Believe it or not, there was a time when rookie basketball cards were about as exciting to your average hobbyist as that checklist they pulled from their last wax pack.

Indeed, back in the 1980s, during the original hobby boom, it was tough for even the hottest of basketball players to make much noise in a market dominated by baseball cards. Heck, even football was a distant, distant second to the diamond when it came to capturing collector hearts … and dollars.

It took a good long while, and some of the most exciting stars in NBA history, but the tide slowly began to turn.

A large part of the credit for that has to go to Michael Jordan (who else?), whose first Threepeat with the Chicago Bulls elevated him to basketball legend status. Even then, though, Jordan’s 1986-87 Fleer rookie card didn’t sell for much more than the RCs of the latest baseball phenom.

Upper Deck issued a baseball card of Jordan in 1991, though, and it instantly became a hobby favorite and began to shine light on other hoops cards.

When Jordan retired from baseball in the mid-1990s and headed to the diamond, his star — and his basketball cards — rose even further.

By the time Air Jordan returned to the court a year later, Shaquille O’Neal and other young stars were really starting to light up the hobby with their own rookie cards.

The 25+ years since have seen hoops continued to eat into baseball’s hobby market share, with huge names like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Luka Doncic, and many others flooding the buckets with their shots and the market with their rookie cards.

Today, you can pretty much count on every basketball product yielding a crop of new rookie cards that continue to drive the market forward.

And you can find nearly all of those cards for sale through various online venues … but, of course, there’s still one leading marketplace when it comes to where collectors turn to find our next cardboard conquests.

Yeah, it’s eBay, no doubt.

And, as you can see from the 25 most watched rookie basketball cards on eBay right now (down below), the hoops market shows no signs of slowing down. For further proof, check out these other basketball cards setting fire to the market:

Check back often, too, as these listings are updated on a continual basis.

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2012-13 Exquisite Endorsements On Card AUTO /10 Larry BIRD Julius Erving MAGIC

Watchers: 190  
# of Bids: 33
Current Bid: $480
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 03:02
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Michael Jordan 1986 Fleer Rookie Card #57 Ungraded

Watchers: 184  
# of Bids: 29
Current Bid: $1775
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 09:02
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2018-19 Panini Immaculate #3 LUKA DONCIC ON-CARD ROOKIE AUTO /99 RC BGS 8.5/10

Watchers: 128  
# of Bids: 28
Current Bid: $2025
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 03:02
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MICHAEL JORDAN BASKETBALL ROOKIE CARD (1986-1987) (AUTHENTIC EXCELLENT CONDITION

Watchers: 119  
# of Bids: 81
Current Bid: $4558
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 16:02
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Jalen Green 2021-22 49/49 Immaculate Signature Moves Rookie On Card Auto Rockets

Watchers: 117  
# of Bids: 26
Current Bid: $710
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 02:02
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2018-19 Panini Immaculate #29 LUKA DONCIC ON-CARD ROOKIE AUTO /99 RC BGS 8.5/10

Watchers: 117  
# of Bids: 32
Current Bid: $1825
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 03:02
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LEBRON JAMES 2003/04 TOPPS #221 RC ROOKIE CARD CLEVELAND CAVALIERS SP PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 99  
# of Bids: 38
Current Bid: $511
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 16:02
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2011/12 UPPER DECK MICHAEL JORDAN HOME COURT SIGNATURES ON CARD AUTO RARE SP !🔥

Watchers: 91  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $1397
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 04:02
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2007-08 UPPER DECK CHRONOLOGY AUTO KEVIN DURANT SIGNED ROOKIE CARD RC RARE /99

Watchers: 91  
# of Bids: 26
Current Bid: $300
Auction Ends: 09-Feb-2023 02:02
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1986-87 FLEER PREMIER MICHAEL JORDAN #57 ROOKIE CARD RC BECKETT 7.5

Watchers: 88  
# of Bids: 41
Current Bid: $3700
Auction Ends: 05-Feb-2023 02:02
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LeBron James 2003 Topps Chrome #111 Rookie Card RC PSA 9 🔥GRAIL🔥

Watchers: 85  
# of Bids: 29
Current Bid: $1666.75
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 02:02
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Paolo Banchero - 2022-23 Panini NBA Hoops Art Signatures - Rookie On Card Auto

Watchers: 80  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $1333
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 21:02
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1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Misprint Card

Watchers: 79  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $660
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 12:02
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HUGE 3200+ Sports Cards Collection PATCH/AUTO/ROOKIE KOBE LEBRON BRADY JORDAN

Watchers: 79  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $305
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 02:02
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GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO 2013-14 SELECT ROOKIE CARD RC #178 CSG 9.5 MINT +

Watchers: 74  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $177.5
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 02:02
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2021-22 Immaculate Cameron Thomas RPA On Card Auto /24 Nets. TT

Watchers: 72  
# of Bids: 36
Current Bid: $160.5
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 02:02
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2016-17 IMMACULATE HAKEEM OLAJUWON RALPH SAMPSON ON CARD Dual Auto /49 🔥🔥

Watchers: 71  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 04:02
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2019 Panini Select Ja Morant #72 Gold Prizm /10 Rookie Card RC Concourse PSA 10!

Watchers: 70  
# of Bids: 33
Current Bid: $1525
Auction Ends: 11-Feb-2023 21:02
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2003-04 LEBRON JAMES RC Fleer #261 ROOKIE Card PSA 10 Gem Mint • PERFECT!

Watchers: 65  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $660
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 22:02
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1996-97 Topps Finest Gold Refractor #280 RC Rookie Card Allen Iverson PSA 7

Watchers: 64  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $82
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 02:02
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1996 Skybox Premium Kobe Bryant #55 Rookie Card PSA 10 GEM MINT PSA 10 🔥🔥🔥

Watchers: 64  
# of Bids: 65
Current Bid: $305
Auction Ends: 05-Feb-2023 03:02
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2020-21 Tyrese Maxey Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Red Prizm Auto ON CARD 76ers🔥

Watchers: 63  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $99.99
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 04:02
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2009 Topps Stephen Curry Steph Curry #321 Rookie Card RC PSA 7!

Watchers: 61  
# of Bids: 35
Current Bid: $510
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 22:02
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2019/20 One and One Nikola Jokic 1st Team Signatures On Card Auto Nuggets MVP

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $33
Auction Ends: 05-Feb-2023 07:02
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PAU GASOL 2021 Panini Immaculate Award Winners 2001 ROY Acetate On Card Auto /49

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $51
Auction Ends: 05-Feb-2023 20:02
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