The sport of basketball is as much a part of American culture as the other sports, baseball and football. For the athletes who play it, it’s a lifestyle. For the fans who watch, it’s a form of entertainment that allows them to get caught up in the moment as a favorite past time. It stands to reason as popular as the sport of basketball is that the hobby of collecting and trading sports card of favorite stars would be met with equal enthusiasm. However, just like the best players in the game that fetch a high price for their talent, the same can be said for some of the most expensive basketball cards known to exist. In the case of Kevin Durant, his name is among the likes of other top NBA basketball stars that can fetch a hefty price in the realm of basketball cards between collectors.
About Kevin Durant
Born on September 29, 1988 in the state of Maryland, Kevin Durant spent the first twelve years of his childhood raised by his mother and grandmother as his father deserted the family when he was still an infant. When he was thirteen years old, the father came back into his life and traveled with a now teenaged Durant to different basketball tournaments throughout the country. Prior to becoming an NBA superstar, was a heavily recruited high school prospect that led him into an impressive college run as a star player. He spent two years playing high school basketball for National Christian Academy, then one year at Oak Hill Academy before he was transferred to Montrose Christian School for his senior year. According to the talent scouts, this All-American was considered one of the best high school recruits throughout the nation. For Durant, when he was growing up on the eastern outskirts of Washington, D.C. he was a huge fan of the Toronto Raptors and its star player, Vince Carter. It was his childhood dream to play for the Raptors.
As it turned out, he became the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA draft pick that saw him play nine seasons with the team before they relocated to become the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008. Durant became the youngest player in NBA history to lead the league in points. In 2016, he became a Golden State Warrior that saw him and his team win the 2017 and 2018 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships. When he sustained an injury during the 2019 finals, Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent in the summer. Kevin Durant is considered one of the best players of the NBA of all all time. Taking this in regard, when the discussion of expensive basketball cards come up, his name has recently been thrown into the ring as a pricey collector’s item among enthusiasts.
Durant proved his weight in gold as he won several year-end awards and was that the first freshman to be named Naismith College Player of the Year. At the time, he played for the Texas Longhorns. In 2012, 2016, and 2020, he won Olympic gold medals for Team U.S.A. in basketball. As with the NBA, aside from the two championship wins, he has also been recognized as an NBA Rookie of the Year and NBA Most Valuable Player. In October 2021, he was also named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. He’s been an NBA All-Star twelve times and also has two Finals MVP Awards under his belt. Off the court, Durant has become one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world between endorsement deals and contributions to The Players’ Tribune. So how expensive can a Kevin Durant basketball card be? According to this article, the five most expensive that have been bought and paid for has so far suggested, like his price-tag as a player, doesn’t come cheap.
5. 2007 Topps Chrome Kevin Durant (Orange Refractor) #131 PSA Gem Mint 10 ($63,000 USD)
Via Heritage Auctions this Kevin Durant rookie card sold for $63,000 USD on July 23, 2021. There were a total of ten bids that competed for the honor to call this card their own. As it turns out, the winner has this card up for grabs should anybody wish to cough up the current asking price of $110,250 USD or more.
4. 2007-08 UD “Exquisite Collection” #94 Kevin Durant Signed Jersey Patch Rookie Card (#98/99) – PSA MINT 9 ($110,700 USD)
On June 7, 2021, this Kevin Durant signed jersey rookie card was auctioned off through Goldin Auctions as the thirteenth bidder beat out the other twelve. The card sold for $110,700 USD
3. 2007-08 UD Exquisite Kevin Durant RC /99 NBA LOGOMAN Patch PSA 8 PSA/DNA 10 Autographed ($125,000 USD)
According to PSA, this Kevin Durant card sold for $125,000 USD through the eBay auction site on March 19, 2021. The seller, probstein123, is a popular name on eBay’s site that has a niche in the buying, selling, and trading of sports cards as a business. If this particular Kevin Durant card is a bit too expensive, odds are there are cheaper ones of the basketball superstar available through one of eBay’s best-selling auction pages.
2. 2007-08 UD “Exquisite Collection” Signed Jersey #94 Kevin Durant Signed Rookie Jersey Card (#98/99) – PSA MINT 9 ($137,760 USD)
According to Goldin Auctions, this rookie jersey card of Kevin Durant sold on August 31, 2021. There were a total of eighteen bidders that fought for the prize but in the end there can only be one winner. The bidding started at $25,000 USD and escalated until it reached $134,400 USD. The added fees brought the overall cost of the $137,760 USD.
1. 2007–08 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Kevin Durant Rookie Card Parallel #94 Patch Autographs Serial numbered #23/35 BGS MT 9/10 ($799,500 USD)
According to Goldin Auctions, on March 6, 2021, somebody outbid the competition to bring home the rookie card of Kevin Durant for $799,500 USD. Covered as a story by Clutch Points, this particular card has been the most expensive featuring Kevin Durant so far.