Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have any extremely rare Kobe Bryant card. But given the choice between a patch card numbered to 2 and a basic parallel numbered to 5, I'm taking the patch, especially when both share similar design elements. How then do you explain a 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Totally Green Patch Kobe Bryant card numbered to 2 selling for $300 while a basic Totally Green parallel numbered to 5 from the same set finishes at nearly $800? Both ended a couple of days apart so that can't be much of a reason. The patch card seller had low feedback so that may have scared off some, but still, that's a massive price difference.
The reason for the high sums is likely because 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Totally Green parallels have sparked a frenzy few recent basketball card sets have. Set, player and team collectors have caught the fever, sending prices higher than usual for similarly numbered cards. The result is a parallel reminiscent of the Precious Metal Gems cards found in 1997-98 and 1998-99 Metal Universe Basketball.
2010-11 Panini Totally Certified has parallels everywhere. Everything, from base cards to the insert sets have green versions. In fact, when you factor in autographs and patches, base cards have three different green versions. The majority are numbered to 5. No matter the type, all 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Green cards are hot. However, it's the basic versions that are the most surprising.
Here are some highlights from recent eBay sales of basic 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Green cards:
- Kobe Bryant, $799.33 (Dec. 25)
- Blake Griffin, $711.51 (Jan. 7)
- Michael Beasley, $389.69 (Jan. 15)
- Brandon Jennings, $249.99 (Jan.12)
- Luol Deong, $225.00 (Jan. 14)
- Deron Williams, $220.00 (Jan. 10)
- Deron Williams, $200.00 (Jan. 14)
- DeMar DeRozan, $185.00 (Jan. 12)
- Eric Gordon, $171.48 (Jan. 15)
- Chauncey Billups, $152.52 (Jan. 15)
And while the basic cards are going strong, autographs are also doing extremely well. Actually, that might be an understatement. Here's are the top five highest prices 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Green autographs paid on eBay over the past couple months:
- Derrick Rose, $1495.95 (Jan. 18) (Buy It Now)
- Blake Griffin, $867.05 (Jan. 10) (Best Offer)
- Kevin Durant, $599.00 (Jan. 14) (Best Offer)
- Blake Griffin, $300.00 (Dec. 20) (Best Offer)
- Deron Williams, $235.00 (Jan. 5) (Best Offer)
In the span of a month, the price of the Griffin autograph tripled. Sure, the small print run makes it tough to pinpoint growth, but these numbers show that interest in 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Green cards is on the rise.
The interest has also sparked a rise in prices for unopened boxes of 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Basketball. Three weeks ago, collectors could find them for $90-100. They've rise about $20, going for $110-120 on eBay.
It will be interesting to see how high these cards go and if they hold over the long-term like the Precious Metal Gems. Following the labor dispute and late start to the season, it's also a shot for a side of the hobby that has lagged for some time.