Basketball Trading Cards
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The earliest basketball cards can be traced to a 1933 Sport Kings series, a multi-sport set from the Goudey Gum Company. It was another 15 years before the next basketball set was made, the 1948 Bowman first, and only, hardwood set. Nine years later in 1957 without any other basketball card release the Topps Gum Company introduced its first hoops set. In the 1961-62 season, Fleer released a 66-card set that introduced the American public too rookie cards of iconic players like Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Lenny Wilkins and Jerry West. This was the beginning of a whole new era for Basketball card collecting.
Topps was the exclusive manufacturer of professionally licensed basketball cards for the 1970's and early '80's. The 1980's saw the inclusion of future legends to the trading card market release such as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. These highly collectable superstars added real value to many release. Companies like Fleer, Star and Upper Deck entered the market and the number of annual release became more prolific.
If Michael Jordan was the first coming of a trading card revolution for Basketball then Kobe Bryant and Lebron James represented the second wave. With this came the introduction of a more high premium product for collectors the best example being the introduction of Upper Deck Exquisite in 2003-04.
In 2009 Panini purchased card producer Donruss and gained the exclusive Licence to produce basketball trading cards for the NBA.
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