He’s among the NBA leaders in scoring and rebounding but that doesn’t mean basketball cards of DeMarcus Cousins are priced at a similar level. Collectors who want cards of one of the NBA’s most dominating players—and a potential future Hall of Famer– can find plenty of them for much less than you might expect.
Cousins and the Sacramento Kings have struggled and his sometimes disagreeable nature has gotten him in trouble on more than one occasion but things could be looking up for him in California’s capital.
He’s already scored more than 7,000 points and grabbed 3,500 rebounds in less than five full seasons and here’s the key stat for collectors: he’s still young.
Boogie Rookie Cards
Cousins’ first cards arrived during his rookie season of 2010-11 and include several from Panini National Treasures cards, with on card autographs and patches numbered to 99 or less considered his best. He also has cards in several other Panini brands including Gold Standard and Certified, which has been great for collectors seeking value. It’s a condition-sensitive card, however, so caution is advised when looking at corners and edges. There’s also an Elite Black Box The Rookies Dual Signatures with former Kentucky teammate John Wall, who was the top pick in that 2010 draft.
2012-13 Panini Gold Standard Mother Lode Autographs included Cousins, who shows up often in this brand. Numbered to 99, these remain attractively priced. Again, a sticker autograph but a nice looking card and impossible to argue against a buyer on that one.
Some of the new, high-end Panini brands such as Immaculate Collection and Flawless are others to look for.
The Future Looks Bright
Cousins has been durable despite his size and with perhaps 10-12 more years of high level play ahead of him, it’s not a stretch to say he could go down as one of the best big men ever. If he can continue to mature emotionally and increase his likeability factor, that, too, would bode well for a steady increase in interest and the value of his cards.