By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
Simply put, there is now more demand for his autographs.
On Monday, NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active player in a major American sport to announce that he’s gay, and since that time his limited number of certified autographs has skyrocketed — at least relatively speaking — as they have gone from unsold online auction fodder to as much as $100 on eBay.
In particular demand are his 2001-02 SPx autos, which have gone from unsold auctions at $1 to consistent sellers at $20 or so — and more for the rarer Spectrum verison.
Will the demand sustain itself? It’s not likely, though if the NBA veteran signs with another team and plays next season there could be continued additional interest.
Also helping is that Collins has just nine certified autographs among his 227 total cards (checklist and OPG). All but one one of his autos comes from his rookie season in 2001-02 and most typically sold for $10 or far less before his announcement in Sports Illustrated.
Collins hasn’t appeared on any NBA cards since 2009-10 when he appeared in SP Game Used and Exquisite Collection from Upper Deck.
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