December 2013 Premium Holiday Auction
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So rare that many collectors don't even know it exists: Kevin Durant's first and rarest rookie autograph! Held at Madison Square Garden and broadcast on television to 115 countries, the 2007 NBA Draft featured some of the most exciting young talent since Lebron, Dwayne and Bosh crashed the scene in 2003, and the first product to hit store shelves commemorating the draft and kicking off the season was the 2007-08 Upper Deck NBA Rookie Box Set, which featured a 30-card set of the top 30 players chosen in the draft. Each player was also featured on a specially designed autograph card, an example of which could be found at a rate of one in every 24 sets. There is no available print run information on the autograph cards -- in fact, there is alarmingly little information available on the internet about these scarce cards -- but if they were all produced in the same quantities, an example of each player's signed card could be found one in every 720 sets. So, the question is, how many sets did Upper Deck produce? Apparently, not very many. As of writing this, there are currently four sealed sets listed on eBay and another seven sets on Amazon. They aren't very expensive, and they aren't very desirable. Indeed, the only reason someone might now buy one would be to find a Durant Autograph. And good luck with that! Since the product's release over six years ago, Beckett Grading Services has handled a whopping 12 examples of the Durant card, awarding their Gem Mint grade to just seven of those scant dozen, while PSA hasn't graded a single copy. Moreover, if you search eBay for any autograph card from the set, not just Durant, you want find any current listings, and you'll find just one completed listing from the middle of December, a Nick Fazekas, and that's it! We've heard rumors that as few as 18 copies of each autograph were produced, which would put the set's total production at just about 13,000, a practical number for a set designed to stoke early interest in the forthcoming season and to clear the shelves quickly to make room for the more premium products, such as Upper Deck's ultra high-end Exquisite Collection, which contains a gorgeous Kevin Durant jersey patch autograph rookie card limited to just 99 copies that sells for between $5,000 and $10,000 -- sometimes more, depending on the card's serial number and the quality of the jersey patch -- and is universally regarded as Durant's best rookie card. Then again, not everyone knows about the NBA Rookie Box Set Autograph.

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Final prices include buyers premium: $1,408
Number Bids: 24
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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