That set is 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix, a one-year only release. I loved it when it was new. It featured green foil, which I love, and the entire set is neon green based. The backs of the cards look like they were based on Tron, but green. It was one of the first, I think THE first, NBA sets to have the now Topps staple Tobacco sized mini cards. The metallic silver border looks great in hand (but just looks gray in scans)
That was enough to sway me when I was younger...the set was one of the last of 2003-04, and the base cards are OK. I liked them then, but now looking at them, I really don't like them much. The majority of the card is totally computer generated. Even the player photos, they have been messed with, like so:
But what really makes me hate this set is the rookie cards. I have been working on scanning them most of the day and they are so aggravating that it's not funny.
They did them in the style of 1980-81 Topps, which is bad enough, but it's worse because there are at least 4 versions of each rookie card, and they are put into pairings totally randomly.
Just taking Dwyane Wade as an example (because his black jersey helps to illustrate my point about messed with jerseys)
Each rookie has a number assigned to him, but they are essentially pointless because the numbers are never in any sort of order. I wish, really, that they had given each different PANEL it's own number, like they did with the promos for the set.
Here's some of the backs, so you see what I am talking about:
I have no idea how I want to catalog these. With the 1980-81 Topps and 1996-97 Collector's Choice Mini Cards insert, I count each number separately. (partially because I separated my first collection of Mini Cards) But this set, the rookies are also available in mini card form. I don't have a whole lot of them- 2 or 3 for sure, maybe a few more, I simply don't remember. I will probably count them as a three-subject card.
I don't know, my family is under a lot of stress right now, and I am feeling physically worse than I have in a long time, so maybe I am taking my frustration out on the set. Or maybe it's just truly a bad idea. I think it may be the latter.