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Each card has been graded by BGS. Up for auction is a complete set of the 80 basketball cards which comprise the rare Row 0 tier of 1997-98 Flair Showcase. This set actually represents the first ever basketball base set (put out by a major NBA licensed manufacturer) to be serial numbered, and is offered with all 80 cards in very high grades from Beckett Grading Services (BGS). Several of the grades achieved in this offering are the highest ever graded, making it a one-of-a-kind opportunity. The set is broken down into four different serial numbered tiers, with the first 20 cards limited to only 250 copies and featuring most of the biggest stars of the period, followed by the next 20 cards limited to 500 copies, then another 20 cards limited to 1,000 copies, with the final 20 cards in the set limited to 2,000 serial numbered copies. While all 80 cards have been graded by BGS, 78 of them have attained grades of BGS 9.5 (Gem Mint) or 10 (Pristine), with only two cards barely missing the “Gem Mint” mark with overall grades of 9 (Mint). Here are some more highlights and features of this graded set, including a complete listing of the players featured in the set:

All 80 cards include unique and machine stamped serial numbers on the backs, as well as subgrades issued by BGS for the following attributes: centering, corners, edges and surface.

As of the time of this auction’s beginning, 68 of the 80 cards have no other examples graded higher – including Kobe, Rodman, Iverson, Garnett, Pippen, Kemp, Penny Hardaway, David Robinson, Hakeem, Barkley, Ray Allen, Drexler, Mullin, Ewing, Richmond, Reggie Miller, Mourning, and 50 others!

As of the time of this auction’s beginning, 30 of the 80 cards have only been graded one time, meaning they are represented here in the set.

Michael Jordan /250 BGS 9.5 – This was Jordan’s last year as a Bull, and the year he won his sixth and final championship. The card has a grading score of 38.5 (sum of all four subgrades including centering, corners, edges and surface), with only 1 other example graded higher.

Kobe Bryant /250 BGS 10 Pristine – This is Kobe’s second year in the NBA, and is one of four BGS 10 Pristines in existence (39.5 grading score), with no other examples graded higher.

Tim Duncan /250 BGS 9.5 – This is Duncan’s rookie year, and is one of four BGS 9.5s with a grading score of 38.5 across all four subgrades, with only three other examples graded higher.

Dennis Rodman /250 BGS 10 Black Label – This is the only card in the entire graded population (399 total cards graded to date) which has ever received the BGS 10 Black Label (perfect grading score of 40 across all four subgrades)!

Here are all of the players featured in the set, along with their card numbers and serial numbered print runs:

Michael Jordan /250

Grant Hill /250

Allen Iverson /250

Kevin Garnett /250

Tim Duncan /250

Shawn Kemp /250

Shaquille O’Neal /250

Antoine Walker /250

Shareef Abdur-Rahim /250

Damon Stoudamire /250

Anfernee Hardaway /250

Keith Van Horn /250

Dennis Rodman /250

Ron Mercer /250

Stephon Marbury /250

Scottie Pippen /250

Kerry Kittles /250

Kobe Bryant /250

Marcus Camby /250

Chauncey Billups /250

Tracy McGrady /500

Joe Smith /500

Brevin Knight /500

Danny Fortson /500

Tim Thomas /500

Gary Payton /500

David Robinson /500

Hakeem Olajuwon /500

Antonio Daniels /500

Antonio McDyess /500

Eddie Jones /500

Adonal Foyle /500

Glenn Robinson /500

Charles Barkley /500

Vin Baker /500

Jerry Stackhouse /500

Ray Allen /500

Derek Anderson /500

Isaac Austin /500

Tony Battie /500

Tariq Abdul-Wahad /1,000

Dikembe Mutombo /1,000

Clyde Drexler /1,000

Chris Mullin /1,000

Tim Hardaway /1,000

Terrell Brandon /1,000

John Stockton /1,000

Patrick Ewing /1,000

Horace Grant /1,000

Tom Gugliotta /1,000

Mookie Blaylock/1,000

Mitch Richmond /1,000

Anthony Mason /1,000

Michael Finley /1,000

Jason Kidd /1,000

Karl Malone /1,000

Reggie Miller /1,000

Steve Smith /1,000

Glen Rice /1,000

Bryant Stith /1,000

Loy Vaught /2,000

Brian Grant /2,000

Joe Dumars /2,000

Juwan Howard /2,000

Rik Smits /2,000

Alonzo Mourning /2,000

Allan Houston /2,000

Chris Webber /2,000

Kendall Gill /2,000

Rony Seikaly /2,000

Kenny Anderson /2,000

John Wallace /2,000

Bryant Reeves /2,000

Brian Williams /2,000

Larry Johnson /2,000

Shawn Bradley /2,000

Kevin Johnson /2,000

Rod Strickland /2,000

Rodney Rogers /2,000

Rasheed Wallace /2,000

1997-98 Flair Showcase Collection "Row 0" BGS-Graded Complete Set (80)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $46,800.00
Number Bids: 23
Auction closed on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
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