Rookie Card Year: 1986-87
Investment Rating: 6.0
Chris Mullin may not be the biggest name among former NBA greats, but the Hall of Fame swingman is remembered as one of the all-time best players for the Golden State Warriors franchise. Now back in spotlight after his return to coach his alma mater, St. John's University, Chris Mullin cards have a small but dedicated following and the interest should slowly start to build.
After racking up an impressive haul of awards during his senior season at St. John's, Chris Mullin was selected seventh overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1985 NBA Draft. Mullin spent the bulk of his career with the Warriors except for a short stint with the Indiana Pacers near the end of his career. The five-time NBA All-Star selection is remembered most for his shooting and passing ability and his game IQ. He also was an Olympic Gold Medalist with the 1984 and 1992 US Men's Basketball teams.
From a collecting perspective, things are fairly simple for Chis Mullin. Since his NBA career coincided with the increase in basketball card production in the late 1980s, there are plenty of choices. The earliest Chris Mullin card is also his rookie and found in 1986-87 Fleer.
Signed cards for Mullin first appeared in 1992 Courtside Flashback Autographs and then again in 1997-98 products, including the Autographics insert line. His signing has picked up in recent years, especially since he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Game-used cards for Mullin came near the end of his career in 2000-01 Topps Chrome and have been regularly found in products since then.
The top early cards for Chis Mullin can be seen below. Click on the images or listings to shop for cards on eBay.
Chris Mullin Rookie Card and Key Early Cards
Despite being a Hall of Fame player with a rookie card found in one of the most celebrated products in collecting history, the 1986-87 Fleer Chris Mullin rookie card is largely overlooked. Although it is tough to stand out in a set that includes rookie cards for some of the biggest NBA players in the modern era, the Mullin card still sees strong values in high grade and a PSA 10 sold for $2,550 in February of 2015.
With all the early Chris Mullin cards found in Fleer products, it is easy to see the transformation in the design over the years. This budget second-year card offers collectors a colorful early option.
Featuring a similar basic design to 1986-87 Fleer, the 1988-89 edition of Fleer went heavily with team colors, giving the Chris Mullin card a bold look. Like his sophomore card from Fleer, this early Mullin card is found for very little.