Similar to other trading cards, certain basketball cards are more valuable than others — such as those featuring rookies before they became superstars and basketball players who are no longer alive. Some of the most valuable cards made are rookie cards, such as the 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card, the 1980-81 Topps rookie cards of both Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the 1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor rookie card, and 1957-58 Topps Bill Russell rookie card. When collecting basketball cards, as with other trading cards, condition is the key. The cards should have sharp corners, align properly on all four sides, and be free from any stains or markings. However, an acceptable marking would be an autograph, which really adds to the value of the card as long as it is authentic. When perusing the vast inventory of basketball cards on eBay, consider purchasing basketball card lots if you are just getting into the hobby. This is a good way to begin collecting with several cards at once, rather than buying them one card or one pack at a time.
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