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If you could have one Blake Griffin rookie card, which would you pick? by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

You can’t turn on ESPN without seeing highlights of Blake Griffin’s dunks. The Los Angeles Clippers big man is giving people a reason to finally watch the Clippers.

He puts down dunks with such ferocity that it looks as though opponents just step out of the way.

Seriously, who wants to stand in the way of an upcoming freight train?

Dunks aren’t the only thing he has going for him, which is why this rookie’s cards are blowing up and they didn’t come cheaply to start.

But if you could have one Griffin Rookie Card in your collection, which card would it be?

First, though, here’s what Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs had to say about Griffin:

“We have seen some quality movement from several players since the start of the season, like Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love – but none quite as hot as Blake Griffin,” he said. “Anything from last year (and the handful of cards from this year) are absolutely scorching hot and show no signs of slowing down as he seems to get better every night.  And, with All-Star activities and a potential playoff run coming up soon, that could just add fuel to the fire.

“His best (and most expensive) Rookie Card is the 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures Patch Autographed RC.  That card almost seems to be jumping daily and that whole set, in particular, has filled the void Exquisite Collection left in the basketball market.

“The best example of a player that came out with high hopes, then died down for a bit due to either inactivity or injury, and then re-charged the full complement of products from a prior rookie class year is Kobe Bryant.  When he finally started to shine and show his true potential a few years after he was drafted, it ignited boxes and packs for the entire 1996-97 year.  It’s lofty company, I know, but Griffin’s run is really moving a bunch of 2009-10 product – from base brand Panini all the way to Playoff National Treasures.”

Now, back to Griffin’s cards …

Of the non-autographed variety, there is his 2009-10 Adrenalyn XL RC.

Or a 2009-10 Bowman RC?

What about a 2009-10 Topps Chrome numbered to /999?

One of the most expensive rookie cards of Griffin is his 2009-10 Exquisite Collection numbered to /225. This card doesn’t even have an auto and its high-book value is $350.

When it comes to autograph rookie cards, there are 12 options.

Some of the easier pulls would be 2009-10 Threads numbered to /640 or his 2009-10 Court Kings numbered to /649. But it seems the king of autographed rookie cards is the 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures memorabilia/auto RC, which is numbered to /99 (pictured).

So which card do you want?

By the way, check out his top 10 dunks.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

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I think I’d want my McDonald’s All-American Auto back, but… I’d probably just end up selling it again.

Comment by Offy

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I would say his National Treasure RC hands down, with no Exquisite auto out there it should be hid best. His Crown Royale RC is a close second, just because the design on those cards is so crazy.

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