This Mailman Always Delivers! Top 10 Karl Malone Cards

This Mailman Always Delivers! Top 10 Karl Malone Cards

Karl Malone ranks among the basketball elite of NBA history in many statistical categories and is widely considered to be one of the best power forwards of all-time. While his lack of titles hurts his overall legacy, Karl Malone's hobby interest remains strong.

The face of the Utah Jazz for nearly two decades, Karl Malone collectors have a good mix of card options. It is important to note that Malone's autograph options were limited during his career and into his retirement, but have picked up in recent years. The following guide includes ten of the top Karl Malone cards of all-time.

Top Karl Malone Basketball Cards of All-Time

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1986-87 Fleer Karl Malone RC #68

For collectors, there is nowhere else to start for Karl Malone than with his rookie card in 1986-87 Fleer. One of the few stars who actually made their cardboard debut in the popular release, Malone was not included in 1985-86 Star despite joining the league in the 1985 NBA Draft. Ungraded copies can easily be found for $30 or less.

1986-87 Fleer Karl Malone RC #68

1993-94 Finest Refractor Parallels Karl Malone #112,215

Like getting kicked in the face by a box of Crayolas, Finest burst onto the basketball scene in 1993-94 with crazy designs and a lot of color. Refractor parallels are the most popular options and Karl Malone collectors have two choices. This includes the main base card and the Midwest's Finest subset that features a brick background.

1993-94 Finest Refractors Karl Malone #1121993-94 Finest Refractors Karl Malone #215 

1993-94 Fleer Ultra Career Highlights Autograph Karl Malone #1-10 (10 different cards)

Part of ten-card set found in 1993-94 Fleer Ultra Series 1, the Career Highlights Autographs were the signed version of a base insert set that looked back at Malone's NBA career. The card is significant to collectors because it is the first Karl Malone autograph.

1993-94 Fleer Ultra Career Highlights Autograph Karl Malone

1997-98 Bowman's Best Autographs Refractors Karl Malone #KM

Honoring the first of his two MVP selections, 1997-98 Bowman's Best included this special autograph as well as a base autograph for Karl Malone. The Refractor and Atomic Refractor versions of the MVP card are shown below.

1997-98 Bowman's Best Autographs Refractors Karl Malone 1997-98 Bowman's Best Autograph Atomic Refractor Karl Malone

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Parallel Karl Malone #97 #/100

A staple of top collecting lists for basketball, 1997-98 Metal Universe PMGs are still some of the top parallels of all-time. The rare cards for Karl Malone are numbered to 1oo, with the first ten cards issued with green foil, and the final 90 available in red.

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Red Parallel Karl Malone1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Parallel Green Emerald Karl Malone #97

1997-98 Stadium Club Co-Signers Karl Malone #CO1,CO8,CO12,CO15,CO17,CO23 (6 different cards)

Another top card from 1997-98, Karl Malone was featured alongside other players in six Stadium Club Co-Signers insert cards. This includes Keith Van Horn, Kerry Kittles, Joe Smith, John Starks, Chris Webber and Kobe Bryant. The cards that feature Webber and Bryant alongside Karl Malone are the most valuable, but the other cards enjoy decent interest as well.

1997-98 Stadium Club Co-Signers Karl Malone Chris Webber front 1997-98 Stadium Club Co-Signers Karl Malone Chris Webber back

1997-98/1999-00 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Karl Malone

Sign of the Times is one of the most consistent insert lines from Upper Deck and Karl Malone was featured on two different releases during his active playing career. While both incorporate the purple of the Utah Jazz and feature on-card signatures, the designs are very different. The 1997-98 is particularly intriguing due to the die-cut design.

1997-98 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Karl Malone1999-00 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Karl Malone

1998-99 SkyBox Premium Autographics Karl Malone

Another popular line that got its start in the 1990s, Autographics was one of the first autograph inserts to take off in basketball. Karl Malone was only available in the 1998-99 release and is one of the most valuable cards in the checklist. There is also a blue ink parallels that is hand-numbered to 50.

1998-99 SkyBox Premium Autographics Karl Malone black1998-99 SkyBox Premium Autographics Karl Malone blue

1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Karl Malone #GJ9,#GJ37

Although his first jersey card came in 1997 Press Pass, the 1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jersey cards for Karl Malone are the preferred early option. There are actually two versions in the set and are easily distinguished by the font color.

1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Karl Malone #GJ9 silver1998-99 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Karl Malone #GJ37 gold

2013-14 Panini National Treasures Notable Nicknames Karl Malone #14 Autograph #/49

Dubbed the "Mailman" because he always delivers, collectors can join in on the fun with his Notable Nicknames autograph in 2013-14 National Treasures. The card is limited to only 49 copies, but collectors can find more plentiful and cheaper inscription options from Leaf.

2013-14 Panini National Treasures Notable Nicknames Karl Malone

Any Premium Karl Malone Autographed Relic Card

It is really hard to go wrong with any autographed card for Karl Malone. However, given the hobby's appetite for premium brands, on-card autographs and nice patches, several high-end products deliver some of the best modern options. This includes brands like Exquisite, Flawless, National Treasures and Immaculate, and all available options can be seen using the links provided.

2013-14 Panini Immaculate Autographed Patch Jersey Parallel Karl Malone 2012-13 Flawless Autographed Patch Karl Malone

Top eBay Listings

Upper Deck Karl Malone
$14.18

Karl Malone Class 1- Black Label **PSA 9** Pop 1 & Gold - Gold Labe l- NICE PAIR
$15.00

2014-15 Panini Prizm Prizms Orange Die Cut 183 Karl Malone 008 139 Jazz
$8.00

1988 Fleer Karl Malone #114 PSA 9 MINT
$9.99

2003 TOPPS JUSTICE OF THE COURT #JC9 KARL MALONE PSA 10 Utah Jazz *833
$5.99

Limited edition Karl Malone wood 8X6 plaque, with Holojam card.
$8.15

1995 Skybox Ntense Karl Malone #5 MINT
$9.00

1997 Topps Create a Card sticker card NNO Karl Malone Utah Jazz Rare!
$9.99

Karl Malone Utah Jazz Sketch Card REFRACTOR *Artist Signed* Rare Serial 1 1
$9.97

Karl Malone 2015-16 Panini Luxe Memorabilia Jersey Patch 25 - Jazz GU
$39.99

1992-93 FLEER TEAM LEADER KARL MALONE
$15.00

2010-11 Playoff National Treasures #108 Karl Malone 99 Utah Jazz
$9.00

PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer #68 Karl Malone Rookie Card RC Mailman Utah Jazz Gorgeous
$649.99

1986 Fleer Karl Malone #68 Rookie PSA 8
$55.00

1986 Fleer Karl Malone #68 Rookie BGS 9 w 9.5
$124.99

KARL MALONE 1992 TOPPS ARCHIVES GOLD BGS 9.5 UTAH JAZZ
$39.99
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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. In more recent years, 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 or Google+.

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