Top NBA Trading Cards To Watch in 2011-12

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The NBA is back December 25, 2011

Basketball fans rejoiced around the world in late November when the lockout between the leagues  owners and players finally was resolved in late hour negotiations. The exciting 2010-11 NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat seems like a distant memory and overall, the lockout greatly impacted the sales of basketball trading cards. The exclusive maker of NBA licensed cards, Panini America, halted operations of all b-ball cards during the standoff – whereas normally several sets would have already hit the market by December 1st. Cards that exploded in value last year – like Blake Griffin Rookie cards and rare Dirk Nowitzki cards – have softened in price considerably and it will remain to be seen if there is any hangover from the shortened 11-12 season with card collectors.

Leading up to the start of the new basketball season, members of the Sports Card Radio Fan Forum were given an opportunity to select the card they thought would go up in value the most this season. There were no restrictions and they were free to choose any current or former player in the league. But they had to be specific on which card they thought would rise in value and give insight into why they thought this year was the year to cash in. Here are the results – if you have any player on your radar feel free to shoot us an email at

1992-93 NBA Hoops Basketball #442
Shaquille O’Neal RC – PSA 10

Forum Member: StealSecond
StealSecond took cues from Show #86 where Colin talked about how the value of Shaquille O’Neal cards still have room to go up. Shaq will be on TV a lot this year and perhaps old Laker fans who still carry a grudge will soften their stance when the Big Diesel gets his jersey retired soon.

1992 Hoops Shaquille O'Neal PSA 10

2010-11 Panini National Treasures
Jordan Crawford Rookie Patch Auto

  • CheckOutMyCards Price: N/A – December 1, 2011
  • eBay Price: $275 Shipped – Sold on November 28, 2011

NOTE: Certain patches will sell for more then others

Forum Member: jkbball
Jordan Crawford made waves during the off-season when he said something to the effect “I don’t like to talk about it, but I think I can be better then MICHAEL Jordan.”  Crawford does not lack confidence and can score the rock at will. He is a favorite of Sports Card Show host Colin. Expect Crawford’s card prices to rise if he gets off to a hot start.

2010-11 National Treasures Jordan Crawford

2009-10 Upper Deck Exquisite #73
Ricky Rubio Autograph /225

Forum Member: nygfan567
Despite being drafted during the 2009 NBA Draft, this will be the very first season Rubio plays in the big boy league. Some experts question his size and overall ability, but some see a flashy point guard who could bring some heat to the frozen winter in Minnesota.

2009-10 Upper Deck Exquisite Ricky Rubio

2010-11 Panini Gold Standard #44
DeMar DeRozan Autograph /299

Forum Member: Daqda
One of the most athletic young players in the league, Demar is looking to assert himself this year as a stud. He had a fantastic season in 10-11 when he averaged 17.2 points per game. It’s shocking this autograph can be found on eBay for less then $5 delivered. Wow.

2010-11 Panini Gold Standard DeMar DeRozan Auto

1988-89 Fleer NBA Basketball #57
Reggie Miller Rookie Card

Forum Member: BaseballNut
Baseball Nut says: “I think Miller’s cards have been undervalued for a while. He should make it to the Hall of Fame this year without much competition. He is from a small market town so this should give his cards a nice bump up.”

1988-89 Fleer Reggie Miller Rookie RC Card

2009-10 Bowman 48 Basketball
Derrick Rose Autograph

Forum Member: Playa123
After firmly establishing himself as one of the NBA’s best players, Rose will look to build on the 10-11 season by getting the Bulls deeper in the playoffs. Look for him to light up the Lakers (Derek Fisher) on Christmas Day which could send a jolt to his card prices early on.

2009-10 Bowman Derrick Rose Autograph

2004-05 Sp Authentic Basketball
Dwight Howard RC Autograph /999

  • CheckOutMyCards Lowest Price: N/A – December 1, 2011
  • eBay Price: $93.98 Shipped – Sold on November 25, 2011

Forum Member: heely
There is rampant speculation that Howard may get traded from Orlando to a destination like New York or L.A. Getting traded to the Lakers should easily push these cards to over $100 and possibly much higher.

2004-05 Sp Authentic Dwight Howard Rookie Autograph

2003-04 Sp Authentic Basketball
Carmelo Anthony RC Autograph /500

  • CheckOutMyCards Lowest Price: N/A – December 1, 2011
  • eBay Price: $72.16 Shipped – Sold on November 21, 2011

Forum Member: CarmeloHuh
There is a chance the Knicks may add another player like Chris Paul to the duo of Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. They will have to compete for many years with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference and need to add a key piece to unlock the value of Anthony cards.

2003-04 Sp Authentic Carmelo Anthony Rookie Auto

2011-12 Sp Authentic Basketball
Jimmer Fredette RC Autograph

  • CheckOutMyCards Lowest Price: $50.00 – December 1, 2011
  • eBay Price: $50.01 Shipped – Sold on November 29, 2011

Forum Member: Kyle07
It could be full fledged ‘Jimmer Time’ in Sacramento this season. He can shoot and has more game then you think. Will he get bullied by bigger players? Maybe. The excuse he doesn’t play defense is a poor one – there are only a handful of guys in the league who actually do D-UP game in and game out.

2011-12 Sp Authentic Jimmer Fredette RC Autograph

2000-01 SPx Basketball
Hedo Turkoglu RC Autograph

Forum Member: Mini Groover
Hedo has a lot of talent but has bounced around teams the last few years. $6.99 for his SPx rookie autograph card is pretty cheap. Back in Orlando this year perhaps that will help the value of his trading cards.

00-01 Hedo Turkoglu Rookie Autograph SPX

2009-10 Panini Contenders #117
Jeff Teague Autograph RC

CheckOutMyCards Price: $11.00 – December 1, 2011
eBay Price: $4.99 Shipped – Sold on November 20, 2011Forum Member: celticfan592034
Teague has gotten limited playing time during his first two years in the NBA – but in the 2011-12 Playoffs, he averaged 11.8 points per game and shot 51% from the field. He is athletic and has the ability to score. It sometimes takes young players a few years to find their comfort zone in the league and if Teague has been working hard on his game over the summer he could be a sleeper candidate to have his cards break out.2009-10 Panini Contenders Jeff Teague Autograph Rookie

20008-09 Sp Authentic Basketball
Anthony Randolph Autograph RC

CheckOutMyCards Price: $N/A – December 1, 2011
eBay Price: $31.03 Shipped – Sold on November 24, 2011

Forum Member: sanjosefuji
Randolph is an interesting player who has gobs of talent. Will he ever put it all together and become a star? Much like Teague – it takes guys awhile to figure things out. Randolph could be a Lamar Odom type of player with potentially more upside.

2008-09 Sp Authentic Anthony Randolph Auto RC


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