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Collecting Vince Carter by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Vince Carter isn’t nearly in the news as much as he used to be. I remember way back in my teens, Carter was coming out of college and he received so much press. He was followed through North Carolina until he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors.

But once Carter got to the NBA, he never got the type of attention some of the other prolific scorers in the league received.

One of Carter’s issues is that he never played for a popular team. He spent six years with Toronto and then went to the New Jersey Nets where he spent another five years. Though a good player, the first 11 years of his career occurred in obscurity.

However, Carter was never quiet in these slow-moving areas of basketball.

On Monday, he became the eighth active player to reach 20,000 points and 37th player to ever do it.

He needed just nine points, but added 29 in Phoenix’s 129-121 win over the New York Knicks.

Carter has 4,611 cards, 27 Rookie Cards, 874 autos and 1,632 memorabilia cards – that’s a lot of game-used jerseys.

If you’re looking for a good basketball player – can we say Hall-of-Fame? – to collect, Carter’s cards are also affordable. His rookies are relatively cheap in the $10-$20 range, and can often be found for less.

His earliest autographs might get a little more expensive, but his 1998 Press Pass Autographs come in around $50. His best early autographs are the 1998-99 Bowman’s Best Autograph Atomic Refractors (high-value $300) and 1998-99 Skybox Premium Autographics Blue parallel, numbered to /50 ($200).

What kind of Vince Carter cards do you have in your collection?

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

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Part of the reason that Carter hasn’t been popular in the NBA for anything other than his dunks is his attitude. He’s got a huge reputation for not caring and not trying. Look at the win streak that the Magic went on after trading him away.

What kind of Carter cards do I have in my collection? The ones that nobody wants… which is most of them.

Comment by Offy

Sorry Ma’am,

I can’t agree with you on this one. I don’t think VC will be a HOFer, and even if he someday is, his likability has gone way down.

Vince cards went thru the roof when he lit up the All-Star weekend his second year, especially the Slam Dunk contest, but have fallen since. He’s spectacular at times, but kills his time alot of times too. Kinda like “Iggy” does to your hometown 76ers alot. I don’t see Vince’s cards rebounding enough any time soon. There’s a reason alot of NBA fans call him “The Anchor” and teams get good again real quick after he leaves.

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