What game-worn jersey set of current players would be better than one filled with game-worn finals jerseys? Take this past season as an example- how cool would it be to pull a finals worn jersey card of Lebron James from his first trip to the Finals with Miami? Or a jersey used in a breakthrough playoff performance from NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki? Short answer, there aren’t many game-worn jersey cards of current players I’d rather pull.
While browsing on ebay over the past week I stumbled across several 2000-01 Topps Gold Label Finals Jerseys of key players from the 2000 Indiana Pacers’ only NBA Finals appearance in franchise history. Look at the players from this set: Shaq, Kobe, Reggie, Mullin, Rice, Horry, Green, etc.. You better believe I snatched up ones I saw:
Most sought after cards in other years that finals-worn jersey sets were produced:
2001-02 – Kobe, Shaq, Iverson, Mutombo
2005-06 – Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Horry, Billups, Wallace
2006-07 – Shaq, Wade, Mourning, Payton, Walker (just the Heat were included in this set, no Mavs)
They don’t show up on ebay with much frequency. Tell me that this type of insert set wouldn’t be one of the most highly sought after memorabilia sets year after year, particularly if featured in a higher-end product! That’s why I was baffled to see that the last Finals Jersey set that I could find was from 2006-07 Topps products. Hoping this type of set comes back soon in some fashion!