Kevin Durant Rookie Cards
.Kevin Durant Rookie Cards come in many varieties. Some are basic and, even today, don’t cost a lot. Others highlight autographs and memorabilia and can cost thousands. The market for these might be limited but so are the print runs.
The Kevin Durant Rookie Card choices are numerous, totaling more than 30. Many factors can be taken into consideration when it comes to choosing the one that’s best for you. Design, brand and availability are just some of the things to think about.
Upper Deck and Topps shared the NBA license in 2007-08, Kevin Durant‘s rookie season. However, Upper Deck signed the second overall pick to an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal. This meant that while Topps could include Durant in their products, only Upper Deck could use his signature and swatches.
Although Kevin Durant Rookie Cards came out in 2007-08 products, he has some that are older. The 2006 Topps McDonald’s All-American set showcases the superstar as a high schooler. This includes some autographs that were signed and handed out at the event, much like the AFLAC line included in Bowman Baseball. However, with Durant’s exclusive Upper Deck deal, none were included in packs. Some of the autographs still exist on the secondary market and are among the most coveted Kevin Durant cards of all-time. Because of potential counterfeiting issues, professionally authenticated autographs may be the route to go for these, though.
2006-07 Topps Finest and 2006-07 Upper Deck Chronology also included XRC redemptions for Kevin Durant cards (and other draft picks). The final cards, including autographed versions for Chronology, came out the following year.
But which are the most valuable? Take a deep-dive into all the choices that are out there as we count down all of the Kevin Durant Rookie Cards.
Kevin Durant Rookie Card Rankings
Rankings are based on the Beckett Basketball Price Guide and Database, where subscribers can find specific values. For this list, only cards with the RC tag in the database are included. Inserts and parallels are not.
34. 2007-08 UPPER DECK FIRST EDITION KEVIN DURANT RC #202
Aimed primarily at retail, 2007-08 Upper Deck First Edition Basketball was one of the first sets to get a Kevin Durant Rookie Card on the market. That explains the University of Texas threads. The design is similar to the main 2007-08 Upper Deck Basketball set but the image is different and there’s the First Edition banner on the front to make it easy to differentiate.
33. 2007-08 FLEER KEVIN DURANT RC #212
There’s a sense of nostalgia to the 2007-08 Fleer Kevin Durant Rookie Card. Produced by Upper Deck, it has a throwback design and a straightforward approach that doesn’t involve any gimmicks. That may be a turnover to some but it makes for an affordable card.
32. 2007-08 SP ROOKIE EDITION KEVIN DURANT #61
As a whole, 2007-08 SP Rookie Edition Basketball is intended to be a mash-up of the new release with designs from past SP sets. Although Durant has a handful of cards in the base set, the retro-themed ones are short prints. As a result, this is the one that’s considered the Rookie Card.
31. 2007-08 TOPPS KEVIN DURANT RC #112
2007-08 Topps Basketball marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s hardcourt debut. That plays through in a couple of ways when it comes to Durant. First, there’s the inclusion of a 50th Anniversary logo on the card’s front. That doesn’t matter much when it comes to its value or reception, though. Durant also has a 1957-58 Variation parallel that’s done in the style of the original set. Not only is the design different, but the photo is, too.
Parallels: 1957-58 Variations, 1957-58 Variations First Edition Gold (/2007), Gold (/2007), 1957-58 Variations First Edition (/119), First Edition (/119), 1957-58 Variations Copper (/50), Copper (/50), 1957-58 Variations Printing Plates Black (1/1), 1957-58 Variations Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), 1957-58 Variations Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), 1957-58 Variations Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), 1957-58 Variations Silver (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Silver (1/1)
30. 2007-08 TOPPS TRADEMARK MOVES KEVIN DURANT #61 /1999
Can’t remember Topps’ Trademark Moves brand? It was only around for two seasons before disappearing so it didn’t have much of a chance to build a following. Numbered to 1999, supply isn’t too much of an issue. However, Durant does have other cards with higher print runs that are worth more, proving the impact a brand name can have on a card.
Parallels: Rookies Wood (/199), Orange (/99), Red (/50), Blue (/10), Black (1/1)
29. 2007-08 UPPER DECK KEVIN DURANT RC #234
No matter the sport, flagship Upper Deck was popular with set collectors. It’s a wide-reaching brand that can result in moderate bumps for key Rookie Cards. While there are lots of Kevin Durant Rookie Cards worth more than this one, the Upper Deck card still holds its own. Forty-two Star Rookies land 1:3 packs making this a short print but not an excessively tough one.
