Although he remains a controversial figure, Dennis Rodman helped the Chicago Bulls win multiple titles based on his rebounding ability. Over time, collectors developed a fondness for the feisty forward, making Dennis Rodman cards popular options among the retired basketball players.
Dennis Rodman is a lot of things. Although it seems the off-court Rodman overshadowed the athlete, first and foremost, Dennis Rodman is a basketball player. Never one to avoid the spotlight, he became infamous for his bizarre behavior, celebrity romances, and crazy fashion choices. Who can forget the many tattoos, piercings, and his fondness for changing his hair color? "The Worm," as he was known, followed his own path and his own rules.
Rodman is easily one of the most famous basketball players who is still more known for his non-basketball pursuits. It is this variety of interests that allows him to have a diverse group of collectors. The following list includes some of the best Dennis Rodman cards for collectors to own. In all honesty, this list could be comprised solely of late-1990s inserts or just his Exquisite autographs. However, the goal was the spread the cardboard love around.
Additionally, Dennis Rodman has signed a fair amount of cards for products in recent years, so his autographs are generally not very hard to track down.
Although not included on the list, a great budget option for signature collectors is one of his Leaf autographs.
Top Dennis Rodman Basketball Cards to Collect
Shop for cards on eBay using the linked listings below. The cards are listed in chronological order.
1988-89 Fleer Dennis Rodman #43 RC
This early basketball card marks a much more low-key existence for Dennis Rodman. Although he was drafted in 1986, Rodman did not get his first rookie card until 1988-89 Fleer Basketball. The design is very plain and centering issues are a problem.
1993-94 Finest Dennis Rodman Refractor #173
Just like Dennis Rodman, 1993-94 Finest was a flashy and colorful creation that had never been seen before. Although shocking at first, collectors have grown to love both Finest and Rodman. The card image shows the huge difference that a change of scenery and a few years made for Rodman. The Refractor parallels are very popular.
1996-97 Flair Showcase Dennis Rodman #9 Legacy Collection #/150
1996-97 Flair Showcase brought a level of quality that few brands could match. The images were well-chosen, the finish was clear and the card stock was above average. Each base card features multiple "Rows," so there are basically three base cards per player, each with a different image. The real appeal from this product is the Legacy parallel for each Row, which is numbered to 150 and shown second.
1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya Dennis Rodman #3
The rare Jambalaya inserts are some of the most popular options from late-90s basketball sets. The die-cut design, unique name and long odds make this a top option among Dennis Rodman cards. The average card from the 15-card set is found 1:720 packs.
1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Dennis Rodman #107 #/100
Another rare insert that has seen values skyrocket, the Precious Metal Gems parallel in 1997-98 Metal Universe has few rivals in the collecting world. The main red version has a total print run of 90 and goes nicely with the Chicago Bulls jersey. There is also a green version limited to only 10 cards.
1997-98 SkyBox Premium Autographics Dennis Rodman #91 Autograph
Autographics marked a turning point in collecting and many years later, they still carry tremendous clout in the industry. The clean design pairs an image of Dennis Rodman with a blurred background, a large Skybox seal and an on-card signature. The Century Marks parallel (#/100) is pictured below.
1998-99 Skybox Thunder Noyz Boyz Dennis Rodman #13
Although many basketball inserts from the 1990s have achieved a high-regard amongst collectors—read about the top NBA insert sets—Noyz Boyz was a very unique idea. The name, the bold color, and the die-cut design all helped distinguish it from other cards. If any player deserved inclusion amongst the Noyz Boyz, it was Dennis Rodman. Dropping at 1:300 packs, on average, these cards do not pop up often.
2012-13 Preferred Silhouettes Prime Dennis Rodman #203 Autographed Jersey #/10
One of the current Dennis Rodman cards that sees strong demand, the Silhouettes autographs patch cards found in 2012-13 Preferred were very well-received by collectors. With the prime version totaling only 10 cards, these jumbo patch cards feature an on-card signature. There is a base version of the card that includes a plain single-color swatch that is numbered to 15 copies.
The supply of autographs for the "Worm" is certainly not abundant, but there are multiple options from higher-end Panini sets in recent years.
Dennis Rodman Exquisite Collection Autographs
Sure, this might be the easy way out. There are just a large amount of Exquisite autographs for Dennis Rodman, and they are all low-numbered and very popular. Exquisite owned high-end basketball for several years and there is nothing else that can compete from that time period.
The college cards that came later are solid, but most fans want Rodman's Bulls cards from '03-04 to '09-10.
2007-08 Exquisite Collection Finalists Autographs Dual Michael Jordan Dennis Rodman #FAJR
This particular Exquisite autograph deserves special recognition because it pairs Rodman with his former teammate, Michael Jordan. While Jordan was the face of the Chicago Bulls dynasty, Dennis Rodman was the hair. There are several other autographed cards that include the former teammates, some with Scottie Pippen, too, but all are rare.