Basketball cards are a hot commodity, and collectors will go to great lengths to get their hands on the rarest ones. Some of the rarest basketball cards ever produced are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and only a handful exist in the world. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the rarest basketball cards ever made.
From Mickey Mantle’s rookie card to Michael Jordan’s Fleer Ultra rookie card, these are the most valuable basketball cards out there. So sit back, relax, and enjoy reading about some of the rarest basketball cards in existence!
What makes a basketball card rare and valuable
There are a few reasons why basketball cards can be so rare and valuable. The first is because they were originally made to promote toy companies, not players or teams in the NBA which makes it easier for them not have any direct competition when selling these items on their own individual popularity level with fans who collect such things as opposed other sports cards like baseballs might generate more interest due its connection/correspondence between player performance at game play versus manufactured product consumption (i e.,baseball Cards).
Another contributing factor could potentially arise if you’ve ever seen examples from both pre-packaged sets AND factory set creations where certain inserts may carry “rare” cards only available in a 1:24 or 1:48 packs which ups the chance for potential collectors to obtain them. The last reason has to do with modern day printing techniques that can create holograms, autographs, and other additional security features on cards which were not easily achievable in the past and therefore make counterfeiting more difficult.
Most expensive nba card
The most valuable basketball cards in the world are not made by Nike or Adidas. They’re struck on an issue of rubber rather than metal, which means that they can’t be enchanted with spells to make them better for playing games! These special kinds – “air-events” as they’ve come to be called because there’s no physical substance involved whatsoever–don’t even have numbers printed onto their surface; instead every detail about each individual player is recorded internally by computer system within clear plastic tags attached near eye level just under nose bridge so you always know who scored what point when watching at home ensemble during live telecast.
The rarest of all these air-events is the card depicting LeBron James scoring against the Celtics in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals which, as a result of it being a part of such a limited edition printing, is now worth an estimated $4 million. Kobe Bryant’s “air-event” card from 2006 which captures him making a game-winning 3 pointer against the Sacramento Kings is currently valued at $2 million. As the market for these things continues to grow, it’s likely that even more rare and valuable cards will surface in the near future!
How to identify a rare basketball card
By looking at the front of a card, you can tell if it’s common or rare by checking off some boxes. If there are no numbers on either side then that means this particular basketball player does not have any cards in existence which would make them very exclusive and difficult to come by for collectors interested only with obtaining inserts from packs rather than participating fully loaded sets like Christopher Walken (a Hollywood actor).
The first thing I do when determining my assessment value rating between two versions of an individual athlete’s representation is assess their relative demand based upon overall population size; how many other people want these items versus what proportion do we expect might actually end up being produced? In doing so one should consider both current market conditions as well those likely going forward which can help provide some insight into future price potential.