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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2023-24 Prizm Scoot Henderson Prizmania RC SSP! Card Appears Mint!

Watchers: 178  
# of Bids: 33
Current Bid: $940
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 00:03
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Victor Wembanyama 249/299 Rookie Red Prizm 2023-24 Panini Prizm Basketball Card

Watchers: 171  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $1225
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 01:02
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2023-24 Prizm Victor Wembanyama SILVER PRIZM Rookie Card RC #136 Spurs

Watchers: 90  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $425
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 18:03
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2022-23 Prizm Jalen Williams Silver Prizm Rookie Card RC #246 PSA 10 Thunder

Watchers: 89  
# of Bids: 26
Current Bid: $115.5
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 02:02
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2015 Panini Prizm Nikola Jokic Silver Prizm Rookie Card #335 PSA 9 Mint

Watchers: 82  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $600
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 15:02
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2017-18 PANINI JAYSON TATUM CELTICS RPA ROOKIE PATCH On CARD AUTO /199 SEALED!!

Watchers: 81  
# of Bids: 41
Current Bid: $420
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 02:02
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Victor Wembanyama rookie card 2023-2024 Donruss Orange Laser Numbered #49 /125.

Watchers: 76  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $470
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 23:02
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2023-24 Prizm Victor Wembanyama Green Prizm Rookie Card RC #136 Spurs

Watchers: 73  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $96.69
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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2015 Panini Excaliber Nikola Jokic Rookie Rampage Auto Patch Card PSA 8!

Watchers: 67  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $510
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 02:02
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HUGE MULTI-SPORT, GRADED SPORTS CARD LOT (x464) PSA 10, MJ, Auto, SP, Rookies

Watchers: 66  
# of Bids: 48
Current Bid: $217.5
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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2023-24 Donruss Choice #220 Victor Wembanyama Rated Rookie Card Spurs

Watchers: 65  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $44
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 01:02
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2023-24 PANINI Donruss Keyonte George NEXT DAY AUTOGRAPH AUTO Rookie Card RC

Watchers: 61  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $21.5
Auction Ends: 02-Mar-2024 23:03
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(2) Lot 2023-24 Panini Prizm Victor Wembanyama Rookie Card RC #136 Spurs

Watchers: 60  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $52
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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Victor Wembanyama 2023-24 Panini Prizm Green Prizm Rookie Card RC #136 centered

Watchers: 60  
# of Bids: 28
Current Bid: $113.5
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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JA MORANT BGS 9.5 2019-20 PANINI PRIZM #249 RED PRIZMS ROOKIE CARD RC 011/299

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $147.5
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 02:02
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2023-24 Prizm Victor Wembanyama Silver Prizm Rookie Card RC #136 Spurs

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $310
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 02:02
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2019-20 JA MORANT CONTENDERS ROOKIE TICKET SILVER PRIZM VERY RARE CARD

Watchers: 57  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $159.5
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 21:02
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2023 Panini Prizm #136 Victor Wembanyama SILVER Prizm Rookie Card 🔥🔥

Watchers: 57  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $350
Auction Ends: 04-Mar-2024 03:03
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2003-04 Bowman Chrome LeBron James RC Rookie Card #123 Cavaliers PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 56  
# of Bids: 32
Current Bid: $1528.57
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 03:02
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LEW ALCINDOR KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR 1969/70 TOPPS #25 RC ROOKIE CARD PSA 5 EX

Watchers: 56  
# of Bids: 30
Current Bid: $1038
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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2023 Panini Prizm Victor Wembanyama Base Rookie Card PSA 10

Watchers: 55  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $407
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 00:02
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2023-24 Prizm Victor Wembanyama Cracked Ice Rookie Card Spurs RC Silver #136

Watchers: 54  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $355
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 02:02
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1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card - PSA 8

Watchers: 53  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $5700
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 20:02
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2003 Lebron James Bowman Chrome Rookie Card Bgs 10 PRISTINE. POP 60!!

Watchers: 53  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $780
Auction Ends: 06-Mar-2024 02:03
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STEPHEN CURRY 2009-10 UPPER DECK BASKETBALL ROOKIE CARD #234 ON CARD AUTO BGS 10

Watchers: 52  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $195.5
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 02:02
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