2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Cards

2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Cards

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With a bold design and low-numbered Refractor parallels, 2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball is a popular option for collectors.

This is even more the case due to the strong rookie class led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Although James' rookie is not signed, the rookie cards for Wade and Anthony feature autographs.

2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Set Details

At face value, 2003-04 Finest Basketball seems like a very simple release, especially among modern cards, given that there are no inserts and the full base set sits at 185 cards. However, there is some complexity and variety to the release thanks to the subsets and Refractor parallels. The design remains consistent throughout the set, with a large last name display set against a silver orb and a background graphic that resembles team-colored roads. The player's number is highlighted in a circle at the bottom, above the name and team.

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While the full set is actually 185 cards, it can be easily broken down into several groups. The main base set includes the first 100 cards and features the veteran options. Next comes the veteran jersey cards that are mostly numbered to 999. They include small swatches of player-worn and game-worn uniform pieces incorporated into the base design.

Following the memorabilia cards, 42 rookies are featured and many of the cards are signed. These cards are the top options in 2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball. Each numbered to 999, many also feature a sticker autograph. Although the rookie card for LeBron James is one of the unsigned exceptions, values are still strong his rookie. The set is finished with 13 redemption cards for biggest names heading into the 2004 NBA Draft. This includes pre-rookie cards for Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala on the 03-04 Finest base design.

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In addition to the individual groups, each subset in 2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball also includes several Refractor parallels. The base Refractors, numbered to 250, are a little different as they add jersey pieces to roughly half the set. There are also Gold Refractors (#/25), X-Fractors (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).

Similar to the pre-rookie cards for the 2004-05 draftees, it is important to note that there are pre-rookie cards for the top 2003-04 rookies, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. These base cards were originally issued as redemptions in 2002-03 Finest Basketball.

2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball boxes are not impossible to find, but the supply is dwindling and prices are on the higher side. Each Hobby box includes three mini boxes and each mini box contains six packs. Autographs and relics combine to average one per mini box and three per full box.

 

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2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball Checklist

 

Base Set Checklist

100 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/250, Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.

