I was very excited to find a box of 1997-1998 Topps basketball cards at the local flea market this month. This was pure fun. I didn't collect much in the nineties so these are cards I am not familiar with.
I paid $12 for the box which was probably a bit much but I wasn't disappointed. There are a ton of cards that'll go into my personal collection. I love cheap boxes of cards. The design is ok. There is no position or even the team name or logo on the cards. This is a cardinal sin for me but I'll let it go. They are cheap cards for a reason. I like the backs with a new color photo, career stats, write-up and player information. This is how backs should be done even if I do need a magnifying glass to read them.
The inserts were fun as well. Not spectacular but for the time I think they did a good job.
I will say there were tons of doubles which was a bit disappointing. I still managed to get the big stars, not counting Hakeem Olajuwon, who was the player featured on the box. Go figure. Would I buy these at price equal to today's cards? No. Again I look at this purely from a fun standpoint and the cards themselves are all a bonus. I'd do it again in a heartbeat though at this price.384 Total Cards
7 Hall of Fame Stamp
3 Topps 40th Anniversary Cards
2 NBA Draft Redemption Cards (#17 & #18)
1 Pressure Points
1 Shooting Stars
1 Fantastic 15
1 Rock Stars