If the initial sales of 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball are any indication, high-end basketball card collectors appear to have gotten over the NBA's labor dispute. After about a week on the market, seven cards from the set have already sold for more than $1,000, including four that soared past $2,000.
For the past several months, the market for high-end basketball cards has heated up. While late-90s stuff has led the way, thanks in large part to Michael Jordan, newer stuff has also been moving well. Low-numbered autographs and patches of marquee players in 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball are proving this as well.
The top two sales, thus far, both belong to Kobe Bryant. A Panini's Choice Award Emerald Autograph numbered to 3 topped out at $3,506.78. The one-of-one Black version of the same card went for $3,050. Both cards feature on-card autographs and are based on the design of the Cramer's Choice cards Pacific produced about a decade ago.
Also very strong in early 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball sales are the Silhouette Autographed Patch cards. Another throwback to the Pacific brand, the cards have a die-cut player image on top of an embedded jersey or patch piece. The cards are also highlighted by on-card signatures. A pair of Derrick Rose Silhouette autographed patch cards, each numbered to 5, sold for $2,605.10 and $1,999.99. Other strong Silhouette sales included $2,450 for a Bryant 4/10, $899.99 for a John Stockton 5/5, and $720 for a Blake Griffin 2/3.
Unopened boxes of 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball are moving at about $200.
1. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Panini's Choice Award Emerald Autograph Kobe Bryant 3/3 - $3,506.78
2. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Panini's Choice Award Black Autograph Kobe Bryant 1/1 - $3,050
3. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch Derrick Rose 2/5 - $2,605.10
4. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch Kobe Bryant 4/10 - $2,450
5. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch Derrick Rose 5/5 - $1999.99
6. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Black Signatures Kobe Bryant 1/1 - $1,991
7. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Black Signatures Kevin Durant 1/1 - $1,625
8. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Silhouette Autographed Patch John Stockton 5/5 - $899.99
9. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Legends Book Card "Legend" 2/3 - $790
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10. 2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball Sihouette Autographed Patch Blake Griffin 2/3 - $720
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