1 Zach Randolph - Portland Trail Blazers
2 Keith Van Horn - Milwaukee Bucks
3 Steve Francis - Houston Rockets
4 Al Harrington - Indiana Pacers
5 Jason Kidd - New Jersey Nets
6 Jamaal Tinsley - Indiana Pacers
7 Lamar Odom - Miami Heat
8 Antoine Walker - Dallas Mavericks
9 Tony Parker - San Antonio Spurs
10 Jamal Mashburn - New Orleans Hornets
11 Desmond Mason - Milwaukee Bucks
12 Carlos Arroyo - Utah Jazz
13 Chris Andersen - Denver Nuggets
14 Chris Wilcox - Los Angeles Clippers
15 Vince Carter - Toronto Raptors
16 Peja Stojakovic - Sacramento Kings
17 Qyntel Woods - Portland Trail Blazers
18 Mike Dunleavy - Golden State Warriors
19 Sam Cassell - Minnesota Timberwolves
20 Allan Houston - New York Knicks
21 Speedy Claxton - Golden State Warriors
22 Rafer Alston - Miami Heat
23 Michael Finley - Dallas Mavericks
24 Richard Jefferson - New Jersey Nets
25 Larry Hughes - Washington Wizards
26 Pau Gasol - Memphis Grizzlies
27 Maurice Taylor - Houston Rockets
28 Donyell Marshall - Toronto Raptors
29 Darrell Armstrong - New Orleans Hornets
30 Latrell Sprewell - Minnesota Timberwolves
31 Reggie Miller - Indiana Pacers
32 Stephon Marbury - New York Knicks
33 Antawn Jamison - Dallas Mavericks
34 DerMarr Johnson - New York Knicks
35 Shareef Abdur-Rahim - Portland Trail Blazers
36 Tony Battie - Cleveland Cavaliers
37 Kwame Brown - Washington Wizards
38 Fred Jones - Indiana Pacers
39 Jamal Crawford - Chicago Bulls
40 Kurt Thomas - New York Knicks
41 Eric Snow - Philadelphia 76ers
42 Andre Miller - Denver Nuggets
43 Ray Allen - Seattle SuperSonics
44 Caron Butler - Miami Heat
45 Corliss Williamson - Detroit Pistons
46 Kenny Thomas - Philadelphia 76ers
47 Jason Terry - Atlanta Hawks
48 Ronald Murray - Seattle SuperSonics
49 Richard Hamilton - Detroit Pistons
50 Elton Brand - Los Angeles Clippers
51 Ron Artest - Indiana Pacers
52 Jerome Williams - Chicago Bulls
53 Ricky Davis - Boston Celtics
54 Brent Barry - Seattle SuperSonics
55 Dikembe Mutombo - New York Knicks
56 Earl Boykins - Denver Nuggets
57 Brad Miller - Sacramento Kings
58 Shane Battier - Memphis Grizzlies
59 Tyson Chandler - Chicago Bulls
60 Kelvin Cato - Houston Rockets
61 Shawn Marion - Phoenix Suns
62 Bobby Jackson - Sacramento Kings
63 Corey Maggette - Los Angeles Clippers
64 Antonio McDyess - Phoenix Suns
65 Drew Gooden - Orlando Magic
66 Mike Miller - Memphis Grizzlies
67 Darius Miles - Portland Trail Blazers
68 Stephen Jackson - Atlanta Hawks
69 Cuttino Mobley - Houston Rockets
70 Gary Payton - Los Angeles Lakers
71 Toni Kukoc - Milwaukee Bucks
72 Eddie Jones - Miami Heat
73 Gilbert Arenas - Washington Wizards
74 Matt Harpring - Utah Jazz
75 Marko Jaric - Los Angeles Clippers
76 Bonzi Wells - Memphis Grizzlies
77 Nick Van Exel - Golden State Warriors
78 Quentin Richardson - Los Angeles Clippers
79 Rasho Nesterovic - San Antonio Spurs
80 Steve Nash - Dallas Mavericks
81 Morris Peterson - Toronto Raptors
82 Nikoloz Tskitishvili - Denver Nuggets
83 Damon Stoudamire - Portland Trail Blazers
84 Bruce Bowen - San Antonio Spurs
85 Brian Grant - Miami Heat
86 Jalen Rose - Toronto Raptors
87 Jerry Stackhouse - Washington Wizards
88 Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
89 Eddy Curry - Chicago Bulls
90 Tim Thomas - New York Knicks
91 Erick Dampier - Golden State Warriors
92 Jason Williams - Memphis Grizzlies
93 Troy Murphy - Golden State Warriors
94 Kerry Kittles - New Jersey Nets
95 Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Cleveland Cavaliers
96 Theo Ratliff - Portland Trail Blazers
97 Samuel Dalembert - Philadelphia 76ers
98 Jeff McInnis - Cleveland Cavaliers
99 Juwan Howard - Orlando Magic
100 Joe Johnson - Phoenix Suns

 

Base Relics Set Checklist

30 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/250, Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.

101 Paul Pierce - Boston Celtics #/999
102 Ben Wallace - Detroit Pistons #/999
103 Yao Ming - Houston Rockets #/999
104 Jermaine O'Neal - Indiana Pacers #/999
105 Rashard Lewis - Seattle SuperSonics #/999
106 Karl Malone - Los Angeles Lakers #/999
107 Allen Iverson - Philadelphia 76ers #/999
108 Mike Bibby - Sacramento Kings #/999
109 Rasheed Wallace - Detroit Pistons #/999
110 Nene - Denver Nuggets #/999
111 Tracy McGrady - Orlando Magic #/999
112 Andrei Kirilenko - Utah Jazz #/999
113 Manu Ginobili - San Antonio Spurs #/999
114 Kenyon Martin - New Jersey Nets #/999
115 Amare Stoudemire - Phoenix Suns #/999
116 Baron Davis - New Orleans Hornets #/999
117 Michael Olowokandi - Minnesota Timberwolves #/999
118 Carlos Boozer - Cleveland Cavaliers #/999
119 Jason Richardson - Golden State Warriors #/999
120 Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks #/999
121 Chauncey Billups - Detroit Pistons #/999
122 Chris Webber - Sacramento Kings #/999
123 Glenn Robinson - Philadelphia 76ers #/807
124 Kevin Garnett - Minnesota Timberwolves #/999
125 Michael Redd - Milwaukee Bucks #/999
126 David Wesley - New Orleans Hornets #/999
127 Tayshaun Prince - Detroit Pistons #/999
128 Jamaal Magloire - New Orleans Hornets #/999
129 Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs #/999
130 Shaquille O'Neal - Los Angeles Lakers #/999

