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1957 Topps Bob Cousy Rookie HOF SGC 80

  • January 13, 2013
  • Leighton Sheldon

1957 Topps #17 Bob Cousy Rookie HOF Celtics SGC 80If you thought last year was a lean one for basketball cards, be glad you weren’t a big hoops collector in the 1950s and 60s. Between 1950 and 1968, there was a grand total of one basketball card set issued.  One. Now granted, the NBA was a distant fourth on the list of popular pro sports for much of the 1950s but it’s remarkable that no company—except for Topps one time—thought there was

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1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie Lakers PSA 9

  • January 02, 2013
  • Leighton Sheldon

1996 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Lakers PSA 9It seems almost hard to believe that Kobe Bryant didn't start for the Lakers when he joined the team at the start of the 1996-97 season.  Of course, he was only 18 years old at the time, another fact that makes that debut season seem like such a long time ago.  Time flies! It also seems strange that in 1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball was a retail-only product.  Dealers and collectors went scrambling for boxes and

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