Founded in 1946, with the creation of the BAA, the Knicks have played in an arena named Madison Square Garden for their entire history. In fact, the arena owns the team, and by proxy whoever owns the arena owns the team. The current Madison Square Garden, or MSG, opened in 1968, making it the oldest arena still in use in the NBA.
The Knicks have won two NBA Championships, in 1969-70 and 1971-72.
During the Knicks' long history, they have been stable in the uniforms worn, wearing essentially only four designs- although there are variations on most of them. The team colors have been orange and blue for the entire history of the franchise.
The earliest Knicks jersey was simply solid white with blue lettering and orange borders. I do not have any cards that show this jersey, but it does appear in the 1948 Bowman set, which you can see here. The original road jersey was solid blue with orange lettering and an orange stripe to match the home whites. To my knowledge this jersey does not appear on any cards at all.
In 1952-53 the Knicks, now part of the NBA after the 1949 merger of the BAA and NBL, kept the same font and color scheme but instead of solid orange borders, they now were blue and orange squares, on both the home and road jerseys. The Knicks have worn this design as throwbacks, beginning in 1996-97 for the NBA's 50th anniversary, and most recently in 2015-16. The main difference is that the original jerseys did not have the player's names on the back, where all Throwback versions did.
These striped uniforms would be worn from 1952-53 through 1960-61.
|1957-58 Topps #38|
|1957-58 Topps #29|
|1981 TCMA #33, Johnny Egan. This is the only card to depict Egan as a Knick.|
The Knicks debuted new jerseys in 1969-69, and the style debuted that season would come to be the iconic Knicks jersey- after a brief hiatus in the early 1980s and again in the 2000s, they are back to wearing the same basic design.
|1975-76 Topps #215|
Note that the blue was noticeably darker in those days.
|1970-71 Topps Poster #3|
The 1979-80 the Knicks debuted a new jersey design that was then and remains the largest departure from the norm for the Knicks. Featuring a totally different font, darker blue and, most unusually, the team name under the number, these jerseys would be the shortest lived in Knicks history, lasting only three seasons. The design has been worn as a throwback, but with the current, lighter blue that the Knicks use.
I believe that the 1980-81 Topps team poster is the only card ever to show the home white design of this jersey in a non-throwback form.
|1980-81 Topps Team Poster #11|
|1981-82 Topps #E89. While this is technically not a Knicks card, it shows the jersey best.|
With the extremely limited number of cards issued during this time, there are none known that show the home white with the number on the leg.
|1983-84 Star #67|
|1990-91 Fleer Update #U-63|
|1989-90 Hoops #6. Sorry for the poor scan.|
|1992-93 Hoops #433|
|1992-93 Hoops Supreme Court #SC4|
|1993-94 Upper Deck #392|
|1994-95 Hoops #353|
|1999-00 Metal #116|
|1996-97 Collector's Choice #290|
In 2001-02, the number and logo were eliminated from the stripes on the legs, and the side stripe width was decreased. The Knicks logo was placed into the field on the right leg.
|2005-06 Topps Total #316|
|2002-03 Fleer Tradition #107|
|2015-16 Panini Threads #117|
|2015 Sports Illustrated for Kids #507|
The Knicks have worn several one-off and special uniforms. The earliest, not counting the alternates that became standards, is a solid green jersey worn solely on St. Patrick's day. The Knicks are one of several teams to have done this- beginning in 2006-07- but they don't do it anymore. I am unsure of when they stopped, and there are no cards known to me to show the green jerseys.
The Knicks debuted an orange alternate in 2013-14, but I do not know if they still wear it. I did not see any games with them wearing it during 2015-16 but that doesn't mean I didn't miss it.
|2013-14 Panini #155|
|2014-15 Prestige Premium #44|
The NBA began using special, worn only once jerseys on Christmas Day in 2012-13. The Knicks took part in the program in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.
|2013-14 Hoops #113, showing 2012-13 Christmas jersey. The front, not shown, has New York in orange letters. The jerseys that year were essentially monochromatic.|
|2014-15 Prestige #159, showing 2013-14 Christmas jersey.|