10 Basketball Cards to Celebrate the Career of Steve Nash

10 Basketball Cards to Celebrate the Career of Steve Nash

Although his NBA career ended with a largely-disappointing stint in Los Angeles, Steve Nash is one of the best point guards of all-time and was arguably the best overall PG during the 2000s. Steve Nash card values do not approach the superstar level, but his retirement and likely Hall of Fame induction should be the catalyst for higher values going forward.

Starting with his earliest cards in 1996, collectors have quite a few options for Steve Nash. The following list looks at ten top options and covers his entire playing career.

View a complete checklist for all the Steve Nash rookie cards in our detailed player profile.

Top Steve Nash Basketball Cards

1996-97 Finest Steve Nash RC #75

Distinct and shiny have long typified the design for Finest and the 1996-97 rookie card for Steve Nash is certainly no exception. In addition to the Apprentices version, there is another Steve Nash card in the Heirs subset. Both cards also feature the popular Refractor parallels.

1996-97 Finest Steve Nash RC #751996-97 Finest Steve Nash 217

1996-97 Topps Chrome Steve Nash RC #182

The subtle chromium cousin to Finest, Topps Chrome is the preferred rookie card for Steve Nash. While the base cards carry strong values by themselves, the Refractors can reach into the hundreds.

1996-97 Topps Chrome Steve Nash RC #182

1996-97 Bowman's Best Steve Nash RC #R18

Rounding out the reflective triumvirate, Bowman's Best features chromium technology and a bolder design than Chome. The rookie showcases one of the more exciting images of Steve Nash and collectors can even catch a glimpse of Allen Iverson in the 1996-97 Bowman's Best card. Refractor and Atomic Refractor parallels produce the highest values.

1996-97 Bowman's Best Steve Nash RC #R18

1996-97 Upper Deck Steve Nash RC #280

From a value perspective, this is nothing more than a budget rookie card. However, the image along makes it a very cool card for a Steve Nash collector and the fact that it is also an official rookie makes it more appealing. Fusing his Canadian and hockey background with his NBA future, this is a unique sight for a basketball card.

1996-97 Upper Deck Steve Nash RC #280

1996-97 SkyBox Premium Autographics Steve Nash

All of Steve Nash's rookie cards are base offerings, but that does not mean collectors don't have first-year autograph options. One of the more popular signed inserts, Autographics remains one of the top Steve Nash autographs. The black ink version is the most common and a limited blue ink card is reportedly limited to 100 copies.

1996-97 SkyBox Premium Autographics Steve Nash black1996-97 SkyBox Premium Autographics Steve Nash blue

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Steve Nash #101

Releasing during Steve Nash's sophomore season, 1997-98 Metal Universe is the place to find one of the definitive 1990s parallels. The print run is 100 copies, but only the first ten feature green foil and the remainder use red foil.

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Steve Nash #101 red1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Steve Nash #101 green

Any 2004-05 to 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Steve Nash Autograph

Covering Steve Nash's second tenure with the Phoenix Suns, Exquisite Collection was the highest of high-end and offers some of the most popular basketball cards of the decade. While he has not been included in the line since Upper Deck lost the NBA license, the Steve Nash autographs in Exquisite remain very popular across the board.

2005-06 Exquisite Limited Logos Steve Nash2007-08 Exquisite Dual Jersey Autographs Steve Nash John Stockton

2012-13 Panini Elite Passing the Torch Autographs Steve Nash, Magic Johnson #23 #/25

It will not come as a shock to to say that his time with the Lakers was hardly a success, but the Steve Nash cards from this period are still a top option for collectors. This Passing the Torch insert pairs Nash with the greatest point guard in the Los Angeles Lakers' history, Magic Johnson. The only downside is the sticker autograph, but a print run of just 25 keeps values strong.

2012-13 Panini Elite Passing the Torch Autographs Steve Nash, Magic Johnson front2012-13 Panini Elite Passing the Torch Autographs Steve Nash, Magic Johnson back

2013-14 Panini Preferred Silhouettes Prime Steve Nash #353 Autographed Patch #/25

Preferred is is a mash of several brands but the Silhouettes are arguably the best design of the bunch. The large patch and on-card signature makes this a popular card for Steve Nash. There are several other autograph options in the product for Nash and most include on-card signatures and can be found for much cheaper than the Silhouettes.

2013-14 Panini Preferred Silhouettes Prime Steve Nash #353 Autographed Patch

Any Modern High-End Steve Nash Autographed Relic

Mainly showcasing Steve Nash as a member of the Lakers, the modern high-end options from brands like Flawless, Immaculate and National Treasures are some of the most popular and valuable cards available for Nash. Most of these limited autographs feature on-card signatures and patch pieces, in addition to some very good design quality.

2012-13 Immaculate Autographed Patch Steve Nash2013-14 Flawless Dual Patch Autograph Steve Nash

Top eBay Listings

1996-97 BOWMAN'S BEST #R18 STEVE NASH ROOKIE RC - SANTA CLARA, SUNS, LAKERS
$9.59

STEVE NASH 1996 97 96 97 BOWMANS BEST #R18 ROOKIE RC PSA 8!!!
$20.00

2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition Steve Nash Jersey
$6.95

STEVE NASH SIGNED 2001 FLEER PLATINUM #131 ALL STAR CARDS AUTHENTIC W COA
$39.99

STEVE NASH LAKERS 2012 PRIZM # 113 GRADED 10
$12.80

2012-13 PANINI INTRIGUE INTRIGUING PAIRS LAUNDRY TAGS STEVE NASH HOWARD 1 1 Wow
$339.15

(3) 1996 SP #142 STEVE NASH RC
$9.99

2012-13 Panini Innovation Stained Glass #19 Steve Nash Los Angeles Lakers Card
$7.50

1996 Ultra 273 Steve Nash PSA 8 NM- Mint RC
$17.99

2013-14 PANINI CRUSADE ROYALTY #22: STEVE NASH #1 25 SILVER 2 TIMES NBA MVP 1 1
$9.58

Steve Nash Autographed Card
$20.00

2012-13 Limited Curtain Call Materials #47 Steve Nash Los Angeles Lakers Card
$5.25

2012-13 Limited Curtain Call Materials #47 Steve Nash Los Angeles Lakers Card
$5.25

2012-13 Limited Curtain Call Materials #47 Steve Nash Los Angeles Lakers Card
$12.00

2015-16 PANINI EXCALIBUR STEVE NASH CRUSADE BLACK 1 1 TRUE RARE IMPOSSIBLE SP
$499.99

1996 Press Pass STEVE NASH ROOKIE #14 PSA 10 GEM MINT Santa Clara Rc
$19.99
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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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