Saturday, December 24, 2016

1996-97 NBA Hoops Series 1

The NBA is taking a break today, but will be geared up for its big holiday showcase tomorrow with five consecutive nationally televised games on the docket. Here's a 20 year old pack of basketball cards.

107 - John Starks - Hero to many.

174 - Chris Webber - This is a really nice full bleed design, much better than any other NBA Hoops branded set that I can remember.

65 - Antonio Davis - One of the towering Davis players that was featured in the Pacers lineup throughout the '90s, the other being Dale.

194 - Shawn Bradley Grant's Playbook - A subset that features, supposedly, some inside dirt from Grant Hill who was only 24 at the time. You'd think they would have chosen a crusty old veteran for this, or a retired player? Or a coach? Or an actual scout?

32 - Tony Dumas - Full color backs with college and pro stats as well as a different player photo. Nice.

173 - Rasheed Wallace - Early Sheed. This is definitely staying in the collection.

69 - Rik Smits - The back is a little miscut, but I didn't scan that side so you'll have to take my word for it.

H4 - Juwan Howard HIPnotized - A 1:4 insert pull.

12 - Eric Williams

189 - Karl Malone The Big Finish - The back of the card talks up Malone's previous playoff run, so that might be the theme here with this subset. Not sure.

24 - Scottie Pippen - Ending this pack on a bit of a star run.

112 - Shaquille O'Neal - Shaq is seen here dunking over a Vancouver Grizzlies player, with Los Angeles in his future.


Billy Kingsley said...

I love the series one design...If they had used it for series two it would have catapulted this set well in to my top 10 all time favorite NBA sets (which I counted down on Cardboard History in January and February of this year).

madding said...

Ah man, I guess I don't want to know what it looks like.