Basketball cards admittedly never had a golden era. Though cards were produced annually between 1969 and 1982, Topps surprisingly stopped making them in 1982. Whether it was due to poor sales, lack of interest, or both, their timing in hindsight couldn't have been worse. This was the beginning of the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson era and two years before Jordan showed up to change the game, probably forever. The void left by Topps was quickly filled by the Star Company, who instead of producing cards in wax packs with gum, sold expansive team sets in the basketball arenas and hobby stores. The first Star Company set was an All-star set of 32 cards that came out in 1983. Fans had to wait until 1984 for full team sets. This left the 1982-83 season without any basketball cards at all.
RetroCards fills that small gap with a 20-card Milwaukee Bucks card set based on the 1982 baseball design. Known as a golden age for the 76ers, Celtics, and Lakers, the Don Nelson-era Milwaukee Bucks were in the middle of winning seven consecutive division titles (1979-1986) when they averaged 54 wins per season. A great team that wasn’t strong enough to overcome the Celtics and 76ers during that time, the Bucks get special recognition with this attractive set.
Players include Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Bob Lanier, Junior Bridgeman, Quinn Buckner, Mickey Johnson, Brian Winters, Harvey Catchings, Pat Cummings, Bob Dandridge, Alton Lister, Scott May, and a future stars card featuring Mike Evans, Paul Pressey, and Fred Roberts.
Other cards include head coach Don Nelson, In Action cards for Sidney Moncrief and Marques Johnson, Highlight cards for the Bucks vs 76ers Divisional Playoff series and the highest scoring game ever (Bucks vs. Spurs), a team card, and a logo card/checklist.