Russell Westbrook Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Russell Westbrook

Date of Birth: 11/12/1988
Rookie Card Year: 2008-09
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

A large portion of the NBA believes that the formation of a "Big 3," pairing three elite players on one team, is the best route to an NBA Championship. The Oklahoma City Thunder are a blueprint for another option where a team has several bad seasons to load up on lottery picks and uses the chemistry built over several seasons to achieve an elite team. Although Kevin Durant is the face of the Thunder, it was only after Russell Westbrook joined the team that they started seeing wins. And with wins comes more collector interest. Russell Westbrook cards have seen a lot of movement as of late because of this.

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After just a few seasons, Westbrook has emerged as an elite point guard in the NBA. He offers a good complement to Durant as it forces defenders to cover more than one star to shut down their offense. Critics point to the fact that Westbrook appears to still view himself as the key cog in the offense instead of a role where he defers to Durant. Although some of Westbrook's spats have been blown out of proportion by the media, he made it very clear by resigning with the Thunder that he is aware his success lies in a pairing with Durant rather than on another team where he could be the undisputed star.

With many of the top teams in the Western Conference filled with older players, the young Thunder nucleus should make regular trips deep into the playoffs. Westbrook is vital to this process and he has steadily increased his stats since he joined the league.

He already commands strong values for his autographs and rookie cards, second only to Derrick Rose among players from the 2008 NBA Draft. Although not a top-tier hobby favorite overall, Russell Westbrook cards are firmly entrenched at a level below. With the team the Thunder have in place, it is hard to imagine a scenario where they don't win a championship in the near future. Already priced fairly high, Russell Westbrook cards don't represent a huge investment opportunity. However, an NBA title would still result in a bump. Non-card autographs appear to be the best option as values still remain on the low end.

There are almost 30 official rookie Russell Westbrook cards from 2008-09, with over a third being autographed. There are a pair of Russell Westbrook cards from 2007-08 products that receive solid interest despite not being true rookie cards as they were both redemptions. They include 2007-08 Chronology #254, which is numbered to 250, and 2007-08 Finest #104.

Top Russell Westbrook Rookie Cards

2008-09 Exquisite Collection Russell Westbrook RC #93 Autographed Patch #/225

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The best option among first-year Russell Westbrook cards, 2008-09 Exquisite Collection features an on-card autograph and diamond-shaped patch swatch. The great design combines a color scheme that matches the Thunder's uniform and properly displays the autograph and jersey. Collectors can expect to spend over $600 for ungraded copies of this elite card.

2008-09 SP Authentic Russell Westbrook RC #139 Autographed Jersey #/299

2008 09 SP Authentic Russell Westbrook Image

With a slightly larger print run than Exquisite, 2008-09 SP Authentic still holds its own among Russell Westbrook cards, thanks to its on-card autograph and jersey piece. SP Authentic also has a retail version that includes a similar Westbrook rookie card. The main difference is that the card uses red foil instead of gold and does not have a jersey piece. The retail version is much more rare despite not being serially numbered.

2008-09 UD Black Russell Westbrook RC #46 Autographed Jersey  #/99

2008 09 UD Black Russell Westbrook Image

With the lowest print run on the list, UD Black could be seen as the top option for premium collectors. Although it also features an on-card autograph and quad jersey piece that spells out 2008, it actually represents the best value among rookie Russell Westbrook cards. Despite being limited to 99 copies, it can be had for, on average, about a quarter the amount of Westbrook's Exquisite rookie.

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Russell Westbrook GRADED ROOKIE! Gem Mint 10! 2008 09 Topps Tipoff #114 Thunder!
$11.99
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Russell Westbrook 2011 Panini Gold Standard Gold Nuggets Patch Auto #06 25
$149.99
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2008 09 Topps Gold Basketball Set (1-220) Russell Westbrook Rose love Rookies
$69.99
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2008-09 UPPER DECK MVP SILVER SCRIPT #204 RUSSELL WESTBROOK RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$22.00
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2010-11 Adrenalyn XL Extra Signature #9 Russell Westbrook B74243
$11.97
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KEVIN DURANT RUSSELL WESTBROOK 13-14 TITANIUM TEAM TITANS + FREEBIES C NOTES
$11.99
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KEVIN DURANT AND RUSSELL WESTBROOK FLEER ROOKIE CARD GEM MINT 10 THUNDER RARE
$29.99
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Russell Westbrook 2012 13 Panini Crusade Majestic Prime Materials Patch 25
$21.00
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2008-09 Topps #199 1958-59 #199 Russell Westbrook Rookie Card Lot (x4)
$12.00
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Russell Westbrook 12 Panini Totally Certified Red Version Jersey Card
$19.99
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OKC THUNDER AUTO JERSEY LOT KEVIN DURANT RUSSELL WESTBROOK REGGIE JACKSON IBAKA
$24.99
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OKC THUNDER AUTO JERSEY LOT KEVIN DURANT RUSSELL WESTBROOK REGGIE JACKSON IBAKA
$44.99
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Russell Westbrook, 2008-09 Fleer, ROOKIE!!!, SGC GEM 10
$18.99
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2008-09 Press Pass Legends Select Swatches #SSWRW Russell Westbrook Jsy - NM-MT
$11.25
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Stephen Curry Russell Westbrook Derrick Rose Chauncey Billups Jersey 081 199
$18.50
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Russell Westbrook 12-13 National Treasures & Certified OKC Thunder 1 1 Plate x2
$49.95
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Rookie Cards

