Most Expensive Basketball Cards

Basketball card collectors will spend big to secure two types of rare cards, vintage cards in perfect condition and low-numbered modern cards of NBA superstars. A list of the most expensive basketball cards usually involves both. At the top of the list is the first true pro basketball superstar.

George Mikan rookie cards and other rarities picturing the former Minneapolis Lakers sensation command some of the biggest prices. In December of 2009, one of his cards sold for $218,550 at a Memory Lane Inc. auction. Not only was it his rookie card, but it was in the same condition it was when it was made. The card was the 1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan, with a grade of PSA GEM MINT 10. Any Mikan rookie is valuable, and on eBay his rookie card with a grade of PSA EX-MT 6 sold recently for $3,063.23.

Any complete sets that have a Mikan card go for big money, but there are probably more collectors that want the Mikan cards than the full sets. Not only was Mikan in 1948 Bowman but in 1948-49 Exhibits Sports Champions, 1948 Kellogg's and 1950-51 Bread For Health and 1951 Bread For Energy.  As these are bread labels there will be very few in high grade, but when they do appear in as-new condition they go for strong prices. Two Bread For Health Mikans sold in 2012 with low grades. A George Mikan graded SGC 20 FAIR 1.5 sold for $1,279.25 at a Mile High Card Company auction and another sold at SCP Auctions, that was graded SGC FAIR 20 and sold for $1,172.00.

Michael Jordan cards can obtain high prices. Selling for $13,000 on eBay in 2012 was his 1984-85 Star #101 extended rookie card, with a grade of BGS 9 MINT. That card and his Fleer 1986-87 rookie card often have the highest values.

Fleer Jordan rookie cards have been rising in value on a steady basis despite tens of thousands in the market or in personal collections. High-grade Jordan cards have proven to be very good investments.

However, collectors can actually open more recent packs and find expensive Jordan cards, too. One example of this was his Fleer Retro autographed 1997-98 E-X Jambalaya Buyback. The bidding went up to $29,299.69 in the fall of 2012, as this card is a 1 of 1.

Buyback cards should continue to bring strong prices, especially Jordan cards like his 2001-02 Ultimate Collection Buybacks. Michael Jordan autographed older Upper Deck cards, and these along with an accompanying certificate were in the Ultimate Collection packs. There are 1 of 1 cards, and others with only two or three ever made.

There are also graded rookie cards of Chamberlain, West, Russell and other superstars that go for  hundreds--sometimes a few thousand dollars in ultra high grade. A Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rookie card--which also includes Julius Erving from the 1980-81 Topps set was graded PSA 10 GEM MINT and sold for $16,000.  PSA 7 examples sell for around $175 with 8's at about $400-500.

The most expensive basketball cards typically involve high grade rookie cards of the game’s greatest icons.

