Hoop heads, take note. A new website devoted to your hobby is now live. Vintage Graded Basketball Cards, the new resource is dedicated entirely to collecting classic vintage basketball cards and features links to the most popular cards and sets being offered for sale online.
The site provides collectors with background information on some of the most historic, famous and collectable cards ever issued. An array of articles is available featuring highlights of older sets from Fleer, Topps, Star Company and the first mainstream basketball set produced by Bowman Gum in the late 1940s. The site offers information on the sets and cards that are most popular with long-time collectors including list-oriented articles such as the ten best basketball rookie cards of all-time.
Vintage Graded Basketball Cards can be a resource for the new collector and may rekindle the affection of those who collected basketball cards as a kid in the 70s and 80s but then drifted away from the hobby. The site provides users with numerous photo examples of available cards to assist collectors in building a meaningful collection.
The first basketball cards made their debut in 1910. After being printed for two years, players disappeared from the face of cards and didn’t reappear until 1932, courtesy of C.A. Briggs Chocolate. Until Bowman’s hoop debut that featured the now valuable George Mikan rookie card, basketball cards were few and far between–and were usually issued as parts of multi-sport sets. Topps tossed up one set in 1957-58 and Fleer in ’61-62 providing rookie cards for players such as Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. Topps returned in 1969-70 and kept at it for a dozen years before the hobby went through more basketball withdrawal and the vintage era effectively ended.
Fans will find data and statistics on collecting, values, and cards featuring rookie cards of Basketball Hall of Famers. For those new to collecting, the site offers advice and suggestions on some cheap vintage basketball cards with which you can start a collection. Visitors to the site will learn about the basketball card grading system and why it’s important to get older cards graded.
For many youngsters, basketball cards introduced them to a lifelong love of a hobby that proved to be quite lucrative in later years. Others rekindled their interest after seeing the relative bargains afforded collectors of old basketball cards as opposed to vintage baseball cards.