Parallels: Electric Court Gold, Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1)
28. 2007-08 BOWMAN STERLING KEVIN DURANT RC #KD
2007-08 Bowman Sterling Basketball has lots going on. Intended to be a premium spin for the Bowman name, much of the checklist revolves around autographs and memorabilia cards. With Durant under an exclusive deal with Upper Deck, that means just a regular base card. That means a premium design done with in chromium with several Refractor parallels. Despite the upscale look and configuration, Sterling doesn’t have the same staying power as Bowman Chrome. This has kept this card’s value on the low side comparatively speaking.
Parallels: Refractor (/399), Black Refractor (/199),Gold Refractor (/99), Red Refractor (/50), X-Fractor (/25), Black X-Fractor (/10), Gold X-Fractor (/10), Red X-Fractor (/10), Superfractor (/5), Black Superfractor (1/1), Gold Superfractor (1/1), Red Superfractor (1/1)
27. 2007-08 TOPPS LUXURY BOX KEVIN DURANT RC #75 /669
2007-08 Topps Luxury Box Basketball gets its name for it’s hit-per-pack configuration. But there’s that Upper Deck exclusive thing that limited what they could do with Durant. It doesn’t carry the brand affinity of many other Kevin Durant Rookie Cards, which cuts into its reception significantly. Numbered to 669, it’s actually fairly uncommon to find. But even those that do pop up don’t necessarily generate a ton of interest or prices you might expect given its print run.
Parallels: Bronze (/249), Silver (/75), Gold (1/1), Platinum (1/1)
26. 2007-08 BOWMAN ELEVATION KEVIN DURANT RC #71 /999
Leaning towards the high-end, the 2007-08 Bowman Elevation Kevin Durant Rookie Card looks like something Upper Deck might design. The font choices are similar as is the use of foil highlights. The big draw is the 999-card production run of the base card. While there are a handful of parallels, they’re all fairly limited.
Parallels: Blue (/99), Red (/49), Green (/19), Black (1/1), Gold (1/1), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1)
25. 2007-08 TOPPS LETTERMAN KEVIN DURANT RC #56 /599
For a short time, manufactured letter patch cards were all the rage in the hobby &mdash enough so that Topps decided to dedicated an entire product around them. That said, it doesn’t come through in the base set, which uses a foil look and Refractors for the parallels. Given that the Letterman brand didn’t last, the smallish pool of 599 numbered copies is a big part of what drives sales now.
Parallels: Refractor (/99), X-Fractor (/25), Superfractor (1/1)
24. 2007-08 STADIUM CLUB KEVIN DURANT RC #102 /1999
Photography is the focal point of the Stadium Club brand. It was first established in partnership with Kodak. And here we have the 2007-08 Stadium Club Kevin Durant Rookie Card that has a small posed full-body portrait on the front and a whole bunch of chromium foil. Granted, there’s a second image in the background, but there was a clear shift in branding with this set.
Parallels: Refractor (/999), Gold Refractor (/99), X-Fractor (/50),Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractor (1/1), Super Teams Rookie Black Refractor, Super Teams Black Superfractor, Super Teams Rookie Black X-Fractor
23. 2007-08 ARTIFACTS KEVIN DURANT RC #102 /699
Released by Upper Deck, 2007-08 Artifacts Basketball included one numbered card or hit per pack. The Kevin Durant Rookie Card isn’t signed and it doesn’t have a jersey swatch but it does have a modest 699 copies. Durant has additional cards that are numbered as part of the main Artifacts checklist, however, these were exclusive to bonus box topper packs and aren’t considered to be RCs.
Parallels: Gold (/100), Red (/50), Blue (/25), Copper (/10), 1 (1/1)
21-22. 2007-08 ULTRA SE KEVIN DURANT #232
2007-08 Ultra SE has a pair of different Kevin Durant Rookie Cards. One was available in hobby packs and the other in retail. They’re virtually identical including the image and Lucky 13 subset notation. Slightly more premium than several other sets and carrying a fair bit of brand history, it has a bit of an elevated value.
Parallels: Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion (/25)
20. 2007-08 SP GAME USED KEVIN DURANT RC #142 /999
With two hits per pack, this early-season release was more about autographs and memorabilia cards than the base set. Still, numbered to 999, the print run is moderate. Similar to UD First Edition, this is one of a handful of Kevin Durant Rookie Cards to show him in his college uniform.
