Kevin Love Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Kevin Love

Date of Birth: 9/7/1988
Rookie Card Year: 2008-09
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Part of a youthful core on the verge of breaking out, collectors should seek Kevin Love cards while they're still relatively affordable. Love has achieved success not from highlight dunks or flashy play, but from consistency. This consistency has allowed him to average a double-double for his career, with rebounds and points, and his totals just keep increasing. During the 2010-11 season, Love made NBA history by recording a double-double in 53 straight games, the longest such streak since the 1976 NBA-ABA merger.

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It is clear that the Minnesota Timberwolves knew what they were doing during the 2008 NBA Draft when they made a trade that saw their number three pick, OJ Mayo, head to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Love, the fifth pick. From there, Love has been one of the lone bright spots on the Timberwolves, who have struggled through several losing seasons. But now they appear headed in the right direction.

Although it seemed that Love was building his resume toward a jump to a big-market team and huge payday, he signed an extension with the Timberwolves and seems set on bringing a winning tradition back to Minnesota. While his play has earned him hobby attention and NBA accolades (2010-11 Most Improved Player and All-Star replacement), team success is the final hurdle he must clear to enter the top-tier of the hobby world. Recent additions to the team, including Ricky Rubio, have the Timberwolves in a position to start competing now and for many year in the future. When that happens, Kevin Love cards and memorabilia should see significant increases.

Love was part of a strong 2008 Draft that included 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose and Love's UCLA teammate, Russell Westbrook. The value of Kevin Love cards, particularly rookies, are already on the rise but there is still room for considerable growth. Currently, his values place him third among this group, but Love can overtake Westbrook and even rival Rose for top-billing if he continues his progression and pushes the Timberwolves deep into the playoffs. Kevin Love cards, along with those of Rose and Westbrook give strong reasons for collectors to track down and bust boxes of 2008-09 products.

One glaring observation with Kevin Love is that his non-card autograph values are incredibly low considering his production and potential. That can be attributed to the limited exposure of the small-market Timberwolves. This will not be the case for long and represents the best opportunity for investment.

Kevin Love has nearly 30 rookie cards that would mostly fall in the budget or premium category.

Love also has two cards from 2007-08 products which receive solid interest despite not being true rookie cards as they were both redemptions. They include 2007-08 Finest #105 and 2007-08 Chronology #255 #/250.

All three of Love's top rookie cards feature on-card autographs and jersey pieces.

Top Kevin Love Rookie Cards

2008-09 Exquisite Collection #61 Autographed Jersey #/225

2008-09 Exquisite Collection provide the best of all rookie Kevin Love cards. The striking card showcases a diamond-shaped jersey pieces above a large on-card autograph. The understated blue and gray color scheme makes for a great backdrop and allows the full-color image of Love to stand out more. Numbered to 225, this card is easily the most valuable and desirable Kevin Love card.

2008-09 SP Authentic #126 Autographed Jersey #/299

Another card with an on-card autograph and jersey piece, the 2008-09 SP Authentic Kevin Love rookie card is numbered a bit higher than the Exquisite with a print run of 299. Gold foil gives the card more distinction and it has also proven to be a collector favorite.

2008-09 UD Black #47 Autographed Jersey #/99

With the lowest print run of the three, Love's 2008-09 UD Black rookie card represents the best value. The card features both an on-card autograph, a jersey piece and is limited to only 99 copies. The design is a little more bold but considering what the card includes and the fact that it can be had for less than half the cost of the Exquisite, it is a hard card to pass up.

Top eBay Listings

2008-09 Exquisite Kevin Love RPA Patch Auto RC 225 LeBron James' new teammate 1
$750.00

2008-09 Exquisite Kevin Love RPA Patch Auto RC 225 LeBron James' new teammate 2
$750.00

2008-09 Exquisite Kevin Love RPA Patch Auto RC 225 LeBron James' new teammate 3
$720.00

2009-10 bowman 48 autographs #48 KEVIN LOVE BGS 9 10
$36.97

2008 UCLA Presspass Kevin Love Rookie Cards (one card factory sealed) in MInt!
$25.00

KEVIN LOVE Auto 60 2013-14 National Treasure Game Changers SP Cav Wolve Bruin
$49.99

