The Most Valuable Basketball Cards Ever

Card collecting remains one of the world’s most popular pastimes, and over the years there have been millions of collector cards in circulation. Shapes come in many different values, with some being extremely common and having a low value; while others might be extraordinarily rare, and almost impossible to get a hold of. These are the cards with the most value, and the ones that serious collectors can sometimes spend their lives attempting to acquire.


Some baseball cards can be worth thousands of dollars, while others can be worth millions. It all depends on how rare the card is, the year it was minted, who it depicts, its condition, and much more.


Kobe Bryant Topps


This #138 rookie card sold in 2021 for an incredible 1.7 million dollars. Not only is it one of the most valuable cards in the world, but it’s also one of the rarest. In fact, it’s one of two cards that rated with BGS Pristine/ Black Label 10. This card earned top scores for all included categories, which is how it was given the grade of Black Label.


Following the player’s death in 2020, the value of the cards increased dramatically, sometimes by more than 500%. The $138 rookie card is the most valuable of the bunch, and it’s currently being held by an unidentified collector.


Giannis Antetokounmpo


This is a truly one-of-a-kind card that was autographed by Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s valued at around $1.8 million in total.


Like many cards in this tier, it tends to set new records every time that it’s sold. For the last few years this card has been within the top 5 most valuable cards of all time. Antetokounmpo’s cards have become more valuable with time, the 2013-14 Panini National Treasures card is currently graded with a 9, although it has a 10 for the signature.


Stephen Curry


For a long time, the most valuable card in the world is the Stephen Curry Autographed National Treasures Logoman Rookie card. It’s valued at more than $5.9 million – money usually associated with excellent tennis betting odds – which is why it holds the record for having the most value of any card.


It was outsold by the Honus Wagner baseball card by almost $1 million, but cards like this tend to ebb and flow in terms of how much they are sold for. Interestingly, this card is not actually graded a full 10 – rather sitting at an 8.


But due to the fact that it’s the only card of its kind in existence, and that Curry’s autograph is graded at a full 10, the highest that can be given out. It’s not hard to see why this card has so much value. At the moment, 51% of this card has been invested in by the alternative asset platform known as Alt and uses the card as a primary investment fund that’s worth almost $6 million dollars. It serves as the platform as its core asset.


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