The Story Of Blake Griffin And His $38,000 Basketball Card

I understand if you’re no longer a collector, but this story is just too crazy. After an impressive rookie campaign, Blake Griffin is now making noise off the court as well – specifically in regards to trading cards. While many of his top Panini America rookie cards fetched staggering prices during last season’s feeding frenzy, it’s safe to say no one saw this coming.

From Panini America:

Earlier this month, a rare Griffin trading card from Panini America’s 2009-10 National Treasures product sold for the staggering sum of $38,032. The aptly named national treasure includes Griffin’s autograph and the NBA Logoman patch from one of his worn jerseys. That final price tag represents one of the highest figures ever paid for a modern-era basketball card and reinforces the investment potential of sports cards – especially rare ones featuring Griffin.

“The number is definitely surprising, I don’t think there is any denying that,” said Rob Springs, a Senior Market Analyst for Dallas-based Beckett Media, the recognized leader in sports card valuations. “There’s no question that he is one of the most popular players in the NBA right now, and his face is all over both the nightly highlights and several different endorsements. That just helps to drive the persona to be larger than life. He is very much following the closest in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, where their face is everywhere.

“High-end basketball cards still have as much, or more, potential than any other sport, in my opinion. There is just such a broad range of collecting bases and money from the NBA being a truly global game. There are high-end basketball collectors in America, Australia, Japan, Europe, etc., and that really helps to drive the top-end of the basketball market.”

I might just have to go out and buy a pack today.

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