2003-04 Topps Matrix was interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful at the time of it's release. The 220-card base set offered rookies, the catch was that every rookie was paired with 2 other fellow rookies, forming 110 different "Matrix Trilogies". There are few other basketball card hobby boxes that hold the quality and quantity of the rookie found in Topps Matrix.
Apparently when you throw 110 darts at a board, you're gonna hit the bull's eye with one of them. In the case of Topps Matrix, the bull's eye appears to be a triple "true rookie" featuring the south beach trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh. Previously, the LeBron, Carmelo, Wade trio was thought to be the only card with long-term hobby potential. Below we look at the top 10 trios from the 7-year old basketball product and attempt to explain Topps Matrix Basketball through "The Matrix Trilogy" movie series.
- WJB - Wade/LeBron/Bosh - $100
- JAW - LeBron/Carmelo/Wade - $30
- BAJ - Bosh/Carmelo/LeBron - $25
- AWB - Anthony/Wade/Bosh - $15
- JMA - LeBron/Darko/Carmelo - $20
- MJW - Darko/LeBron/Wade - $12
- JKA - LeBron/Kaman/Carmelo - $15
- JHA - LeBron/Hinrich/Carmelo - $15
- WMA - Wade/Darko/Carmelo - $12
- JBM - LeBron/Bosh/Darko - $10
*By default Chris Bosh is Trinity due to the fact that Trinity is part of The Matrix's "big 3"
2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix Basketball Hobby Box
2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix Hobby Basketball Box Factory Sealed Lebron RC HTF