Your Turn (Beckett Basketball 246): Who is the most-collectable point guard?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

The point guard runs the show — directing, deciding, distributing.

For the next issue of Beckett Basketball, we’ll be taking a look at the best floor generals in the NBA today and the NBA in the past.

For the Your Turn page, we simply want to know … who do you think is the most-collectable point guard?

Maybe it’s one of today’s young stars or a legend near ready to hang them up. Maybe it’s somebody who is in the Hall of Fame.

Tell us who and why and we’ll run a selection of your answers in the issue.

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. Jonathan Iwanski
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Derrick Rose is going to change the way we look at this position the same way Devin Hester made us look at kick returners in a new light. I do not think the NBA will change rules to contain this Chicagoan the way the NFL did for his football-playing counterpart, but Rose’s impact will be enormous.

  2. Hscshooter
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    To me, not necessarily the most collectable, it would be John Stockton. His cards do tend to garner value on the secondary market. But when Stockton and Malone ruled Utah, no tandem was better. Magic had a lot more weapons that Stockton did.

  3. Ryan R
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Magic. He was a Laker, a champion several times over, he had to me the best player vs player rivalry in any team sport with Larry Bird, and he was an athletic freak to the extent that a new term was invented to better illustrate his position (point forward). He was also part of the Dream Team, which would put him over any of the newer guys.

  4. Brad
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    When I think “Point Guard”, I think John Stockton. He was the prototypical pass-first floor general who made everyone around him better.

  5. David Johnson
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I think John Stockton was the best pure point guard, but as much as I like and collect his cards I don’t think he is the most collectible. I think the most collectible point guard of all-time is Magic Johnson, however I think Derrick Rose may challenge that if he can stay healthy and the Bulls can win some championships with him.

  6. Mike
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink


  7. Solomon Young
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Its hard to say who the most collectible point guard is. Reason being is because every player has a card that people who collect basketball cards really want. The rarity and odds of pulling the card make it a high demand for collectors to want to have in their collection. Every player has a must have card that people will want just because of those facts alone.

  8. Solomon Young
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    As far as key cards people will want, it will start with the players rookie card because of it being their first licensed professional cards circulated on the market. For point guards, I feel the most collectible/higher demand cards are (all being graded by the way) are the 1980-81 Topps Basketball #6 Bird/Erving/Johnson RC (Grade 9, 9.5, or 10), 1984-85 Star John Stockton XRC (Grades 9,9.5, or 10), 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors Allen Iverson RC (Graded 9.5 or 10), a few Derrick Rose’s that are auto patches or auto refractors that are low number cards with 9.5 or 10 grades.

  9. Troubless
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    To be in the most collected category you need 3 things:

    – Success in the game, including NBA titles, league and finals MVPs
    – That most unusual of ingredients called charisma. The media and collectors love it, and obviously playing most of your career in a club with a large media audience helps a lot too.
    – Somebody who revolutionized the position would be a big plus.

    Who scores highest on all 3 counts: the one and only Magic Johnson!

    In fact he is probably the only point guard who could play effectively all 5 positions as evidenced by game 6 of the NBA finals in his rookie year where he started at center and got 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.

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