Devin Booker Rookie Card Market Guide
Posted on 9/14/2022
By the time Devin Booker appeared on the professional basketball scene, he had already enjoyed a stellar college basketball career with the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Since turning pro, he has broken franchise records in Phoenix and won numerous All-NBA honors, plus an Olympic gold medal as part of Team USA. How does that success translate to his rookie cards and their values though? This helpful guide for collectors and investors alike will cover exactly that.
From the Wildcats to the Suns
In 2015, Booker was chosen by the Phoenix Suns as the 13th overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft. The young University of Kentucky guard made his NBA debut just two days before he turned 19, scoring 14 points in the second half against the Dallas Mavericks. In January 2016, Booker scored 32 points against the Indiana Pacers and set a franchise rookie record by scoring six three-pointers. He also became the third-youngest NBA player (behind Kevin Durant and LeBron James) to score 30 points in a game.
In March 2016, Booker scored a then career-high of 35 points in a game against the Denver Nuggets. By the end of his rookie season, Booker had scored 1,014 points and became the fourth-youngest player to hit the 1,000-point mark, joining the company of James, Durant and Kobe Bryant. As a result of his spectacular performance, he was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Team.
A Record-Shattering Phenom
In January 2017, Booker shattered records again, becoming the youngest NBA player to score 39 or more points in consecutive regular season games. In March, during a game against the Boston Celtics, he became the sixth NBA player in history to score 70 points in a single game, joining the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson and David Robinson. This marked the 11th game in NBA history with a 70-point score by a single player.
By January 2020, Booker had reached 7,000 career points, becoming the fourth-youngest player to do so. In 2021, he was named to the All-Star team again and made his NBA playoff debut in a victorious series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns went on to reach the NBA Finals, where they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks. In 2021, Booker played with Team USA in the 2020 Winter Olympics, winning the Olympic gold medal in men's basketball.
Booker's high-scoring streak continued through 2022, when he became the fourth-youngest player to reach 11,000 career points. With numbers like these, he continues to be on target to become one of the NBA's all-time highest-scoring players.
Are Devin Booker Rookie Cards Valuable?
Thanks to Booker's record-breaking scoring, he has quickly become one of the highest-profile players of his era. As a result, there is now a solid fan base for this rising star, and, as a result, an increased demand for his rookie cards.
Investment Potential for Devin Booker Rookie Cards
If Booker continues to perform at this level with his trademark high scoring, he should continue to generate collector interest. This is especially true for his limited-edition rookie cards, with autograph cards tending to perform particularly well on the market.
Top Devin Booker Rookie Cards
Devin Booker rookie cards can be found in more than 20 sports card sets, and also come in a multitude of parallels, inserts and limited editions. Here’s a look at some of his most popular rookie cards:
2015 Panini Prizm #308 Devin Booker – Gold #’d/10 ($35,700)
This Prizm issue is popular with Booker collectors thanks to its glossy chromium finish. It features an action shot of Booker with the ball, set against a sparkling silver background. Some of the 14 available parallels can go for especially high prices, including the Gold parallel.
PriceGuide.Cards shows an Ungraded base version of the card trending at an average price of $103 and a top price of $1,175. Graded trends at an average price of $272 and a top price of $5,400. Gold: Ungraded trends at an average price of $126 and a top price of $501. Graded trends at an average price of $9,753 and a top price of $35,700.
SportsCardsPro shows Ungraded base cards trending at $48, Grade 7 at $45, Grade 8 at $55 and Grade 9 at $71. Grade 9.5 trends at $109, and Gem Mint at $189. The Orange parallel in Ungraded trends at $1,358, Grade 8 at $1,276 and Grade 9 at $1,468. Grade 9.5 trends at $3,639, and Gem Mint at $15,000.
2015 Panini National Treasures Rookie Patch Autographs #113 Devin Booker - #’d/99 ($29,999)
Thanks to their high-quality construction and attractive graphics, National Treasures are always favorites with collectors and investors. This premium card has a print run of only 99 copies, and shows Booker running with the ball, flanked by a large game-used patch and an on-card autograph above.
At PriceGuide.Cards, Ungraded trends at an average of $1,440 and a top price of $29,999. Graded trends at an average price of $4,446
and a top price of $22,100 (grades unspecified).
2015 Panini Immaculate Rookie Patch Autographs #121 Devin Booker - #’d/99 ($9,909)
If you love autograph patch cards, you'll enjoy owning this classy Devin Booker issue. It shows an action shot of Booker driving the lane, flanked by an embedded game-used patch, with a bold on-card signature below. The "Immaculate Collection" logo is stamped in gold at the top.
At PriceGuide.Cards, Ungraded trends at an average of $855 and a top price of $6,927. Graded trends at an average price of $1,656 and a top price of $9,909 (grades unspecified).
2015 Panini Flawless #141 Devin Booker - Diamond #/20 ($5,105)
This high-end card is considered one of the rarest, with a limited edition of just 20 copies for the base Diamond version. Even rarer are the Ruby (15), Sapphire (10), Emerald (5) and Platinum (1) variants. This features an action shot of Booker holding the ball above his head, with the gemstone set on the left and the Flawless logo above.
