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 FLEER, Dominique Wilkins, #121, PSA 8, NM-MT, Hawks
1986 FLEER, Dominique Wilkins, #121, PSA 8, NM-MT, Hawks $46.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 12m
1993-94 Topps Finest Refractor Michael Jordan #1 PSA 9 MINT
1993-94 Topps Finest Refractor Michael Jordan #1 PSA 9 MINT $575.00
Time Remaining: 9d 19h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $575.00
1986 FLEER, Isiah Thomas, #109, PSA 8, NM-MT, Pistons
1986 FLEER, Isiah Thomas, #109, PSA 8, NM-MT, Pistons $20.52 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 14m
1986 FLEER, Joe Dumars, #27, PSA 9, Mint, Pistons
1986 FLEER, Joe Dumars, #27, PSA 9, Mint, Pistons $16.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 8m
1993-94 Topps Finest Refractor Michael Jordan #1 BGS 9 MINT
1993-94 Topps Finest Refractor Michael Jordan #1 BGS 9 MINT $545.00
Time Remaining: 9d 19h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $545.00
1986 FLEER, Chris Mullin, #77, PSA 8, NM-MT, Warriors
1986 FLEER, Chris Mullin, #77, PSA 8, NM-MT, Warriors $26.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 10m
1969 ELVIN HAYES, #75, PSA 7, NM, SAN DIEGO ROCKETS
1969 ELVIN HAYES, #75, PSA 7, NM, SAN DIEGO ROCKETS $40.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 22m
1971 TOPPS #183 BOB NETOLICKY RC CARD PSA 9 MINT INDIANA PACERS ABA GREAT COLOR
1971 TOPPS #183 BOB NETOLICKY RC CARD PSA 9 MINT INDIANA PACERS ABA GREAT COLOR $40.00
Time Remaining: 44m
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 $124.99
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $124.99
1986 FLEER Sticker, Patrick Ewing, #6, PSA 9, Mint, Knicks
1986 FLEER Sticker, Patrick Ewing, #6, PSA 9, Mint, Knicks $17.10 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 12m
1971 TOPPS #204 FREDDIE LEWIS RC CARD PSA 9 MINT INDIANA PACERS ABA GREAT COLOR
1971 TOPPS #204 FREDDIE LEWIS RC CARD PSA 9 MINT INDIANA PACERS ABA GREAT COLOR $35.00
Time Remaining: 48m
1986 FLEER Sticker, Akeem Olajuwon, #9, PSA 8.5, NM-MT+, Rockets
1986 FLEER Sticker, Akeem Olajuwon, #9, PSA 8.5, NM-MT+, Rockets $10.99 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 10m
8 1986 Fleer Basketball Cards BGS 9 All Cards .5 Away From 9.5 Great Investment 
8 1986 Fleer Basketball Cards BGS 9 All Cards .5 Away From 9.5 Great Investment  $1,000.00
Time Remaining: 29d 13h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $1,000.00
1986-87 FLEER JOE DUMARS ROOKIE PSA 7
1986-87 FLEER JOE DUMARS ROOKIE PSA 7 $12.99
Time Remaining: 28d 16h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
1972 Topps Julius Erving #195 NM PSA 7 HOF Rookie Basketball Card “Doctor J”
1972 Topps Julius Erving #195 NM PSA 7 HOF Rookie Basketball Card “Doctor J” $399.00
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $399.00
1986 Fleer Magic Johnson #53 Basketball Card PSA 7 Nr-Mt
1986 Fleer Magic Johnson #53 Basketball Card PSA 7 Nr-Mt $3.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 23h 8m
1993 - Fleer NBA Superstars #7 MICHAEL JORDAN [BGS 8.5] {Endangered Coffee Shop}
1993 - Fleer NBA Superstars #7 MICHAEL JORDAN [BGS 8.5] {Endangered Coffee Shop} $16.50
Time Remaining: 29d 20h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $16.50
1986 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon Sticker SGC 7
1986 Fleer Akeem Olajuwon Sticker SGC 7 $0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 20m
1972 Topps Julius Erving #195 PSA 7  Dr. J HOF Rookie RC Centered
1972 Topps Julius Erving #195 PSA 7  Dr. J HOF Rookie RC Centered $429.99
Time Remaining: 29d 1h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $429.99
1986 Fleer Clyde The Glide Drexler PSA 7
1986 Fleer Clyde The Glide Drexler PSA 7 $3.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 6m

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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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