Kevin Love Auto Jersey 2013-14 Spectra Blue #D 30 SP ON CARD GAME WORN UCLA CAV
$49.99

2013-14 Panini Preferred Basketball Kevin Love Auto 10 10 Timberwolves
$153.00
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Rookie Cards

Kevin Love Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

  • 2008-09 Bowman #115
  • 2008-09 Fleer #205
  • 2008-09 SkyBox #205
  • 2008-09 Topps #200
  • 2008-09 Topps Co-Signers #105 #/2008
  • 2008-09 Topps Hardwood #105 #/2009
  • 2008-09 Topps T51 Murad #175
  • 2008-09 Topps Tip-Off #115
  • 2008-09 Topps Treasury #105
  • 2008-09 Upper Deck #263
  • 2008-09 Upper Deck Lineage #205
  • 2008-09 Upper Deck MVP #205

Top eBay Listings

2008 UCLA Presspass Kevin Love Rookie Cards (one card factory sealed) in MInt!
$25.00

KEVIN LOVE 2007-08 TOPPS TREASURY PGA GRADED GEM 10 ROOKIE CARD #105
$21.99

2008-09 Topps Hardwood Rookie Fabric Signature Patch Autograph # 50 Kevin Love
$99.95

KEVIN LOVE LOT OF 7 TIMBERWOLVES CAVALIERS TOPPS CHROME RC ROOKIE MVP FLEER
$9.99

2008 - 2009 Fleer 1986-87 Rookies Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves #86R167
$6.59

KEVIN LOVE RUSSELL WESTBROOK 2008-09 TOPPS CO-SIGNERS RC GOLD BGS AUTO UCLA # 5
$194.99

2008 09 08 SP Rookie Threads KEVIN LOVE AUTOGRAPH AUTO JERSEY CAVALIERS 399
$65.90

07 08 FINEST DRAFT PICKS KEVIN LOVE REF AUTO RC #105 ( GREAT SUBS 10 9.5 9.5 9.5
$224.00
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Autograph Guide

Kevin Love Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Kevin Love'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: $76
Lowest Amazon Price: $206.05

Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing

Average eBay Sales Price: $25
Lowest Amazon Price: $49.59

Top eBay Listings

Kevin Love Signed Spalding Basketball - JSA Hologram J69926
$170.00

KEVIN LOVE and OJ Mayo Duel signed SPORTS ILLUSTRATED-UCLA & USC stars-NBA Look
$149.99

Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers Timberwolves Autographed Signed Photo
$64.99

Kevin Love Signed Cleveland Cavs Cavaliers Spalding NBA Basketball W PSA DNA
$174.95

Kevin Love T'WOLVES Cleveland Cavaliers Cavs Autographed Signed 8 x 10 Photo COA
$44.95

2008 Bowman Chrome Kevin Love RC Rookie Signed AUTO Timberwolves
$17.50

2013-2014 Minnesota Timberwolves Signed Team Poster Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, etc
$55.00

Kevin Love Autographed Minnesota Timberwolves Swingman Basketball Jersey (PSA)
$252.95
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. Trey,
    What is the best way to send a 360pt card to beckett to get graded…Beckett doesn’t or hasn’t given me a clear answer….TY

  2. According to their site, they grade things up to 1/4 inch thick (6.5 mm).

  3. What do you think is a better investment for Love..an on card auto with a patch but a higher number like the authentic /299 or like the bowman chrome auto refractor or topps chrome auto refractor both have no patch and signature is on a sticker but have a much lower print run! thanks!

  4. Chris » I would say it really boils down to your personal preference. If Kevin Love makes the jump to the next level of hobby stardom, either with Minnesota or with a new team, his cards will increase across the board. If it were me, I would always go with an on-card autograph and jersey piece rookie card versus a sticker autograph rookie parallel. But it also depends on the price you can get.

  5. Hi. Years ago I purchased a Kevin Love rookie card on Ebay. it is a bowman’s best letterman autograph-jersey card numbered 1/1. Apparently the card is unique. I think I bought it for around $300 years ago. How much do you think it is worth now?

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