Don't overlook Scottie Pippen cards. Pippen is normally painted as the sidekick to Michael Jordan, but he was a star in his own right. Although he does not get the same reverence as MJ, collectors have realized the significance that the Hall of Fame small forward offered the Chicago Bulls in their dynasty years. Scottie Pippen's excellent career and the rabid fanbase for the 1990s Bulls guarantees that his cards and autographs will always maintain good values.
Given the collecting landscape when Scottie Pippen was in the NBA, there is no shortage of basketball cards for the former great. Autographs are not in great supply, but his signed cards have been included in plenty of Panini and Leaf products over the last few years. In fact, Leaf provides the most affordable Scottie Pippen autographs.
The following list takes a look at some Scottie Pippen cards that would make a good addition to any collection. It covers key rookie cards, inserts, autographs, and a few high-end options, as well as budget and mid-level cards.
Top Scottie Pippen Basketball Cards to Collect
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1987-88 Entenmann's Chicago Bulls Scottie Pippen
Although it is very unlikely that a card produced by Entenmann's bakery would make any top lists, this card has special significance. Since Pippen was not included in a basketball product until his second season, this stadium giveaway is the first professional card to depict Scottie Pippen. The slightly oversized card checks in at 2-5/8" x 4" and was part of an 11-card set given away at a Chicago Bulls home game. The cards feature blank backs and are not numbered. Prices are ticking up for this oddball card.
Another set, including Pippen, was issued in 1988-89. Both releases include early cards for Michael Jordan.
1988-89 Fleer Scottie Pippen RC #20
Still an underappreciated rookie card, 1988-89 Fleer Basketball is home to the only Scottie Pippen rookie card. Fleer actually misspelled Pippen as "Pippin" on the back, but this is an uncorrected error so there is no added premium.
1988-89 Panini Stickers Spanish Scottie Pippen #77
While many collectors view the Fleer card as the only Scottie Pippen rookie, another NBA product was released by Panini for the 1988-89 season. The sticker set features only Spanish text on the back, along with a posed photo of Pippen on the front.
1993-94 Topps Finest Refractor Scottie Pippen #208
Wild colors and a glossy finish normally make for an interesting look. When you combine that with the first edition of Finest basketball, this Scottie Pippen card offers an intriguing budget option. Refractor parallels provide an increase in value. Pippen also has a 1993-94 Topps Finest Basketball subset card featuring a brick background.
1996-97 Skybox Premium Autographics Scottie Pippen
Still popular after all these years, Scottie Pippen's first Autographics card is even more valuable due to the general lack of signed cards from his active career. The on-card autograph for Pippen is only signed in blue ink and there are counterfeits associated with this card and many others from the set. Pippen also has Autographics cards in several other sets, but the 1996-97 edition is the most valuable.
1996-97 Z-Force Big Men on Court Scottie Pippen #9
The bubble letters and elaborate die-cut have made these BMOC cards a collecting favorite for years. They are also one of the classic 1990s NBA inserts. This rare Pippen card does not surface often.
1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya Scottie Pippen #14
Another '90s gem, the timeless Jambalaya insert set plays on the dunk-sounding name of the Creole dish. Scottie Pippen's Jambalaya card is very rare and values back that up.
1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Scottie Pippen #83 #/100
The famed Precious Metal Gems insert has come to signify the extravagance and boldness of the 1990s insert boom. These rare PMG parallels are numbered to 100 copies, but the super short print emerald green covers the first 10 cards in the print run and the ruby red version comprises the final 90 cards. The foil-covered cards are very condition-sensitive.
1997-98 Ultra Court Masters Scottie Pippen #14CM
This rare insert from the same year comes in 1997-98 Fleer Ultra Basketball. The Court Masters card features a quality design and dual images of Pippen. The design shows Pippen with contrasting home and away uniform photos that be viewed from either direction.
1998-99 Skybox Thunder Noyz Boyz Scottie Pippen #12
The Noyz Boyz inserts exhibit one of the most distinct looks from the period and is another late-1990s insert with tough odds. Prices are even higher for this limited Scottie Pippen insert.
Any High-End Scottie Pippen Autographs
Although many were issued after his retirement in 2008, the push for high-end basketball collecting has resulted in quite a few impressive Scottie Pippen autograph cards. Eminence, Flawless, Immaculate and National Treasures are just a few of the more current options that usually showcase on-card signatures and low print runs. The overall supply is low but the variety is there if you have patience.
However, his Exquisite Collection NBA autographs still see some of the highest prices despite being from the 2000s.