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.

1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Bulls RC HOF PSA 6 Centered
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Bulls RC HOF PSA 6 Centered $999.99
Time Remaining: 26d 15h 38m
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1986 FLEER #68 KARL MALONE PSA 8 NM-MT!
1986 FLEER #68 KARL MALONE PSA 8 NM-MT! $44.49
Time Remaining: 29d 11h 16m
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1961 Fleer #43 Jerry West RC PSA 6.5
1961 Fleer #43 Jerry West RC PSA 6.5 $675.00
Time Remaining: 20d 4h 17m
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1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC - PSA NrMt (7) BK GRADED BOX
1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC - PSA NrMt (7) BK GRADED BOX $1,085.00
Time Remaining: 29d 10h 18m
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1961 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain RC PSA 5
1961 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain RC PSA 5 $825.00
Time Remaining: 20d 4h 17m
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1971 Topps #506 Bobby Knoop White Sox SGC 88 NM-MT 8
1971 Topps #506 Bobby Knoop White Sox SGC 88 NM-MT 8 $20.04
Time Remaining: 25d 6h 51m
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1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie PSA Authentic
1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie PSA Authentic $685.00
Time Remaining: 24d 13h 6m
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1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan fleer Rookie Card #57 BGS 8 w 9.5 & 9 subgrades!!
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan fleer Rookie Card #57 BGS 8 w 9.5 & 9 subgrades!! $1,400.00
Time Remaining: 9d 8h 31m
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1971 Topps #1 Oscar Robertson PSA 8
1971 Topps #1 Oscar Robertson PSA 8 $145.00
Time Remaining: 7d 14h 6m
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1986 FLEER BASKETBALL CARD#57 MICHAEL JORDAN"ROOKIE" SGC 84/PSA 7 NEAR/MINT
1986 FLEER BASKETBALL CARD#57   MICHAEL JORDAN $970.00 (29 Bids)
Time Remaining: 12h 13m
1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC BGS 7.5 Near Mint+ with 2 sub 9s
1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC BGS 7.5 Near Mint+  with 2 sub 9s $900.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5h 5m
1986 FLEER #132 CHECKLIST 1-132 PSA 7 K2194710-165
1986 FLEER #132 CHECKLIST 1-132 PSA 7 K2194710-165 $23.99
Time Remaining: 28d 5h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $23.99
1969 Topps Basketball #25 Lew Alcindor / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rookie Card BVG 4.5
1969 Topps Basketball #25 Lew Alcindor / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rookie Card BVG 4.5 $189.99
Time Remaining: 21d 4h 25m
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1986 FLEER STICKER #11 DOMINIQUE WILKINS RC HAWKS PSA 9 K2134533-389
1986 FLEER STICKER #11 DOMINIQUE WILKINS RC HAWKS PSA 9 K2134533-389 $249.99
Time Remaining: 24d 1h 19m
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1988 Fleer Michael Jordan All-Star #120 PSA 8 Sharp! Beauty!
1988 Fleer Michael Jordan All-Star #120 PSA 8 Sharp! Beauty! $20.00
Time Remaining: 29d 12h 8m
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1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC PSA 8 NM-MT High End
1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC PSA 8 NM-MT High End $1,530.00
Time Remaining: 24d 12h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $1,530.00
1984-85 Star Basketball #202 Charles Barkley 76ers Rare RC Rookie HOF BGS 8.5
1984-85 Star Basketball #202 Charles Barkley 76ers Rare RC Rookie HOF BGS 8.5 $175.00
Time Remaining: 4h 59m
1984-85 Star Michael Jordan Olympic #195 - BGS 6.5
1984-85 Star Michael Jordan Olympic #195 - BGS 6.5  $190.00
Time Remaining: 25d 14h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $190.00
MICHAEL JORDAN #57 FLEER 1986-87 BGS 7 RC GEM DIAMOND JSY FLOOR GOLD METAL AUTO
MICHAEL JORDAN #57 FLEER 1986-87 BGS 7 RC GEM DIAMOND JSY FLOOR GOLD METAL AUTO $9,999.23
Time Remaining: 9d 6h 35m
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1993 PSA 9 ANFERNEE (PENNY) HARDAWAY TOPPS FINEST ROOKIE CARD
1993 PSA 9 ANFERNEE (PENNY) HARDAWAY TOPPS FINEST ROOKIE CARD $8.00
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 1m
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