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5th Title Could Raise Duncan’s Hobby Profile

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 find Tim Duncan basketball cards along with his contemporaries in the paint and compare them.  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, but Duncan 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 DuncanWith the most recent victory over Miami Duncan 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 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.

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

2013-14 Immaculate LOGOS Tim Duncan Jumbo Spurs Logo Patch 5/9
20 bids - Price: $160.00 - Watchers: 73
Item # 381139997339
Tim Duncan 99-00 Topps Gallery Signature Auto
23 bids - Price: $202.50 - Watchers: 60
Item # 201273122696
Tim Duncan 02-03 Topps Xpectations Signature Auto
21 bids - Price: $157.50 - Watchers: 42
Item # 201273121474
Tim Duncan 00-01 Topps Signature Auto
9 bids - Price: $140.50 - Watchers: 36
Item # 381136983848
#13/14 TIM DUNCAN 12/13 IMMACULATE JUMBO LOGOS PATCH 3-CLRS SP ! SPURS
17 bids - Price: $91.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 261749519910
2013-14 National Treasures MATERIAL TREASURES Tim Duncan Adidas Tag Patch 1/3
7 bids - Price: $31.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 371244731788
Tim Duncan RC NON AUTO ROOKIE 1997-98 TOPPS CHROME #115 PSA 10
13 bids - Price: $100.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 141550742237
HUGE Tim Duncan collection (244 cards) Lotsa Inserts! Refractors, Gold Spurs
8 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 141549814814
Tim Duncan 2000/01 Topps Stars Autographs Insert Card card #TS-TD
1 bids - Price: $79.99 - Watchers: 14
Item # 291367349335
SIX 1997-98 TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE CARDS
4 bids - Price: $6.52 - Watchers: 12
Item # 371235366264
BGS 9.5 1997-1998 TOPPS CHROME #115 TIM DUNCAN ROOKIE RC
5 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 291367442394
TIM DUNCAN 50 MIXED CARD LOT REFRACTOR INSERTS ROOKIE RC SP $300+
8 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 161574117933
TIM DUNCAN 2013 EXQUISITE PATCH
1 bids - Price: $25.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 281580360457
2010-11 Tim Duncan Manu Ginobili Tony Parker 3x Jersey 7/25 San Antonio Spurs
5 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 121553665779
1997-98 Topps Finest Arrivals Defenders Tim Duncan RC Lot P5
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 10
Item # 231464551578
2013-14 National Treasure Tim Duncan X Factor PRIME PATCH Card #'d 20 of 25
8 bids - Price: $13.27 - Watchers: 10
Item # 301506177680
2010 National Treasures Century Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 1/5 RARE
3 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 10
Item # 361200679635
2013-14 Panini Immaculate Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 7/10
3 bids - Price: $3.75 - Watchers: 10
Item # 361200696662
TIM DUNCAN KOBE BRYANT LEBRON JAMES ALLEN IVERSON SHAQ GARNETT SP 6-JERSEY COMBO
5 bids - Price: $14.27 - Watchers: 9
Item # 351299651022
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