The Force is Strong with This One – 1999-00 Fleer Force Special Forces

The Fleer Force brand only had two iterations, in 1999-00 and 2001-02. In 1999-00 it was a silver version of the Fleer Tradition set. It was like the Fleer version of Topps Chrome, in that the photo and design were the same as the Fleer Tradition card, except with silver foil added. That’s how I… Read More The Force is Strong with This One – 1999-00 Fleer Force Special Forces

The Court is Their Checker Board – 1996-97 Ultra Board Game

First off, 1996-97 Ultra is an iconic set in the 90s in my mind, for several reasons. The draft class is phenomenal, the set is condition sensitive, has tough to find parallels, and the inserts are great (see All-Rookie, Court Masters, Scoring Kings, the list goes on). I opened a few packs of this set… Read More The Court is Their Checker Board – 1996-97 Ultra Board Game

Kobe Brought His Friends – Opening 1999 Collector’s Edge Rookie Rage

Before you had unlicensed baseball cards from Panini and Leaf that we see today, among others, you had unlicensed cards featuring NBA players and prospects such as 1999 Collector’s Edge Rookie Rage. A pack was included in a lot of basketball packs I picked up off eBay back in December. And I forgot to grab… Read More Kobe Brought His Friends – Opening 1999 Collector’s Edge Rookie Rage

11 Year Old Me Is Smiling – Opening 1997-98 Collector’s Choice

Anyone remember those repack boxes with a bunch of random packs you could get for $10, $15, or $20? The packs on the outside were the appealing ones, the Ultra, the Stadium Club, the Fleer Mystique. And once you got past the packs on the outside, there were ones like Topps, maybe even Topps Tipoff,… Read More 11 Year Old Me Is Smiling – Opening 1997-98 Collector’s Choice

Interview with Ballout Basketball Cards

Any time I come across basketball card focused content, especially of the blogging variety, it helps me re-engage and remember the reasons I started Hoops Hobby, to engage with other collectors who have the same interests and passion for baskeball cards. It makes me optimistic for the future of the basketball card collecting community when… Read More Interview with Ballout Basketball Cards