June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the first round draft board at the conclusion of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The Charlotte Bobcats, worst value in sports (cards)?


It was a slow, maddening, hopeless morning, until I saw this tweet (kind of) about the Charlotte Bobcats:

An Adam Morrison rookie card for 12 freaking dollars? Naturally, I started to think. “What in God’s name is the collective worth of each individual rookie card of the players drafted in the first round by the Charlotte Bobcats?”

It was a noble pursuit, but a hard one. I decided Ebay was the best “decider-of-value”, then focused my attention on figuring out every player Charlotte has drafted in the first round since the Bobcats were born.

There wasn’t a single bid on an actual Morrison Bobcats rookie card, and the most expensive “Buy it Now”, non autographed, Topps card was a “luxury box” edition, of which only 499 were produced. The card was selling for 10 dollars.

Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo didn’t have any Bobcats rookie cards on Ebay, so my search shifted to Gerald Henderson. He’s had an OK tenure in the NBA so far, so I was surprised to see that the most expensive non glitzy-gold-plated-mega-super-duper card cost just five dollars.

Alexis Ajinca’s rookie card is worth at most nine dollars (buy it now) and at least 15 cents (bid ending soonest). D.J. Augustin’s is worth 10 dollars, Jared Dudley’s is worth five dollars and Brandan Wright’s could net you 10 dollars.

Sean May’s rookie card costs five dollars and his draft-mate Raymond Felton’s card is worth six bucks.

Finally, Emeka Okafor, the first player ever drafted in the first round by the Charlotte Bobcats, has a normal, non autographed rookie card worth around nine dollars.

Again, these numbers were secured in the most technologically advanced of ways: Sifting through Ebay until I found the first normal, non autographed, non special edition rookie card of each player (my search setting was highest price first).

With that in mind, if you had one rookie card from each of the players Charlotte selected in the first round since the Bobcats’ inception, you would be sitting on about 69 bucks if you were lucky.

Hopefully there’s some free agent news to talk about later. If not, I might just put my head through a wall.

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  • BobOblaw

    I am a good person to ask about this subject.  I am a Basketball card collector and my personal Collection is Bobcats.  Ill start buy saying, you are not looking in the right places appaerntly.  Gerald Henderson has card which go for as much as $150.  Yes, no one wants Morrison or May, so Their cards don’t sell.  Kemba has a McDonalds all american (2 base cards and 1 auto).  The autos were selling for $129 last season.  Now they sell for antwhere between $40-80.  Bismack also has two base cards and 2 autos from last years UD SP Set.  The autos sell from $20-80. D.J. varies between cards.  I have a bunch of his cards that can sell from $2-$100. I missed out on one that I bid $150 on to be safe.  There is a D.J. supercollector in Austalia I was battleing.  Tyrus Thomas’ Exquisite Auto/patch /99 was one valued at $1000.  Now it sells for $80-150.  Although there is a smaller market, there is still worse players and teams who have very little collectability such as Memphis, Toronto, and if it wasn’t for Yao Ming and the love from Asia, Houston.  Believe it or not, I run into more Bobcat collectors, than most average teams in the collecting world.  Usually when collecting something, its the less current collections which are more valuable in the future.  They make 1000′s of Kobe and Lebron cards, they don’t make nearly as many for Henderson  and others.  If you think bout it that way.  Lastly, They now serialize some cards to go along with autos and jersey or patches which can be very few.  So even a not so good player can have a card with only 1 made and it will fetch a decent amount.  The only players who hold very high value are Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Durant, Rose and other Hall of Famers.  Hope this helps.  I have a ton of more info if you have any questions.  Also, im 33, not some kid.  I invest in cards and its actually very profitable.  Thanks.

  • BobOblaw

    my point is that there are not many regular rookie cards of any player that are worth much. jordan fleer 86 would be the only really valuable rookie cards. most rookie cards of any player can be had for a few dollars. even lebron.

    • bryanwendland

      Hmm. Well the only cards I was looking at were basic topps rookie cards. I can’t believe there’s that large of a market for Bobcats basketball cards, but you’re the expert so I’ll take you at your word.