Top 5 Jerry West Cards For Collectors To Own To Honor Basketball Legend

The basketball world is mourning the loss of a legend. Jerry West, one of the greatest players to ever grace the game, died Wednesday at the age of 86. A 14-time All-Star, West was selected to the All-NBA team 12 times. He led the Los Angeles Lakers to nine NBA Finals appearances, winning once in the 1971-72 season. West was the first — and only — player to ever be named the NBA Finals MVP for a losing team.

After his playing career, West would go on to become an executive who engineered two Lakers dynasties:

  • The 1980s Showtime Lakers of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy who captured five championships that decade.
  • Bringing together Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. West added another championship to his collection in 2000 when the Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Finals. West left the Lakers after that season and the O’Neal/Bryant duo would go on to win two more championships.

Even more iconic, it’s believed West’s silhouette is used as the NBA logo.

EBay has already seen a healthy uptick in West-related memorabilia and cards selling on its platform since his passing. For collectors who want to honor the luminary and own a piece of history, HobbyListings has put together a list of top five best basketball cards to own of the great Jerry West.

The List: Best Jerry West Basketball Cards

1. 1961 Fleer #61 Rookie Card

1961 Fleer Jerry West rookie card
1961 Fleer Jerry West rookie card. (credit: eBay)

West’s true rookie card, produced by Fleer in 1961, sells for between $1,000-$2,000, depending on the grade.

2. 1961 Fleer In Action #66 Rookie Card

1961 Fleer In Action Jerry West rookie card. (credit
1961 Fleer In Action Jerry West rookie card. (credit: eBay)

West’s second rookie from 1961 Fleer, his In Action card can be had for $200-$500, depending on the card’s condition.

3. 1960 Kahn’s #11

1960 Kahn's Jerry West
1960 Kahn’s Jerry West. (credit: eBay)

Considered his pre-rookie, West’s first ever card was in 1960 by Kahn’s Wieners. The card was packaged within meat products, a far cry on how people go about collecting cards nowadays. These cards are very scarce and sell between $2,000-$4,000, depending on grade.

4. 1969 Topps #90

1969 Topps Jerry West.
1969 Topps Jerry West. (credit: eBay)

West’s first Topps card made available to the public — Topps created a 1968 Test card featuring West — was produced as part of the 1969-70 set. Collectors can grab up these West Topps cards for as low as $50 ungraded.

5. 2012 Panini Flawless Greats Patches Autograph

2012 Panini Flawless Greats Patches Autograph Jerry West
2012 Panini Flawless Greats Patches Autograph Jerry West. (credit: Card Ladder)

We had to round out the list with one of West’s best autograph cards — his 2012 Panini Flawless Great Patches Autograph. His cards can be found numbered to /25, /15, /10, /5 and /1.

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