1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball Card Set Checklist, Information

1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball Card Set Checklist, Information

The 1996-97 Topps Chrome basketball set is perhaps the most iconic basketball set of the 1990’s era. This was the first Topps Chrome set and basically was a Chrome version of the basic 1996-97 Topps set. Topps picked a perfect year to start the Topps Chrome brand.  The 1996 NBA draft class is among the greatest of all time in terms of star power and overall depth. The set features rookie cards of 3 players that won MVPS (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Allen Iverson) and 10 all-stars.

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The Topps Finest brand had established itself as the premiere basketball set and premiere rookie card to have in 1993-94 and 1994-95 with the expectation that this would continue with the 1996-97 release. A player’s finest rookie card was a must have item. This would all change with the introduction of Topps Chrome in 1996.

Topps Chrome changed the basketball rookie card landscape going forward. Offered as a retail only product and featuring “chromium technology”, packs and boxes seemed difficult to come by. Perhaps Topps was testing this product out with a retail release and limited production. Even though Chrome was well received by the hobby, Finest cards were initially still more valuable and more sought after.

I distinctly remember buying a few Finest rookies back in 1996-97 and the dealer convincing me that I should also pick up a couple Chrome rookies of some Lakers prospect named Kobe Bryant. The Chrome was cheaper than the Finest at the time so I ended up picking up a couple for less than $10 each.

The cheap Chrome rookies didn’t last too long as collector’s caught on fairly quickly that Topps Chrome was in fact rarer than Topps Finest as they had more difficult finding Kobe Chrome RCs and refractors compared to Kobe Finest RCs and refractors.

Kobe Bryant can be found in the Youth Quake insert set. Michael Jordan can be found in Pro-Files, and Season’s Best. Full checklists are below.

Refractors are just 2 per box and even the commons have some value.

Both the 1996-97 Topps Chrome and Topps Finest sets are notorious for off center cards. Centering and surface scratching of the chrome can be issues with this set.

Box Breakdown

20 packs x 4 cards per pack = 80 cards per box

Inserts: Season’s Best 1:16, Pro-Files 1:8, Youthquake 1:12

Refractors 1:12 (220 card parallel set) 1:2,640 for any specific refractor!

 

