Before diving in to the world of college basketball cards, let's quickly talk college hoops. The home of storied programs, dedicated fanbases, and the greatest tournament ever created. Every year, millions of fans fill out brackets and watch the future of basketball battle it out for a chance to cut down the net. We’ve seen these teams turn into dynasties, and we also get a glimpse at the early greatness of some of the best to ever play the game.
Recently, we’ve seen the modern student-athlete be able to market themselves far more than in years past. The NCAA’s new NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) rules enable players to partner with brands and capitalize on their abilities. And thankfully, these new guidelines have resulted in some major moves in the hobby.
In June, Topps and Fanatics announced an array of new deals that would give them exclusive rights to many major D-1 programs and players starting in 2023. This means we would be able to own licensed cards of future stars before they sign an NBA or WNBA contract. However, college basketball cards have existed long before NIL deals or these recent acquisitions.
So today, we will give an overview of everything you need to know about college basketball cards. We’ll showcase the companies making college trading cards today as well as the memorable sets of the past. We will also try to offer some insight into the future of the college hoops market.
Let’s jump right in!