What Are the Most Valuable 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Cards?

What Are the Most Valuable 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Cards?

If the initial sales of 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball are any indication, high-end basketball card collectors appear to have gotten over the NBA's labor dispute. After about a week on the market, seven cards from the set have already sold for more than $1,000, including four that soared past $2,000.

For the past several months, the market for high-end basketball cards has heated up. While late-90s stuff has led the way, thanks in large part to Michael Jordan, newer stuff has also been moving well. Low-numbered autographs and patches of marquee players in 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball are proving this as well.

The top two sales, thus far, both belong to Kobe Bryant. A Panini's Choice Award Emerald Autograph numbered to 3 topped out at $3,506.78. The one-of-one Black version of the same card went for $3,050. Both cards feature on-card autographs and are based on the design of the Cramer's Choice cards Pacific produced about a decade ago.

Also very strong in early 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball sales are the Silhouette Autographed Patch cards. Another throwback to the Pacific brand, the cards have a die-cut player image on top of an embedded jersey or patch piece. The cards are also highlighted by on-card signatures. A pair of Derrick Rose Silhouette autographed patch cards, each numbered to 5, sold for $2,605.10 and $1,999.99. Other strong Silhouette sales included $2,450 for a Bryant 4/10, $899.99 for a John Stockton 5/5, and $720 for a Blake Griffin 2/3.

Unopened boxes of 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball are moving at about $200.

1. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Panini's Choice Award Emerald Autograph Kobe Bryant 3/3 - $3,506.78

2. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Panini's Choice Award Black Autograph Kobe Bryant 1/1 - $3,050

3. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch Derrick Rose 2/5 - $2,605.10

4. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch Kobe Bryant 4/10 - $2,450

5. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch Derrick Rose 5/5 - $1999.99

6. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Black Signatures Kobe Bryant 1/1 - $1,991

7. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Black Signatures Kevin Durant 1/1 - $1,625

8. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch John Stockton 5/5 - $899.99

9. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Legends Book Card "Legend" 2/3 - $790

Features Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal

10. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Sihouette Autographed Patch Blake Griffin 2/3 - $720

Top eBay Listings

2011 Panini Preferred Crown Royale PRIME JERSEY PATCH AUTO LUOL DENG 19 25 BULLS
$20.50

11-12 Panini Preferred Kareem Abdul Jabbar NBA JERSEY PATCH AUTO #5 5 2011 2012
$1,499.99

2010 2011 PANINI PREFERRED JAMES ANDERSON SILHOUETTE JUMBO PATCH 11 25 LETTER
$49.99

2011-12 Panini Preferred Tim Hardaway USA Flag Patch AUTO 20 149 WARRIORS HEAT
$24.99

Derrick Rose 2011-12 Panini Preferred Silhouette Prime Patch Auto #3 5 MINT
$3,399.99

2011-12 PANINI PREFERRED SILHOUETTES PRIME MICHAEL CAGE PATCH AUTO 25
$79.99

2011-12 PANINI PREFERRED SILHOUETTES PRIME KIKI VANDEWEGHE PATCH AUTO 25
$129.00

2011 PREFERRED ASSISTS BOOKLET CURRY ROSE WESTBROOK WILLIAMS 19 25 PRIME PATCH
$189.99

CHRIS PAUL 2011-12 PREFERRED SILHOUETTES AUTO SICK JUMBO 3CLR Patch 5 10 SSP
$989.00

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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