1996-97 Topps Chrome Checklist

220 Card Set Checklist

#FirstLastOther    
1PatrickEwing
2ChristianLaettner
3MahmoudAbdul-Rauf
4ChrisWebber
5JasonKidd
6CliffordRozier
7EldenCampbell
8ChuckPerson
9JeffHornacek
10RikSmits
11KurtThomas
12RodStrickland
13KendallGill
14BrianWilliams
15TomGugliotta
16RonHarper
17EricWilliams
18A.C.Green
19ScottWilliams
20DamonStoudamire
21BryantReeves
22BobSura
23MitchRichmond
24LarryJohnson
25VinBaker
26MarkBryant
27HoraceGrant
28AllanHouston
29SamPerkins
30AntonioMcDyess
31RasheedWallace
32MalikSealy
33ScottiePippen
34CharlesBarkley
35HakeemOlajuwon
36JohnStarks
37ByronScott
38ArvydasSabonis
39VladeDivac
40JoeDumars
41DannyFerry
42JerryStackhouse
43B.J.Armstrong
44ShawnBradley
45KevinGarnett
46DeeBrown
47MichaelSmith
48DougChristie
49MarkJackson
50ShawnKemp
51SashaDanilovic
52NickAnderson
53MattGeiger
54CharlesSmith
55MookieBlaylock
56JohnnyNewman
57GeorgeMcCloud
58GregOstertag
59ReggieWilliams
60BrentBarry
61DougWest
62DonaldRoyal
63RandyBrown
64VincentAskew
65JohnStockton
66JoeKleine
67KeithAskins
68BobbyPhills
69ChrisMullin
70NickVan Exel
71RickFox
72ChicagoBulls 72 Wins
73ShawnRespert
74HubertDavis
75JimJackson
76OldenPolynice
77GheorgheMuresan
78TheoRatliff
79KhalidReeves
80DavidRobinson
81LawrenceMoten
82SamCassell
83GeorgeZidek
84SharoneWright
85ClarenceWeatherspoon
86AlanHenderson
87ChrisDudley
88EdO'Bannon
89CalbertCheaney
90CedricCeballos
91MichaelCage
92ErvinJohnson
93GaryTrent
94ShermanDouglas
95JoeSmith
96DaleDavis
97TonyDumas
98MuggsyBogues
99ToniKukoc
100GrantHill
101MichaelFinley
102IsaiahRider
103BryantStith
104PoohRichardson
105KarlMalone
106BrianGrant
107SeanElliott
108CharlesOakley
109PervisEllison
110Anfernee Hardaway
111Checklist
112DikembeMutombo
113AlonzoMourning
114HubertDavis
115RonySeikaly
116DannyManning
117DonyellMarshall
118GeraldWilkins
119ErvinJohnson
120JalenRose
121DinoRadja
122GlennRobinson
123JohnStockton
124MattMaloneyRookie Card
125CliffordRobinson
126SteveKerr
127NateMcMillan
128ShareefAbdur-RahimRookie Card
129LoyVaught
130AnthonyMason
131KevinGarnett
132RoyRogersRookie Card
133ErickDampierRookie Card
134TyusEdney
135ChrisMills
136CoryAlexander
137JuwanHoward
138KobeBryantRookie Card
139MichaelJordan
140JaysonWilliams
141RodStrickland
142LorenzenWrightRookie Card
143WillPerdue
144DerekHarper
145BillyOwens
146AntoineWalkerRookie Card
147P.J.Brown
148TerrellBrandon
149LarryJohnson
150SteveSmith
151EddieJones
152DetlefSchrempf
153DaleEllis
154IsaiahRider
155TonyDelkRookie Card
156AdrianCaldwell
157JamalMashburn
158DennisScott
159DanaBarros
160MartinMuurseppRookie Card
161MaRookie CardusCambyRookie Card
162JeromeWilliamsRookie Card
163WesleyPerson
164LucLongley
165CharlieWard
166MarkJackson
167DerrickColeman
168DellCurry
169ArmonGilliam
170VladeDivac
171AllenIversonRookie Card
172VitalyPotapenkoRookie Card
173JonKoncak
174LindseyHunter
175KevinJohnson
176DennisRodman
177StephonMarburyRookie Card
178KarlMalone
179CharlesBarkley
180PopeyeJones
181SamakiWalkerRookie Card
182SteveNashRookie Card
183LatrellSprewell
184KennyAnderson
185TyroneHill
186RobertPack
187GregAnthony
188DerrickMcKey
189JohnWallaceRookie Card
190BryonRussell
191JermaineO'NealRookie Card
192ClydeDrexler
193MahmoudAbdul-Rauf
194EricMontross
195AllanHouston
196HarveyGrant
197RodneyRogers
198KerryKittlesRookie Card
199GrantHill
200LionelSimmons
201ReggieMiller
202AveryJohnson
203LaPhonsoEllis
204BrianShaw
205PriestLauderdaleRookie Card
206DerekFisherRookie Card
207TerryPorter
208ToddFullerRookie Card
209HerseyHawkins
210TimLegler
211TerryDehere
212GaryPayton
213JoeDumars
214DonMacLean
215GregMinor
216TimHardaway
217RayAllenRookie Card
218MarioElie
219BrooksThompson
220ShaquilleO'Neal

Season’s Best 1:16 (25 cards) 1:400 for any specific card

#FirstLast
SB1MichaelJordan
SB2HakeemOlajuwon
SB3ShaquilleO'Neal
SB4KarlMalone
SB5DavidRobinson
SB6DennisRodman
SB7DavidRobinson
SB8DikembeMutombo
SB9CharlesBarkley
SB10ShawnKemp
SB11JohnStockton
SB12JasonKidd
SB13AveryJohnson
SB14RodStrickland
SB15DamonStoudamire
SB16GaryPayton
SB17MookieBlaylock
SB18MichaelJordan
SB19JasonKidd
SB20AlvinRobertson
SB21DikembeMutombo
SB22ShawnBradley
SB23DavidRobinson
SB24HakeemOlajuwon
SB25AlonzoMourning

 Youthquake 1:12 (15 cards 1:18 for any specific card

#FirstLast    
YQ1AllenIverson
YQ2SamakiWalker
YQ3StephonMarbury
YQ4DamonStoudamire
YQ5JohnWallace
YQ6MichaelFinley
YQ7MarcusCamby
YQ8KerryKittles
YQ9RayAllen
YQ10JerryStackhouse
YQ11ShareefAbdur-Rahim
YQ12AntonioMcDyess
YQ13JoeSmith
YQ14BrentBarry
YQ15KobeBryant


Pro-Files 1:8 (20 card set) 1:160 for any specific card

#FirstLast    
PF1GrantHill
PF2ShawnKemp
PF3MichaelJordan
PF4VinBaker
PF5ChrisWebber
PF6JoeSmith
PF7ShaquilleO'Neal
PF8PatrickEwing
PF9ScottiePippen
PF10DamonStoudamire
PF11AnferneeHardaway
PF12JuwanHoward
PF13DikembeMutombo
PF14DennisRodman
PF15KevinGarnett
PF16JerryStackhouse
PF17AlonzoMourning
PF18KarlMalone
PF19HakeemOlajuwon
PF20GaryPayton