All Vintage Cards Small Cap Value Basketball Portfolio

The All Vintage Cards Small Cap Basketball Portfolio is a collection of ten Small-Cap (or ‘lower priced’) vintage basketball cards that we think have strong long-term investment potential. 

As we discussed in our introduction piece, we are launching three portfolios for each major sport–Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap.

For those not familiar with the lexicon, this corresponds to mutual fund portfolios in the investment world.  Small-Cap within the investment space equates to a portfolio of the equity market’s smallest companies.

For this All Vintage Cards Small Cap Value Basketball Portfolio we have selected ten cards, each with a value of $1000 or less.

Note that these selections are based on what we perceive as ‘relative’ value in the marketplace, meaning that we think these cards offer a good value versus other comparative cards. 

I will also note that this information is not investment advice, nor are we making any promises in relation to future performance.  Please use your own judgment and budget when accounting for any acquisitions of cards in this portfolio. 

Please also see our All-Vintage Cards Mid-Cap Value and All-Vintage Cards Large-Cap portfolios

Total Value (as of 6/30/2021) = $5,050
Average Price Per Card = $505

all-vintage-basketball-small-value-list

1951 Berk Ross Bob Cousy (RC) 

Estimated Cost - VG/EX Condition: $750

berk-ross-cousy

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio:  The 1951 Berk Ross Multi-Sport set is a bit of an oddball set, with many believing that the Berk Ross issue was actually an unlicensed issue. Out of the four basketball cards in the set, the Cousy is the most desired among vintage collectors.  While his 1957 Topps card is considered his true rookie card, the Berk Ross card is highly sought after due to its issuance six years earlier. 

Current PSA Population: PSA has graded roughly 100 copies of the Cousy Berk Ross card, making it a tougher find than his 57 Topps card, but at a lower price.  A relative bargain in my mind.  Note that there are many uncut Cousy cards that come in two player card sets.  Those are really cool and a tougher find than his individual card. 

1951 Berk Ross Bob Cousy 1-11 EX True Rookie

$625.00  
End Date: Saturday Oct-16-2021 19:40:29 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $625.00
Buy It Now

1951 Berk Ross Doubles BOB COUSY RICHIE ASHBURN #1-9 #1-11 PSA 6 (175)

$4,999.99  
End Date: Saturday Sep-25-2021 09:48:49 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $4,999.99
Buy It Now

1951 BERK ROSS PANEL #1-9/1-11 RICHIE ASHBURN-BOB COUSY RC SGC 5 EX K1014261-800

$1,353.99  
End Date: Thursday Oct-07-2021 18:01:08 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,353.99
Buy It Now

1952 Wheaties George Mikan (Portrait) Hand Cut

Estimated Cost - Good Condition: $100

52-wheaties-mikan

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio:  Wheaties issued cards on its cereal boxes in 1951 and 1952.  Mikan is featured in both sets and in my mind the 1952 issue is one of the best bargains in vintage basketball cards.  Collectors can typically find ones at around $100.  Note they were hand cut, so look for ones that haven't been cut up too roughly. 

Current PSA Population:  Note that Mikan has a Portrait and an In-Action card in the Wheaties set.  We like the Portrait card and PSA has graded less than 100.

1952 Wheaties George Mikan Portrait - Hand Cut CSG 6 Ex/NM Lakers HOF

$590.00  
End Date: Monday Oct-11-2021 22:26:08 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $590.00
Buy It Now

1952 Wheaties Uncut Panel TED WILLIAMS GEORGE MIKAN

$1,000.00  
End Date: Monday Oct-04-2021 05:41:09 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,000.00
Buy It Now

PSA 9 GEORGE MIKAN 1952 Wheaties Basketball Card (Portrait) MINT CENTERED

$3,750.00  
End Date: Monday Oct-11-2021 12:47:15 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $3,750.00
Buy It Now

1957 Topps Tom Heinsohn (RC)

Estimated Cost - EX Condition: $300

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio:  The 1957 Topps Basketball set is a landmark set and in our mind, HOFer Tom Heinsohn's rookie card in the set is undervalued.  During his playing days, Heinsohn was one of the cornerstone pieces to a Celtics franchise that won an amazing eight NBA championships.  Heinsohn was a six time NBA all star and one of history's most intelligent players to hit the hardcourt. 

Current PSA Population:  PSA has graded around 420 copies, making it fairly available and one of the better bargains in vintage basketball. 

