The Daily: 1998-99 SP Authentic Vince Carter RC


The Card: 1998-99 SP Authentic Vince Carter RC #95 /3500

1998-99 SP Authentic Vince Carter RC

The Vince Carter tour continues, this time moving to Atlanta for the 2018-19 season. The 41-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Hawks where he’ll likely help mentor the team’s young core.

It’ll be Carter’s 21st season in the NBA with Atlanta as his eighth team. Carter spent last season with the Sacramento Kings.

Carter rose to fame quickly in the late 1990s as a high-flier with the Toronto Raptors. His electric plays and massive dunks made him a must-watch on the nightly basketball highlights. Perhaps more importantly, Carter helped build basketball in Canada as the Raptors were still a young franchise.

With big dunks and plays, it was no wonder that Vince Carter cards were hot back in the day. Very hot. As in some of the biggest in the entire hobby. As far as Vince Carter Rookie Cards go, no were bigger than his 1998-99 SP Authentic.

Today, big-time Rookie Cards normally come with a combination of autographs, big patches and small print runs. If you look at the 1998-99 SP Authentic Vince Carter by today’s standards, it has none of those. It has no autograph and no swatch. And while it’s numbered, its print run is 3,500 copies. But back then, that was limited.

While a far cry from its peak as far as value goes, the 1998-99 SP Authentic Vince Carter remains one of the most recognized cards of its time. And as time passes, don’t be surprised if it gains a little traction again as we shift more into Vince Carter retrospective and appreciation mode.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Bilko 26 July, 2019 at 14:29

    Back in the day this was GOLD it was literally the MJ RC of its time. Definitely one of the most iconic cards in Basketball history

  2. Bilko Glasier 26 July, 2019 at 14:32

    For collectors of the 90s and into the 2000s the Vince Carter SP Authentic RC was easily the greatest rookie card around

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