Rookie Card Year: 1996-97
Investment Rating: 7.5
Although he may be entering the twilight of his career, Steve Nash card and memorabilia collectors could soon be in for a boost. While it is becoming more common for NBA players to play for more than ten years, few are able to do so at an elite level. One that immediately stands out is Steve Nash. He is among the ten oldest active NBA players. Nash has used his amazing understanding of the game and veteran knowledge to compensate for his diminishing physical abilities. The two-time MVP and seven-time All-Star actually increased his career points per game and assists per game average as he pushed through his thirties. Now, stranded on an under-performing Phoenix Suns team, rumors persist about one last trade that will Nash to a contender. While it remains to be seen if that will ever happen, Nash has already put up Hall of Fame numbers and should be a lock for enshrinement.
The Canadian star was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 1996 and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. He spent several seasons in Texas before re-joining the Suns in 2004 as a free agent. While he has achieved many individual accolades, an NBA Championship continues to elude the point guard. Nash will never win one with the Suns but could be the missing ingredient for several teams who need one last player to make a legitimate run. There is no clear timetable on his retirement but it cannot be far off so a move will need to happen soon.
Steve Nash was part of a strong 1996 Draft class that featured other superstar players like Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen and Allen Iverson. While clearly not the top option from that class among collectors, Nash has built a strong following. Because of his age and the current state of the Suns, only a change of scenery will bump Steve Nash card values. The increases could be huge with a championship.
All 14 of Nash's true rookie cards are base versions that are not numbered, autographed or contain a piece of his jersey. Because of this, almost all of them can be had for very little. The most valuable 1996-97 Steve Nash card options are usually limited edition parallels for Topps Chrome, Finest, Ultra and Bowman Chrome.
Top Steve Nash Rookie Cards
The 1996-97 Topps Chrome Steve Nash card is the top option for collectors. It has a plain action shot with a limited design and a chromium finish. Because the Kobe Bryant rookie gets much of the interest, the Steve Nash card is probably a little undervalued. Centering in this set is spotty, so graded versions can command a premium.
Easily the boldest design of the group, 1996-97 Finest relies heavily on a look that Nash look as though he is breaking through a metal barrier. This Steve Nash card represents another bargain for collectors.
1996-97 SP took their design a different direction than many of the other products from the same year. The first-year Steve Nash card features only a non-action profile shot of Nash and a thick blue border on the left.
1996-97 Fleer Metal #138 Steve Nash RC FHOF FGS 10
03-04 SPX WINNING MATERIALS STEVE NASH #WM19
96-97 Bowman's Best Steve Nash RC Atomic Refractor
96-97 STEVE NASH SB ROOKIE CARD RC AUTOGRAPHED! NM MT+. LAKERS!!
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Steve Nash Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Steve Nash'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.
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