Charles Barkley Rookie Card Guide and Checklist

Charles Barkley

Date of Birth: 2/20/1963
Rookie Card Year: 1986-87
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Never one to mince words, before he was a outspoken NBA analyst, Charles Barkley was one of the greatest power forwards in league history. While an NBA title continuously evaded him during his career, Charles Barkley cards are a popular option for collectors.

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The fifth overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, Charles Barkley was still dominant despite being undersized for a power forward at 6'6". He spent the first half of his Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia 76ers and the second half was spilt between the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. Barkley remained productive during his entire 16-year career and averaged a double-double for points and rebounds in every season except for his rookie year.

After a more limited start for Charles Barkley cards at the onset of his NBA career, collectors were treated to a good mix of options during the rest of his time in the league and well into his retirement. Barkley's first NBA card came in 1984-85 Star and his official rookie came a few years later in 1986-87 Fleer.

The first Charles Barkley autograph card appeared in 1992 Courtside, but the most notable early autograph card for Barkley was part of the 1997-98 Skybox Autographics set. Other cardboard milestones include his first memorabilia cards in the 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys insert set. Unlike many of the top basketball stars of the era, there are not very many autograph or relic cards available for Charles Barkley.

The following list looks at the key early cards for Charles Barkley, including his only rookie card.

Charles Barkley Rookie Card and Key Early Cards

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1984-85 Star Charles Barkley #202

Even without the official rookie designation, the 1984-85 Star card for Charles Barkley is important to the hobby because it was his very first NBA card. While reprints and counterfeits make things complicated for collectors, BGS grades the popular cards and BGS 9 versions regularly sell for $200+.

1984-85 Star Charles Barkley #202

1985-86 JMS Charles Barkley #4

While Star and Fleer are the main mid-80s brands that collectors are familiar with, JMS was another early card option for Charles Barkley. The limited oddball release was issued in uncut team sheets for the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and Los Angles Lakers. The perforated sheets included nine cards for each team and the Charles Barkley card is one of the top options from the 27-card set. Full uncut sheets occasionally surface but they are normally found as individual cards.

1985-86 JMS Charles Barkley #4

1985-86 Star Charles Barkley #2

As the second main Charles Barkley card from Star, the 1985-86 edition is much less popular or valuable than his first Star card. The all-white design does give it a distinct look and it still predates his Fleer rookie by one year.

1985-86 Star Charles Barkley #2

1986-87 Fleer Charles Barkley RC #82

1986-87 Fleer brought collectors the official rookie card for Charles Barkley and easily his most popular. Although ungraded and low-grade versions can regularly be found in the $25-50 range, high grades can still see strong values. A PSA 10 sold for $1,375 in December of 2014.

1986-87 Fleer Charles Barkley RC #82

Top eBay Listings

1995-96 Finest Mystery Bordered Refractors Test #M6 Charles Barkley
$38.40

1997-98 Bowman's Best Cuts Refractors #BC8 Charles Barkley
$8.88

1996-97 BB Cuts UNCUT DIECUT PROOF ATOMIC REFRACTOR Charles Barkley Rockets #BC4
$50.00

1996-97 BB Cuts UNCUT DIECUT PROOF REFRACTOR Charles Barkley Rockets #BC4
$35.00

1996-97 Finest Reprint Refractor Charles Barkley Sixers #4 of 50
$25.00

1996-97 Bowman's Best Cuts UNCUT DIECUT PROOF Charles Barkley Houston Rockets #4
$25.00

1997-98 Topps Rock Stars UNCUT TEST PROOF Charles Barkley Rockets #RS4
$25.00

1996-97 Bowman's Best Honor Roll Atomic Refractor Charles Barkley John Stockton
$15.00

1996-97 Topps Mystery Finest Borderless Refractor Charles Barkley Rockets #M21
$5.00

1996-97 Topps Mystery Finest Bordered Refractor Charles Barkley Rockets #M21
$5.00

1996-97 Bowman's Best Honor Roll Refractor Charles Barkley John Stockton #HR1
$5.00

1989 Yugoslavian KOS JEZ Stickers #97 CHARLES BARKLEY - NOT Peeled (with Bird)
$20.95

1993 94 FINEST REFRACTOR CHARLES BARKLEY PHOENIX SUNS SEE SCAN !!!!
$9.99

1986 Fleer Charles Barkley Great Shape
$24.99

1986-87 Fleer #7 Charles Barkley Philadelphia 76ers RC Rookie Basketball Card
$110.24

1986-87 Fleer #7 Charles Barkley Philadelphia 76ers RC Rookie Basketball Card
$110.24
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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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