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2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Cards

2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Cards

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Relying on what made it one of the top basketball brands of the period, 2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball is all about chromium and Refractors. Pushing things to another level, a historic rookie class led by LeBron James is available in the set. As the home to one of the key rookie cards for King James, 03-04 Chrome has seen an incredible uptick in value and interest in recent years.

The 2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball base set totals 165 cards and an unnumbered checklist card. The first 110 cards include veterans and the remaining 55 cards are all rookies. First-year highlights include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. Showcasing the same basic design as the main 2003-04 Topps Basketball product, Chrome adds the familiar finish but updates the rookie cards with action images. Each boxes promise 25+ rookie cards.

2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball LeBron James RC 2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball LeBron James RC back

Growing the master set, collectors can find a handful of rookie variations that honor many of the international subjects from the 2003 NBA Draft. In addition to the base rookie cards, twelve of the foreign players have a RC variation with the card back written in their native language.

A huge part of the drawing power of Topps Chrome, multiple base parallels present different tiers of Refractors. Starting with the base Refractors, which drop several per box, Black Refractors, numbered to 500, and X-Fractors, numbered to 200, are also available. X-Fractors, featuring the most distinct design, are uncirculated cards that fall one per hobby box as a topper and come in a sealed magnetic case. Finally, Gold Refractors offer one of the most popular and valuable parallel cards. Gold Refractor veteran base cards are numbered to 99 copies and rookies are nearly half that with a print run of 50.

2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball LeBron James RC Refractor 2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball LeBron James RC Black Refractor
2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball LeBron James RC X-Refractor 2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball LeBron James RC Gold Refractor

Compared to more recent products, the autograph checklist in 2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball is rather sparse. The sole signed insert is dubbed Chromographs and features only 12 subjects. However, there is a good bit of quality in the on-card autograph insert, including Shaquille O'Neal, Ray Allen and a rookie-year signature for Dwyane Wade.

The remainder of the Chrome product centers around relic cards with three different inserts. It is a plus for many collectors since most of the cards include game-worn swatches. The autographs and relics cards combine to fall 1:2 boxes.

For collectors looking to try their luck with sealed product, boxes are not too tough to track down but prices have taken off in recent years. Unopened hobby boxes have been selling for around $400-450+.

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2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

165 cards and 1 checklist. Shop for base sets on eBay.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors (Base - 1:4 packs; RC - 1:12 packs), Black Refractors #/500, X-Fractors #/220 (Uncirculated), Gold Refractors (Base - #/99, RC - #/50), Printing Plates 1/1
2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Base Kobe Bryant2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball LeBron James RC

Veterans
1 Tracy McGrady
2 Dajuan Wagner
3 Allen Iverson
4 Chris Webber
5 Jason Kidd
6 Stephon Marbury
7 Jermaine O'Neal
8 Antoine Walker
9 Tony Parker
10 Mike Bibby
11 Yao Ming
12 Bobby Jackson
13 Steve Nash
14 Paul Pierce
15 Vince Carter
16 Peja Stojakovic
17 Wally Szczerbiak
18 Kenyon Martin
19 Pau Gasol
20 Gary Payton
21 Tim Duncan
22 Anfernee Hardaway
23 Jason Richardson
24 Andre Miller
25 Latrell Sprewell
26 Darius Miles
27 Richard Jefferson
28 Shawn Marion
29 Baron Davis
30 Ben Wallace
31 Reggie Miller
32 Karl Malone
33 Jonathan Bender
34 Shaquille O'Neal
35 Steve Francis
36 Kobe Bryant
37 Mike Dunleavy
38 Glenn Robinson
39 Allan Houston
40 Sam Cassell
41 Dirk Nowitzki
42 Elton Brand
43 Joe Smith
44 Brian Grant
45 Jason Terry
46 Richard Hamilton
47 Morris Peterson
48 Ray Allen
49 Scottie Pippen
50 Jamal Crawford
51 Cuttino Mobley
52 Jerry Stackhouse
53 Marcus Camby
54 Jalen Rose
55 Ricky Davis
56 Jamal Mashburn
57 Ron Artest
58 Theo Ratliff
59 Juwan Howard
60 Caron Butler
61 Antawn Jamison
62 Nene Hilario
63 Tyson Chandler
64 Jason Williams
65 Kurt Thomas
66 Mike Miller
67 Amare Stoudemire
68 Jamaal Tinsley
69 Brent Barry
70 Brad Miller
71 Bonzi Wells
72 Andrei Kirilenko
73 Kenny Thomas
74 Derek Anderson
75 Zydrunas Ilgauskas
76 Eddie Griffin
77 Tayshaun Prince
78 Michael Olowokandi
79 Michael Redd
80 Tim Thomas
81 Eddie Jones
82 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
83 Corey Maggette
84 Eric Snow
85 Keon Clark
86 Desmond Mason
87 Drew Gooden
88 Matt Harpring
89 Antonio McDyess
90 Rasho Nesterovic
91 Jamaal Magloire
92 Rasheed Wallace
93 Antonio Davis
94 Kwame Brown
95 Manu Ginobili
96 Eric Williams
97 Nick Van Exel
98 Lamar Odom
99 Chauncey Billups
100 Kevin Garnett
101 Marko Jaric
102 David Wesley
103 Gilbert Arenas
104 Keith Van Horn
105 Bostjan Nachbar
106 Michael Finley
107 Troy Murphy
108 Eddy Curry
109 Rashard Lewis
110 Tony Battie
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111 Lebron James RC
112 Darko Milicic RC
113 Carmelo Anthony RC
114 Chris Bosh RC
115 Dwyane Wade RC
116 Chris Kaman RC
117 Kirk Hinrich RC
118 T.J. Ford RC
119 Mike Sweetney RC
120 Jarvis Hayes RC
121 Mickael Pietrus RC
122 Nick Collison RC
123 Marcus Banks RC
124 Luke Ridnour RC
125 Reece Gaines RC
126 Troy Bell RC
127 Zarko Cabarkapa RC
128 David West RC
129 Aleksandar Pavlovic RC
130 Dahntay Jones RC
131 Boris Diaw RC
132 Zoran Planinic RC
133 Travis Outlaw RC
134 Brian Cook RC
135 Matt Carroll RC
136 Ndudi Ebi RC
137 Kendrick Perkins RC
138 Leandro Barbosa RC
139 Josh Howard RC
140 Maciej Lampe RC
141 Jason Kapono RC
142 Luke Walton RC
143 Jerome Beasley RC
144 Travis Hansen RC
145 Steve Blake RC
146 Slavko Vranes RC
147 Francisco Elson RC
148 Willie Green RC
149 Zaza Pachulia RC
150 Keith Bogans RC
151 Maurice Williams RC
152 James Jones RC
153 Kyle Korver RC
154 Jon Stefansson RC
155 Brandon Hunter RC
156 Josh Moore RC
157 Torraye Braggs RC
158 Devin Brown RC
159 James Lang RC
160 Theron Smith RC
161 Linton Johnson RC
162 Marquis Daniels RC
163 Keith Mcleod RC
164 Udonis Haslem RC
165 Ben Handlogten RC
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Rookie Foreign Language Card Back Set Checklist

