Friday, June 29, 2012

A look at past NBA Draft cards

NBA Draft photos evoke so many different emotions.

The Draft (this year's was held Thursday) is the first chance for fans to see incoming rookies wearing their new team's colors, an occasion for hope and optimism.

The event is also known for flat-brimmed caps and ugly suits, a mash-up of clashing fashions and photo ops with NBA Commissioner David Stern.

And some of the players, such as 1996 Hornets draft pick Kobe Bryant, are shipped to another team before the night is over.

Due to rushing card companies, draft-focused releases, or a lack of available photos, pictures from the NBA draft often achieve cardboard notoriety. Here are some of the best NBA Draft cards of the past 20 years, flat-brimmed caps and all.

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