1957 Topps #19 Tom Heinsohn Celtics Holy Cross PSA 6 - EX/MT

$1,400.00  
End Date: Thursday Sep-30-2021 07:53:02 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,400.00
Buy It Now

1957 Topps #19 Tom Heinsohn Celtics Holy Cross PSA 6 - EX/MT

$1,400.00  
End Date: Thursday Sep-30-2021 07:53:02 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,400.00
Buy It Now

1957 Topps #19 Tommy Tom Heinsohn rookie rc VG condition no creases nice value *

$300.00  
End Date: Wednesday Sep-29-2021 12:37:36 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $300.00
Buy It Now

1957 Topps Bob Cousy

Estimated Cost - Good: $750

cousy-rookie-card

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio:  While he had a Berk Ross issue several years prior, to most this is still considered the rookie card of Bob Cousy and one of the keys to the 1957 Topps set.  Cousy is well known for his dominance as one of the league's premier point guards for the Boston Celtics, winning six championships over his thirteen year stint.  The 'Couz' as he was also affectionally known, was also a successful broadcaster for the Celtics.

Current PSA Population:  Not scarce by any means, with nearly 1000 graded by PSA--notably his Berk Ross card has about 1/10 the population.

1957 Topps #17 Bob Cousy RC PSA 5

$910.00  (25 bids)
End Date: Tuesday Sep-21-2021 21:57:56 EDT

Bid

1957 Topps #17 Bob Cousy Rookie SGC 80 EX/NM (6)

$3,250.00  
End Date: Sunday Oct-10-2021 06:40:12 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $3,250.00
Buy It Now

💥 1957 TOPPS #17 BOB COUSY PSA 8 Sharp Rookie HOF! + 1957 Topps Bill Russell RP

$5,950.00  
End Date: Tuesday Sep-28-2021 05:11:13 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $5,950.00
Buy It Now

1957 Topps Bob Pettit (RC) 

Estimated Cost - EX/MT Condition: $550

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio: This is the rookie card of Hall-of-Fame great Bob Pettit. Pettit was a unbelievable scorer and one of the league's first big men.  He earned rookie of the year in 1955 and went to eleven straight all star games winning two MVP awards.  When Pettit retired in 1965, he was the league's highest scorer (20,880) and second highest rebounder (12,849).

Current PSA Population: Again, not scarce, with PSA grading around 650 copies, but ultimately I don't think Pettit or his rookie card get the deserved attention.  

Lot (26) 1957 Topps Basketball Schayes 2 Leonard Pettit Clifton Gola! Set Break!

$520.00  
End Date: Thursday Oct-14-2021 11:17:39 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $520.00
Buy It Now

1957 Topps #24 Bob Pettit EXMT/EXMT+ RC Rookie 525215

$612.00  
End Date: Monday Oct-04-2021 15:20:34 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $612.00
Buy It Now

1957 Topps #24 Bob Pettit VGEX RC Rookie 525207

$382.50  
End Date: Monday Oct-04-2021 15:19:15 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $382.50
Buy It Now

1961 Fleer Elgin Baylor (RC)

Estimated Cost - Good Condition -  $850

fleer-elgin-baylor-rookie

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio: The 1961 Fleer Basketball set is probably my favorite vintage basketball set of all time, just for it's cool design and the massive rookie and star power in the set.  This is the first rookie card of basketball legend Elgin Baylor, sometimes overlooked in basketball circles, but still a very important player in the history of basketball.  We were able to fit this one in our Small Cap Portfolio by going for a lower grade copy of the card. 

Current PSA Population:  PSA has graded roughly 720 copies, so not rare, but given the hot demand for vintage cards from star rookies such as Baylor, we see this is a great investment for the longer term.  

1961 Fleer Elgin Baylor Ia Rc HOF #46 PSA 6

$415.99  
End Date: Monday Sep-27-2021 21:37:33 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $415.99
Buy It Now

1961 Fleer #3 Elgin Baylor KSA 6.5

$3,500.00  
End Date: Wednesday Oct-20-2021 19:07:46 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $3,500.00
Buy It Now

1961 62 Fleer Basketball #3 Elgin Baylor CSG 8 NM/MT NO QUALIFERS - RC/HOF

$12,500.00  
End Date: Saturday Oct-16-2021 14:32:06 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $12,500.00
Buy It Now

1970 Topps Lew Alcindor (second year card)

Estimated Cost - NM Condition: $750

alcindor-70-topps

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio:  The Lew Alcindor second year card from the 1970 Topps set is actually the most valuable card in the set, yet still generally underappreciated in my opinion.  

Current PSA Population: The card has a slightly higher PSA population as opposed to the Chamberlain card in the set, with over 1500 graded by PSA, yet still fairly affordable.  A Near Mint copy (PSA 7) on average sells for $750; in my mind a good choice for vintage basketball collectors. 

