Below are the 7 best Grant Hill rookie cards for collectors and a few extra memorabilia items.
From 1994 to 2000, Grant Hill was one of the best small forwards in the NBA. Excelling as a dominant, all-around player.
For his career, Hill was named to the All-NBA 1st team once, the All-NBA 2nd Team 4 times, and the All-Star team 7 times.
Although injuries would derail the 2nd half of his career, transforming him into a role player, Grant’s early success was good enough to catapult him to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.
Although Hill’s professional career began during a time when sports cards were mass-produced. His rookie cards still carry very good value due to his successful career and the recent surge in the sports card market.
1994-1995 Grant Hill Upper Deck #157
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $80
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $15
For a regular, base version card. The 1994-1995 Upper Deck #157 Grant Hill rookie card employs a cool frontal design.
The background resembles a blurry, stained-glass window with a collage of several different intermixing colors, including black, blue, green, orange, red, and yellow.
The player photo pictures Hill standing and holding the basketball with one hand outstretched in front of him toward the camera. The left side of the card’s front displays a shaded border with Hill’s name and the team’s name. While the bottom right of the card contains the Upper Deck logo.
The back of the card contains Hill’s collegiate stats and a draft-day photo of Hill wearing a suit and shaking the commissioner’s hand.
1994-1995 Grant Hill Fleer Flair #213
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $85
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $15
While it may not be the most expensive Grant Hill rookie card. The #213 1994-1995 Flair card by Fleer wins the award for the best player action photos.
The front of the card displays two separate action photos of Hill. The main photo of Hill covers most of the card’s background and pictures him in his home white Pistons uniform, driving with the basketball.
Another, smaller photo of Hill, covering the left side of the card, pictures him going up for a layup in his away blue Pistons uniform.
The top left of the card’s front contains the Flair logo, while the bottom of the card contains Hill’s name and the Pistons’ team name, all in gold font.
The rear of the card lists Hill’s collegiate stats, and includes an impressive, large action shot of him in the Pistons’ red alternate uniform. Coming to a jump stop in the triple threat position.
1994-1995 Grant Hill Topps Finest Rookie Card #240
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $125
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $18.50
The #240 Grant Hill rookie card was figured to be one of the top rookie cards of the 1994-1995 Topps Finest set. Hill had just completed a legendary collegiate career at Duke University.
The front of the card displays a silvery metallic border with a metallic rainbow background displayed inside the outer border. An in-game photo of Hill holding a basketball over his left hip is displayed on top of the inner metallic rainbow background.
The Topps logo is listed at the bottom left of the card’s front on an orange basketball logo. With the Finest brand name and Hill’s name centered at the bottom.
The rear of the card showcases a purple and white color scheme and lists Hill’s stats, player bio info, and a brief synopsis of his ’93-’94 collegiate season.
1994-1995 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects RC #3
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $225
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $15
As the demand for higher-quality cards began to rapidly increase during the mid-90s, Upper Deck came out with its SP series.
The 1994-1995 Upper Deck SP #3 rookie card featuring Hill showcases an etched foil design on its front.
The golden hue gives the card a luxury feel. While the player photo features a top-notch action shot of Hill driving to the basket.
The bottom of the card’s front lists the SP brand name, Hill’s name, and “Premier Prospects”.
Since the SP series came out later than the regular Upper Deck set. The rear of the card lists not only lists Hill’s collegiate statistics but also details some of his impressive rookie accomplishments during the 1994-1995 season.
1994-1995 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects Die-Cut #3
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $350
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $35
The rarer, die-cut version of the #3 Upper Deck SP rookie card featuring Hill is the more valuable target for collectors.
It displays the same basic etched-foil card design and contains the same player information. However, the top of the card employs a rounded top. With the top corners and edges of the card removed.
The overall card shape shares a resemblance to an ancient stone tablet, window frame, or fancy door entryway.
1994-1995 Topps Finest Collegiate Best #200
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $1,500
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $100
Another great Topps Finest rookie card is the rare #200 Collegiate Best card.
The card has a large, bluish-purple border outlining a very striking, blue-tiled background. A picture of Grant Hill dribbling the basketball is displayed on the blue-tiled background. With his name and the “Collegiate Best” designation near the bottom of the card on a 3-D-styled rectangular banner.
The Topps logo is listed near the top left of the card’s front with the Finest brand name listed next to it across the top.
The rear of the card lists the player’s bio and draft information. Along with collegiate and professional accomplishments to date.
1994-1995 Topps Finest Refractor, Grant Hill Rookie Card #240
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $2,000
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $300
The refractor version of the 1994-1995 Topps Finest #240 rookie card is the top rookie card featuring Hill available in the market.
The card contains the same basic design, information, and player photo as the base version discussed previously. With the only difference being the reflective, rainbow covering adorned on its front. The card can generate thousands of dollars in PSA 10 condition. A remarkable achievement for a mid-90s basketball card.
Part of the draw and overall value of this card to collectors is its historical significance. As refractor cards had just been introduced into the market in 1993.
Therefore, any refractor cards from the 1994-1995 basketball set mark just the 2nd series that these cards were produced by Topps. Following the 1993-1994 inaugural set.
Although he isn’t quite the draw of some of the other NBA stars of the 1990s. Grant Hill still has a few solid memorabilia items available on sportsmemorabilia.com.
An autographed copy of Hill’s autobiography, Game, is available for $198.99.
An autographed 8-inch by 10-inch in-game photo of Hill driving to the basket in the classic red mid-90s Pistons jersey can be purchased for $121.99.
Another great picture option is an autographed 11-inch by 14-inch photo of Hill giving his hall of fame induction speech in 2018, available for $198.99.
A Grant Hill Orlando Magic pair of game-issued sneakers can be purchased for $817.99. Finally, an autographed #33 Grant Hill Phoenix Suns jersey can be purchased for $1,308.99.
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