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Basketball Cards of the Awesome80s

Welcome to our look at the basketball cards of the Awesome80s! We've got pages for all the major sets of the decade (and the Super70s too) as well as a complete checklists. Use the links on the left (under the green heading "Basketball Cards") to get started.

The first set of the decade would have been very unpopular, featuring three perforated panels on each standard sized card, were it not for the inclusion of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson rookie cards. Basketball cards continued to be unpopular early in the decade to the extent that Topps exited the industry altogether after its '81-82 set and no major producer created cards at all for the '82-83 season.

The Star Company filled the void to some extent with their limited distribution team sets in the mid-Awesome80s. Their '84-85 set featuring rookies of Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, and Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the most valuable basketball card sets of all-time.

Some collectors didn't consider the Star Company cards as legitimate successors to the Topps sets of previous years and were happy to see Fleer enter the market in 1986. That set features a Michael Jordan card that regularly fetches over $1K.

By the end of the Awesome80s, both Fleer and NBA Hoops were producing sets. The market for basketball cards was exploding along with the popularity of the sport itself. This would have been hard to imagine in the dark days of 1982, when Topps gave up and some NBA teams were near solvency!



Some of the memorable cards of the Awesome80s!

'80 Topps Sets!
'80 Topps Singles!
'80 Topps Unopened Packs!
'80 Topps Lots!
'80 Topps Cases!

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