 

Base Rookies / Rookie Autographs Set Checklist

42 cards. Serial numbered #/999.
*Autographed cards are noted below.*
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/250, Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
**Issued as a redemption, it appears that the Travis Outlaw card was never produced.**

131 Darko Milicic - Detroit Pistons
132 Chris Kaman - Los Angeles Clippers
133 LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
134 Richie Frahm - Seattle SuperSonics
135 Steve Blake - Washington Wizards
136 Zaza Pachulia - Orlando Magic
137 Keith Bogans - Orlando Magic
138 Kirk Hinrich - Chicago Bulls *
139 Jarvis Hayes - Washington Wizards
140 Zarko Cabarkapa - Phoenix Suns *
141 Zoran Planinic - New Jersey Nets *
142 Udonis Haslem - Miami Heat
143 David West - New Orleans Hornets
144 Boris Diaw - Atlanta Hawks *
145 Travis Outlaw - Portland Trail Blazers **
146 Brian Cook - Los Angeles Lakers *
147 Ndudi Ebi - Minnesota Timberwolves *
148 Josh Howard - Dallas Mavericks *
149 Jason Kapono - Cleveland Cavaliers *
150 Luke Walton - Los Angeles Lakers *
151 Travis Hansen - Atlanta Hawks *
152 Willie Green - Philadelphia 76ers *
153 Mo Williams - Utah Jazz *
154 Francisco Elson - Denver Nuggets *
155 Kyle Korver - Philadelphia 76ers *
156 Marquis Daniels - Dallas Mavericks *
157 Chris Bosh - Toronto Raptors *
158 Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat *
159 Aleksandar Pavlovic - Utah Jazz *
160 Mike Sweetney - New York Knicks *
161 Marcus Banks - Boston Celtics *
162 Luke Ridnour - Seattle SuperSonics *
163 Carmelo Anthony - Denver Nuggets *
164 Mickael Pietrus - Golden State Warriors *
165 Reece Gaines - Orlando Magic *
166 Kendrick Perkins - Boston Celtics *
167 Troy Bell - Memphis Grizzlies *
168 Leandro Barbosa - Phoenix Suns *
169 Dahntay Jones - Memphis Grizzlies *
170 T.J. Ford - Milwaukee Bucks *
171 Nick Collison - Seattle SuperSonics *
172 Theron Smith - Memphis Grizzlies *

 

Base XRC 2004-05 Rookie Redemptions Checklist

13 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/250, Gold Refractor #/25, X-Fractor 1/1.

173 Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic
174 Emeka Okafor - Charlotte Bobcats
175 Ben Gordon - Chicago Bulls
176 Shaun Livingston - Los Angeles Clippers
177 Devin Harris - Dallas Mavericks
178 Josh Childress - Atlanta Hawks
179 Luol Deng - Chicago Bulls
180 Rafael Araujo - Toronto Raptors
181 Andre Iguodala - Philadelphia 76ers
183 Andris Biedrins - Golden State Warriors
182 Luke Jackson - Cleveland Cavaliers
184 Robert Swift - Seattle SuperSonics
185 Sebastian Telfair - Portland Trail Blazers

 

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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.

User Reviews

  1. Trey,
    You do a fine job providing complete and detailed checklists of various sport card sets. I refer to your checklists when putting together baseball, basketball and football card sets for the grandsons. I’m currently working on a 2003-04 Topps Finest Basketball set. Is there a #145 Travis Outlaw card? There is not a listing for the parallel Refractor card, but there is a listing for the base card. Thanks.

  2. Thanks, Stan. The Outlaw card was an autograph redemption and it seems that the actual card was never produced by Topps.

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