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 visual rookie card guide for a complete look at all the Tim Duncan rookie cards.

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

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 1997-98 Finest Tim Duncan Silver Refractor #306

1997-98 Finest Tim Duncan Gold Refractor #325 1997-98 Finest Tim Duncan Gold Embossed Refractor #325

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 31997-98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan Row 2

1997-98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan Row 11997-98 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Tim Duncan Row 0

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 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMG Tim Duncan Green

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

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 1998-99 Skybox Premium Autographics Tim Duncan Blue Ink

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 1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Tim Duncan #GJ31

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 O'Neal

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

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 2012-13 Flawless Patches Tim Duncan

Top eBay Listings

TIM DUNCAN 57 COMMON AND INSERT CARD LOT 97 98 ROOKIE,-SAN ANTONIO SPURS
$19.99

2000 Upper Deck Hardcourt Night Court, #NC2, Tim Duncan, (lot of 2 cards) L-706
$6.95

2003 TOPPS CHROME FRANCHISE FABRICS TIM DUNCAN , SPURS ! BOX 10
$10.99

Tim Duncan 1997 Topps Chrome #115 Rookie Card Mint 9
$10.00

1999 Upper Deck Star Surge, Insert #S-6, Tim Duncan, L-195
$5.95

Tim Duncan 1997 Topps Chrome Destiny Rookie Card
$16.00

Tim Duncan 1997 Skybox Z Force Rookie Card Gem Mt 10
$15.00

Tim Duncan 1997 Topps Rookie Card
$6.00

Tim Duncan 1997 EX 2001 Rookie Card Gem Mt 10
$21.00

Tim Duncan 1997 Skybox Z Force Rookie Card Gem Mint
$10.00

TIM DUNCAN 2002-03 TOPPS PRISTINE PORTIONS GAME USED JERSEY
$5.69

1999 Upper Deck Wild, Insert #W-11, Tim Duncan, L-198
$5.95

2000-01 (BKB) Hoops Hot Prospects Originals #H2 Tim Duncan
$5.00

2000-01 (BKB) Fleer Genuine Smooth Operators #SO6 Tim Duncan
$5.00

2000-01 (BKB) Fleer Genuine Formidable #F13 Tim Duncan
$5.00

2000-01 (BKB) Fleer Premium Name Game #NG11 Tim Duncan
$6.00
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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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