Phil Jackson’s first certified autographs finally arrive

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

Phil Jackson won 11 NBA championships — more than any other coach — and played for two more title-winning teams during a lengthy playing career.

But for all the things he did in the game of basketball, there was one thing that never, ever happened.

He never signed a certified autograph.

That is, until 2010-11 National Treasures arrived from Panini America with redemption cards for the first three cards that Jackson agreed to sign for a card company. (He had a single cut autograph made by SportKings in 2010.) A total of just 12 autographed cards were to be found in Treasures — five copies of cards pairing him with Kobe Bryant and Dennis Rodman and two copies of a quad card representing his time with the Chicago Bulls (Jackson, Rodman, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc).

Panini has received Jackson’s sigs and began shipping the cards today — the real fun arrives when one of them hits the auction block.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. JonathanI
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I like the coupling with Rodman.


  2. Posted March 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Wish I could get my hands on one of these Phil Jackson auto cards.. Been looking for them since Panini stated they were releasing his auto in National Treasures…

    wonder how many redemptions were actually redeemed so far? Are there any that have not been pulled yet?

  3. alternate
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    do companies realize that everybody hates sticker autographs?

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