The premise is simple. Take the most well known rookies in the NBA from 1981 to 1991 and put them on Topps baseball card designs from the same years. INSANITY! Here are some highlights from the box that I opened.
The first eleven cards feature the #1 draft picks from 1981-1991. They don't match the rest of the set and I don't understand why they just didn't mark the base cards as #1 draft picks. If Olajuwon was picked before Jordan in the draft that year, why does Portland take all the heat for taking Sam Bowie. Oh yeah, maybe it's because we took Sam Bowie.
1986 and 1987. It's sad that John Salley ruined his legacy by being on that horrible show Tom Arnold. No, not Rosanne, the other show Tom Arnold is on. 1987 is my favorite card design ever. I am crying into my beer as I write this reminiscing of a young T.J. sorting stacks of these cards into a Converse box. Roger Clemens, Will Clark, Bobby Bonilla! Those were the days. Why did I have so many Dave Righetti's?
1990 and 1991. These are not good years for Topps. 1990 is too busy and '91 is too plain. Shawn Kemp is too easy a target, so I'll just say that it's amazing that the Sonics had both him and the Glove as rookies that year. Good for you Seattle. I mean Charlotte. Speaking of Charlotte, here's a card of Larry Johnson. Just taking a break. They could have used a shot of him posterizing someone, but they didn't. They went with Grammama takin' five. I miss 90's basketball.
Retro sets are so common nowadays, but I imagine it was a pretty crazy idea way back in 1993. I still say I thought of it first. From the look of the last couple of cards it seems that Topps was running out of ideas. They should come to me. Just last week I was saying that card companies should start stuffing pieces of game used of jerseys into cards. I'm a visionary.