Parallels: Gold (/25)
19. 2007-08 TOPPS ECHELON KEVIN DURANT RC #74 /999
2007-08 Topps Echelon was an autograph-centric product. As a result, the price tag was fairly high at the time. It also means a more premium look for the Kevin Durant Rookie Cards, which isn’t signed. The elegantly designed card has 999 serial-numbered copies.
Parallels: Red (/25), Blue (/10), Gold (/3)
18. 2007-08 TOPPS CO-SIGNERS KEVIN DURANT #88 /499
The overriding theme of Co-Signers saw Topps pair up players. It has its roots from several years prior as an autographed insert set in Stadium Club. For his Rookie Card, Durant is shown solo with two different photos. That changes for the parallels, though as Jeff Green is included in the background. Durant is featured on parallels for a different card number with another teammate, Chris Wilcox, to make matters even more confusing. But if you want the Rookie Card, it’s #88 and has 499 copies.
Parallels: Gold Red (/109, with Jeff Green), Gold Blue (/89, with Jeff Green), Gold Green (/59, with Jeff Green), Silver Red Foil (/39), Silver Blue Foil (/29, with Jeff Green), Gold Green Foil (/19, with Jeff Green), Silver Green Foil (/19), Gold Blue Foil (/5, with Jeff Green), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1)
17. 2007-08 FINEST KEVIN DURANT RC #71
Before autographs and serial numbered cards took over the premium reigns, Finest was one of the top brands in basketball. Considering the 2007-08 Finest Kevin Durant Rookie Card doesn’t have either of those things, the value is quite strong. At this point, it’s more of a mid-range card. Besides the base version, there are several Refractor parallels to add to the chase.
Parallels: Refractor, Silver Refractor (/319), Blue Refractor (/199), Green Refractor (/149), Black Refractor (/75), Gold Refractor (/25), X-Fractor (/15), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractor (1/1), X-Fractor White (1/1)
16. 2007-08 BOWMAN KEVIN DURANT #111 /2999
2007-08 Bowman cards came packaged with Bowman Chrome. Although the numbering to 2999 copies isn’t considered rare any more, it’s still a departure and upgrade for the brand. The Bowman name has held its own over the years, which explains, at least in part, how a card with such a print run can be so popular.
Parallels: Copper (/399), Silver (/199), Gold (/99), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1)
15. 2007-08 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS KEVIN DURANT RC #135 /99
At 99 copies, this is tied for the rarest Kevin Durant Rookie Card. However, it’s not among his most valuable. First, the others that are equally rare come with autographs (and sometimes more). Second, Triple Threads is known more for its lengthy run in baseball and, to a slightly lesser extent, football. Finally, the parallels combined are greater than the base version. This isn’t unheard of in any segment of the hobby, but it can lessen the impact.
Parallels: Sepia (/66), Emerald (/33), Gold (/3), Platinum (1/1), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1), Sapphire (1/1)
14. 2007-08 BOWMAN CHROME KEVIN DURANT RC #111 /2999
Chrome is king &mdash at least until you start getting into autographs and the like. With many super-premium brands out of reach for a lot of collectors, Bowman Chrome has become one of the fall backs of choice. Even though it’s numbered to 2999, the same as regular Bowman, this is an immensely popular Kevin Durant Rookie Card that continues to creep up.
Parallels: Refractors (/299), Refractors Black (/199), Gold Refractor (/99), X-Fractor (/50), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractor (1/1)
13. 2007-08 TOPPS CHROME KEVIN DURANT #131
Everything about Bowman Chrome is true with the 2007-08 Topps Chrome Kevin Durant Rookie Card but to an even greater extent. Shortly after Topps Chrome was released for the first time in basketball in 1996-97, it became the sport’s most popular brand. Outside of the big-time premium products, Topps Chrome is still hugely coveted, particularly when it comes to RCs. It also shows that numbering isn’t always necessary.
Parallels: Refractor (/1499), Orange Refractor (/199), White Refractor (/99), X-Fractor (/50), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractor (1/1)
12. 2007-08 SWEET SHOT KEVIN DURANT RC #101 AUTOGRAPH /299
Sweet Shot spun out of Upper Deck’s Sweet Spot baseball. The concept worked better on the diamond where baseballs panels were embedded into cards for a series of popular autographs. Sweet Shot uses the same general idea but with a basketball instead. Collectors should be careful when looking for one of these as some of the signatures can be obscured a little bit by the window.
11. 2007-08 SPX KEVIN DURANT RC #101 AUTO JERSEY /299
The 2007-08 SPx Kevin Durant Rookie Card includes both an autograph and a jersey swatch. While still very much on the premium side of things, the signature is on a sticker, which makes it a little lesser popular than some of Durant’s top Rookie Cards.
