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What NBA Basketball Cards Sold This Week (May 19-26)

Each week, I’m looking at the top selling items on eBay in various categories. This week I’ve already looked at Pokemon cards that sold from May 19th to the 26th. But, due to the domination of two NBA teams in the Finals this past week, I wanted to do a special extra article looking at NBA Basketball cards. The market has really been in flux lately with many unlicensed products hitting the market. Let’s see what’s up with the basketball market as the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks have already taken a huge lead in their respective Conference Finals series.

Most Sold NBA Basketball Cards of the Week

The top selling items in quantity this past week were not surprisingly Caitlin Clark related. The 2023-24 Bowman U Topps Now All Time Scoring Leader card sold 200 copies in just a week, out of 810 sold by a single seller so far! Clark has definitely changed the landscape of women’s basketball, and you love to see it! There’s also a presale for a 2024 Panini Instant #19 WNBA Rookie Card of Caitlin Clark with her new team the Indiana Fever. That has had 131 sales from one listing this week. She’s already doing well at the highest level so far, not that any one is surprised by this development. Notably there is another Panini Instant Rookie Card #1 and a Panini Instant WNBA Draft Card that have already received 100 resales.

One other interesting development is the amount of 2016-17 Prizm Basketball Cards that sold this week, 151 out of 429 on a single listing. Part of this is due to Pascal Siakam’s rookie card being in the set; he’s one of the Pacers’ top players. But more likely it’s due to Jaylen Brown’s rookie being in the set, one of the Celtics’ top guys who scored 40 points in a game this week.

Most Expensive Sales of Basketball Cards on eBay This Week

Steph Curry leads the way with two sales over $25,000 this week. Both are 2009 Upper Deck Exquisite Rookie Autograph cards, one is card #72 and the other is card #64. Both are serial numbered to 225. 

The third most expensive sale is a 1984-85 Star Michael Jordan rookie card. It seems that in the minds of some collectors, as it technically predates the 1986 Fleer Jordan, it’s become the “true rookie.” In any case, it’s more rare and even harder to get in a high grade. This week’s $24,100 auction sale (with 56 bids) was a BGS 8 example. 

The 4th highest sale was also a Michael Jordan, but this was a 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems graded BGS authentic. It got $23,123.23 at auction, with 73 bids. I love how there are three mentions of “23” in the listing, Jordan’s jersey number. Unfortunately, it’s believed that this card is in fact a fake and Beckett authenticating the card was yet another public mistake that they’ve made in recent times… Really sad story.

There were a couple notable sales of current players in the playoffs. Three of them belong to Anthony Edwards, the young Minnesota Timberwolves’ star. One was a Green Optic Rated Rookie Auto Jersey numbered 1/5. That sold for $20,000! For $17,100 at auction, there was a 2020-21 Panini Flawless Gold RPA (Rookie Patch Auto) numbered 10/10.

Third was a PSA 9 2020-21 Prizm #258 Gold Shimmer Rookie card, also numbered 10/10 that sold for $16,355 with a nice 69 bids. The Mavericks’ Luka Doncic also had a couple similar cards sell this week for five figures as well. The Celtics’ Jayson Tatum also got a notable $9600 sale on a 2018 Panini Kaboom rookie card graded PSA 10.

All in all, it seems that the top end of the market isn’t producing insane sales, but the market is still very healthy. It’s refreshing to see Caitlin Clark eating up the low-end of the market, and I expect her cards will grow with time as people actually start paying attention to the WNBA!

I plan to do more in depth research about the hottest players on the market, as well as other hot non sports cards over the next few months. Let us know if there’s a certain topic you’d like us to cover in future installments of What Sold on Ebay This Week.

~ Amelia Desertsong

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Amelia Desertsong is a former content marketing specialist turned essayist and creative nonfiction author. She writes articles on many niche hobbies and obscure curiosities, pretty much whatever tickles her fancy. Personal Website: https://www.thephoenixdesertsong.com

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