PriceGuide.Cards shows Ungraded trending at an average price of $561 and a top price of $1,855 for the Diamond version. Graded trends at an average price of $1,210 and a top price of $5,105. Ruby: Ungraded trends at an average price of $300 and a top price of $685. Graded trends at an average price of $1,722 and a top price of $4,333. Platinum: Ungraded trends at an average price of $413 and a top price of $2,500. Emerald: Ungraded trends at an average price of $701 and a top price of $1,492. Graded trends at an average price of $873 and a top price of $1,525. Sapphire: Ungraded trends at an average price of $404 and a top price of $719. Graded trends at an average price of $2,025 (grades are unspecified).
This card and its various parallels are a great example of varying trending values. Although some are rarer than others, the price is not always reflected in that. Sometimes cards are unpredictable, and this is proof of exactly that.
2015 Panini Preferred Crown Royale Rookie Silhouettes Autographs #23 Devin Booker - #’d/99 ($1,183)
This card is especially appealing thanks to its interesting photo of Booker holding the ball in one hand and pointing with the other, as the guard takes command of the court and directs his team. It's set against a large, embedded game-used patch and features a bold signature below.
At PriceGuide.Cards, Ungraded trends at an average price of $190 and a top price of $1,000. Graded trends at an average price of $396 and a top price of $1,183 (grades unspecified).
2015 Panini Select #203 Devin Booker ($699)
This unusual card shows an action image of Booker holding the ball, getting ready to make his move in a game. It is set against an eye-catching kaleidoscope of reflective colors in a checkerboard style. The "Select" logo is stamped in gold at the top left with the “RC” rookie card logo at the top right.
SportsCardsPro shows Ungraded trending at $136, Grade 8 at $94 and Grade 9 at $222. Grade 9.5 trends at $360, and Gem Mint averages around $400. However, the price can reach higher as is evidenced by a sale from March 2021 of $699.
2015 Donruss Rated Rookie #223 ($125)
Rated Rookies are always a perennial favorite from Donruss, and this one has an especially compelling action photo of Booker running with the ball. It's framed by a simple white border, with the iconic Rated Rookie logo at the top right.
SportsCardsPro shows Ungraded trending at $15, Grade 7 at $30, Grade 8 at $32 and Grade 9 at $46. Grade 9.5 trends at $55, and Gem Mint at $125.
Where Can I Find Devin Booker Rookie Cards?
You can find Devin Booker sports cards at specialty sports memorabilia stores and online auction sites. Here's a list of some of the top auction sites for sports card collectors:
Additionally, you can find Booker’s rookie cards at sports memorabilia shows held throughout the country. You can find out about shows coming to your location by checking collector sites, social media pages and newspaper listings.
How Are Devin Booker Rookie Cards Graded?
Professional appraisers grade sports cards by using a universally recognized grading system that ranges from Ungraded to Pristine 10. Here's how it works:
Pristine 10: Gem Mint ratings on all four grading criteria: edges, centering, corners and surface. Perfect in every way, this card looks flawless, even under 10x magnification.
Gem Mint: This card rates an overall 10 score, but one of the criteria is affected by an almost-imperceptible manufacturing flaw or condition issue.
Grade 9.5: Nearly Gem Mint, but with a tiny flaw.
Grade 9: Excellent, with a minor manufacturing flaw or condition issue.
Grades 8 and below: Cards with these grades have production flaws or condition issues and are graded and priced accordingly.
Raw: Just taken out of its original packaging.
Ungraded: Never been graded.
Sports card prices depend upon three factors: condition, card rarity and collector demand and interest. Collector interest can be fueled by a lot of variables, such as an athlete's performance during a breakout season. This can change at any time, however, and prices for once-popular athletes can always plummet, especially if the athlete isn't performing as well. Likewise, a rare card in Gem Mint condition from a more-obscure athlete can sell for far less than a more common card (in lesser condition) from a popular athlete.
Online bidding wars can fuel prices too, especially if they're highly publicized. For any collector, the best thing is to collect what you love, and buy cards in the most pristine condition you can afford.
Should I Get My Sports Cards Graded?
By getting your sports card collection professionally graded, you can ensure that your cards are authenticated and given a quality rating that's recognizable across the industry.
When cards are graded, a certified appraiser examines them for production flaws and wear, then gives them a corresponding grade and enters the information into an international database. This information is stored as a permanent record of your cards.
Graded cards often sell for higher prices than Ungraded and can sometimes be easier to sell or trade. And if you don't plan on selling or trading your collection, you can still enjoy owning a collection that's certified authentic, with an established quality rating that will always be recognized and respected for generations to come. For further information on CGC Cards' 10-point Grading Scale and to find out more about our industry-leading services, visit CGCcards.com.
*Any mention of "investment potential" is for entertainment only and should not be construed as investment advice. The Certified Collectibles Group does not provide investment advice and is not liable for any buy, sell or trade decisions made by any parties.
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