By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
Derrick Rose is done for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, prematurely ending the reigning NBA MVP’s chances of being Like Mike anytime soon.
That also means that he’s done for the rest of the year, out for the Summer Olympics and probably for another nine months.
“Derrick’s not only a great player, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great person, but it’s not a death sentence,” Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com. “It’s not a death sentence for him, it’s not a death sentence for our team. He’s going to come back. He’ll come back better than ever. It’s just the way it is and we’ve got to deal with.”
The coach is perhaps optimistic, but perhaps not. The real question for collectors is how the injury might affect Rose’s basketball cards moving forward. (Need a Derrick Rose checklist or OPG? Click here.)
In short, one must wonder … is the injury a death sentence for his pricey cardboard?
In all, Rose appears on 1,448 cards in the Beckett.com database, a collection valued at more than $100,000. Presently, 11 of his 26 Rookie Cards command $350 or more with his 2008-09 Exquisite Collection card pushing $4,000 at times.
Last year, he was among the hottest young stars in the NBA — and clearly the past sales support that.
Now? Well, there’s going to be whole lot of waiting going on — and maybe some collectors getting rid of his cards because they simply have too much money invested in them.
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