Rookie Card Year: 2012-13
Investment Rating: 7.5
Klay Thompson has done nothing but score baskets since he joined the NBA in 2011. But as a member of the low-profile Golden State Warriors, Thompson does not receive a ton of media exposure. Also, his teammate happens to be Steph Curry, who dominates most of the recognition for the team. However, several big performances during the 2013 NBA Playoffs have put him on the map and Klay Thompson cards are starting to move.
Klay Thompson was drafted 11th overall by the Warriors as a junior out of Washington State University. The former Cougar started his rookie season slowly, but after fellow shooting guard, Monta Ellis, was traded, Thompson received more consistent minutes and started to increase his production. He finished the second half of the 2011-12 season on a tear and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Thompson also finished a respectable sixth in Rookie of the Year voting. During the 2012-13 season, he combined with Curry to score the most 3-pointers by any duo in NBA history.
As a result of the lockout during the 2011-12 season, Klay Thompson's official rookie cards were not released until the 2012-13 season. However, several 2011-12 Klay Thompson cards still sell for good values. Produced by Upper Deck, these are collegiate cards that are very respected among collectors, even if they're not NBA rookie cards. The 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Klay Thompson autograph is particularly popular among collectors.
Most of the Klay Thompson rookie cards remain relatively inexpensive as Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis continue to be the main draws among the 2012-13 products. However, if he keeps progressing and can separate himself from the shadow of Steph Curry, Thompson can push closer to that top group.
Collectors looking for signed memorabilia from Klay Thompson have very few options for now. The best alternative is one of the many certified autographs that are available for Thompson.
Klay Thompson Rookie Card Checklist
Please note that this list will be updated as new 2012-13 products are released and the number of Klay Thompson rookie cards expands.
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2012-13 Absolute #241 Autograph #/199
- 2012-13 Contenders #271 Autograph
- 2012-13 Gold Standard #274 Autographed Jersey
- 2012-13 Intrigue #156 Autographed Jersey #/15
- 2012-13 Limited #190 Autograph #/299
- 2012-13 National Treasures #110 Autographed Jersey #/199
- 2012-13 Select #209 Autograph #/149
- 2012-13 Select #246 Autographed Jersey #/199
- 2012-13 Threads #159 Autograph
- 2012-13 Timeless Treasures #209 Autograph #/499
Klay Thompson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Klay Thompson'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 8x10 Photo Pricing: