These Rare Vintage Basketball Cards Are Now Up For Auction

Updated Oct 04, 2023

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Some recent vintage auction house finds have brought to market some of the rarest sports cards in the hobby.  

A current auction at Birmingham Auctioneers showcases some one of a kind vintage basketball cards, some among the rarest in the hobby.

Included in the auction is a George Mikan autographed 1948 Bowman rookie card, one of only six copies that have been graded by PSA. 

Mikan rookie cards along with other vintage basketball cards have been on a tear of late.  

Note that many of the cards featured in the auction were first referred to All Vintage Cards. 

If you have a collection and are looking for a free estimate, be sure to get in touch.  

Let’s take a closer look at some of the offerings:

1948 Bowman George Mikan Autographed Card

The George Mikan '48 Bowman rookie cards is one of the most valuable basketball cards in the hobby.  This autographed copy is only one of only 6 copies slabbed by PSA, according to Birmingham Auctioneers owner Scott Russell.  One of the last sales of an Authentic Mikan auto sold at REA back in 2018 for nearly $11K

Click Here To See The '48 Bowman Autographed Card At Auction


1951 Berk Ross #1-11 Bob Cousy Autographed RC

I love this Cousy auto.  First, I'm a huge fan of Berk Ross cards in general, just super underrated in my opinion.  This example features a clear crisp autograph and is one of only thirteen autographed examples graded by PSA. 

Click Here To See The '51 Berk Ross Autographed Card At Auction


1948 Bowman #38 Buddy Jeannette Autographed RC HOF

Buddy Jeannette doesn't get the same notoriety as other early basketball stars, but he was well regarded as the best backcourt player between 1938 and 1948.  Notably, this 48 Bowman Jeannette is another rare autographed cards, and is the only one ever slabbed by PSA! Card is a very sold VG/EX 4 and the autograph in blue ballpoint is an 8. 

Click Here To See The '48 Bowman Jeannette Autographed Card At Auction


1948 Bowman #32 Red Holzman SGC 9 MINT HOF RC

This rookie card of Hall of Famer Red Holzman is the only SGC 9 in existence, notably there are no SGC 10's. There are 7 PSA 9 Holzman rookie cards PSA 9's and also no 10's.  This one is a beauty condition wise and indeed a rare one.

Holzman is best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1967 to 1982

Click Here To See The '48 Bowman Holzman Rookie Card At Auction


1952 Wheaties George Mikan PSA 8.5 NM/MT+

A cool, lesser known Mikan card, this 1952 Wheaties card of Mikan is the only PSA 8.5 with seven PSA 9's and 2 PSA 10's.  It's actually one of the most affordable George Mikan cards in existence, although in this grade hard to say what the final value on this one will be. 

Click Here To See The '52 Wheaties George Mikan Card At Auction


1986 Fleer Michael Jordan RC HOF PSA 9

While maybe not necessarily rare, this PSA 9 version of Jordan's Fleer rookie card is well centered, with minimal corner/border wear.   Jordan's cards remain on fire, especially higher grade copies such as these. 

Click Here To See The '86 Fleer Jordan Rookie Card At Auction


1971 Topps #55 Pete Maravich PSA 9 Mint HOF

One of only 137 copies graded a 9 (Mint) by PSA, this second year card of "Pistol" Pete Maravich is super clean with really clean corners and borders. 

Click Here To See The '71 Topps Maravich Rookie Card At Auction


Note that there are many more where that came from!

Including 35 high grade basketball HOF'er and rookie cards from 1948 Bowman, 1957 Topps and 1961 Fleer, including a  1961 Fleer Oscar Robertson rookie card, 1961 Fleer Bill Russell Card and 22 Bird/Magic 1980/1981 Topps Rookie Cards.  

Yes I said 22 Bird/Magic Rookie cards. Wow.  

Here's one PSA 8 example up for sale.


There's also a lot of Star Basketball cards for sale, including an XRC Jordan rookie card and complete 1986 Fleer Basketball and 1980-81 Topps sets.


Let's just say there's a little bit of something here for all basketball card collectors.

The auction started October 21st and runs through November 8th at 10pm EST.

Good luck bidding!

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About the author

Chris Rogers, is the founder of All Vintage Cards. Launched in 2018, All Vintage Cards is the hobby's leading resource for vintage sports cards. Chris is also the author of 'The Complete Guide To Selling Your Sports Cards'. Chris remains an avid collector and can be reached at chris@allvintagecards.com.

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