1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball is divided into two series for a combined 251-card set. The first run has 140 cards while Series 2 is limited to 112 cards. While Series 1 contains most of the notable rookies of the season, Series 2 contains Michael Jordan.
As with all Topps Finest releases, Refractors lead the parallel chase. In terms of the inserts, Mystery is a 44-card set that is split between both series. Inserted one per pack, they're more common than the base cards. Series 2 takes a traditional structure with Silver and Gold parallels along with Bronze inserts.
All 1995-96 Topps Finest Basketball cards come with a clear protective peel. The idea was that they would protect the surfaces, which were prone to scratching. Today, many cards still have the peel, even though it makes the card less attractive as the labels run diagonally throughout the card. Taking the peels off can be risky as it requires picking at the edges. They can be removed without damaging the card, but it is a risk many collectors aren't willing to take, especially with more valuable cards.