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1983-84 Star Company Basketball Cards

With no one producing basketball cards for the 82-83 season, the Star Company stepped forward and began producing colorful sets, which were sold in hobby shops by team in sealed transparent bags. The team bags comprise a "set" of 275 cards that were released in the early months of 1984. The Star Company reported that they had produced 5,000 team sets but that they had to destroy many of the early sets because of quality control problems.

Rookie cards in these team sets include Mark Aquirre, James Worthy, Danny Ainge, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Buck Williams, Tom Chambers, Larry Nance, Clyde Drexler and Terry Cummings.

They also produced non-team sets that are not considered part of the 275 card set, such as the "All-Rookies" and the "All-Stars." I bought the All-Rookies bag, which featured '82-83 All-Rookies Terry Cummings, Dominique Wilkins, James Worthy, Lafayette Lever, Quintin Daily, Rod Higgins, Clark Kellogg, Trent Tucker, and Rob Williams. I made the mistake of sending the 'Nique card to him care of the Atlanta Hawks for an autograph and never got it back (despite the S.A.S.E.).

There was also the first in a yearly set of special team cards for the previous year's champions. In this case, it was the Philadelphia 76ers. There are 25 cards in the set and 10,000 were printed. They were sold at hobby stores and The Spectrum (home of the Sixers).

For years card dealers found the sets nearly impossible to sell, despite containing the rookie cards of some pretty good 'ballers like Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, James Worthy, John Stockton, Akeem Olajuwon, and... oh yeah: Michael Jordan. I remember dozens of bags of team sets sitting in a wicker basket on the floor in a local card store (called The Shoe Box and located in Phoenix) priced between $3 and $5 and no one would touch them. I bought the Nuggets and the Suns as they were my favorite teams, but no one then had any idea how hot these cards would become in a few years when they were suddenly seen as the only legitimate basketball cards for the middle part of the Awesome80s. 

One problem in identifying what year the Star Company cards are from is that they changed the indication during the season and sometimes even within a 10 card set! For example, the '82-83 All-Rookie team bag mentioned above features a "Star '84" logo on the front, though it was made for the '83-84 season. The "Last 11 Rookies of the Year" set of 11 cards from '85-'86 shows nine players with a "Star '86" logo and the other two with "Start '85 logos.

Not everyone agrees as to the legitimacy of these cards - they were never released in wax packs so you had to buy them at a hobby shop or in the arena - and some just skip ahead to '86-87 Fleer. Another reason why many avoid these cards is that they were reprinted - allegedly by the founder of the company - in the mid-90s and there is no way to tell them apart (most companies that reprint their product have the integrity to denote the card as a reprint). In fact, the major card grading services won't go near these cards because of this. That is a shame as these were among the most complete sets of basketball cards produced until the 1990s.

1983-84 Star Company at a Glance
Back All-Stars Phoenix Suns
Atlanta Hawks All-Rookies Detroit Pistons

Here is a checklist:

