A familiar name is back in basketball cards. 2021 Topps Finest Basketball brings back the colorful chromium brand to the sport for the first time since 2007-08.
The approach is different. It’s not an NBA-licensed release. Save for a couple of people, the checklist consists entirely of retired players.
The online-exclusive release does promise one autograph per hobby box.
2021 Topps Finest Basketball Checklist Overview
2021 Finest Basketball isn’t a big set. Just 60 cards make up the base set. Things kick off with Orlando point guard Cole Anthony. But after him, it’s virtually all players from the past with a heavy emphasis on the 1990s.
Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, Anfernee Hardaway, Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, Vince Carter and Shawn Kemp are among those in the base set.
This isn’t an NBA-licensed product. Topps focuses on picturing players in street clothes and suits instead of generic uniforms.
Autographs have a lot of overlap with 55 different signers.
Base cards have 14 levels of Refractors. All but the standard ones, which are 1:6 packs, are serial numbered. The autograph rainbow is smaller with seven colors.
Hints of Finest’s hoops return were out there. Last July, Kenny Anderson was signing cards in a coffee shop. A short while later, Detlef Schrempf was signing cards, too.
Topps 582 Montgomery Club members get the first chance at boxes with a pre-sale on April 26. Boxes were $129.99 each with a limit of two per member. Things opened up for the general public the following day.
2021 Topps Finest Basketball at a glance:
Cards per pack: 4 Packs per box: 18 Set size: 60 cards Release date: April 26, 2022
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1 Cole Anthony 2 Allen Iverson 3 Greg Anthony 4 Joe Dumars 5 Kevin Garnett 6 Larry Johnson 7 Latrell Sprewell 8 Larry Nance Sr. 9 Joe Smith 10 Dennis Rodman 11 Isiah Thomas 12 Vlade Divac 13 Randy Brown 14 Ron Harper 15 Allan Houston 16 Jerome Lane 17 Kenny Anderson 18 Corie Blount 19 Anfernee Hardaway 20 Gary Payton 21 Dominique Wilkins 22 Kurt Rambis 23 Larry Hughes 24 Mike Bibby 25 Steve Kerr 26 Isaiah Rider 27 Toni Kukoc 28 Glen Rice 29 Dennis Hopson 30 Dell Curry
31 Hersey Hawkins 32 Jason Kidd 33 Grant Hill 34 Shaquille O’Neal 35 Robert Horry 36 Brad Sellers 37 Juwan Howard 38 Steve Nash 39 Detlef Schrempf 40 Shawn Kemp 41 Dirk Nowitzki 42 James Worthy 43 Danny Manning 44 Horace Grant 45 Willie Anderson 46 Jason Richardson 47 B.J. Armstrong 48 Vinny Del Negro 49 Scott Burrell 50 Tim Hardaway 51 Steve Smith 52 John Starks 53 Dan Majerle 54 Earl Boykins 55 Dikembe Mutombo 56 Gheorghe Mureșan 57 Damon Stoudamire 58 Vince Carter 59 Jeff Hornacek 62 Adonal Foyle
FA-AF Adonal Foyle FA-AH Allan Houston FA-AI Allen Iverson FA-BA B.J. Armstrong FA-BS Brad Sellers FA-CB Corie Blount FA-DCR Dell Curry FA-DH Dennis Hopson FA-DM Dikembe Mutombo FA-DMJ Dan Majerle FA-DN Dirk Nowitzki FA-DR Dennis Rodman FA-DS Detlef Schrempf FA-DST Damon Stoudamire FA-DW Dominique Wilkins FA-EB Earl Boykins FA-GH Grant Hill FA-GM Gheorghe Muresan FA-GP Gary Payton FA-GR Glen Rice FA-HG Horace Grant FA-HH Hersey Hawkins FA-IT Isiah Thomas FA-JB Jud Buechler FA-JD Joe Dumars FA-JH Jeff Hornacek FA-JHW Juwan Howard FA-JK Jason Kidd FA-JL Jerome Lane FA-JRC Jason Richardson
FA-JS John Starks FA-JW James Worthy FA-KA Kenny Anderson FA-KG Kevin Garnett FA-KR Kurt Rambis FA-LJ Larry Johnson FA-LN Larry Nance Sr. FA-LS Latrell Sprewell FA-MB Mike Bibby FA-MW Mikey Williams FA-PH Anfernee Hardaway FA-RB Randy Brown FA-RH Ron Harper FA-SB Scott Burrell FA-SK Shawn Kemp FA-SKR Steve Kerr FA-SN Steve Nash FA-SO Shaquille O’Neal FA-SS Steve Smith FA-TH Tim Hardaway FA-TK Toni Kukož FA-VC Vince Carter FA-VD Vlade Divac FA-VDN Vinny Del Negro FA-WA Willie Anderson
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