5 NBA Hall of Famers Who’s Trading Cards Are Undervalued

Paul Arizin
Elected To Hall of Fame in 1978

Truly one of the games greats that few people born in the last 2 decades have heard of. Played in the NBA for 10 years, and was an All-Star in each of them. Was the leagues Rookie of the Year, and lead the league in scoring twice. More importantly – he sat out 2 seasons during the prime of his career to serve in the Marines. Think LeBron or Kobe would do that? Of course the NBA, and world was different back in Arizin’s time – but he is a true American hero.

Considering Arizin passed away on December 12, 2006 – his on-card autograph cards are obviously no-longer being made. Finding on-card examples should be pretty expensive right? Not really, I think a pizza chain sells pizza’s for the same price.

1999/00
Upper Deck Legends

On-Card Auto

Sold: May 29, 2013

$11.00
(9 Bids + Free S/H)

 

Sources: WikiPediaNBA Hall of Fame

Adrian Dantley
Elected To Hall of Fame in 2008

One of the leagues best scorers for over a decade. Dantley lead the NBA in scoring in 80/81 averaging 30.7 ppg. Two years later he lead the league in scoring again averaging 30.6 ppg. Dantley always shot a high percentage from both the field and free-throw line. If Adrian played the prime of his career in the NBA glory days of the late 80’s and 90’s – he would probably be far more popular with fans today.

So his cards are at least worth something right? Not really, $4 or $5 dollars barely buys you lunch these days and not even two gallons of gas – but it could land you an NBA Hall of Famer who’s career stats are very impressive.


12/13 Panini Preferred Auto

(On Card) Autograph  #/49

Sold: May 26, 2013

$4.99 (1 Bid + $2.99 S/H)

 

 

Sources: Basketball ReferenceWikiPediaNBA Hall of Fame

Lenny Wilkens
Elected To Hall of Fame as a Player in: 1989
Elect To Hall of Fame as a Coach in: 1998

Lenny Wilkens has been officially enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame and amazing three different times! Once as a player, and twice as a coach – that makes him one of the most remarkable people in the NBA’s history. During his playing career, he was known for being a great passer, leading the league in total assists twice during his career.

Most people didn’t see Lenny Wilkens play, but many remember him as a coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors and other teams. He lead the Seattle SuperSonics to their only NBA title in 1979. His autograph cards are not very expensive in most cases, usually ending for under $10.00.

11/12 Gold Standard Auto

Autograph  #/149

Sold: May 17, 2013

$5.99 (2 Bids + Free S/H)

 

Sources: Basketball ReferenceWikiPediaNBA Hall of Fame

Rick Barry
Elected To Hall of Fame in 1987

Averaged an amazing 37.4 ppg during his senior year in college and an equally impressive 35.6 ppg in only his second season in the NBA. Is widely regarded as the best player in Golden State Warriors history, and was a member of the teams NBA championship in 1975.  Famously shot under-hand free-throws during his career – and consistently lead the league in FT percentage during his career. There were rumors while Rick Barry was doing radio in the Bay Area that he would be a coaching candidate for the Warriors one day … but his somewhat hard-nosed personality has kept him off the NBA sidelines according to some.

The example card I have pictured below, I actually wouldn’t really call cheap – but is a really nice card, and it seems Rick Barry doesn’t sign as much as other Hall of Famers. Most Rick Barry autographs sell for less than $20.00 and if you find one for less than $10 – I think you’re getting great value.

1996 Topps Stars

On-Card Autograph

Sold: May 09, 2013

$15.75 (5 Bids + $2.25 S/H)

 

 

Sources: WikiPediaBasketball ReferenceNBA Hall of Fame

David Thompson
Elected To Hall of Fame in 1996

A prolific dunker and scorer during his day in the ABA/NBA – David Thompson probably would have been a very popular player if he had played in the TV era. Certainly would have been an amazing fantasy basketball option, considering he scored, rebounded, blocked shots and even averaged 3 – 4 assists per game during most of his career.

He has signed quite a few cards over the years, and seems to have a relationship with Panini – as he has been in several of their sets recently. While his longevity in the game isn’t quite what other Hall of Famers have achieved, his greatness is un-deniable and landing one of his autograph cards should be high on your list … especially at these prices.

12/13 Panini Past & Present

On-Card Autograph

Sold: May 26, 2013

$2.50 (5 Bids + $3.75 S/H)

 

Sources: NBA Hall of Fame

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