Russell Westbrook Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2008 09 Topps Treasury Russell Westbrook Image

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

2008 09 Topps Chrome Russell Westbrook Image

Premium Rookie Cards

2008 09 Hot Prospects Russell Westbrook Image

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Russell Westbrook GRADED ROOKIE! Gem Mint 10! 2008 09 Topps Tipoff #114 Thunder!
$11.99
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2008-09 UPPER DECK MVP SILVER SCRIPT #204 RUSSELL WESTBROOK RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$22.00
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KEVIN DURANT AND RUSSELL WESTBROOK FLEER ROOKIE CARD GEM MINT 10 THUNDER RARE
$29.99
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2008-09 Topps #199 1958-59 #199 Russell Westbrook Rookie Card Lot (x4)
$12.00
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Russell Westbrook, 2008-09 Fleer, ROOKIE!!!, SGC GEM 10
$18.99
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2008-09 Russell Westbrook Topps Treasury Bronze Refractor RC- BGS 9.5 w 10 subs
$49.99
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2008-09 bowman chrome RUSSELL WESTBROOK rookie BGS 9.5 10
$55.00
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2008-09 FLEER #237 Russell WESTBROOK Kevin LOVE D.GALLINARI RC *BCCG 10 MINT* RC
$10.98
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2008-09 Russell Westbrook Topps Signature Red RC #TS-RW BGS 9.5- Only 869 made
$99.99
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Russell Westbrook OJ Mayo 2008-09 Upper Deck SPX Auto RC 50 Thunder Rare # 1 50
$129.99
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2008-09 Topps Signature #TSRW Russell Westbrook RC 2325 - NM-MT
$11.25
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2008-09 bowman chrome RUSSELL WESTBROOK rookie BGS 9.5 10 9.5 9.5
$69.00
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2008-09 fleer #204 RUSSELL WESTBROOK rookie BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 10
$24.00
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2008-09 fleer 86-87 #166 RUSSELL WESTBROOK rookie BGS 9.5
$25.00
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2007-08 EXQUISITE RUSSELL WESTBROOK, KEVIN LOVE, DANILO GALLINARI AUTO RC 199
$239.99
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Russell Westbrook rookie card BGS 9.5 Gem Mint - 2008 Fleer 86 throwback RC
$40.00
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Autograph Guide

Russell Westbrook Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Russell Westbrook'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. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA, Panini Authentic and Mounted Memories to name a few. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Russell Westbrook Cut Signature Exemplar

Russell Westbrook Signature Image

 

Russell Westbrook Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Russell Westbrook signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The whole signature is hastily written with only a couple of legible letters.
  2. The letter "R" is legible with the rear vertical line written on a 50 degree angle and exhibiting a very narrow loop.
  3. The next several letters are implied with only the "e-l" being discernible and even then the "e" resembles more of an "a" and the "l" is not completed.
  4. The "W" is pronounced and widely spaced.
  5. The next several letters are again, indistinguishable.
  6. The signature ends with what looks like an "l" but is in fact a "k."

Russell Westbrook Signed Basketball Pricing:

Active Listings for Russell Westbrook Signed Basketballs

 

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Russell Westbrook Signed Jersey Pricing:

Active Listings for Russell Westbrook Signed Jerseys

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Russell Westbrook Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Russell Westbrook Signed Photographs

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Russell Westbrook signed 8x10 autographed photo USA Oklahoma City Thunder PSA
$125.00
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Russell Westbrook Autographed Signed 11x14 Oklahoma City Thunder GAI GA
$99.99
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Russell Westbrook Authentic PSA Signed Oklahoma City Thunder un used jersey OKC
$599.99
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Russell Westbrook Signed autographed 11x14 Photo. OKC Thunder. UCLA. JSA COA
$99.99
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UCLA RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #Q45519
$79.99
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK - OKC THUNDER UCLA - SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO - PSA DNA COA T62318
$80.99
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Russell Westbrook Rare! signed OKC Thunder 8x10 photo PSA DNA cert PROOF!!
$125.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK - OKC THUNDER UCLA Signed Authentic 8X10 Photo PSA DNA COA
$80.99
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Russell Westbrook Signed OKC THUNDER 16x20 Photo JSA
$374.99
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Autographed Signed RUSSELL WESTBROOK OKC Thunder Jersey GAI GA Global COA
$224.99
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Autographed Signed KEVIN DURANT RUSSELL WESTBROOK 11x14 Photo GAI Global GA COA
$199.99
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THUNDER RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #W79721
$94.99
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THUNDER RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #W79723
$94.99
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THUNDER RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #W79725
$94.99
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Russell Westbrook Signed Spalding I O Basketball JSA
$324.99
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED JERSEY AUTOGRAPH NBA OKC THUNDER JERSEY GAI COA
$298.95
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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.

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