Parallels: Radiance (/25), Spectrum (/10)
10. 2007-08 FLEER HOT PROSPECTS KEVIN DURANT RC #123 AUTO PATCH /399
You can’t call this card cheap. But for a Kevin Durant Rookie Card that has a patch swatch and an autograph, it’s more reasonable than several of his other top cards. The quality and design isn’t quite up to the super-premium nature as others. This includes a sticker autograph instead of one that’s hard-signed directly on the card.
Parallels: Red (/25), Blue (/10)
9. 2007-08 UPPER DECK PREMIER KEVIN DURANT RC #101 AUTO JERSEY /199
The 2007-08 Upper Deck Premier Kevin Durant Rookie Card pairs up an autograph with a quad jersey with the windows cut out to read “2007.” The signature is on-card, which gives it a boost. Swatches on some of the cards are all the same color while others mix yellow and white.
Parallels: Copper (/99), Green (/49), Red (/15), Blue (/25), Gold (1/1)
8. 2007-08 SP ROOKIE THREADS KEVIN DURANT RC #49 AUTO JERSEY /199
The 2007-08 SP Rookie Threads Kevin Durant Rookie Card has a lot going on. As far as value goes, it’s driven by the autograph-memorabilia combination. While the jersey swatches are shown through two windows, this looks to be a case where it’s one larger piece layered underneath. And this ties into the design elements that include acetate. This is most noticeable with the portrait image at the center-top of the card.
Parallels: Gold (/50), Silver (1/1)
5-7. 2007-08 UPPER DECK CHRONOLOGY KEVIN DURANT RC AUTOGRAPH /99 – 3 DIFFERENT
Kevin Durant has three different cards in the 2007-08 Chronology base set:
#135 – Green Jersey
#159 – Wearing Cap
#215 – Yellow Jersey
Because all have the same attributes, they’re all considered RCs. The general design is reminiscent of Upper Deck’s art-based Masterpieces line. While that helps make them attractive aesthetically, there are a couple of major factors that make them attractive as far as high-dollar cards go. First, they’re autographed. Signed on-card, they’re signed in silver ink. Each card also has just 99 copies, so scarcity adds a major premium as well.
4. 2007-08 UD BLACK KEVIN DURANT RC #106 AUTO JERSEY /99
The 2007-08 UD Black Kevin Durant Rookie Card is designed to, design wise, be the opposite of virtually all of his other cards. Whereas most use a white backdrop, Black goes dark. The signature comes in gold ink to give plenty of contrast. The card is rounded out by a quad-swatch jersey window that, like Premier, is done in the shape of ‘2007.’
3. 2007-08 ULTIMATE COLLECTION KEVIN DURANT RC #115 AUTOGRAPH /150
This card doesn’t have any memorabilia but it does have a slightly smaller print run to go along with the signature. The 2007-08 Ultimate Collection Kevin Durant Rookie Card, which comes from Upper Deck, combines a clean look with elegant trimmings. This includes the foil on which the signature is done on. Everything works together to add a nice pop.
Parallels: Gold (/50), Foil (/10)
2. 2007-08 SP AUTHENTIC KEVIN DURANT RC #152 AUTO PATCH /299
SP Authentic has a long history of being a brand for autographed Rookie Cards. But 2007-08 did things a little differently, adding a small patch swatch to the mix. At 299 copies, this is more common than some of Durant’s other RCs but if you look at SPA’s history, significantly less than many other years.
Parallels: Die Cut (/10, no autograph or memorabilia)
1. 2007-08 UPPER DECK EXQUISITE KEVIN DURANT RC #94 AUTO PATCH /99
For those who follow the basketball card market and are familiar with Upper Deck’s run in the sport, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Exquisite is the most valuable Kevin Durant Rookie Card. Really, it’s not even close. At 99 copies, that aren’t any that have a smaller print run. The autograph is on-card. Not only is the memorabilia a patch but the swatch is significantly larger than comparable cards. Upper Deck built Exquisite Collection to be their premier line and it succeeded. This card’s price tag will limit its potential reach but it’s the benchmark for all of the Kevin Durant Rookie Cards.
As for the parallels, only the Rookie version (/35) has both an autograph and patch like the base card. The one-of-one Black card has memorabilia but no signature. The Gold and four Printing Plates have neither a signature or memorabilia.
Parallels: Rookie (/35), Gold (/25), Black (1/1), Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1)