Rookie Card Year: 2007-08
Investment Rating: 9.0
Kevin Durant cards are among the most coveted in the hobby. He is an elite star who will help carry the NBA and basketball collecting into its next phase. Although he is one of the youngest top-level talents, Durant is already a seasoned veteran as far as NBA experience. He has proven that even small-market teams can compete, both on the court and with collectors. The Oklahoma City Thunder have a fierce following and Durant is at the center of their fanbase. Durant has even helped other players, like Russell Westbrook, develop into strong collecting options.
With his relatively young age and almost limitless potential, Kevin Durant cards and memorabilia represent a great investment opportunity for collectors. During the past few playoff runs, Kevin Durant cards have reached impressive values before coming down slightly during the off-season. He is primed to compete for titles for the foreseeable future.
Given the early success he has already achieved, prices for Kevin Durant cards and autographs will continue to increase. The only thing that keeps him from the collecting level of players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James is global awareness. He also seems to lack a killer instinct that helps draw fans and collectors. If Thunder superstar can grab a title before James, Durant could leapfrog "the King" and become the new royalty in the NBA. It will also open the ceiling on where the value of Kevin Durant cards could go.
Durant has an exclusive autograph deal with Panini. However, when he entered the league in 2007, Durant had an agreement with Upper Deck. Those are two great places to look for authentic autographs and memorabilia.
Durant has a total of 32 true rookie cards, which fall into all price ranges. The top three Kevin Durant cards all feature on-card autographs and jersey patches.
Top 3 Kevin Durant Rookie Cards
Anytime a player has an Exquisite rookie card, it is normally their top card. Kevin Durant is no exception. Numbered to 99, it is the top option for any Durant collector. The card is further highlighted by an on-card autograph and jersey swatch. Although it is unfortunate Seattle lost their franchise to Oklahoma City, the team colors are unlikely to be missed.
The patch is a little smaller and the card is numbered to 299 but the SP Authentic card is still hotly pursued by collectors. Due to the higher print run, they are some of the most widely traded high-end Durant rookies.
The UD Black card features a huge swatch that spells out 2007 and is also numbered to 99. Understandably the color scheme is heavy on black and the on-card autographed is signed in gold, which contrasts nicely.
Kevin Durant Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2007-08 Artifacts #102 #/699
- 2007-08 Bowman #111 #/2999
- 2007-08 Bowman Chrome #111 #/2999
- 2007-08 Bowman Elevation #71 #/999
- 2007-08 Bowman Sterling #KD
- 2007-08 Finest #71
- 2007-08 SP Game-Used #142 #/999
- 2007-08 Stadium Club #102 #/1999
- 2007-08 Topps Chrome #131
- 2007-08 Topps Co-Signers #88 #/499
- 2007-08 Topps Echelon #74 #/999
- 2007-08 Topps Luxury Box 75 #/669
- 2007-08 Topps Letterman #56 #/599
- 2007-08 Topps Triple Threads #135 #/99
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2007-08 Chronology #215 Autograph #/99
- 2007-08 Exquisite Collection #94 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2007-08 Fleer Hot Prospects #123 Autographed Jersey #/399
- 2007-08 SP Authentic #152 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2007-08 SP Rookie Threads #49 Autograph #/199
- 2007-08 SPx #101 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2007-08 Sweet Shot #101 Autograph #/299
- 2007-08 UD Black #106 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2007-08 Ultimate Collection #115 Autograph #/150
- 2007-08 Upper Deck Premier #101 Autographed Jersey #/199
Kevin Durant Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Kevin Durant'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: $190.95
Signed Jersey Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $175
Lowest Amazon Price: $279.95
Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $85
Lowest Amazon Price: $58.50