The Best Sports Collectibles to Score from the 2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder TeamBy
Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder are down in this NBA Finals series against the Miami Heat, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that they are not out of it. And even if they don’t capture the NBA title this season, it is clear they are a team that is set up to make several more appearances in the near future to the NBA Finals; most likely facing off against this same Miami Heat team. With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook giving the “Big Three” all they can handle, fans are probably wondering what types of collectibles are out in the market for the Thunder?
I put together three different lists that can help you find some of the best sports collectibles in the market for your favorite Oklahoma City Thunder players. Most of these items you can find through hobby shops, collectibles shows or on eBay.
Trading Cards – When it comes to trading cards for the Oklahoma City Thunder, it is important to realize that Upper Deck had an exclusive deal with Kevin Durant during his rookie season. Only Upper Deck branded cards from the 2007-08 NBA season will have autographed rookie cards from Kevin Durant. When you are looking for trading cards for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the most valuable cards are usually from the rookie year so that is what you want to chase. Now some of these can be very expensive, especially from premium sets so it is important to remember many companies produce a variety of product lines to cater to ever budget. For our purposes here, I want to show of some of my favorites, but you can find tons of Upper Deck cards from your favorite players at a variety of different price points.
Now these Upper Deck makes some very limited collectibles known as logoman cards. The NBA logo is cut off the game-used jersey of a player and embedded into a trading card that the player later signs. There are usually only one of these cards for a particular player in each release. Here are a couple very unique ones we found and you won’t believe what one is being sold for.
Autographed Memorabilia – When you are looking to make an investment in signed memorabilia, the two most important things to remember is that you are getting the real thing and a quality collectible. Upper Deck Authenticated worked exclusively with Kevin Durant during his rookie season and was the home for his signed collectibles. There are others out there who are producing collectibles for Thunder players, but you just need to do your due diligence in making sure you get the real thing.
Another thing to think about for signed memorabilia is that these players seem pretty accessible in this small market, compared to players on the Miami Heat. You may have some luck with getting them to sign for you in person, but just make sure you bring a couple trusty sharpies and camera along to document the authenticity of the autograph. You may even get them to pose for a picture with you!
Sports Collectibles – There is certainly no shortage of interesting collectibles in the market that are both licensed and unlicensed. Some actually can be quite collectible and valuable in time. Others are just fun items to show your love for a particular team. Enjoy some of our favorites like bobble-head dolls, banners, wall decals and garden gnomes. Yes, they even have collectible garden gnomes…