18 of the Best, Coolest and Most Valuable Candace Parker Cards

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As one of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all-time, Candace Parker cards have a sizeable collector base. That said, she doesn’t have nearly as many cards as a lot of other athletes who are among the best their particular sport has ever seen.

Despite wearing #3, things seem to come in pairs for Parker. Her final two years at the University of Tennessee brought National Championships. She’s been on a pair of Olympic gold medal teams. Now, Candace Parker is a two-time WNBA Champion. She also won the WNBA MVP twice and was named the John R. Wooden Award winner in 2007 and 2008 as the top female college basketball player.

The first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, the Los Angeles Sparks got exactly what they were looking for right away. Not only did Parker walk away with Rookie of the Year honors, she was the MVP in 2008. It was the start of a 13-year run with the team that saw Parker emerge as one of the best women’s basketball players ever.

In 2021, Parker signed with her hometown Chicago Sky and helped lead them to a championship. In doing so, the forward who has excelled on both offense and defense further cemented her place among the greats.

Collecting Candace

Parker’s earliest cards date back to her time at college. Since turning pro, she’s been one of the few female basketball players to appear in male-dominated products. It’s a further testament to her popularity in both the game and the hobby, particularly when the number of WNBA card choices were small.

Autographs and memorabilia cards, rare inserts and common base cards — the list of Candace Parker cards covers the spectrum. Below is a look at some of her top hobby highlights.

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18 Key Candace Parker Cards

The following isn’t a definitive list of all Candace Parker cards (you can find a comprehensive checklist in the Beckett database, though). Rather, it spotlights several of her key releases from the earliest part of her career and beyond. Some are expensive while others are important for different reasons.

2007 Sports Illustrated for Kids Candace Parker #142

Like so many athletes outside of the major hobby leagues, the first Candace Parker card came courtesy of Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine. Found in the April issue, it’s part of a nine-card sheet. Parker is on the inside-bottom part so when separated, all sides but the bottom should have perforated edges.

Although not particularly hard to find, landing one in top condition can be. It requires careful separating. Even then, centering might be way off. Plus they’re in a magazine so they’re prone to natural wear unless the copy went straight to a safe place.

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2007 Sports Illustrated for Kids Candace Parker

2008 Press Pass Candace Parker #26

Most early Candace Parker cards are creeping up in price. This one from 2008 Press Pass’ collegiate prospect set is probably a bargain then.

Parker has a second card in 2008 Press Pass (#50), which is part of its “All-Americans” subset.

Parallels: Reflectors, Reflectors Blue, Reflectors Holofoil (/250), Reflectors Proofs (/100), Reflectors Solo (1/1)

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2008 Press Pass Signings Candace Parker #PPS-CP

Similar to her Press Pass base cards, this card represents a more affordable choice for those looking for one of the first Candace Parker autograph cards.

Parallels: Silver (/199), Gold (/99), Blue (/50), Green (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Rookies Candace Parker #R1 /444

Under traditional definitions, Candace Parker doesn’t have a Rookie Card. However, this is basically it. It’s treated as such but because it’s technically an insert and not in the base set, it doesn’t qualify for the RC tag. But a tag is just a label. This is easily one of the most important and most valuable Candace Parker card save for autographs and some extreme rarities.

Part of an 18 card set, it’s a tough pull as there’s just one Rookies insert per 2008 Rittenhouse WNBA hobby box. Each has 444 serial-numbered copies.

In addition to this card, Parker appears on a handful of others in the 2008 Rittenhouse WNBA set. Among them are a pair of US Women’s National Team inserts. One has the two-time Olympic gold medalist on her own and is numbered to 444. The other is a three-player card where she’s with Sylvia Fowles and Candice Wiggins. This one has 667 copies.

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2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Candace Parker

2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Autographs Candace Parker

If you’re looking to put a label on “the best” Candace Parker autograph, this might be it. The centerpiece of the 2008 Rittenhouse WNBA set, it’s one of 27 autographs available in packs with two landing in each box.

The smile, the on-card signature, the notation of her first overall status — it all helps make for a memorable card and one that’s a cornerstone for Parker’s hobby resume.

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2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Autographs Candace Parker

2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Promos Candace Parker #P2

Not every 2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Candace Parker card is available in packs. She’s also on one of the product’s promo cards (remember those?) given out to help advertise the product’s release.

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2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Candace Parker Promo Card

2008-09 Press Pass Legends All-American Autographs Candace Parker #AA-CP /46

Another collegiate autograph from her first pro season, this one is part of 2008-09 Press Pass Legends Basketball. While the checklist has lots of prospects — like Parker — there’s also a heavy dose of past greats. Numbered to just 46, this is a tough card to find today. Even with the 25 Platinum parallels, seven of which have a “Go Vols” inscription, there still aren’t many to go around.

Parker also has a Select Signatures autograph in ’08-09 Press Pass Legends.

