Rookie Card Year: 2009-10
Investment Rating: 8.5
Blake Griffin cards had all the makings of an epic failure for collectors. Although he excelled during his two seasons at Oklahoma and was rewarded as the number one selection by the Los Angeles Clippers, an early injury took away his true rookie season. Comparisons were quickly made to another former top pick with injury issues, Greg Oden. Collectors were understandably concerned with a player who not only missed an entire season but also played for the Clipper, which, up until recently, was a hobby wasteland. Almost all those doubts were erased during the 2010-11 season and Blake Griffin cards and memorabilia prices haven't been the same.
Still considered a rookie by the league, Griffin certainly did not play like one. The value of Blake Griffin cards and memorabilia exploded as he ran away with the Rookie of the Year honors. He was also named the Slam Dunk champion.
With a considerable amount of young talent around him and a growing fanbase, Griffin is primed to push his hobby standing to great heights. Griffin has also increased his recognition with his participation in several "Funny or Die" sketches that showcased his humor and charisma. Although these opportunities are not enough to sustain values for a player that is not producing on the court, they can serve as catalyst for a rapid ascension into elite status generally reserved for the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. As a result, Blake Griffin cards have a tremendous upside.
Blake Griffin is one of a handful of top Panini exclusives and should remain a cornerstone of the brand. Because of this and his young age, Griffin should continue to be a hobby mainstay and elite collecting option.
There are 26 Blake Griffin cards that carry the rookie designation, falling across all price ranges. The top three Blake Griffin cards can be seen below.
Top 3 Blake Griffin Rookie Cards
National Treasures is a high-end product from Panini that carries a lot of weight in the hobby. Understandably, when Blake Griffin emerged as an elite player, these cards were the top choice for many collectors. The large jersey patch, on-card autograph and miniscule 99-card print run make it the top choice of all Blake Griffin cards.
Although it is not an autographed card, the Exquisite rookie of Blake Griffin is still highly sought after. Numbered to 225, the card is almost underwhelming based on its simple design and high price tag. It would have been interesting to see the two heavyweights, Exquisite and National Treasures, go head-to-head with autographed versions for the ultimate basketball showdown. However, Grffin's exclusive deal with Panini prevented him from signing cards for Upper Deck Exquisite. This is still one of the top Blake Griffin cards to own.
The popular Crown Royale die-cut design combined with an on-card auto and decent print run of 299 make this a solid rookie to pursue if you are looking for a top Blake Griffin rookie card that won't cost you more than a month's rent.
Blake Griffin Rookie Card Checklist
View a gallery of all Griffin's base rookie cards.
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2009-10 Absolute #172 Autographed Jersey #/499
- 2009-10 Certified #171 Autographed Jersey #/399
- 2009-10 Classics #161 Autograph #/499
- 2009-10 Crown Royale #108 Autograph #/399
- 2009-10 Donruss Elite #161 Autograph #/499
- 2009-10 Exquisite Collection #43 #/225
- 2009-10 Limited #151 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2009-10 Playoff Contenders #101 Autograph
- 2009-10 National Treasures #201 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2009-10 Rookies and Stars #131 Autograph #/449
- 2009-10 Timeless Treasures #101 Autograph #/299
- 2009-10 Topps Chrome #96 #/999
Blake Griffin Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Blake Griffin's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company.
Signed Basketball Pricing:
Average eBay Sales Price: $115
Lowest Amazon Price: $139.99
Signed Jersey Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $150
Lowest Amazon Price: $399.99