrick Ewing ZUP
172 Michael Finley ZUP
173 Kevin Garnett ZUP
174 Anfernee Hardaway ZUP
175 Grant Hill ZUP
176 Juwan Howard ZUP
177 Jim Jackson ZUP
178 Eddie Jones ZUP
179 Michael Jordan ZUP
180 Shawn Kemp ZUP
181 Jason Kidd ZUP
182 Karl Malone ZUP
183 Antonio McDyess ZUP
184 Reggie Miller ZUP
185 Alonzo Mourning ZUP
186 Hakeem Olajuwon ZUP
187 Shaquille O'Neal ZUP
188 Gary Payton ZUP
189 Mitch Richmond ZUP
190 Clifford Robinson ZUP
191 David Robinson ZUP
192 Glenn Robinson ZUP
193 Dennis Rodman ZUP
194 Joe Smith ZUP
195 Jerry Stackhouse ZUP
196 John Stockton ZUP
197 Damon Stoudamire ZUP
198 Chris Webber ZUP
199 Checklist C
200 Checklist D
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Kobe Bryant RC #142

Z-Clings Blank Back Series 1 Partial Parallel Set Checklist

100 cards. 1 per S1 pack.
Card #94, 99 and 100 replaced by R1, R2 and R3.

1 Mookie Blaylock
2 Alan Henderson
3 Christian Laettner
4 Steve Smith
5 Rick Fox
6 Dino Radja
7 Eric Williams
8 Muggsy Bogues
9 Larry Johnson
10 Glen Rice
11 Michael Jordan
12 Toni Kukoc
13 Scottie Pippen
14 Dennis Rodman
15 Terrell Brandon
16 Bobby Phills
17 Bob Sura
18 Jim Jackson
19 Jason Kidd
20 Jamal Mashburn
21 George McCloud
22 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
23 Antonio McDyess
24 Dikembe Mutombo
25 Joe Dumars
26 Grant Hill
27 Allan Houston
28 Otis Thorpe
29 Chris Mullin
30 Joe Smith
31 Latrell Sprewell
32 Sam Cassell
33 Clyde Drexler
34 Robert Horry
35 Hakeem Olajuwon
36 Travis Best
37 Dale Davis
38 Reggie Miller
39 Rik Smits
40 Brent Barry
41 Loy Vaught
42 Brian Williams
43 Cedric Ceballos
44 Eddie Jones
45 Nick Van Exel
46 Tim Hardaway
47 Alonzo Mourning
48 Kurt Thomas
49 Walt Williams
50 Vin Baker
 51 Glenn Robinson
52 Kevin Garnett
53 Tom Gugliotta
54 Isaiah Rider
55 Shawn Bradley
56 Chris Childs
57 Jayson Williams
58 Patrick Ewing
59 Anthony Mason
60 Charles Oakley
61 Nick Anderson
62 Horace Grant
63 Anfernee Hardaway
64 Shaquille O'Neal
65 Dennis Scott
66 Jerry Stackhouse
67 Clarence Weatherspoo
68 Charles Barkley
69 Michael Finley
70 Kevin Johnson
71 Clifford Robinson
72 Arvydas Sabonis
73 Rod Strickland
74 Tyus Edney
75 Brian Grant
76 Billy Owens
77 Mitch Richmond
78 Vinny Del Negro
79 Sean Elliott
80 Avery Johnson
81 David Robinson
82 Hersey Hawkins
83 Shawn Kemp
84 Gary Payton
85 Detlef Schrempf
86 Doug Christie
87 Damon Stoudamire
88 Sharone Wright
89 Jeff Hornacek
90 Karl Malone
91 John Stockton
92 Greg Anthony
93 Bryant Reeves
95 Juwan Howard
96 Gheorghe Muresan
97 Rasheed Wallace
98 Chris Webber
R-1 Ray Allen
R-2 Stephon Marbury
R-3 Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Big Men On Court Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:240 S2 packs.
PARALLEL CARDS: Z-Peat - 1:1,120 packs

1 Charles Barkley
2 Anfernee Hardaway
3 Grant Hill
4 Michael Jordan
5 Shawn Kemp
6 Alonzo Mourning
7 Hakeem Olajuwon
8 Shaquille O'Neal
9 Scottie Pippen
10 David Robinson
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Big Men on Court Michael Jordan

Little Big Men Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:36 S2 retail packs.

1 Kenny Anderson
2 Mookie Blaylock
3 Muggsy Bogues
4 Terrell Brandon
5 Allen Iverson
6 Avery Johnson
7 Kevin Johnson
8 Stephon Marbury
9 Gary Payton
10 Nick Van Exel
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Little Big Men Allen Iverson

Slam Cam Set Checklist

9 cards. 1:240 S1 packs.

SC1 Clyde Drexler
SC2 Michael Finley
SC3 Anfernee Hardaway
SC4 Grant Hill
SC5 Michael Jordan
SC6 Shawn Kemp
SC7 Karl Malone
SC8 Antonio McDyess
SC9 Shaquille O'Neal
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Slam Cam Michael Jordan

Swat Team Set Checklist

9 cards. 1:72 S1 hobby packs.

ST1 Patrick Ewing
ST2 Kevin Garnett
ST3 Alonzo Mourning
ST4 Dikembe Mutombo
ST5 Hakeem Olajuwon
ST6 Shaquille O'Neal
ST7 David Robinson
ST8 Dennis Rodman
ST9 Joe Smith
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Swat Team Hakeem Olajuwon

Vortex Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:36 S1 retail packs.

V1 Charles Barkley
V2 Anfernee Hardaway
V3 Grant Hill
V4 Juwan Howard
V5 Michael Jordan
V6 Jason Kidd
V7 Reggie Miller
V8 Gary Payton
V9 Scottie Pippen
V10 Mitch Richmond
V11 Glenn Robinson
V12 Arvydas Sabonis
V13 Jerry Stackhouse
V14 John Stockton
V15 Damon Stoudamire
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Vortex Grant Hill

Zebut Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:24 S2 hobby packs.
PARALLEL CARDS: Z-Peat

1 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
2 Ray Allen
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Marcus Camby
5 Erick Dampier
6 Todd Fuller
7 Othella Harrington
8 Allen Iverson
9 Kerry Kittles
10 Priest Lauderdale
11 Stephon Marbury
12 Steve Nash
13 Jermaine O'Neal
14 Ray Owes
15 Vitaly Potapenko
16 Roy Rogers
17 Antoine Walker
18 Samaki Walker
19 John Wallace
20 Lorenzen Wright
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Zebut ZPeat Kobe Bryant

Zensations Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:6 S2 packs.

1 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
2 Ray Allen
3 Nick Anderson
4 Vin Baker
5 Mookie Blaylock
6 Calbert Cheaney
7 Kevin Garnett
8 Horace Grant
9 Tim Hardaway
10 Allen Iverson
11 Avery Johnson
12 Kevin Johnson
13 Danny Manning
14 Stephon Marbury
15 Jamal Mashburn
16 Glen Rice
17 Isaiah Rider
18 Latrell Sprewell
19 Rod Strickland
20 Nick Van Exel
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Zensations Allen Iverson

Grant Hill Total Z Set Checklist

1 card. 1:900 S2 packs.

1 Grant Hill
1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball Total Z Grant Hill

Promos Set Checklist

Grant Hill / Jerry Stackhouse
Grant Hill

Autographics Set Checklist

1:72 packs
Skybox Premium Autographics are found across multiple 1996-97 Skybox/Fleer products. Full checklist and guide here.

 


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 or Google+.

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