1986 Merchante Spanish Basketball Michael Jordan ROOKIE RC #163 PSA 1 PR
1986 Merchante Spanish Basketball Michael Jordan ROOKIE RC #163 PSA 1 PR $235.00
Time Remaining: 27d 1h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $235.00
SCARCE PSA 10 MICHAEL JORDAN 1993 STADIUM CLUB MEMBERS ONLY 59 POP 11 3RD MVP
SCARCE PSA 10 MICHAEL JORDAN 1993 STADIUM CLUB MEMBERS ONLY 59 POP 11 3RD MVP $117.99
Time Remaining: 25d 13h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $117.99
# 73 PSA 8 KEVIN McHALE 1986 87 FLEER fleer BOSTON CELTICS
# 73  PSA 8  KEVIN  McHALE   1986  87  FLEER  fleer   BOSTON  CELTICS  $2.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 3h 25m
1970 Topps Wilt Chamberlain #50 PSA 7 NM
1970 Topps Wilt Chamberlain #50 PSA 7 NM $31.00 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 9m
1972 TOPPS ALL STAR #168 WILT CHAMBERLAIN LAKERS HOF PSA 8 K2620097-978
1972 TOPPS ALL STAR #168 WILT CHAMBERLAIN LAKERS HOF PSA 8 K2620097-978 $37.99
Time Remaining: 29d 18h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $37.99
1961 FLEER #10 BOB COUSY (HOF BOSTON CELTICS PSA 5 LOOKS MUCH BETTER UNDERGRADED
1961 FLEER #10 BOB COUSY (HOF BOSTON CELTICS PSA 5 LOOKS MUCH BETTER UNDERGRADED $24.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 2h 26m
1969 Topps #4 Darrall Imhoff PSA 8 NM-MT Philadelphia 76ers
1969 Topps #4 Darrall Imhoff PSA 8 NM-MT Philadelphia 76ers $0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 4h 8m
1969 Topps Basketball Lew Alcindor ROOKIE RC #25 PSA 5 EX (PWCC)
1969 Topps Basketball Lew Alcindor ROOKIE RC #25 PSA 5 EX (PWCC) $260.00 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 4h 59m
#120 psa 6 SPUD WEBB RC 1986 87 FLEER fleer ATLANTA HAWKS
#120  psa 6  SPUD  WEBB   RC  1986  87  FLEER  fleer    ATLANTA  HAWKS  $1.88
Time Remaining: 5d 3h 26m
1985-86 STAR LAKERS #26 KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR SP BGS 8.5 SUB 9.5 10 10 7.5 SET BRK
1985-86 STAR LAKERS #26 KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR SP BGS 8.5 SUB 9.5 10 10 7.5 SET BRK $0.01 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 7d 5h 19m
1969 Toppss #25 Lew Alcindor RC (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) PSA PR1
1969 Toppss #25 Lew Alcindor RC (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)  PSA PR1 $36.65 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 43m
1985-86 STAR #28 MAGIC JOHNSON BGS 9.5 1 of 3 with 3 x 9.5 & 10 sub SET BREAK
1985-86 STAR #28 MAGIC JOHNSON BGS 9.5 1 of 3 with 3 x 9.5 & 10 sub SET BREAK $6.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7d 5h 9m
Mark Aguirre 1988 89 Fleer Basketball Super Star Sticker #1 Mavericks PSA 9
Mark Aguirre 1988 89 Fleer Basketball Super Star Sticker #1 Mavericks PSA 9 $122.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7d 5h 8m
1986 Fleer Charles Barkley #7 PSA EX 5
1986 Fleer Charles Barkley #7 PSA EX 5 $9.99
Time Remaining: 4d 5h 30m
1985 Star Gatorade Dominique Wilkins #8 BGS 8.5 NM-MT+
1985 Star Gatorade Dominique Wilkins #8 BGS 8.5  NM-MT+ $2.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 3h 12m
#5 MICHAEL JORDAN 1993 fleer ALL STARS PSA 8 CHICAGO BULLS
#5    MICHAEL JORDAN   1993 fleer   ALL STARS    PSA  8  CHICAGO BULLS $3.25 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 39m
1986 Fleer #77 Chris Mullin HOF Warriors RC Rookie PSA 5 EX
1986 Fleer #77 Chris Mullin HOF Warriors RC Rookie PSA 5 EX $2.46 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 39m
1972 Topps Basketball Julius Erving ROOKIE RC #195 PSA 9 MINT (PWCC)
1972 Topps Basketball Julius Erving ROOKIE RC #195 PSA 9 MINT (PWCC) $2,850.00 (18 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 5h
1986 Fleer Basketball #32 Patrick Ewing Knicks PSA 8 NM-MT
1986 Fleer Basketball #32 Patrick Ewing Knicks PSA 8 NM-MT $0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 4h 19m
1986 Fleer Basketball Patrick Ewing ROOKIE RC #32 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC)
1986 Fleer Basketball Patrick Ewing ROOKIE RC #32 PSA 10 GEM MINT (PWCC) $112.50 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 5h 3m

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  1. Audey says

    I have a bunch of baseball cards and basketball cards a lot of them are vintage cards any one know where i could sell them i would rather have the cash

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