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.

1969 Topps # 1 WILT CHAMBERLAIN PSA 4 Lakers Vg-ex
1969 Topps # 1 WILT CHAMBERLAIN PSA 4 Lakers Vg-ex $0.99 (1 Bid)
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1986 Fleer Karl Malone Psa 8 Rookie Perfect centering
1986 Fleer Karl Malone  Psa 8 Rookie Perfect centering $58.00
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1970-71 Topps Basketball PSA & SGC Graded Complete your set. Pick your card.
1970-71 Topps Basketball PSA & SGC Graded Complete your set. Pick your card. $7.70
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PSA 8 1986 FLEER JULIUS DR. J ERVING STICKER #5 76ER'S HOF 'ER L@@K !!!
PSA 8 1986 FLEER JULIUS DR. J ERVING STICKER #5 76ER'S HOF 'ER L@@K !!! $20.51 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 39m
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 $159.99
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1986 Fleer #53 Magic Johnson - BGS 9 MINT
1986 Fleer #53 Magic Johnson - BGS 9 MINT $5.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 3h 42m
1986 Fleer Sticker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #1 BGS 7 NM 2 X 8 SUBS HOF LAKERS
1986 Fleer Sticker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #1 BGS 7 NM 2 X 8 SUBS HOF LAKERS $50.00
Time Remaining: 29d 7h 8m
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1986 Michael Jordan fleer rookie card. PSA NM 7.
1986 Michael Jordan fleer rookie card.  PSA NM 7. $1,700.00
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14 PSA Graded 1970 Topps Basketball Cards/New York/Boston/Los Angeles/Phil
14 PSA Graded 1970 Topps Basketball Cards/New York/Boston/Los Angeles/Phil $1.75 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 3h 16m
1957 Topps Basketball #77 Bill Russell Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8 (OC)
1957 Topps Basketball #77 Bill Russell Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8 (OC) $4,299.99
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1986 Fleer Paul Pressey #88 BGS 9.0
1986 Fleer Paul Pressey #88 BGS 9.0 $4.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 21h 11m
1986 Fleer Basketball #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA MINT 9 HIGH END
1986 Fleer Basketball #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA MINT 9 HIGH END $4,399.99
Time Remaining: 10d 22h 6m
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1957 Topps #74 Bob Leonard Signed Autographed Auto Card Lakers PSA/DNA *674961
1957 Topps #74 Bob Leonard Signed Autographed Auto Card Lakers PSA/DNA *674961 $150.00
Time Remaining: 10d 18h 35m
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1986 Fleer #31 Julius Erving - HOF - BGS 9.5 GEM MINT - 3 9.5's!!
1986 Fleer #31 Julius Erving - HOF - BGS 9.5 GEM MINT - 3 9.5's!! $7.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 4h 11m
1988 FLEER #57 REGGIE MILLER RC PACERS HOF PSA 10 K2568013-442
1988 FLEER #57 REGGIE MILLER RC PACERS HOF PSA 10 K2568013-442 $569.99
Time Remaining: 9d 21h 36m
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1969-70 Topps #60 Willis Reed Rookie RC HOF PSA 7 NM Registry New York Knicks
1969-70 Topps #60 Willis Reed Rookie RC HOF PSA 7 NM Registry New York Knicks $4.28 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 3h 51m
1986 FLEER #32 PATRICK EWING RC KNICKS HOF PSA 8.5 K2578900-934
1986 FLEER #32 PATRICK EWING RC KNICKS HOF PSA 8.5 K2578900-934 $84.99
Time Remaining: 15d 15h 2m
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PSA 10 1993 S.I. For Kids SHAQUILLE O'NEAL #131 POP 2 SI Sports Illustrated SIFK
PSA 10 1993 S.I. For Kids SHAQUILLE O'NEAL #131 POP 2 SI Sports Illustrated SIFK $61.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 17m
1986 FLEER #26 CLYDE DREXLER RC TRAIL BLAZERS HOF CENTERED PSA 9 K2578890-909
1986 FLEER #26 CLYDE DREXLER RC TRAIL BLAZERS HOF CENTERED PSA 9 K2578890-909 $99.99
Time Remaining: 17d 16h 55m
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1980 TOPPS MAURICE CHEEKS RC HOF-GEORGE GERVIN-CHONES PSA 9 K2582162-763
1980 TOPPS MAURICE CHEEKS RC HOF-GEORGE GERVIN-CHONES PSA 9 K2582162-763 $149.99
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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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