Basketball Cards

A focal part of modern collecting, basketball cards emerged at the beginning of the 1900s, with the first half of the century seeing very inconsistent releases. While he’s not the first NBA superstar, Michael Jordan helped bring mainstream interest to basketball card collecting.

Starting more slowly than baseball cards and football cards, the early brands of note for basketball collectors include Bowman, Fleer and Topps. Regularly-issued sets didn’t appear until the 1970s and 1980s.

Led by Jordan and others, the basketball card sets of the 1980s and 1990s established the groundwork for the burgeoning hobby, especially those with MJ’s earliest cards. Popular brands of this era include Fleer, Hoops, Skybox, Star Company, Topps, and Upper Deck.

In modern times, the market has seen a tremendous increase buoyed by international demand. In particular, the rare inserts, parallels and autographs of the late 1990s can be highly valued.

Ending the NBA card lines from Topps and Upper Deck, Panini obtained the exclusive license and has been the only company to make official NBA cards since the 2010-11 season. However, Topps (Fanatics) has deals in place to assume control of the exclusive starting with the 2025-26 season.

The database below features basketball cards by the individual product, including checklists with parallels, rarity, pack odds, short print info, set details, expert analysis, release date, and more.