Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 5:21 pm  |  19 responses

Blake Griffin Rookie Card Sold for $38,000

Blake Griffin‘s career is young, and the superstar’s ceiling is, at the moment, unknown. Perhaps that’s why in a recent eBay auction, one of Griffin’s rookie cards (below) sold for more than $38,000. Business Insider has the details: “The sports card industry has come a long ways. But ultimately, it is still about collecting your favorite players and hoping to find that rare gem. And when the two criteria collide, you might just end up with a card worth more than $38,000. The Panini America rookie card for one of the NBA’s biggest stars, Blake Griffin, is a one-of-a-kind, featuring both his autograph, and the NBA logo cut out from one of his game-worn jerseys. And that led somebody to bid $38,032 in a recent eBay auction. Tracy Hackler of Panini America spoke with Beckett Media, a leader in card valuations, who said the ‘truly global’ nature of basketball drives up the prices on the high-end cards. Griffin’s card still has a ways to go before becoming one of the most expensive sports cards ever. But it is off to a good start.”

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    blake chokes on it

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    People still buy basketball cards?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I need to pull the about 1,000 basketball cards I have out my closet, I used to collect as a pup, if I can get change like this for them.

  • Mariano

    I got a Josh Smith signed rookie card… Hopefully one day he’ll really live up to his potential

  • Slim Tebow

    Man i still buy cards still got shaqs rookie i got mj’s rookie too.

  • S Kemp

    Those 25 Kwame Brown rookie cards I invested in are gonna pay off some day…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    My buddy is a Kings fan who collected a bunch of Spencer Hawes stuff years back for cheap. He then sold it for cheap. Now Hawes’ cards are worth a good amount and he lost about 4 figures by selling too early.

  • Roy Boydelz

    Pervis Ellison x 12, d’oh…

  • Dyce

    Really Spencer Hawes cards are worth 4 figures?

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    I’ve been trying to sell my trading card collections on eBay but the demand just isn’t there. Unless it’s a truly rare card that people want, you won’t get jack for it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com SpaceJam

    I got a signed Scottie Pippen rookie card. Maybe I should cash that in

  • j edgar duder

    Spencer Hawes 99.99?

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    co-sign Wayno

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    hell i got a jordan rookie card

  • Bill Sunday

    @Yada If you really do have a Jordan rookie card, you are looking at easily over a hundred bucks.

  • TP

    @Yada If you really do have a Jordan rookie card, you are looking at easily over $1,200: http://www.amazon.com/1986-87-Michael-JORDAN-Rookie-Graded/dp/B005MXRTDQ


    oh man! i used to have so many bball cards back in the day. i had a binder full of nothing but Chris Webber cards, lol, dont laugh that was my guy back then!!! i also had a binders of Penny Hardaway, Shaq, Jordan, and for some reason Billy Owens. the real joy i got from collecting cards was that me and my friends would open pack after pack trying to find Tyrone Hill cards so we can go, “that’s yo daddy n*gga!” Ahhh…memories.

  • Bill Sunday

    @TP that is only if it is a graded card.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I have more basketball cards than I can count.