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

2011-12 PANINI PREFERRED SILHOUETTES PRIME MICHAEL CAGE PATCH AUTO 25
$139.00

2011-12 PANINI PREFERRED SILHOUETTES PRIME GORDON HAYWARD PATCH AUTO 25
$149.99

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

2011-12 Preferred Booklet Erving Wilkins Drexler Griffin Ibaka Johnson Patch 25
$149.99

2011-12 PANINI PREFERRED AUTO XAVIER HENRY PATCH BGS MINT 99 99 VERY SPECIAL #
$222.00

2011-12 Panini Preferred Silhouettes Prime Gordon Hayward AUTO PATCH 25 2 Lot
$199.99

2011-12 Panini Preferred Decades Booklet 8 Jersey Patch W LeBron James, Anthony
$35.00

2011-12 Preferred JOHN WALL Silhouettes Prime 3 Clr Patch & Autograph 8*7 25*8
$299.99

Brandon Jennings Panini Preferred Patch Auto #213 49 2011-12
$19.00

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

JOHN WALL 2011 12 PREFERRED RC ROOKIE SILHOUETTES AUTO PRIME 3 COLOR PATCH # 25
$399.00

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

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Ryan's 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. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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