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1989-90 NBA Hoops Basketball Cards

The fronts of these cards were not going to win any design contests, but the backs were by a wide margin the best ever seen on a basketball card. After three years of Fleer skimping on biographical information of the backs of the cards, NBA Hoops included them and a full-color head shot photo on the back. While Score was making it a necessity in the baseball card-world, these were the first regular issue basketball cards to feature such an extravagance. 

They also include cards for the coaches (see Phil Jackson below), something neither Topps nor Fleer had done in the Awesome80s and pulled a major coup by getting David Robison on a card. Actually, two cards. For NBA Hoops actually released the cards in two series. The first - which is all we thought we were going to get - were the first 300 cards and included a card of Robinson holding his Spurs jersey at a press conference (see right). The second series featured an additional 53 cards including one of The Admiral in action.

The second series also contains cards of the two new teams - the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic, along with players who were traded during the season and a scarce Detroit Pistons Champions card. In total 353 cards were issued, making it the largest single set of basketball cards ever issued at the time. Most players on NBA rosters had a card printed of them and available at your local convenience store for the first time. Despite the size, there was only one real subset: the NBA All-Star team.

Of course there is a downside to this whole story. NBA Hoops printed way too many of these cards and their as common as nails even now. That chronic overproduction - both in the number of unique sets made and of cards within those sets, would drive people like me out of the hobby. Obviously more than one person took my place, but that is a story for someone else's website. The story of basketball cards in the Awesome80s ends here.

1989-90 NBA Hoops at a Glance
Back Coach Admiral
Scottie All-Stars Mitch


Here's a checklist:

