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MVP Cardboard: 20 Hottest Kevin Durant Cards

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.

12-13 PANINI FLAWLESS ALL-STAR INK KEVIN DURANT AUTO # 10/20 Future HOF, Sick!
61 bids - Price: $157.55 - Watchers: 45
Item # 301279693468
2013-14 Panini Preferred Kevin Durant Silhouettes Auto # /35 SSP Redemption Card
12 bids - Price: $50.00 - Watchers: 38
Item # 301283617172
2007-08 UD SP Future Watch Futurewatch Kevin Durant AUTO RC Rookie Edition
15 bids - Price: $90.00 - Watchers: 38
Item # 301281656686
KEVIN DURANT 2011 PANINI TOOLS OF THE TRADE #2/5 DUAL PATCH ON CARD AUTO!! NICE!
19 bids - Price: $256.00 - Watchers: 35
Item # 301281667126
Kevin Durant 2013-14 National Treasures Game Changers Auto 32/60 Thunder
7 bids - Price: $102.50 - Watchers: 35
Item # 201153570554
2013-2014 Panini Preferred Kevin Durant vs LeBron James 3 Color Prime Patch 20/2
16 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 33
Item # 261563739338
2007-08 FLEER HOT PROSPECTS KEVIN DURANT RC 2 COLOR PATCH AUTO 359/399
10 bids - Price: $190.50 - Watchers: 32
Item # 191291970669
2013-14 Panini National Treasures Kevin Durant Legacies Auto Jersey #ed 31/49
7 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 28
Item # 151388557176
2013-14 Panini Spectra KEVIN DURANT Indelible Ink ORANGE GU JERSEY AUTO /20 RDP
8 bids - Price: $36.03 - Watchers: 26
Item # 311052756037
2007 UD Four Star Auto's Kevin Durant,Russell Westbrook,Roy, Bayless 09/10 Card
10 bids - Price: $91.00 - Watchers: 23
Item # 331292374833
KEVIN DURANT Auto Card #3/10 - 2013-14 Panini National Treasures GAME CHANGERS
7 bids - Price: $14.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 131275237684
2007-08 Bowman Sterling Box Loader Black Refractor Kevin Durant Bgs 9.5 #8/25
19 bids - Price: $45.66 - Watchers: 21
Item # 121412351543
Kevin Durant 2013-14 NATIONAL TREASURES COLOSSAL JUMBO GW JERSEY AUTOGRAPH /60
5 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 21
Item # 400760761981
KEVIN DURANT RED HOT 1/1 PRIZM 2013 14 PANINI SELECT BASKETBALL
5 bids - Price: $47.00 - Watchers: 21
Item # 131274993632
Kevin Durant 2008-09 RC SP Authentic Autograph #152 003/399 No reserve!!
3 bids - Price: $69.66 - Watchers: 21
Item # 131272405429
2012/2013 Immaculate Kevin Durant 2 Clr Patch Auto 49/100 BGS 9 Mint Auto 10
16 bids - Price: $177.50 - Watchers: 21
Item # 301279197659
2013-14 National Treasures Lasting Legacies Jersey Auto : KEVIN DURANT #06/49
9 bids - Price: $18.28 - Watchers: 21
Item # 121416116118
Kevin Durant 2011 Panini Preferred Autograph Serial #'d 1/3 Thunder
14 bids - Price: $66.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 301279698304
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