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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2008 eTopps Russell Westbrook RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
$10.49
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK 2008-09 UD First Edition #262 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 RC ROOKIE
$35.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK - 2008-09, 08-09 Topps Chrome BGS 9.5 Rookie RC #184 - GEM
$59.99
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK TOPPS SIGNATURE ROOKIE 2325 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$20.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK LEGENDS *BRONZE* ROOKIE 750 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$15.00
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08-09 RUSSELL WESTBROOK FLEER 86-87 ROOKIE RC OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$12.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK UPPER DECK SP #262 ROOKIE RC OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$15.00
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2013-14 National Treasures RUSSELL WESTBROOK #59 99 "GAME GEAR" THUNDER
$27.99
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2008 RUSSELL WESTBROOK LEGENDS ROOKIE JERSEY OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$25.00
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Russell Westbrook 2008-09 Hot Prospects Draft Day Postmarks Auto RC # 50 BGS 9
$175.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK 2014 NATIONAL TREASURES COLOSSAL JERSEY CARD #54 99!
$20.00
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Russell Westbrook Panini Flawless 2 Color Game-Worn Ruby Patch Card 15 Thunder
$109.99
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Russell Westbrook 2013-14 Panini Select Swatches Refractor 25 JERSEY Thunder
$27.99
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Russell Westbrook 2013-14 Panini Select Swatches Blue Prizm JERSEY Thunder
$18.99
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2008-09 Topps Chrome Russell Westbrook Orange Refractor Parallel Rookie RC # 499
$89.99
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK 08 09 HOT PROSPECTS DRAFT DAY POSTMARKS AUTO #26 50
$125.00
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Rookie Cards

Russell Westbrook Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

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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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2008 eTopps Russell Westbrook RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
$10.49
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK 2008-09 UD First Edition #262 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 RC ROOKIE
$35.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK - 2008-09, 08-09 Topps Chrome BGS 9.5 Rookie RC #184 - GEM
$59.99
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK TOPPS SIGNATURE ROOKIE 2325 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$20.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK LEGENDS *BRONZE* ROOKIE 750 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$15.00
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08-09 RUSSELL WESTBROOK FLEER 86-87 ROOKIE RC OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$12.00
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK UPPER DECK SP #262 ROOKIE RC OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$15.00
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2008 RUSSELL WESTBROOK LEGENDS ROOKIE JERSEY OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER UCLA BRUINS
$25.00
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Russell Westbrook 2008-09 Hot Prospects Draft Day Postmarks Auto RC # 50 BGS 9
$175.00
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2008-09 Topps Chrome Russell Westbrook Orange Refractor Parallel Rookie RC # 499
$89.99
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(4) 2008 Press Pass Basketball Box+4 AUTO MEM-Derrick Rose+Russell Westbrook RC!
$49.99
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2008 Topps Treasury Bronze Refractor Russell Westbrook Rookie RC PSA 10
$79.99
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08-09 Russell Westbrook bowman jsy card and topps basketball rookie lot(Thunder)
$12.00
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Lot Of 18 Russell Westbrook RC 2008-09 Topps 1958-59 Variation Rookie Card #199
$50.00
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Russell Westbrook GRADED ROOKIE! Gem Mint 10! 2008 09 Press Pass Insert #II6 #ed
$10.99
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2008 ETOPPS IN HAND #17 RUSSELL WESTBROOK OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER ROOKIE CARD 699
$16.99
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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

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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:

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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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THUNDER RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA #W79722
$94.99
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Russell Westbrook Autographed Signed 11x14 Oklahoma City Thunder GAI GA
$99.99
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2008 NBA Draft Signed Photo DERRICK ROSE KEVIN LOVE RUSSELL WESTBROOK JSA Letter
$999.95
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Russell Westbrook Autographed Signed Jersey Oklahoma City Thunder GAI GA
$224.99
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THUNDER RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #T77619
$89.99
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK SIGNED BASKETBALL JSA COA and Hologram
$179.00
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Russell Westbrook signed 8x10 autographed photo USA Oklahoma City Thunder PSA
$125.00
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KEVIN DURANT RUSSELL WESTBROOK DUAL AUTOGRAPH SIGNED BASKETBALL GA GAI COA
$389.95
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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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Autographed Signed RUSSELL WESTBROOK OKC Thunder Jersey GAI GA Global COA
$224.99
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Russell Westbrook Signed OKC THUNDER 16x20 Photo JSA
$374.99
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK - OKC THUNDER UCLA Signed Authentic 8X10 Photo PSA DNA COA
$80.99
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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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