1 Joe Dumars
2 Tree Rollins
3 Kenny Walker
4 Mychal Thompson
5 Alvin Robertson
6 Vinny Del Negro
7 Greg Anderson
8 Rod Strickland
9 Ed Pinckney
10 Dale Ellis
11 Chuck Daly
12 Eric Leckner
13 Charles Davis
14 Cotton Fitzsimmons
15 Byron Scott
16 Derrick Chievous
17 Reggie Lewis
18 Jim Paxson
19 Tony Campbell
20 Rolando Blackman
21 Michael Jordan
22 Cliff Levingston
23 Roy Tarpley
24 Harold Pressley
25 Larry Nance
26 Chris Morris
27 Bobby Hansen
28 Mark Price
29 Reggie Miller
30 Karl Malone
31 Sidney Lowe
32 Ron Anderson
33 Mike Gminski
34 Scott Brooks
35 Kevin Johnson
36 Mark Bryant
37 Rik Smits
38 Tim Perry
39 Ralph Sampson
40 Danny Manning
41 Kevin Edwards
42 Paul Mokeski
43 Dale Ellis
44 Walter Berry
45 Chuck Person
46 Rick Mahorn
47 Joe Kleine
48 Brad Daugherty
49 Mike Woodson
50 Brad Daugherty
51 Shelton Jones
52 Michael Adams
53 Wes Unseld
54 Rex Chapman
55 Kelly Tripucka
56 Rickey Green
57 Frank Johnson
58 Johnny Newman
59 Billy Thompson
60 Stu Jackson
61 Walter Davis
62 Brian Shaw
63 Gerald Wilkins
64 Armon Gilliam
65 Maurice Cheeks
66 Jack Sikma
67 Harvey Grant
68 Jim Lynam
69 Clyde Drexler
70 Xavier McDaniel
71 Danny Young
72 Fennis Dembo
73 Mark Acres
74 Brad Lohaus
75 Manute Bol
76 Purvis Short
77 Allen Leavell
78 Johnny Dawkins
79 Paul Pressey
80 Patrick Ewing
81 Bill Wennington
82 Dan Schayes
83 Derek Smith
84 Moses Malone
85 Jeff Malone
86 Otis Smith
87 Trent Tucker
88 Robert Reid
89 John Paxson
90 Chris Mullin
91 Tom Garrick
92 Willis Reed
93 Dave Corzine
94 Mark Alarie
95 Mark Aguirre
96 Charles Barkley
97 Sidney Green
98 Kevin Willis
99 Dave Hoppen
100 Terry Cummings
101 Dwayne Washington
102 Larry Brown
103 Kevin Duckworth
104 Uwe Blab
105 Terry Porter
106 Craig Ehlo
107 Don Casey
108 Pat Riley
109 John Salley
110 Charles Barkley
111 Sam Bowie
112 Earl Cureton
113 Craig Hodges
114 Benoit Benjamin
115 Spud Webb
116 Karl Malone
117 Sleepy Floyd
118 Hot Rod Williams
119 Michael Holton
120 Alex English
121 Dennis Johnson
122 Wayne Cooper
123 Don Chaney
124 A.C. Green
125 Adrian Dantley
126 Del Harris
127 Dick Harter
128 Reggie Williams
129 Bill Hanzlik
130 Dominique Wilkins
131 Herb Williams
132 Steve Johnson
133 Alex English
134 Darrell Walker
135 Bill Laimbeer
136 Fred Roberts
137 Hersey Hawkins
138 David Robinson
139 Brad Sellers
140 John Stockton
141 Grant Long
142 Marc Iavaroni
143 Steve Alford
144 Jeff Lamp
145 Buck Williams
146 Mark Jackson
147 Jim Petersen
148 Steve Stipanovich
149 Sam Vincent
150 Larry Bird
151 Jon Koncak
152 Olden Polynice
153 Randy Breuer
154 John Battle
155 Mark Eaton
156 Kevin McHale
157 Jerry Sichting
158 Pat Cummings
159 Patrick Ewing
160 Mark Price
161 Jerry Reynolds
162 Ken Norman
163 John Bagley
164 Christian Welp
165 Reggie Theus
166 Magic Johnson
167 John Long
168 Larry Smith
169 Charles Shackleford
170 Tom Chambers
171 John MacLeod
172 Ron Rothstein
173 Joe Wolf
174 Mark Eaton
175 Jon Sundvold
176 Scott Hastings
177 Isiah Thomas
178 Hakeem Olajuwon
179 Michael Fratello
180 Hakeem Olajuwon
181 Randolph Keys
182 Richard Anderson
183 Dan Majerle
184 Derek Harper
185 Robert Parish
186 Ricky Berry
187 Michael Cooper
188 Vinnie Johnson
189 James Donaldson
190 Clyde Drexler
191 Jay Vincent
192 Nate McMillan
193 Kevin Duckworth
194 Ledell Eackles
195 Eddie Johnson
196 Terry Teagle
197 Tom Chambers
198 Joe Barry Carroll
199 Dennis Hopson
200 Michael Jordan
201 Jerome Lane
202 Greg Kite
203 David Rivers
204 Sylvester Gray
205 Ron Harper
206 Frank Brickowski
207 Rory Sparrow
208 Gerald Henderson
209 Rod Higgins
210 James Worthy
211 Dennis Rodman
212 Ricky Pierce
213 Charles Oakley
214 Steve Colter
215 Danny Ainge
216 Len Wilkens
217 Larry Nance
218 Muggsy Bogues
219 James Worthy
220 Lafayette Lever
221 Quintin Dailey
222 Lester Conner
223 Jose Ortiz
224 Micheal Williams
225 Wayman Tisdale
226 Mike Sanders
227 Jim Farmer
228 Mark West
229 Jeff Hornacek
230 Chris Mullin
231 Vern Fleming
232 Kenny Smith
233 Derrick McKey
234 Dominique Wilkins
235 Willie Anderson
236 Keith Lee
237 Buck Johnson
238 Randy Wittman
239 Terry Catledge
240 Bernard King
241 Darrell Griffith
242 Horace Grant
243 Rony Seikaly
244 Scottie Pippen
245 Michael Cage
246 Kurt Rambis
247 Morlon Wiley
248 Ronnie Grandison
249 Scott Skiles
250 Isiah Thomas
251 Thurl Bailey
252 Glenn Rivers
253 Stuart Gray
254 John S. Williams
255 Bill Cartwright
256 Terry Cummings
257 Rodney McCray
258 Larry Krystkowiak
259 Will Perdue
260 Mitch Richmond
261 Blair Rasmussen
262 Charles Smith
263 Tyrone Corbin
264 Kelvin Upshaw
265 Otis Thorpe
266 Phil Jackson
267 Jerry Sloan
268 John Shasky
269 Bernie Bickerstaff
270 Magic Johnson
271 Vernon Maxwell
272 Tim McCormick
273 Don Nelson
274 Gary Grant
275 Sidney Moncrief
276 Roy Hinson
277 Jimmy Rodgers
278 Antoine Carr
279 Orlando Woolridge
280 Kevin McHale
281 LaSalle Thompson
282 Detlef Schrempf
283 Doug Moe
284 James Edwards
285 Jerome Kersey
286 Sam Perkins
287 Sedale Threatt
288 Tim Kempton
289 Mark McNamara
290 Moses Malone
291 Rick Adelman
292 Dick Versace
293 Alton Lister
294 Winston Garland
295 Kiki Vandeweghe
296 Brad Davis
297 John Stockton
298 Jay Humphries
299 Dell Curry
300 Mark Jackson
301 Morlon Wiley
302 Reggie Theus
303 Otis Smith
304 Tod Murphy
305 Sidney Green
306 Shelton Jones
307 Mark Acres
308 Terry Catledge
309 Larry Smith
310 David Robinson
311 Johnny Dawkins
312 Terry Cummings
313 Sidney Lowe
314 Bill Musselman
315 Buck Williams
316 Mel Turpin
317 Scott Hastings
318 Scott Skiles
319 Tyrone Corbin
320 Maurice Cheeks
321 Matt Guokas
322 Jeff Turner
323 David Wingate
324 Steve Johnson
325 Alton Lister
326 Ken Bannister
327 Bill Fitch
328 Sam Vincent
329 Larry Drew
330 Rick Mahorn
331 Christian Welp
332 Brad Lohaus
333 Frank Johnson
334 Jim Farmer
335 Wayne Cooper
336 Mike Brown
337 Sam Bowie
338 Kevin Gamble
339 Jerry Reynolds
340 Mike Sanders
341 Bill Jones
342 Greg Anderson
343 Dave Corzine
344 Micheal Williams
345 Jay Vincent
346 David Rivers
347 Caldwell Jones
348 Brad Sellers
349 Scott Roth
350 Alvin Robertson
351 Steve Kerr
352 Stuart Gray
353 Detroit Pistons
 

 

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1989-90 BASKETBALL

Year: 1989

Manufacturer: NBA Hoops

# of Cards: 353

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Hoops


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