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Tim Duncan Basketball Cards Steady as He Is

When Tim Duncan is compared to the best centers to ever play in the NBA he is usually ranked close to the top.  When Duncan is compared to the best power forwards of all time he is often judged to be at the very top of the list.

Collectors can compare Tim Duncan basketball cards with his contemporaries in the paint and Duncan nearly always wins due to his championships, recognition from those who follow the game closely and his amazing and consistent statistics.

1997-98 Topps Chrome DuncanTim Duncan Jambalaya 1997-98Karl Malone, with 36,928 points scored during his career, may have been thought of as the best power forward of all time, although Baylor, McHale , Barkley and others would have had their fans if there was a vote.  Duncan, however, has surpassed The Mailman in many areas.  Parker to Duncan won titles, Stockton to Malone ran into Jordan and Pippen and Rodman and didn’t win titles.

At 38, the length of Duncan’s high level play is astonishing.  When Duncan entered the NBA in 1997, Michael Jordan was the MVP while Dennis Rodman was the top rebounder.  Both have long since retired.  Not only was  Duncan the best player from the draft in ‘97, he has played longer than the players selected then despite also playing four years at Wake Forest.  Keith Van Horn was the second pick that year, but Duncan has played in more than twice as many NBA games as KVH did.

That he stayed with one team throughout his NBA career makes Duncan a loyal and rare player, although for some card collectors that is a reason why he isn’t hugely popular.  Most superstar centers, and power forwards, found their way to the Lakers or other large market teams and a lot more publicity. He was never close to following them out of San Antonio, but there was some talk in the offseason of 2000 that the Magic could sign both Duncan and Grant Hill.  That could have made Duncan a player with only one title, as Orlando couldn’t add pieces to their team with Hill and his bad ankles filling up the salary cap.

1997-98 Flair Showcase Row 2 #5 Tim DuncanDuncan has now won titles with the Spurs in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.  There is nothing wrong with four NBA championships, but five puts Duncan into an exclusive club.  He now has have one more than Shaq, as many as George Mikan, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant and is just one behind Kareem and Jordan.

Will one more championship change how basketball card collectors view Duncan? A Hall of Fame lock when he is eligible, winning a championship late in one’s career often catapults a player to a new level (see John Elway).

There are collectors who have been accumulating Duncan cards from the moment he was drafted by the Spurs.  Since then the card companies making official NBA cards have changed, Duncan’s teammates have all changed, countries have merged or been created, presidents have come and gone, San Antonio has changed arenas, but Gregg Popovich is still the coach and Duncan can still get 20 points, 10 rebounds and a couple of blocks a night.

In honor of his uniform number but in no particular order, here are 21 Tim Duncan rookie cards to collect.  Some can be had for a buck or two; others will cost you more–if you can find them.  Click the links to see them on eBay.  Below that is a list of the current ‘most watched’ Duncan cards.

1997-98 Topps Chrome Refractors #115 

1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya #8 

1997-98 Ultra Star Power #SP18 

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Emerald #66

1997-98 Upper Deck #114

1997-98 SP Authentic #165

1997-98 Z-Force Super Rave #111

1997-98 Hoops High Voltage 500 #HV15

1997-98 Ultra Platinum Medallion #131

1997-98 Z-Force Zebut #6

1997-98 Bowman’s Best Mirror Image Refractors 

1997-98 Z-Force #111

1997-98 Finest Embossed #306

1997-98 Hoops #166 

1997-98 Fleer Rookie Sensations #6

1997-98 Flair Showcase Row 3 #5

1997-98 Topps #115

1997-98 Ultra Heir to the Throne #7

1997-98 Fleer Tiffany Collection #201

1997-98 Collector’s Choice Star Attractions #SA11

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Future Champions #1

1 of 1 14-15 Immaculate Collection TIM DUNCAN 1/1 Laundry Tag Acetate Patch
21 bids - Price: $201.50 - Watchers: 50
Item # 391148563182
Tim Duncan 1998-99 Skybox EX Century Essential Credentials Future #7 Serial #/84
15 bids - Price: $34.00 - Watchers: 42
Item # 351406651121
1997 Metal Universe Championship Hardware Tim Duncan #12 PSA 10 Spurs HOF
15 bids - Price: $53.05 - Watchers: 21
Item # 361300425492
TOPPS CHROME BASKETBALL 1997-1998 BOX TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE RC
1 bids - Price: $79.99 - Watchers: 19
Item # 261893266141
2005 Topps NBA Properties Tim Duncan Autograph 45/75 San Antonio Spurs
13 bids - Price: $148.50 - Watchers: 19
Item # 331560788327
2014-15 PANINI IMMACULATE COLLECTION TIM DUNCAN 4-COLOR GAME WORN SHORTS #2/4!
11 bids - Price: $163.50 - Watchers: 19
Item # 191585336233
TIM DUNCAN TOPPS PRISTINE 2001-02 AUTO AUTOGRAPH RARE !!!
14 bids - Price: $173.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 231572698548
2013-14 PANINI FLAWLESS TIM DUNCAN #D 6/25 JUMBO PRIME PATCH RELIC SPURS
8 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 251969626680
1998-99 E-X Century Dunk'N Go Nuts #4 Tim Duncan ~ Scarce / Mint!
3 bids - Price: $10.99 - Watchers: 17
Item # 331562557066
13-14 Panini Spectra Tim Duncan Gold Prizm 3 Color Game Worn Patch #/10!
7 bids - Price: $36.21 - Watchers: 16
Item # 271875242386
Tim Duncan Tony Parker 2014-15 Immaculate Collection Trios Patch #09/10 #1/1
12 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 351407405246
1998 -99 Tim Duncan Topps Finest Dunk Masters Refractor basketball card 138/150
1 bids - Price: $9.99 - Watchers: 13
Item # 141674838328
2014-15 Immaculate Tim Duncan Tony Parker Manu Ginobili Jersey 30/75 Spurs
6 bids - Price: $8.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 361301014069
2009/10 SP Game Used QUAD JERSEY Tim Duncan Iverson Shaq O'Neal David Robinson
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 10
Item # 161711434848
Tim Duncan/Tony Parker/Manu Ginobili #38/75 2014-15 Panini Immaculate JERSEY SP
2 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 10
Item # 361301752377
1997 TOPPS CHROME # 115 TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE SAN ANTONIO SPURS GRADED PSA 9 MINT
3 bids - Price: $14.00 - Watchers: 10
Item # 371332071665
TIM DUNCAN 1997-98 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE RC #115 SPURS MINT NICE!
5 bids - Price: $3.75 - Watchers: 9
Item # 171795278403
1997-98 Finest Tim Duncan Refractors RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (quad 9.5 subs plus)
16 bids - Price: $113.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 221781334771