💥1970 Topps Lew Alcindor #75 Basketball Card (HOF) Kareem Aboul-Jabbar

$450.00  
End Date: Monday Sep-27-2021 22:29:08 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $450.00
Buy It Now

1970 Topps Bskb #2 Scoring Average Leaders SP - BCCG 6 - West, Alcindor, Hayes

$400.00  
End Date: Monday Sep-27-2021 19:50:25 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $400.00
Buy It Now

1970 TOPPS #75 LEW ALCINDOR PSA 5 EXCELLENT KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

$499.99  
End Date: Wednesday Oct-20-2021 12:22:04 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $499.99
Buy It Now

1974 Topps George Gervin (RC)

Estimated Cost - NM Condition:  $300

gervin-rookie-card

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio: This is the rookie card for one 'Iceman' George Gervin, who is considered to be one of the best basketball players of all time (ranked #47 by ESPN).  Gervin is known for his trademark finger roll, he won four scoring titles and earned twelve straight all star selections.  Will the Gervin rookie go crazy like the Jordan rookie? No, absolutely not.  But this is a key rookie for one of the top 50 basketball players of all time.  

Current PSA Population: It has been graded nearly 1000 times by PSA, so by no means rare, but still if you can find one in nice condition, it's a nice cornerstone rookie.  At $300 for a Near-Mint copy, I'd say it still looks attractive.

GEORGE GERVIN 1974 TOPPS ROOKIE SPURS RC CARD PSA EX-MT 6!

$150.00  
End Date: Tuesday Oct-19-2021 21:35:39 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $150.00
Buy It Now

1974 TOPPS #227 GEORGE GERVIN SAN ANTONIO SPURS HOF PSA 8 K3150842-101

$114.99  
End Date: Saturday Oct-16-2021 09:12:57 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $114.99
Buy It Now

1974-75 Topps George Gervin Rookie Card BVG 5.5 Excellent Plus HOF Spurs

$149.99  
End Date: Thursday Oct-07-2021 23:29:37 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
Buy It Now

1975 Topps Moses Malone (RC)

Estimated Cost - NM/MT Condition: $400

moses-malone-rc

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio: When we talk about players that came up in the 1970's, I feel like Moses Malone gets overshadowed for some reason.  Dr. J's name still hits the top tier of the conversations about the upper echelon of players, but maybe Malone is overlooked?  I mean ESPN's rankings don't mean everything -- but they have Malone as the #18 best player of all time

Current PSA Population:  Not a rare card (PSA has graded over 1200 copies), as nearly all the 70's Topps cards are not.  But in opting for a PSA 8, we can still spend only $400.  In my mind, it's a great investment for vintage basketball collectors.

1975 Topps Utah Stars Team Leaders Moses Malone RC Rookie PSA 10

$574.99  
End Date: Wednesday Oct-20-2021 19:54:25 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $574.99
Buy It Now

1975 Topps #254 *MOSES MALONE ROOKIE PSA 9 MINT! Very Sharp! nice Centering!

$1,750.00  
End Date: Wednesday Oct-20-2021 12:26:23 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,750.00
Buy It Now

1975 Topps NBA Basketball Wax Pack - Abdul Jabbar Erving Moses Malone RC

$299.99  
End Date: Monday Sep-27-2021 11:49:07 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $299.99
Buy It Now

1976 Topps Julius Erving #1

Estimated Cost - NM Condition: $300

Why We Selected It For The Portfolio: The oversized cards returned in 1976 and while there is not a lot of rookie power in the set, I really like this Erving card for some reason.  Plus, the set has a lower graded population than a lot of the other 1970's Topps sets; I'm assuming it's because of the larger size. 

Current PSA Population: A PSA 8 card can be found for around $300, even though there have only been roughly 340 cards graded a PSA 8 or higher. 

1976 Topps Basketball JULIUS ERVING #1 Graded PSA 7 NM New York Nets NBA HOF

$479.99  
End Date: Wednesday Oct-20-2021 19:52:59 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $479.99
Buy It Now

1976 Topps #1 Julius Erving PSA 7 40187451

$600.16  
End Date: Wednesday Sep-22-2021 21:00:06 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $600.16
Buy It Now

Amazing 1976 Topps Julius Erving #100 -- Philadelphia 76ers ~ High Grade Dr J

$199.00  
End Date: Friday Oct-01-2021 13:26:19 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $199.00
Buy It Now
All Vintage Cards
 

All Vintage Cards is the number one destination for everything related to vintage baseball, basketball, hockey, and football cards. Our love of card collecting and in particular vintage sports cards drives our desire to inform others of the joys of collecting.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 0 comments

Leave a Reply: