History of Basketball Cards

1980

During the early 1980s, Topps and Star were the only companies producing licensed basketball cards.

1986

Fleer released the iconic 1986 Fleer set which  contained the de-facto rookie cards for Michael Jordan, Akeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and many other legends.

1996

Topps' inaugural release of Topps Chrome was revolutionary with its introduction of Topps Chrome Refractors. The set was highlighted by it's own star-studded rookie class featuring Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Allen Iverson, and Ray Allen.

2003

Upper Deck released Exquisite Collection, at the time the most expensive product ever by a wide margin. This set featured the first ever Rookie Patch Autographs (RPAs) and once again featured an all-time great rookie class including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh.

2009

Panini entered the basketball market with exclusive NBA production rights.

2011

The 2011 Lockout yielded a dual rookie class that included Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson.

2012

Fleer released the iconic 1986 Fleer set which  contained the de-facto rookie cards for Michael Jordan, Akeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and many other legends.