The Big Fundamental is Still Going Strong! Top 10 Tim Duncan Cards of All-Time

The Big Fundamental is Still Going Strong! Top 10 Tim Duncan Cards of All-Time

Tim Duncan just keeps on producing. The ageless wonder is closing in on 40, but you would not think that watching him dominate the paint and consistently lead San Antonio deep in the playoffs. It took longer than it should have, but Tim Duncan is finally receiving some hobby love and his cards are trending upward.

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Unlike most current star players, Tim Duncan does not have many certified autograph cards. After signing a moderate amount early in his career, Tim Duncan has few autograph cards to speak of since 2005-06. This places an immediate premium on any of his certified autographs, which are not in great supply. While his playing style might be viewed by some as lacking flash, even without a ton of autographs, his cardboard career is anything but boring.

The following lists looks at ten of the top Tim Duncan cards in history. The checklist is definitely more on the premium side as these are some of the most popular Tim Duncan cards in existence. View our Tim Duncan profile for a complete rookie checklist and autographed memorabilia guide.

Top 10 Tim Duncan Cards

1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya Tim Duncan #8

Since the rare insert set also includes Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, it is easy to forget that Tim Duncan is also available. Even though he only a rookie at the time, many felt confident that the overall number one pick would be special. They don't get more special than this, with odds of 1:720 packs.

1997 98 E x2001 Jambalaya Tim Duncan 8 209x300 Image

1997-98 Finest Tim Duncan Refractor #101, #306, #325

Finest normally has a lot going on and it does not disappoint with three different first-year cards for Tim Duncan. The real prize is the Refractor parallels for the Bronze, Silver and Gold cards. The most valuable option is a die-cut Gold Embossed Refractor, numbered to 74.

1997 98 Finest Tim Duncan Bronze Refractor 101 214x300 Image 1997 98 Finest Tim Duncan Silver Refractor 306 211x300 Image

1997 98 Finest Tim Duncan Gold Refractor 325 215x300 Image 1997 98 Finest Tim Duncan Gold Embossed Refractor 325 214x300 Image

1997-98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan #5 #/100 (Row 3, Row 2, Row 1, Row 0)

Similar to Finest, Flair Showcase also utilized multiple card versions with increasing rarity. The various tiers run from Row 3 to Row 0 and also include Legacy Collection parallels. These limited parallels are numbered to 100 and command a significant premium.

1997 98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan Row 3 214x300 Image1997 98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan Row 2 206x300 Image

1997 98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan Row 1 212x300 Image1997 98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan Row 0 Image

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMG Tim Duncan #66 #/100

Arguably one of the most prized basketball parallels in the history of collecting, Precious Metal Gems also made their debut in Duncan's first season. All the cards are numbered out of 100, with the green occupying the first ten cards and the red occupying the remaining 90 cards.

1997 98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMG Tim Duncan Red 211x300 Image 1997 98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMG Tim Duncan Green 212x300 Image

1997-98 Topps Chrome Refractor Tim Duncan #115

Topps Chrome is easily the most preferred Tim Duncan rookie card and prices are still very reasonable. The Refractor parallel is where things begin to get crazy, especially high grades.

1997 98 Topps Chrome Refractor Tim Duncan 213x300 Image

1998-99 Skybox Premium Autographics Tim Duncan #37

One of the earliest NBA cards autographed by Tim Duncan, Autographics already has a legion of fans. The base version is not the easiest to track down, but the rare blue ink version is hand-numbered to only 50.

1998 99 Skybox Premium Autographics Tim Duncan 209x300 Image 1998 99 Skybox Premium Autographics Tim Duncan Blue Ink 215x300 Image

1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Tim Duncan #GJ15, #GJ31

As the first NBA jersey card for Tim Duncan, the Upper Deck Game Jersey insert carries special significance. There are two similar versions for Duncan the only difference is the images used for Duncan.

1998 99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Tim Duncan GJ15 Image 1998 99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Tim Duncan GJ31 Image

2000-01 Stadium Club Co-Signers Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal #CS3 Autograph

Widely considered two of the best big men from the modern era, Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan are paired on this signed card. The combination is also interesting because Shaq reportedly bestowed the "Big Fundamental" nickname on Duncan.

2000 01 Stadium Club Co Signers Tim Duncan Shaquille ONeal  Image

2000-01 Topps Finest Moments Refractor Autographs Tim Duncan #FM-TD

Since signed cards for Tim Duncan remain rare, it is really hard to point to specific autographs as being better than others. The Finest Moments Refractor Autograph insert from 2000-01 is particularly remarkable because it includes an on-card autograph and photo of Duncan posing with his first NBA Championship trophy and Finals MVP Award. He would go on to add three more titles and two more Finals MVP awards.

2000 01 Topps Finest Moments Autographs Tim Duncan 211x300 Image

2012-13 Flawless / Immaculate Patches Tim Duncan

Two premium products in 2012-13 included some impressive patches for Tim Duncan. Both Flawless and Immaculate allowed collectors a shot at large patch pieces. Despite limited print runs, several parallels increase the overall supply.

2012 13 Immaculate Patches Tim Duncan 20 216x300 Image 2012 13 Flawless Patches Tim Duncan  214x300 Image

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Tim Duncan Majestic Patch 12-13 Panini Crusade Basketball
$10.00
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1997 Flair Showcase Row 2 Tim Duncan Rookie Card
$6.95
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2006-07 Bowman Bronze 20 Tim Duncan 29 50
$9.99
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SAN ANTONIO SPURS CENTER TIM DUNCAN NBA ACTION FIGURE TOY DOLL SLU BASKETBALL
$49.99
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1999-00 Finest Promo Tim Duncan BGS 9 w 3 9.5's
$6.99
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2012-13 LIMITED PERFORMERS RELIC TIM DUNCAN 199
$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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TIM DUNCAN 1997-98 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE CARD #115 BECKETT 9 MINT S.A. SPURS
$42.50
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TIM DUNCAN 05-06 UPPER DECK SWEET SHOT SPECTRUM #26 75 RARE INSERT CARD SPURS
$11.95
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1997-98 topps #115 TIM DUNCAN spurs rookie card BGS 9.5 (9 9.5 9.5 10)
$39.00
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1997-98 metal universe #66 TIM DUNCAN spurs rookie BGS 9.5 (10 9 9.5 9.5)
$50.00
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1997-98 metal universe #66 TIM DUNCAN spurs rookie BGS 9.5 (10 9.5 9.5 9)
$50.00
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1997-98 topps #115 TIM DUNCAN spurs rookie card BGS 9 (9.5 9 9 9)
$17.00
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1997-98 topps #115 TIM DUNCAN spurs rookie card BGS 9.5 (9.5 9.5 9.5 9)
$35.00
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2007-08 topps chrome destiny refractors #d8 TIM DUNCAN rookie BGS 9.5 10
$100.00
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2007-08 ud3 rookie portfolio #r1 TIM DUNCAN rookie BGS 9 (10 9.5 9.5 8.5)
$50.00
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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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