1990-1999 Basketball Cards
While the early 1990s were a hobby wasteland across all sports, the mid-to-late 1990s belong to basketball cards. The drawing power of Michael Jordan cards, combined with new inserts like Jambalaya and rare parallels like Precious Metal Gems, intrigued collectors. Add that to an influx of elite rookie talent and demand would soon explode.
In 1997, Skybox Autographics brought in-pack autographed cards to NBA collectors for the first time and the industry would soon make that a common theme in future card products. Late-1990s cards saw decent interest initially, but it was not until years later that collectors realized just how valuable these rare cards could become.
Like Michael Jordan in the 1980s, Kobe Bryant is the clear favorite rookie option for collectors. Other popular rookie cards from the decade include Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki, Ray Allen, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Grant Hill and Gary Payton.
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1990-91 SkyBox Basketball was considered premium at the time. It might not be worth a lot today, but the memorable design and solid checklist give it some lasting relevance.
Led by rookie cards for Shaquille O’Neal and Alonzo Mourning, 1992-93 Stadium Club Basketball is further enhanced by the popular Beam Team inserts.
1993-94 Topps Finest Basketball marks the brand’s hardcourt debut. The set is led by Refractor parallels and rookie cards of Anfernee Hardaway, Chris Webber, Nick Van Exel and Sam Cassell.
Led by rookie cards of Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, 1994-95 Topps Finest Basketball is a strong sophomore installment of the popular brand. Refractors, a deep rookie crop and Michael Jordan also help drive the product.
By today’s standards, 1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball is a very simple set. Rookie cards are led by Kevin Garnett, however a solid second tier includes Jerry Stackhouse, Michael Finley and Rasheed Wallace.
Led by Atomic Refractors and Kobe Bryant rookie cards, 1996-97 Bowman’s Best Basketball is a chromium treat from the 1990s.
Boasting multiple base tiers, limited Legacy Collection parallels and cool inserts, specifically Hot Shots die-cuts, 1996-97 Flair Showcase Basketball offers plenty. Collectors can find rookie cards for Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Ray Allen, as well as base and insert cards for Michael Jordan.
Led by rookie cards for Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Ray Allen, 1996-97 Fleer Ultra Basketball is a fun product to tackle. Other highlights include rare Platinum Medallion parallels and inserts such as Rising Stars, Starring Role and Court Masters.
1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Basketball offers an exciting look back at the peak of basketball collecting. The unique design still works today and the product remains a popular option for collectors, especially because of the stacked rookie class, including Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Ray Allen.
Featuring loud designs, plenty of color and an abundance of Zs, 1996-97 Skybox Z-Force Basketball offers a fun look back at 1990s collecting. The product includes the popular Big Men on Court inserts and rookie cards for Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen and Steve Nash.
1996-97 SP Basketball is led by several standout insert sets. It’s also bolstered by several top rookie cards, including Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Allen Iverson.
1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball features one of the best rookie card lineups for a modern basketball card set with Kobe Bryant leading the way. High-grade copies and Refractors are highly desired.
Led by Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, 1996-97 Topps Finest Basketball features a stellar rookie crop. The multi-tiered checklist makes building a complete set a challenge.
Led by Essential Credentials parallels, Jambalaya inserts and rookie cards for Tim Duncan, 1997-98 Skybox E-X2001 Basketball is a product that is worth revisiting.
The birthplace of Precious Metal Gems parallels, 1997-98 Metal Universe Basketball is also the place to find popular 1990s inserts like Platinum Portrait and Titanium. Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady are the top rookie options.
Headlined by Refractors and the best rookie card options for Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady, 1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball is a popular 1990s product that is still relatively affordable.
1998-99 SP Authentic Basketball is headlined by the numbered rookie cards for Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter. Michael Jordan is also a major focus and is included in the popular Sign of the Times insert line.