1 Julius Erving
2 Maurice Cheeks
3 Franklin Edwards
4 Marc Iavaroni
5 Clemon Johnson
6 Bobby Jones
7 Moses Malone
8 Leo Rautins
9 Clint Richardson
10 Sedale Threatt
11 Andrew Toney
12 Sam Williams
13 Magic Johnson
14 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
15 Michael Cooper
16 Calvin Garrett
17 Mitch Kupchak
18 Bob McAdoo
19 Mike McGee
20 Swen Nater
21 Kurt Rambis
22 Byron Scott
23 Larry Spriggs
24 Jamaal Wilkes
25 James Worthy
26 Larry Bird
27 Danny Ainge
28 Quinn Buckner
29 M.L. Carr
30 Carlos Clark
31 Gerald Henderson
32 Dennis Johnson
33 Cedric Maxwell
34 Kevin McHale
35 Robert Parish
36 Scott Wedman
37 Greg Kite
38 Sidney Moncrief
39 Nate Archibald
40 Randy Breuer
41 Junior Bridgeman
42 Harvey Catchings
43 Kevin Grevey
44 Marques Johnson
45 Bob Lanier
46 Alton Lister
47 Paul Mokeski
48 Paul Pressey
49 Mark Aguirre
50 Rolando Blackman
51 Pat Cummings
52 Brad Davis
53 Dale Ellis
54 Bill Garnett
55 Derek Harper
56 Kurt Nimphius
57 Jim Spanarkel
58 Elston Turner
59 Jay Vincent
60 Mark West
61 Bernard King
62 Bill Cartwright
63 Len Elmore
64 Eric Fernsten
65 Ernie Grunfeld
66 Louis Orr
67 Leonard Robinson
68 Rory Sparrow
69 Trent Tucker
70 Darrell Walker
71 Marvin Webster
72 Ray Williams
73 Ralph Sampson
74 James Bailey
75 Phil Ford
76 Elvin Hayes
77 Caldwell Jones
78 Major Jones
79 Allen Leavell
80 Lewis Lloyd
81 Rodney McCray
82 Robert Reid
83 Terry Teagle
84 Wally Walker
85 Kelly Tripucka
86 Kent Benson
87 Earl Cureton
88 Lionel Hollins
89 Vinnie Johnson
90 Bill Laimbeer
91 Cliff Levingston
92 John Long
93 David Thirdkill
94 Isiah Thomas
95 Ray Tolbert
96 Terry Tyler
97 Jim Paxson
98 Kenny Carr
99 Wayne Cooper
100 Clyde Drexler
101 Jeff Lamp
102 Lafayette Lever
103 Calvin Natt
104 Audie Norris
105 Tom Piotrowski
106 Mychal Thompson
107 Darnell Valentine
108 Pete Verhoeven
109 Walter Davis
110 Alvan Adams
111 James Edwards
112 Rod Foster
113 Maurice Lucas
114 Kyle Macy
115 Larry Nance
116 Charles Pittman
117 Rick Robey
118 Mike Sanders
119 Alvin Scott
120 Paul Westphal
121 Bill Walton
122 Michael Brooks
123 Terry Cummings
124 James Donaldson
125 Craig Hodges
126 Greg Kelser
127 Hank McDowell
128 Billy McKinney
129 Norm Nixon
130 Ricky Pierce
131 Derek Smith
132 Jerome Whitehead
133 Adrian Dantley
134 Mitchell Anderson
135 Thurl Bailey
136 Tom Boswell
137 John Drew
138 Mark Eaton
139 Jerry Eaves
140 Rickey Green
141 Darrell Griffith
142 Bobby Hansen
143 Rich Kelley
144 Jeff Wilkins
145 Buck Williams
146 Otis Birdsong
147 Darwin Cook
148 Darryl Dawkins
149 Mike Gminski
150 Reggie Johnson
151 Albert King
152 Mike O'Koren
153 Kelvin Ransey
154 Michael Ray Richardson
155 Foots Walker
156 Bill Willoughby
157 Steve Stipanovich
158 Butch Carter
159 Edwin Leroy Combs
160 George Johnson
161 Clark Kellogg
162 Sidney Lowe
163 Kevin McKenna
164 Jerry Sichting
165 Brook Steppe
166 Jimmy Thomas
167 Granville Waiters
168 Herb Williams
169 Dave Corzine
170 Wallace Bryant
171 Quintin Dailey
172 Sidney Green
173 David Greenwood
174 Rod Higgins
175 Clarence Johnson
176 Ronnie Lester
177 Jawann Oldham
178 Ennis Whatley
179 Mitchell Wiggins
180 Orlando Woolridge
181 Kiki Vandeweghe
182 Richard Anderson
183 Howard Carter
184 T.R. Dunn
185 Keith Edmonson
186 Alex English
187 Mike Evans
188 Bill Hanzlik
189 Dan Issel
190 Anthony Roberts
191 Dan Schayes
192 Rob Williams
193 Jack Sikma
194 Fred Brown
195 Tom Chambers
196 Steve Hawes
197 Steve Hayes
198 Reggie King
199 Scooter McCray
200 Jon Sundvold
201 Danny Vranes
202 Gus Williams
203 Al Wood
204 Jeff Ruland
205 Greg Ballard
206 Charles Davis
207 Darren Daye
208 Michael Gibson
209 Frank Johnson
210 Joe Kopicki
211 Rick Mahorn
212 Jeff Malone
213 Tom McMillen
214 Ricky Sobers
215 Bryan Warrick
216 Billy Knight
217 Don Buse
218 Larry Drew
219 Eddie Johnson
220 Joe Meriweather
221 Larry Micheaux
222 Ed Nealy
223 Mark Olberding
224 Dave Robisch
225 Reggie Theus
226 LaSalle Thompson
227 Mike Woodson
228 Lloyd Free
229 John Bagley
230 Jeff Cook
231 Geoff Crompton
232 John Garris
233 Stewart Granger
234 Roy Hinson
235 Phil Hubbard
236 Geoff Huston
237 Ben Poquette
238 Cliff Robinson
239 Lonnie Shelton
240 Paul Thompson
241 George Gervin
242 Gene Banks
243 Ron Brewer
244 Artis Gilmore
245 Edgar Jones
246 John Lucas
247 Mike Mitchell
248 Mark McNamara
249 Johnny Moore
250 John Paxson
251 Fred Roberts
252 Joe Barry Carroll
253 Mike Bratz
254 Don Collins
255 Lester Conner
256 Chris Engler
257 Sleepy Floyd
258 Wallace Johnson
259 Pace Mannion
260 Purvis Short
261 Larry Smith
262 Darren Tillis
263 Dominique Wilkins
264 Rickey Brown
265 Johnny Davis
266 Mike Glenn
267 Scott Hastings
268 Eddie Johnson
269 Mark Landsberger
270 Billy Paultz
271 Glenn Rivers
272 Tree Rollins
273 Dan Roundfield
274 Sly Williams
275 Randy Wittman


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Year: 1983

Manufacturer: Star Company

# of Cards: 275

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Star Company

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