Parallels: Platinum (25)

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2009 Rittenhouse WNBA Autographs Candace Parker

Rittenhouse switched things up for their 2009 WNBA release. Rather than traditional packs, they went the factory set route. Even that, though, didn’t cover everything. Instead of one full set, it was broken down into three smaller ones. Parker was one of three autographs included in the first release, themed “Scoring Stars.” Although autographs aren’t numbered, other cards in the set are to 399 suggesting its print run.

For those ordering three Scoring Stars sets, there was also an incentive variation autograph that pictures Parker with the WNBA MVP trophy. It has just 133 copies.

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2009 Rittenhouse WNBA Autographs Candace Parker

2010-11 SP Authentic Holo F/X Candace Parker #29

Hologram alert! This insert takes it back to the early days of the SP brand in the ’90s. There isn’t a head shift, wink or smile like some of the originals but there’s still a nice throwback vibe. Base versions for the 42-card set are 1:6 packs. Die-Cut parallels are extremely tough, falling 1:144 packs.

Parallels: Die-Cut

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2010-11 SP Authentic Chirography Candace Parker #C-CP

When it comes to autograph inserts, SP Authentic’s Chirography has a long history in the hobby. Featuring an on-card signature, this is one of the cleanest Candace Parker autograph cards ever produced.

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2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autographs Candace Parker #A-CP

One of the more common Candace Parker autograph cards, it’s also one of the most interesting when it comes to the image choice. Upper Deck has a history of using Goodwin Champions to show athletes off the court. Here, it’s Parker in a formal dress at the 2008 ESPYs where she walked away with both Female Athlete and Female College Athlete honors.

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2011-12 Exquisite Collection Candace Parker #32 /99

To this day, Exquisite cards represent something special — even when it’s a humble base card. Although a lot of collectors are typically chasing the super premium autographs, Exquisite base cards still have an audience. With just 99 to go around, finding one isn’t an easy task.

Parallels: Holo (1/1)


2011-12 Exquisite Collection UD Black College Vault Autographs Candace Parker #V-CP /60

The card might not mention Exquisite but that’s the product where you’ll find this distinct autograph. Upper Deck is known for adding one brand’s content into another release. Here, it’s UD Black and its trademark dark backdrop. The gold ink makes for a very different look. The Tennessee patch is not from a jersey. Rather, it’s there strictly for aesthetics.

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2016 Topps U.S. Olympic Team Autographed Relics Candace Parker #USAR-CP /50

To date, this is Candace Parker’s only autographed memorabilia card. There’s no indication of what the swatch is or where Parker wore it, but it came from something she put on at some point.

In addition to this card, Parker has two other signed cards in the 2016 Topps U.S. Olympic Team product, a base autograph and a Champions autograph.

Parallels: Gold, Red, Gold Rainbow (1/1)

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2018 Tyson Beck Never for Sale Candace Parker #2

Tyson Beck might be best known among card collectors for his work in Topps Project 2020, Project70 and for introducing the Topps Fire line. However, the Australian artist is also busy collaborating with athletes for card drops. Among them is his 12-card 2018 Never for Sale set. Jamal Murray, Kyle Lowry and John Wall are among the others included on the checklist.

Besides this card, Parker also appears on card #8 wearing a formal gown.

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2019 Donruss WNBA Optic Candace Parker #80

With the WNBA card license shifting to Panini in 2019, it meant some new opportunities. Things kicked off with 2019 Donruss WNBA, a flagship-style release that has a lot of different card types and styles. Among them is the first chromium Candace Parker card, which is found among the set’s Optic inserts. It’s similar to her base card only done on the collector-favorite metallic stock.

Parallels: Holo, Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2019 Donruss WNBA Signature Series Candace Parker #SS-CPK

Panini also has Parker’s autograph in 2019 Donruss WNBA as part of the Signature Series insert set. Outside of buybacks, these are the only other autographs in the product. In addition to the base version, there are four levels of Press Proof parallels, all numbered to 99 or less.

Parallels: Press Proof (/99), Press Proof Purple (/49), Press Proof Gold (/10), Press Proof Black (1/1)

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2019 Donruss Signature Series Candace Parker

2020 Panini Prizm WNBA Candace Parker #52

The previous year’s Optic insert might be Parker’s first chrome card, but 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA brought the full experience. The base version is probably one of the easiest and least expensive Candace Parker cards but the fun comes with chasing the colors and working towards a rainbow. Here, that’s 16 additional cards of varying difficulty to find.

Parallels: Green Prizms, Green Ice Prizms, Hyper Prizms, Ice Prizms, Ruby Wave Prizms, Silver Prizms, Red Prizms (/275), Blue Prizms (/149), Purple Prizms (/125), Premium Box Set Prizms (/99), Orange Prizms (/65), Green Pulsar Prizms (/25), Mojo Prizms (/25), Gold Prizms (/10), Black Gold Prizms (/5), Black Prizms (1/1)

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2020 Panini Prizm Candace Parker

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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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