Jason Collins, a 12-year veteran of the NBA, made history by announcing that he's gay. Collins is the first active male player in any of the four professional sports leagues in the United States to acknowledge this publicly.
Speculation has long been building around when the first player would step forward as being openly gay. The early response from fans, fellow athletes, and teammates has been very positive. Based on his lack of productivity on the court, it's doubtful that Jason Collins cards will gain huge values. However, his place in history is cemented. To many, Collins is a role model and for that there will likely be some interest for the time being.
Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Collins was immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he spent the bulk of his career. The former Stanford Cardinal has played with six different teams, most recently with the Washington Wizards. Although he is currently a free agent, he hopes to continue his professional basketball career. As a journeyman player who has not seen a lot of individual success, Collins does not have a lot of cards available. The following are the top Jason Collins rookie cards.
Top Jason Collins Cards
2001-02 SPx features three rookie variations. Each card is numbered to 800. While the design is not great, the card is still the top Jason Collins card.
With a low print run and large signing area, this autographed insert is a great card for Jason Collins collectors.
Flair Sweet Shots is another autographed insert that is numbered to 390. Signed on a basketball-like material, the autograph may not hold up well over time.
The 2001-02 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Jason Collins rookie card features a clean design and simple color scheme. Although it is not autographed, the low print run make s it stand out.
Jason Collins' rookie card from Topps Chrome rounds out our top three. The Topps Chrome brand is well-regarded among rookie collectors and this card is a great low-end option. The Refractor parallel is another solid option.
The Jason Collins mini autograph from Topps Rookie Matrix is the most recent autographed card for the seven-footer. Although there was no print run listed, Collins was part of Group G, which had overall odds of 1:49 packs.
Rookie Card Checklist
Jason Collins Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 2001-02 Fleer Platinum #238
- 2001-02 Fleer Shoebox #174
- 2001-02 Topps #238
- 2001-02 Topps Heritage #259
- 2001-02 Topps Stadium Club #118
- 2001-02 Topps TCC #145
- 2001-02 Topps Xpectations #118
- 2001-02 Ultra #165 #/2222
- 2001-02 Upper Deck #207
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Honor Roll #103 #/2499
- 2001-02 Upper Deck MVP #219
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Playmakers #125 #/1999
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2001-02 Fleer Authentix #102 #/1250
- 2001-02 Fleer Focus #124 #/1850
- 2001-02 Fleer Force #118 #/699
- 2001-02 Fleer Genuine #135 #/1000
- 2001-02 Fleer Maximum #220 #/1000
- 2001-02 Fleer Premium #182 #/1500
- 2001-02 Fleer Showcase #109 #/1000
- 2001-02 SP Authentic #96 Film #/1600
- 2001-02 Topps Chrome #146
- 2001-02 Topps High Topps #157 #/1500
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Flight Team #123 #/375 (3 versions)
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Hardcourt #106 (3 versions)
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Legends #115 #/1999
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Ovation #104 #/62 (3 versions)
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects #108 #/1000
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Sweet Shot #98 #/1200
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2001-02 Fleer Exclusive #141 Jersey #/500
- 2001-02 Hoops Hot Prospects #98 Jersey #/1000
- 2001-02 SP Authentic #96 Autograph #/1525
- 2001-02 SPx #97 Autographed Jersey #/800 (3 versions)
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Inspirations #137 Jersey #/275 with Elton Brand
- 2001-02 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #74 #/250