Tim Duncan Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Tim Duncan

Date of Birth: 4/25/1976
Rookie Card Year: 1997-98
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Tim Duncan is one of the greatest big men of the modern era. However, his lack of flash and low-key demeanor have kept him from approaching the same hobby level as his other basketball peers, such as Kobe Bryant. Nevertheless, with all his achievements, Tim Duncan cards and memorabilia deserve a place among the greats.

Born and raised in the US Virgin Islands, basketball was not a likely landing spot for Tim Duncan. However, as he continued to grow taller, eventually topping out at 6'11", it began to make sense. Duncan accepted a scholarship to play at Wake Forest and helped lead them to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons with the team. After graduating from Wake Forest in 1997, Duncan declared for the NBA Draft. The San Antonio Spurs had the fortune of the number one overall pick, and there was little question which player they would select. Duncan was paired with another big man, David Robinson, to form one of the most dominant front courts of all-time.

Basketball has evolved into a game that seems to be as much about creative dunks and no-look passes as it is about floor spacing and tight defense. Watching Tim Duncan play is almost like watching a flashback to the big men of the past. Block, rebound, score, repeat. Duncan has made a long and successful career out of the fundamentals of the game. Closing in on his forties and with retirement rapidly approaching, Tim Duncan has five NBA Championships, three Finals MVPs, two NBA MVPs, 14 All-Star selections and a Rookie of the Year award in 1998.

Tim Duncan has 18 rookie cards and most of them are very reasonably priced. The higher values come from the various parallels. Tim Duncan also has quite a few certified autographed cards which are a great option, although none of his NBA rookie cards are signed.

Top 3 Tim Duncan Basketball Rookie Cards

1997-98 Topps Chrome Tim Duncan RC #115

The 1997-98 Topps Chrome Tim Duncan is the number one rookie option for collectors. This action image shows Duncan in his element, dominating the paint. This would become a regular occurrence for many years to come. The big draw in 1997-98 Topps Chrome Basketball is the Refractor parallel of Tim Duncan's rookie card. Refractors only fall 1:12 packs and with a checklist of 220 cards, the Duncan Refractor is a very tough card to pull.

1997 98 Topps Chrome Tim Duncan RC 115 212x300 Image

1997-98 Flair Showcase Row 3 Tim Duncan RC #5

Flair Showcase relied on nice photography and a glossy finish to achieve an understated elegance. While the Row 3 Tim Duncan card can be had for just a few dollars, the real draw is the many parallels featured in the product. These include Row 2 (1:3 packs), Row 1 (1:16 packs), Row 0 (#/250) and Legacy Collection (#/100).

1997 98 Flair Showcase Row 3 Tim Duncan RC 5 212x300 Image

1997-98 Finest Tim Duncan RC #101

One thing is for sure, after seeing this card, collectors knew that someone was making their debut in the NBA. Tim Duncan's Finest rookie card is part of the Bronze subset. There are two other Tim Duncan cards in the base set, which are included in the Silver and Gold subsets, respectively. The Tim Duncan Finest Refractor parallel is also popular.

1997 98 Finest Tim Duncan RC 101 210x300 Image

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2013 14 Panini Select Purple Prizm Skills Tim Duncan 62 99 San Antonio Spurs
$9.97
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2010 11 Gold Standard Gold Nuggets Relic Tim Duncan 64 199
$6.97
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2006-07 Triple Fabric Reflections Tim Duncan Triple Jersey Card 78 100
$12.99
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2004 05 Fleer Skybox Limited Edition Relic Tim Duncan 8 99 Spurs
$6.97
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2011 12 Limited Relic Tim Duncan 14 99 San Antonio Spurs RARE SP
$9.97
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1997-98 Topps Finest Tim Duncan BRONZE ROOKIE PSA 10 GEM MINT
$30.00
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2006 Tim Duncan "Photographer's Proof" Parallel Insert #10 (#'d 199) Spurs!!!
$5.99
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1997-98 Tim Duncan Metal Universe RC +1999-2000 UD Power Deck Tim Duncan + BONUS
$8.95
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12-13 Panini Limited Performers Tim Duncan jersey #D91 199 #12 *42166
$6.99
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1997-98 SKYBOX E-X2001 #75 TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE CARD RC, SPURS - PSA 5 EX (88202)
$8.95
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97-98 Skybox EX 2001 Tim Duncan rc rookie #75 *42481
$6.99
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1998-99 FINEST OVERSIZE JUMBO BOX TOPPER LOT OF 3,KOBE BRYANT,TIM DUNCAN,KITTLES
$10.00
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1996-97 Topps Chrome Tim Duncan Rookie #115 Mint SPURS 5x NBA CHAMPION! HOF
$5.00
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TIM DUNCAN DWIGH HOWARD DUAL PATCH LOGO 25 NATIONAL TREASURES PRIME 6 CRL PATCH
$71.99
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2013-14 PANINI PRIZM #8 TIM DUNCAN "BLUE PRIZM" DOMINANCE DIE-CUT #95 199, SPURS
$8.95
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2013 TIM DUNCAN Panini GOLD FOIL INTRIGUE #d 8 of 10 RARE "DIE-CUT!"
$39.95
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Rookie Cards

