One of the greatest college basketball players of all-time and a bona fide superstar during his prime with the Washington Bullets/Wizards and Sacramento Kings, Chris Webber was finally inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year after an eight-year wait.
All told, there are more than 3,000 Chris Webber cards, according to the Beckett database.
So where does one begin putting together a Chris Webber PC?
The following 10 cards serve as an excellent representation of his playing career and footprint on the hobby, making them a great place to start.
1993 Classic #1 Chris Webber
The face of the “Fab Five” at Michigan, Webber helped lead the Wolverines to back-to-back national championship appearances. During his sophomore season, he averaged 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game to earn All-American honors.
He is card No. 1 on the 1993 Classic checklist for a reason, as he was the top NBA prospect in the country and the favorite to go No. 1 overall in the 1993 NBA draft.
1993-94 Finest #212 Chris Webber RC
The Magic made Webber the No. 1 overall selection in the 1993 draft, but on draft night he was traded to the Warriors in exchange for fellow draft pick Penny Hardaway and three future first-round picks. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game to win Rookie of the Year during the 1993-94 season, and he helped lead the Warriors back to the postseason following a 48-loss campaign.
While most of his 11 different Rookie Cards can be found for only a couple bucks, his inclusion in the inaugural Finest set still carries decent value and is an easy choice to represent his rookie season in this collection.
1994-95 Ultra Power In The Key #9 Chris Webber
Despite his initial success in Golden State, Webber butted heads with coach Don Nelson and ultimately exercised an opt-out clause in his contract to force a trade. He was sent to the Washington Bullets in exchange for Tom Gugliotta and three first-round picks, and he averaged 20.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists during the 1994-95 campaign.
Many of his 1994-95 cards still picture him as a member of the Warriors, but a handful of later release sets captured him in a Bullets uniform, including the Ultra Power in the Key insert set that highlighted 10 of the league’s best post players and had a design that was peak ’90s.
1996-97 Stadium Club Class Acts Refractors #CA4 Chris Webber/Juwan Howard
A year after Webber went No. 1 overall, his college teammate Juwan Howard was chosen by the Bullets with the fourth pick in the 1994 NBA draft. That meant the pair was reunited after Webber was traded to Washington, and they spent four seasons as teammates and the offensive focal points in the Bullets roster.
The duo was featured on a handful of different cards over the course of their careers, and the best of the bunch might be their two-sided insert in the 1996-97 Stadium Club Class Acts set. There is a base, refractor and atomic refractor version, and the 10-card set focuses on players who attended the same college.
1996-97 Metal Cyber-Metal #20 Chris Webber
Webber finally earned his first All-Star selection in his fourth NBA season, averaging 20.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists during the 1996-97 season. It would be the first of five career All-Star appearances, and his only one during his time in Washington.
The mid-90s Metal cards are still extremely popular, and while the Cyber-Metal inserts were a relatively easy pull at 1:6 Series 2 packs, they are still great-looking cards that are worth seeking out.
1998-99 Flair Showcase Row 3 #67 Chris Webber
After four seasons in Washington, Webber was traded again, this time going to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe. It was there he put together some of the best seasons of his career, averaging 23.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in six and a half seasons as the team’s biggest star.
There are plenty of options to highlight the beginning of his Kings career, but it’s tough to top the late-90s Flair Showcase cards in terms of high-end feel, design and lasting appeal. The 1998-99 set had three different designs for each base card with varying levels of scarcity.
2002-03 Topps Top Tandems #TT7 Chris Webber/Peja Stojakovic
The Kings were sent packing by Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers three years in a row during the 2000s, with the third time coming in a hard-fought 2002 Western Conference Finals that went seven games.
The one-two punch of Webber (24.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG) and sharp-shooter Peja Stojakovic (21.2 PPG, 41.6 3PT%) led the way offensively for that Kings squad, and the two share a card in the 2002-03 Topps Top Tandems insert set.
2004-05 Fleer Genuine Article #13 Chris Webber
Midway through the 2004-05 season, Webber was traded for the fourth time in his career, joining Allen Iverson and a 76ers team chasing a deep postseason run. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in 21 games following the trade as more of a complementary piece, and Philadelphia was eliminated by the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs.
A few sets managed to sneak in a Webber card in a Sixers jersey, including an insert in the 2004-05 Fleer Genuine Article set which was designed to look like a newspaper headline of the season’s biggest stories.
2006-07 UD Reserve #150 Chris Webber
Webber enjoyed one final peak production season with the Sixers during the 2005-06 campaign, averaging 20.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. But his numbers dipped the following year and he landed with the Pistons after being waived in January. Webber took over the team’s starting power forward and averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 43 games. His final NBA action came the following year when he played nine games with the Warriors before calling it a career.
UD Reserve being a late-release product allowed it to be one of the few sets with a Pistons card of Webber during the 2006-07 season.
2021-22 Panini Prizm #263 Chris Webber
Eight years after he retired, Webber was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class alongside Paul Pierce and Ben Wallace.
He averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in 831 career games, and he ranks in the top 100 all-time in NBA history in points (17,182, 98th), rebounds (8,124, 69th), steals (1,197, 98th) and blocks (1,200, 61st).