Rookie Card Year: 2008-09
Investment Rating: 7.5
Although Kevin Love cards have cooled over the years, the double-double machine still earned a lot of fans along the way. Love was part of the strong 2008 NBA Draft that included Derrick Rose and Love's UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook.
Kevin Love has nearly 30 rookie cards that would mostly fall in the budget or premium category.
Love also has two cards from 2007-08 products that receive solid interest despite not being true rookie cards as they were both XRC redemptions. They include 2007-08 Finest #105 and 2007-08 Chronology #255 #/250.
All three of Love's top rookie cards feature on-card autographs and jersey pieces.
Top Kevin Love Rookie Cards
2008-09 Exquisite Collection provides the best of all rookie Kevin Love cards. The striking card showcases diamond-shaped jersey pieces above a large on-card autograph. The understated blue and gray color scheme makes for a great backdrop and allows the full-color image of Love to stand out more. Numbered to 225, this card is easily the most valuable and desirable Kevin Love card.
Another card with an on-card autograph and jersey piece, the 2008-09 SP Authentic Kevin Love rookie card is numbered a bit higher than the Exquisite with a print run of 299. Gold foil gives the card more distinction and it has also proven to be a collector favorite.
With the lowest print run of the three, Love's 2008-09 UD Black rookie card represents the best value. The card features both an on-card autograph, a jersey piece and is limited to only 99 copies. The design is a little bolder, but considering what the card includes and the fact that it can be had for less than half the cost of the Exquisite, it is a hard card to pass up.
Kevin Love Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 2008-09 Bowman #115
- 2008-09 Fleer #205
- 2008-09 SkyBox #205
- 2008-09 Topps #200
- 2008-09 Topps Co-Signers #105 #/2008
- 2008-09 Topps Hardwood #105 #/2009
- 2008-09 Topps T51 Murad #175
- 2008-09 Topps Tip-Off #115
- 2008-09 Topps Treasury #105
- 2008-09 Upper Deck #263
- 2008-09 Upper Deck Lineage #205
- 2008-09 Upper Deck MVP #205
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2008-09 Exquisite Collection #61 Auto Jersey #/225
- 2008-09 Hot Prospects #141 Auto Jersey #/199
- 2008-09 SP Authentic #126 Auto Jersey #/299
- 2008-09 SP Authentic Retail #126 Autograph
- 2008-09 SP Rookie Threads #98 Auto Jersey #/399
- 2008-09 SPx #115 Auto Jersey #/99
- 2008-09 SPx #125 Auto Jersey #/99
- 2008-09 UD Black #47 Auto Jersey #/99
- 2008-09 Ultimate Collection #121 Auto Jersey #/150
- 2008-09 Upper Deck Premier #105 Auto Jersey #/199
- 2008-09 Upper Deck Radiance #87 Auto #/99