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.

1961 Fleer Basketball #43 Jerry West RC ROOKIE PSA Graded FREE SHIPPING HOF
1961 Fleer Basketball #43 Jerry West RC ROOKIE PSA Graded FREE SHIPPING HOF $199.96
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1993-94 Fleer All-Stars Michael Jordan #5 Basketball Card Bulls HOF PSA 8
1993-94 Fleer All-Stars Michael Jordan #5 Basketball Card Bulls HOF PSA 8 $29.99
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1996-97 Fleer Michael Jordan Decade Of Excellence 1986 Rookie Insert PSA 9 Mint
1996-97 Fleer Michael Jordan Decade Of Excellence 1986 Rookie Insert PSA 9 Mint $29.99
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Larry Bird Magic Johnson Julius Erving 1980-81 Topps PSA 7 RC Rookie Celtics
Larry Bird Magic Johnson Julius Erving 1980-81 Topps PSA 7 RC Rookie Celtics $320.00
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1988 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 10 (BEST PRICE ON EBAY!!!!)
1988 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 10 (BEST PRICE ON EBAY!!!!) $425.00
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1961 Fleer DAVE GAMBEE #13 PSA 9 (MINT) Syracuse Nationals BASKETBALL CARD High
1961 Fleer DAVE GAMBEE #13 PSA 9 (MINT) Syracuse Nationals BASKETBALL CARD High $349.98
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MICHAEL JORDAN 1986 STAR #18 ROOKIE COURT KINGS CHICAGO BULLS BGS 5!! NO RESERVE
MICHAEL JORDAN 1986 STAR #18 ROOKIE COURT KINGS CHICAGO BULLS BGS 5!! NO RESERVE $0.99 (1 Bid)
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1972 Topps #195 Julius Erving RC PSA 7 NM
1972 Topps #195 Julius Erving RC PSA 7 NM $128.50 (31 Bids)
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1986-87 CHARLES BARKLEY Fleer Premier #7 BGS Mint 9 Philadelphia 76ers Rookie
1986-87 CHARLES BARKLEY Fleer Premier #7 BGS Mint 9 Philadelphia 76ers Rookie $1.25 (2 Bids)
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1985 Star Last 11 ROY's #1 Michael Jordan BGS 4!! Rookie!! NO RESERVE!!
1985 Star Last 11 ROY's #1 Michael Jordan BGS 4!! Rookie!! NO RESERVE!! $0.99
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1984-85 Star Magic Johnson #172 BGS 8.5. NM-MT+
1984-85 Star Magic Johnson #172 BGS 8.5.  NM-MT+ $6.50 (4 Bids)
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1980 Topps Larry Bird & Magic Johnson RC PSA 6
1980 Topps Larry Bird & Magic Johnson RC PSA 6 $186.00 (21 Bids)
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1969 TOPPS #25 LEW ALCINDOR RC HOF PSA 3 VG
1969 TOPPS #25 LEW ALCINDOR RC HOF PSA 3 VG $81.00 (32 Bids)
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MICHAEL JORDAN 1986/87 86/87 FLEER BGS 6.5 EX-MT+ BULLS ROOKIE RC SS5961
MICHAEL JORDAN 1986/87 86/87 FLEER BGS 6.5 EX-MT+ BULLS ROOKIE RC SS5961 $407.00 (26 Bids)
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PSA Graded NM-MT 8 1961-62 Fleer #62 Bill Russell IA 
PSA Graded NM-MT 8 1961-62 Fleer #62 Bill Russell IA  $50.00
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1986 Fleer #56 Michael Jordan RC PSA 7.5 NM+
1986 Fleer #56 Michael Jordan RC PSA 7.5 NM+ $1,025.00 (26 Bids)
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1972 TOPPS SPENCER HAYWOOD CARD #10 PSA 9 MINT CONDITION & WELL CENTERED
1972 TOPPS SPENCER HAYWOOD CARD #10 PSA 9 MINT CONDITION & WELL CENTERED $29.99
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1984-85 Star Larry Bird #1 BGS 8. NM-MT
1984-85 Star Larry Bird #1 BGS 8.  NM-MT $2.80 (7 Bids)
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1986-87 Fleer Basketball Stickers Set 10/11 (No #8) NM-MT BGS?
1986-87 Fleer Basketball Stickers Set 10/11 (No #8) NM-MT BGS? $99.00
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1986 Fleer James Worthy PSA 9 Los Angeles Lakers RC Rookie HOF
1986 Fleer James Worthy PSA 9 Los Angeles Lakers RC Rookie HOF $0.99 (1 Bid)
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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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