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Kevin Durant basketball cards are flying higher after his first NBA MVP season. The Oklahoma City Thunder small forward is firmly entrenched on the league’s current Mt. Rushmore of greats. His  emotional speech after winning the award certainly humanized a player who is already known quite well for having an incredible skill level, endearing him to millions of casual fans on an international level, which will certainly help his long-term popularity. Durant Exquisite Rookie 2007 Kevin Durant autois really the prototype of future NBA players, a hybrid of sorts who, despite his height, can bring the ball up the court.  When you dig into the  hottest Kevin Durant basketball cards, sometimes you’ll find those beyond his rookie season. 

As a basketball player first achieves greatness, particularly when he wins the coveted MVP award, his stock climbs proportionally to his projections. Durant, who put up stellar numbers this season, is on a projected path to one day be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Clearly, Durant’s appeal is now well beyond Oklahoma City, OK.

Kevin Durant 2007-08 Upper Deck Heroes autoApproximately 35 Durant rookie cards sold for $1,000 or more on eBay alone during a three-month period from the latter stages of the season through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Thirteen went for $2,000 or more.

It seems like a long time ago, but Durant was actually drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 2007 and his early cards picture him in either a Sonics uniform or his Texas Longhorns college duds.  On his Upper Deck Heroes autographed card (# to 5), he looks like a teenager.

Kevin Durant NBA Finals Panini

Durant led the league with 32 points per contest during the 2013-14 regular season. He was one of the most durable players during the season playing in 81 games. Perhaps the most telling statistic for Durant is his 50% field goal percentage.  When a guy averages over 30 points a game some might consider that player a ball hog. Durant is anything but. He averaged 5.5 assists while collecting 7.4 rebounds per game. Those numbers are probably only comparable to one other player currently in the NBA.  LeBron James, who is on a legendary path himself, told reporters Durant was very deserving of the NBA Most Valuable player award this season. When you get an endorsement from a fellow great, it only adds to the allure.

His Upper Deck Exquisite, Black and SP patch/autograph cards from that 2007-08 rookie season typically do best in the market, but there are hundreds of early Durant cards that aren’t quite so pricey and could still prove to be a worthy investment over the long haul or just a nice addition to a collection of NBA greats. Look for cards numbered to less than 300 if you’re wanting to invest at the higher levels.   Unsigned Topps Finest and Triple Threads low numbered cards also fetch solid prices in the market.

Could Durant eventually pass LeBron in popularity? He certainly needs to win a few championships. The Thunder have been consistently in the Western Conference Finals the past few seasons so perhaps it is only a matter of time. That’s another reason to dig in to Kevin Durant basketball cards now. Once he wins his first NBA title, the value of those cards will likely push even higher.

It would be nice if his autograph had a little more flair and was more legible, but there are certainly worse signatures on the market and so far, collectors seem OK as long as the card itself is attractive and the autograph is certified.

Check out the hottest Kevin Durant rookie cards for auction right now on eBay by clicking through the live list below.

Kevin Durant 2012-13 Immaculate Collection Auto Jersey Patch #71/75
15 bids - Price: $355.00 - Watchers: 37
Item # 351500785719
2014-15 Panini Luxe Kevin Durant Gold AUTO Game-Used PATCH #01/10 Thunder
15 bids - Price: $187.50 - Watchers: 36
Item # 231674733438
2014-15 National Treasures Clutch Factor Kevin Durant Jersey Auto 02/35 Y0
21 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 31
Item # 231673055789
Kevin Durant 2014-15 National Treasures NBA Material Laundry Tag Patch 1/1 1of1
7 bids - Price: $195.50 - Watchers: 28
Item # 191677796085
2013-14 Preferred Silhouettes Kevin Durant Thunder 4-Color Patch AUTO 7/25
17 bids - Price: $202.50 - Watchers: 28
Item # 371426549821
2013-14 Flawless SUPER SIGNATURES Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder AUTO 9/25
10 bids - Price: $29.00 - Watchers: 27
Item # 381382228412
S) 2014-15 Panini Gala Asia only Auto Cinematic Kevin Durant 38/49
9 bids - Price: $61.51 - Watchers: 23
Item # 131591573629
KEVIN DURANT 2014-15 Immaculate Shadowbox Signatures AUTO 04/35 OKC THUNDER
6 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 171919178628
2013-14 Flawless Team Panini auto KEVIN DURANT 01/10 - ebay 1/1 (BGS 9 AUTO 10)
15 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 21
Item # 111760770858
Kevin Durant 2011-12 National Treasures All-NBA Auto #03/10
7 bids - Price: $53.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 331644368325
8 bids - Price: $56.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 281787705770
2014-15 Panini Luxe Kevin Durant Game Used HUGE Jersey / Auto #ed 25/35!!
5 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 111761969603
2013-14 National Treasures Kevin Durant Thunder 3-Color Sneaker Patch AUTO 58/60
11 bids - Price: $80.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 371426587555
13 bids - Price: $66.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 311434889646
14-15 Gala Silver Screen Signatures Kevin Durant Autograph Auto Card 38/49
11 bids - Price: $68.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 361377489229
2014-15 National Treasures KEVIN DURANT Material Treasures Patch Auto 10/10
8 bids - Price: $56.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 381384190078
2014-15 National Treasures KEVIN DURANT Game Gear Jersey On Card AUTO 22/25
5 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 400989096439
6 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 131594579288