Top 10 Russell Westbrook Rookie Cards
While injury issues continue to be a concern, Russell Westbrook has proven to be an elite option in the NBA and more than capable of leading the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Kevin Durant making the move to the Golden State Warriors, Westbrook has firmly established himself as the face of the OKC franchise. As such, Russel Westbrook rookie cards are seeing strong interest from collectors and pushing higher.
Because he is part of a deep rookie class, unopened boxes with Russell Westbrook's official rookie cards are much tougher to track down. The 2008-09 class also includes Derrick Rose and Kevin Love. However, singles are not hard to find and there are a good amount of low-end Russell Westbrook rookie card options along with several autographed cards.
The guide below highlights the most popular and valuable rookies for Westbrook. For more choices, view a full rookie card checklist in our detailed Russell Westbrook player profile.
Top Russell Westbrook Rookie Cards
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A terrific option that falls lower on the price scale, Russell Westbrook was part of the final basketball rookie class to be featured in Bowman Chrome. In addition to the base rookie card, there is also a signed card, with a different image and card number, included in the main set. Collectors looking for more rarity and value can check out the many Refractor parallels.
Similar to Bowman Chrome, Topps Chrome is another less expensive rookie option for Russell Westbrook that has a strong following thanks to the Refractor parallels. Topps Chrome edges Bowman Chrome slightly, but the cards are fundamentally very similar.
The large print run makes the 2008-09 SP Rookie Threads card for Russell Westbrook one the most affordable options among his signed rookie cards. One noticeable downside is that the autograph is placed over a die-cut jersey piece. As seen below, when the black part of the jersey is used, it is much harder to see the signature. There are some with white jersey pieces that are much easier to read, but the versions with black jerseys appear to be more common.
With just 99 copies, Russell Westbrook's Radiance rookie card is tied with UD Black and SPx as the rarest cards on the list. Although it is a little busy, the card design works, but the sticker is disappointing and the cards rarely seem to surface.
Utilizing a much more subtle sticker autograph, Hot Prospects adds a small jersey piece and a print run of 199. There is also an unsigned version of the card that features blue foil.
In typical SPx fashion, the loud design is neither subtle nor simple. Although the print run is 99, there are actually two versions— home and away—with minimal differences.
One of the better Russell Westbrook rookie card values on the list, UD Premier features most of the attributes that collectors look for except for a strong brand name. The on-card signature and lower print run are further enhanced by the large die-cut jersey display.
With an appealing design, large jersey piece and strong brand recognition, the Ultimate Collection rookie card for Russell Westbrook is a clear favorite for collectors. The only apparent downside is the awkward signing area that is squeezed into the design. The base version is numbered to 150, but there is also a signed Silver parallel, numbered to 60, and a signed patch parallel that is limited to only 10.
Although the basic layout is similar to UD Premier, UD Black is in a league of its own when it comes to design. Heavy on black and foil, the Russell Westbrook card really stands out based on the on-card silver ink autograph.
It might seem odd that two of the most plentiful signed rookie cards for Russell Westbrook occupy the top spots, but given the card quality and brand recognition, it should not be surprising. SP Authentic has long been a popular stop for rookie collectors and the 2008-09 rookie for Westbrook regularly sells in the hundreds. There is also a rare retail version that replaces the jersey piece with red foil. The retail edition is not numbered.
A print run of 225 sounds gargantuan for Exquisite Collection, but it did not keep the high-end Russell Westbrook rookie card out of the top spot. Collectors can expect prices above $1,000 when talking about these popular rookie cards.