Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James and Steph Curry.
Those are the players who have taken home the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in back-to-back seasons — and none of them have done it in unanimous fashion except for Curry, who made history on Tuesday.
It’s an elite club for sure.
Curry’s season — and his team’s record-breaking 73 victories — have created high expectations and high prices for even his cheapest of Rookie Cards. Of the players on that list, most have a standard Topps Rookie Card and at one point this season Curry’s 2009-10 Topps RC could rub shoulders with (or top) several of them.
But what does this unanimous piece of history mean for his cards in the future? It means what it’s always meant for the defending NBA champs and the now two-time MVP — championship or bust. Curry’s elite cardboard can often be found priced in new-car territory and his Topps RC was on a roller-coaster ride earlier this year, but ultimately all that will matter in terms of future gains is to continue delivering on the court. (Here’s how things looked back in December.)
That’s the price of success.
Unopened wax from Curry’s rookie season — Curry appears in most of Panini America‘s lineup from that year — will continue to be shredded, meaning it will be harder and harder to find at any price. Why? There are just so many boxes to go around all these years later. Meanwhile, Curry’s injury has put a damper on his cardboard potential — there’s no way it couldn’t — only to have his overtime performance last night offer a glimpse of what’s always possible. It reinforced that he can deliver as one of the league’s most-dangerous players … ever.
What might happen if the Warriors win it all? It’s a promising thought and it may surprise us all when it comes to cardboard. However, based on prices being asked — and the prices paid — the expectations in the hobby are high.
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