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.

The longevity of high level play he’s maintained 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.

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 and San Antonio has changed arenas.  Yet 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

TIM DUNCAN 2000/01 TOPPS STARS ON CARD AUTOGRAPH SAN ANTONIO SPURS AUTO SP RARE
20 bids - Price: $198.50 - Watchers: 91
Item #391448379354
1998-99 Fleer Playmakers Theatre #4 Tim Duncan 022/100 BGS 8.5 IU
17 bids - Price: $116.50 - Watchers: 44
Item #322096251556
Tim Duncan 1998-99 Skybox Premium Intimidation Nation Rare 90s Insert Card!!
6 bids - Price: $5.00 - Watchers: 36
Item #331845780099
1998 Upper Deck SPx Basketball Sealed Hobby Box Tim Duncan RC YR Jordan Insert?
13 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 32
Item #361546961001
Tim Duncan 1997-98 Stadium Club Triumvirate Die Cut Rookie Card #T16B
8 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 31
Item #331845779912
1997-98 Sp Authentic Tim Duncan Profiles III #/100 Die Cut RC PSA 10 GEM MINT
15 bids - Price: $65.00 - Watchers: 30
Item #331845940295
2012-13 Flawless Ruby Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs Logo Patch 9/15 BGS 9.5
20 bids - Price: $93.00 - Watchers: 30
Item #371615354706
1997-98 Topps Chrome NBA Basketball Unopened Sealed Box 24 Packs Tim Duncan RC
18 bids - Price: $69.59 - Watchers: 29
Item #371614297365
2000-01 Topps Finest GEMS Gold Refractors #171 Tim Duncan 081/100 SSP IP
9 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 26
Item #322096264607
1999-2000 TIM DUNCAN Fleer Ultra "MILLENNIUM MEN". Impossible To Find! 62/100
13 bids - Price: $200.00 - Watchers: 24
Item #282025225100
TIM DUNCAN 2015-16 Panini Select RC FLASHBACK GREEN PRIZM 4/5 BGS 9.5
7 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 22
Item #322093852260
2012-13 Panini Crusade Gold Prizm Tim Duncan 01/10 L0
14 bids - Price: $39.77 - Watchers: 21
Item #231932538889
1997-98 Topps Stadium Club Series 1 Basketball Hobby Box 24 Packs Tim Duncan RC
8 bids - Price: $18.31 - Watchers: 21
Item #371614303390
2015-16 Panini Gold Standard Tim Duncan White Gold Jumbo Patch #ed 15/25
9 bids - Price: $28.00 - Watchers: 20
Item #141982311962
Tim Duncan Kawhi Leonard 2014-15 Immaculate Jersey Patch #05/10
9 bids - Price: $57.00 - Watchers: 19
Item #331847124400
1997-98 Topps Stadium Club Series 2 Basketball Hobby Box 24 Packs Tim Duncan RC
7 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 19
Item #381618713283
2012-13 Panini Flawless Patches Ruby #20 Tim Duncan JUMBO PATCH 13/15 IP
13 bids - Price: $54.00 - Watchers: 19
Item #222106920392
Fleer 1998 Tim Duncan Thrill Seekers Insert
5 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 18
Item #322093302835
2002-03 Topps Pristine Gold Refractor Tim Duncan #6 60/99 Beckett 9.5 GEM MINT
5 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 18
Item #322095702300
1999-00 SkyBox Dominion 2 Point Play Warp Tek Tim Duncan Kevin Garnett IT Damage
5 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 18
Item #222106915327