Brandon Roy’s career is latest to end abruptly

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When a player retires, card collectors check out their stash to see what they own of the guy calling it quits.

Usually, collectors can prepare for that day as a player gets older and skills begin to diminish. But sometimes a player has to call it quits in what looked to be the prime of their career.

It seems Portland TrailblazersBrandon Roy is in that situation now.

Roy will be seeking medical retirement because of degenerative knees, reported. Teammates Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace said they were told by the team that Roy wouldn’t be coming back. But Roy has not publically confirmed the situation.

Roy was one of the NBA’s bright young stars. At 27, he was the Rookie of the Year in 2007 and a three-time All-Star.

But he’s been plagued with knee injuries and pain. He’s had surgeries and has said that there is no cartilage in his knees.

Roy has averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 in his career.

Roy’s rookie cards seem to do well on the secondary market. His top card from his rookie year is the 2006-07 Exquisite Collection autographed jersey card numbered to 99. The high book value on the card is $600.

Even now, some of his better cards – rare patches and autographs – sell in the $70-$100 range.

The last of his cards appeared in last season’s sets. He appeared on autograph cards with other young talent such as Derrick Rose, putting two of the top young talents on the same piece of cardboard.

Because of the NBA Lockout and subsequently no new product, these just might be the last cards of his basketball career (What are we going to do with all those sticker autos now?)

But Roy isn’t alone in having early career-ending injuries. Players such as Terrell Davis, Wally Pipp, Sandy Koufax and Bernie Parent all saw their careers end too shortly.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Tyler
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I’ve watched Roy go from Garfield, to UW and finaly on to the Blazers. It was a great ride and a player that will always have a special place in my heart (and collection). Much love to Brandon!

  2. Peter Angeles
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to keep my hopes up but once he(Brandon Roy) confirms this news then that is it. God Bless you and God Speed Brandon Roy!

  3. Posted December 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Wish Brandon Roy could of had a longer career. I first watched him play on TV in 2007.. I just got back into collecting after stopping during my high school years in 95-96.. did a little collecting in 99-01, then the cardboard addiction got to me in April 2007. That’s when I started collecting Roy like crazy. But within the last year, his cards have dropped in price. I was hoping they would go back up over time. It is sad to see such a young player retire early. I hope he keeps connected to Basketball. He will always be a good roll model to the younger generation have watched him play hoops. God Bless.

  4. Richard
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Too bad. Seemed like a good guy. Never associated with the thugs and the like.
    I hope he saved his money. Perhaps he can get a job as a coach or the like.
    If he can speak well and is interesting, perhaps as a commentator.

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