12 cards

2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Rookie Variation Back 149 Zaza Pachulia

112 Darko Milicic
121 Mickael Pietrus
127 Zarko Cabarkapa
129 Aleksandar Pavlovic
131 Boris Diaw
132 Zoran Planinic
138 Leandro Barbosa
140 Maciej Lampe
146 Slavko Vranes
147 Francisco Elson
149 Zaza Pachulia
154 Jon Stefansson

Bonus Coverage Relics Set Checklist

23 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors #/25 or less
2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Bonus Coverage Relics Garnett

BCR-AI Allen Iverson
BCR-AW Antoine Walker
BCR-BD Baron Davis
BCR-CB Caron Butler
BCR-CW Chris Webber
BCR-DM Darius Miles
BCR-DW Dajuan Wagner
BCR-GA Gilbert Arenas
BCR-JM Jamal Mashburn
BCR-JR Jason Richardson
BCR-KB Kevin Garnett
BCR-LS Latrell Sprewell
BCR-MD Mike Dunleavy
BCR-MF Michael Finley
BCR-PG Pau Gasol
BCR-QR Quentin Richardson
BCR-RJ Richard Jefferson
BCR-SA Shareef Abdur-Rahim
BCR-SF Steve Francis
BCR-SM Shawn Marion
BCR-SMA Stephon Marbury
BCR-SO Shaquille O'Neal
BCR-TM Tracy McGrady

Chrome Cuts Relics Set Checklist

23 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors #/25 or less
2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Chrome Cuts Relic

CCR-AH Allan Houston
CCR-AHA Anfernee Hardaway
CCR-BH Brendan Haywood
CCR-BM Brad Miller
CCR-BW Ben Wallace
CCR-DF Derek Fisher
CCR-EC Elden Campbell
CCR-EG Manu Ginobili
CCR-GR Glenn Robinson
CCR-HT Hedo Turkoglu
CCR-JJ Jared Jeffries
CCR-JJO Joe Johnson
CCR-JS Jerry Stackhouse
CCR-KM Kenyon Martin
CCR-MB Mike Bibby
CCR-MR Michael Redd
CCR-NH Nene Hilario
CCR-NT Nikoloz Tskitishvili
CCR-RW Rasheed Wallace
CCR-TC Tyson Chandler
CCR-TD Tim Duncan
CCR-VR Vladimir Radmanovic
CCR-ZI Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Chromographs Autographs Set Checklist

12 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors #/25
2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Chromographs Shaquille ONeal

CA-CA Carmelo Anthony
CA-DW Dwyane Wade
CA-JH Jarvis Hayes
CA-KB Kwame Brown
CA-KH Kirk Hinrich
CA-LR Luke Ridnour
CA-MR Michael Redd
CA-NC Nick Collison
CA-RA Ray Allen
CA-SO Shaquille O'Neal
CA-SV Slavko Vranes
CA-TF T.J. Ford

GameTime Gear Set Checklist

24 cards
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors #/25 or less
2003-04 Topps Chrome Basketball Game Time Gear Relic Dirk

GGR-AK Andrei Kirilenko
GGR-AS Amare Stoudemire
GGR-CB Carlos Boozer
GGR-CM Cuttino Mobley
GGR-DG Devean George
GGR-DN Dirk Nowitzki
GGR-DW David Wesley
GGR-JD Juan Dixon
GGR-JK Jason Kidd
GGR-JO Jermaine O'Neal
GGR-JT Jamaal Tinsley
GGR-JW Jerome Williams
GGR-LO Lamar Odom
GGR-MP Morris Peterson
GGR-PP Paul Pierce
GGR-PS Peja Stojakovic
GGR-QW Qyntel Woods
GGR-RA Ray Allen
GGR-TD Tim Duncan
GGR-TM Troy Murphy
GGR-TP Tayshaun Prince
GGR-TPA Tony Parker
GGR-WS Wally Szczerbiak
GGR-YM Yao Ming


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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