Tim Duncan Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

1997 98 Bowmans Best Tim Duncan RC 106 211x300 Image

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1997-98 Topps Finest Tim Duncan BRONZE ROOKIE PSA 10 GEM MINT
$30.00
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1997-98 Tim Duncan Metal Universe RC +1999-2000 UD Power Deck Tim Duncan + BONUS
$8.95
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1997-98 SKYBOX E-X2001 #75 TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE CARD RC, SPURS - PSA 5 EX (88202)
$8.95
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97-98 Skybox EX 2001 Tim Duncan rc rookie #75 *42481
$6.99
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1996-97 Topps Chrome Tim Duncan Rookie #115 Mint SPURS 5x NBA CHAMPION! HOF
$5.00
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bgs hoops david robinson, finest tim duncan, topps chrome tony parker rc rookie
$89.99
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Tim Duncan 1997-1998 97-98 Stadium Club #201 RC BGS PSA 10 Gem Mint Rookie Spurs
$24.99
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1997 TIM DUNCAN Fleer ROOKIE *Feel The Game* 23k GOLD Card Limited edition
$10.99
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TIM DUNCAN 1997 BOWMAN'S BEST SPURS NBA BASKETBALL ROOKIE CARD GRADED SGC 9 MINT
$24.99
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1997-1998 UD Collectors Choice Tim Duncan Rookie
$15.00
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1997-98 TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE CARD HEROES OF THE LOCKER ROOM PRO MAG RARE ! SP
$14.99
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1997-98 SP Authentic Tim Duncan GAI 9.5 Graded Rookie
$52.90
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TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR TIM DUNCAN RC PSA 10...HOF...CARDREGISTRY
$1,999.99
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1997-98 NBA Hoops Tim Duncan High Voltage Rookie RC Card Mint BGS 9
$59.99
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1997 SP AUTHENTIC TIM DUNCAN RC BGS 8.5 OLD LABEL RE-GRADE CANDIDATE BGS 9 PSA 9
$19.00
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Tim Duncan Rookie Upper Deck 1997-98 #144 & Lot (6) Upper Deck cards BV$20
$7.01
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Autograph Guide

Tim Duncan Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Tim Duncan'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.

Tim Duncan Cut Signature Exemplar
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Tim Duncan Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tim Duncan 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 entire signature is largely indecipherable and instead, collectors should look for character traits and not specific letters.
  2. The "T" is discernible and includes a double vertical line.
  3. The entire signature is capped by a series of back and forth lines with an elongated loop forming on the right; each of the lines include some sort of hook or curlycue on the left-hand side.
  4. His jersey number is usually present as "#21."
  5. A squiggle of lines below the capping loop can be deciphered as a "u-a-n."

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Tim Duncan & Marcus Camby Signed 8x10 Magazine Page Vintage College Sigs JSA PSA
$109.99
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Tim Duncan Signed 8 x 10 Magazine Page #1 Vintage College Signature JSA PSA COA
$129.99
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Tim Duncan Signed 8 x 10 Magazine Page #2 Vintage College Signature JSA PSA COA
$124.99
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Tim Duncan Signed 8 1 2 x 11 Photo Vintage College Signature JSA PSA COA
$125.00
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Spurs Tim Duncan & Kawhi Leonard signed Spalding basketball-JSA cert
$299.95
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TIM DUNCAN SIGNED 16x20 PHOTO SAN ANTONIO SPURS NBA CHAMPS JSA FULL LETTER
$199.99
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Tim Duncan signed Spalding NBA Game Ball series Indoor Outdoor Basketball JSA
$375.00
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Tim Duncan Autographed Signed 6 9 03 Sports Illustrated JSA
$149.95
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SPURS TIM DUNCAN SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #H37184
$179.99
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Tim Duncan Signed Sports Illustrated Spurs 06 04 07 JSA Auto
$64.99
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TIM DUNCAN SPURS,WAKE FOREST JSA COA SIGNED BASKETBALL
$700.00
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Tim Duncan AUTO Signed Spurs Jersey (PSA) w proof
$2,999.99
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Manu Ginobili Signed SAN ANTONIO SPURS 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Tim Duncan Tony Parker
$85.00
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TIM DUNCAN SANANTONIO SPURS NBA CHAMPS JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 GLOSSY PHOTO
$130.00
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TIM DUNCAN Signed 22x34 Starline Poster JSA
$99.99
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Tim Duncan Signed Authentic Nike Jersey JSA Dual COA Auto Autograph RARE Spurs
$1,799.99
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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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  1. What is the value of Tim Duncan #1 Overall Draft Pick commemorative jumbo card by Score board. It was limited to 5000 cards

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