Meet the Hobby's Next Blake Griffin: Ricky Rubio

Meet the Hobby’s Next Blake Griffin: Ricky Rubio

GRIFFIN RUBIO EXQUISITE ImageSince the start of the 2010-11 NBA Season, Blake Griffin's cards have gone from being worth their weight in silver to worth their weight in gold. Griffin's card took a brief detour during the 2009-10 NBA Season due to an injury that cost 2009's top pick his entire rookie season. The next silver to gold story may very well be hiding in the same draft class as the Clippers forward.

The NBA Jam-esque Griffin wasn't the only player from the 2009 NBA draft class to take a trading card detour, as the draft's fifth overall pick Ricky Rubio didn't play a single game during the 2009-10 NBA Season and unlike Griffin, the 20-year point guard from Spain will not play a single game in 2010-11 either. Though they play different positions on the court, they could play a similar role in the hobby.

RUBIO MARAVICH1 ImageRicky Rubio has drawn lofty comparisons to one of the sports world's most enduring figures, Pistol Pete Maravich. Pistol Pete was essentially Barry Sanders before Barry Sanders was Barry Sanders. During his 10-year NBA career, Maravich captured the imagination of fans league wide with a seamless combination of highlight reel dribbling, passing and scoring skills.

It's not a matter of "if" Ricky Rubio will become a hobby star, it's a matter of "when". Rubio has a factor on his side that not even Blake Griffin had. Due to the fact that Griffin was the top pick in 2009 draft and a member of the NBA Player's Association , there were more than enough of his cards to go around. Rubio on the other hand has yet to sign a contract with the team that drafted him, the Minnesota Timberwolves. This led to a finite amount of Rubio cards finding their way into 2009-10 products. In the sports card world, finite is the be all, end all.

When Rubio arrives in the NBA, the hype will be huge and the expectations sky high. Whether it be with the Wolves (hopefully) or with another team, Rubio's cards will immediately vault in value due to the "wow" factor he brings to a basketball court. Just like Griffin has captured the imagination of collectors with his highlight reel dunking ability, Rubio could very well do the same with his Pistol Pete skill set.

Below are ten Ricky Rubio cards that could turn from silver into gold much like Griffin's have. The top Rubio card to chase is without a doubt his Exquisite Collection autographs followed by his National Treasures RC. Due to Rubio's under the radar print run, it's a safe bet to assume that even the cheapest of Rubio cards could be worth something in coming years.

RUBIO NT ImageTop 10 2009-10 Ricky Rubio Cards:

  1. 2009-10 Exquisite Collection #44 Ricky Rubio Auto /225 RC Image ($200)
  2. 2009-10 Exquisite Collection #73 Ricky Rubio Auto /225 Image ($200)
  3. 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures #200 Ricky Rubio /99 RC Image ($80)
  4. 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures Century Signatures #200 Ricky Rubio/ 99 Image($120)
  5. 2009-10 Timeless Treasures #108 Ricky Rubio AU/ 99 RC Image ($75)
  6. 2009-10 Topps Chrome #97 Ricky Rubio /999 RC Image ($20)
  7. 2009-10 Greats of the Game Autographs #44 Ricky Rubio Image ($60)
  8. 2009-10 SP Game Used Rookie Exclusive Signatures #RERR Ricky Rubio /100 Image ($50)
  9. 2009-10 SP Signature Edition Signature Rookies #RRR Ricky Rubio /199 Image ($50)
  10. 2009-10 Upper Deck Draft Edition Autographs #11 Ricky Rubio/ 499 Image ($30)
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RARE Ricky Rubio Panini Spanish ROOKIE card (Season 2009 10)
$5.00
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RARE Ricky Rubio Panini Spanish card (Season 2009 10)
$5.00
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Ricky Rubio Spain G 2009-10 Upper Deck Draft Edition ROOKIE # 11 Free Shipping
$1.19
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RICKY RUBIO 2009-10, 09-10 Topps BGS 8.5 w 9.5 Rookie RC #317 - Timberwolves
$5.99
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RICKY RUBIO 2009-10 Rookie Card Lot Topps & Upper Deck RC SP Timberwolves $40
$18.74
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2009-10 Exquisite Rookie Auto Ricky Rubio RC (188 225) - light ding top L corner
$6.50
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BRANDON JENNINGS, JAMES HARDEN, RICKY RUBIO 2009-10 UPPERDECK ROOKIE LOT
$1.00
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2009-10 Upper Deck #237 Ricky Rubio RC
$0.99



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User Comments

  1. You are kidding with this, right?
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Don-t-expect-to-see-Ricky-Rubio-in-the-NBA-any-t;_ylt=AlUDU6I03iWPKx9ce.xvKTC8vLYF?urn=nba-311740

    It isnt wise trying to compare somebody like Rubio to an all time great when there is nothing in Rubio’s game that says he has an all time great skill set, let alone a Blake Griffin.

  2. @Brock Laners: Nope, not kidding in the least. The New York Times (who Yahoo quoted in the article) is the most biased newspaper in the world, they try and bully smaller market teams and players with what amounts to nothing more than heresay and manipulation. They pulled the same thing with Johan Santana and tried it with LeBron and numerous others. Everyone has compared him to Pete Maravich since he came onto the scene, that doesn’t mean he will be Maravich. All I’m saying is that once he comes to the NBA, which is inevitable, the buzz will be insane regardless if becomes Maravich or not, his cards will boost in value.

  3. Brett) As a Wolves fan, this guy is so overhyped it’s krazy. There’s no way this guy (even if he wants to come here) will be anything of an impact player. I’m sorry but his cards will more than likely drop after his performance suffers…

  4. @brady: I’m not saying I’m right or anything, I could be completely wrong. I just have a strong gut feeling about Rubio. His numbers don’t stand out over seas and completely support your argument, but his numbers are better than Brandon Jennings were and he’s playing against the best competition in the world outside of the NBA in the Euroleague.

  5. http://www.basketballinspain.com/ricky-rubio-most-spectacular-passes-fc-barcelona.html

    Watch a video sometime. He’s as tall as any point guard in the league and plays so smooth and under control. True you have better athletes in the NBA but his length and vision are what set him apart. That’s just what I see though. As was the case with Griffin and Wall, you dont know how good he can be, but he definitely looks like a very good player.

  6. I certainly hope so for the Wolves sake!

  7. Have you seen his stats overseas? They are horrible, if he was going to be a man you would think he could at least dominate over there but he cant. Sorry but I think your smokin something pretty good. Can I have some?

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