Basketball Card Market Updates and Trends for the New Year – Beckett Pricing Insider


Kicking off the New Year with some current basketball market highlights:

1. 2018-19 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic RC #280

The number one card on the Beckett Hot List continues to heat up. This card sat in the $6-$15 range a few weeks ago but has since doubled in price to a current $12-$30 value. BGS 9.5 Gem Mint copies have already surpassed the $100 mark, though prices may fluctuate as more graded versions hit the market.

2018-19 Panini Prizm Basketball Base Luka Doncic

2. 2017-18 Rookie Class

As Doncic-mania reigns, collector interest in the 2017-18 rookie class wanes. Jayson Tatum and Boston have not been as good as expected, while Donovan Mitchell and Utah currently sit out of playoff position in the West. All-Rookie performers Lauri Markkanen and Dennis Smith Jr. have struggled with injury problems. Outside of De’Aaron Fox, card prices are stagnant or dropping for many of last year’s top rookies.

3. 1990-91 Hoops Mark Jackson #205

Currently appearing on the Beckett Hot List, this card rose from common bin fodder to a $10-$25 item practically overnight. As expected, however, supply is starting to catch up with demand, and prices are falling as more come up for sale. For now, the card has dropped one price level and sits in the $8-$20 range.

1990-91 Hoops Mark Jackson Menendez Brothers B

4. 2007-08 Chronology Inscriptions

Scarcity and a plethora of on-card autographs have helped maintain the popularity of the 2007-08 Chronology set. Some of the autographed veteran and rookie cards have inscription parallels, many of which rarely rarely hit the market. In fact, several remain unpriced due to a lack of sales information. However, a few did pop up for sale recently, with impressive results. Two Bob Lanier “All Star MVP” cards sold well above book value while a Dennis Rodman featuring a “2X DPOY” inscription easily cleared the $1,000 mark.

5. 2009-10 Topps Stephen Curry RC #321 BGS 9.5

The fall of 2018 saw Gem Mint values dip towards the mid-$200s, but prices have steadily risen back into the $300+ range as Curry’s stellar play has him back in the NBA MVP discussion. Less than 500 BGS 9.5 copies currently exist, so expect increased interest over the next several months, particularly as playoff time approaches and the Warriors prepare for another championship run.

2009-10 Topps Stephen Curry RC BGS 9.5


Steve Dalton

Steven enjoys his job tracking and reporting on the basketball card market for Beckett Media. His other interests include comic book speculation and investing, kaiju movies and collectibles, and UK basketball.

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1 comment

  1. Chuck 12 January, 2019 at 10:05

    I agree with your assessment of the 2017-18 rookie class and their stagnant or dropping card values. Having said that, I do wonder if people will ever notice John Collins. He’s been a very good player but hardly anyone seems to notice or care.

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