Basketball is considered the only major sport to have been invented strictly in the US. Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith for the YMCA. During the winters, it was too cold to play other sports, so Naismith needed to create a sport that could be played indoors instead. The game quickly spread to other YMCAs and soon Naismith created to official rules. While the game was invented in the US, Naismith and some of his players were actually Canadian, so it’s no surprise that Canada quickly adopted the sport as well.

Eventually, the YMCAs banned the sport due to the rough nature of play as well as the small amount of players that could play it, leading to only a dozen or so players monopolizing the gyms. Soon, players started renting other halls to play the games in, which was the first step to the creation of leagues.

The first colleges to adopt the sport was Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and the University of Iowa. The colleges formed their own rules committees and created several different sets of rules, depending on the circumstanced in which they were playing. This committee eventually became the sole rule-making committee for basketball in the US and Canada until 1979.

The popularity of the game grew slowly before WWII. With the invention of the television and the creation of televised games, basketball’s popularity exploded, especially in the 1980s. With basketball legends such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jackson all on the court, basketball quickly became one of the most popular sports in the US. This era also sparked the development of high school basketball, women’s basketball, and international basketball.

Today basketball has transitioned from a winter game to one played in the late spring and early summer. The game has become so popular that by the mid-2000s, some players were making over $200 million a year. This forced the NBA to create salary caps that limited the amount a team could spend on players’ salaries. Still, made players today make much more than their salaries due to endorsements, advertisements, and interviews.

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23K Gold Foil Kobe Bryant Rookie Card – Limited Edition

  • Auction ends July 15
  • 23k gold foil collectors card
  • Player: Kobe Bryant
  • Limited edition
  • Features genuine basketball material
  • Hand-crafted in gold leather with a 3-D stamping
  • Size: 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • Comes packaged in protective plastic sleeve

 

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Michael Jordan Showcase 23K Gold Collectors Card – Gem-Mint 10

  • Auction ends July 14
  • Player: Michael Jordan
  • Comes ultrasonically sealed to be airtight
  • Immaculate detail
  • High collectors value
  • A great piece for a fan or collector

 

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Rare Gem-Mint 10 Allen Iverson 1996 Skybox Rookie Card

  • Auction ends July 17
  • Fully licensed by Fleer/Skybox and the NBA
  • Card features a unique black gold background
  • Features exclusive holographic foil highlights
  • Grade: Gem-Mint 10
  • Graded by World Class Grading
  • Card is an original rookie card made in 1996
  • Not a replica card
  • Perfectly sculpted in genuine 23 karat gold
  • Each card is hand inscribed by a skilled craftsman in deep relief
  • Dramatic 3-D images
  • Limited edition of only 5000
  • Individually serial numbered on back
  • The most limited Iverson Rookie ever produced

 

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Rare Gem-Mint 10 Kobe Bryant 1996 Skybox Rookie Card

  • Auction ends July 16
  • Player: Kobe Bryant
  • 23k gold card
  • Rare card
  • Fully licensed by Fleer/Skybox and the NBA
  • Card features a unique black gold background
  • Features exclusive holographic foil highlight
  • Graded a Gem-Mint 10
  • Graded by World Class Grading
  • Card is an original rookie card made in 1996
  • Not a replica
  • Perfectly sculpted in genuine 23k gold
  • Each card is hand inscribed by a skilled craftsman in deep relief
  • Dramatic 3-D images
  • Limited edition of only 5,000
  • Individually serial numbered on back
  • The most limited Kobe rookie ever produced

 

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1986 Michael Jordan Fleer 23K Gold Rookie Card Gem-Mint 10

  • Auction ends July 16
  • 23k gold card
  • Player: Michael jordan
  • YearL 1996-1997
  • Company: Fleer
  • Grade: Gem-Mint 10
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