David Robinson – Best Basketball Cards

Below are the 10 best David Robinson basketball cards we think you should consider. We have also included some extra memorabilia items that would be great options for collectors of all types.

David Robinson was one of the greatest centers in NBA history. Playing his entire 14-year career with the San Antonio Spurs.

David Robinson Basketball Card Collage

Nicknamed “The Admiral” due to his military service in the US Navy.

Robinson was named an NBA All-Star 10 times, an All-NBA 1st Team finalist 4 times, an All-Defensive 1st Team finalist 4 times. And was also named the 1991-1992 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and the 1994-1995 NBA MVP.

As the sports card market continues to explode in popularity, vintage basketball cards are beginning to rapidly increase in value. Even outpacing vintage baseball cards.

I think that David Robinson basketball cards aren’t overly expensive and offer great potential for long term returns. Especially in PSA 10 condition.

10. 1989-1990 Hoops Rookie Card #310

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $52.50

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $11.50

1989-1990 Hoops Rookie Basketball Card #310 David Robinson

The #310 Hoops David Robinson rookie card is one of 2 rookie cards featuring his likeness in the 1989-1990 Hoops set.

Both Robinson rookie cards in this set were in high demand at the time. Mostly because it marked one of the first instances where a basketball player was featured on a card of a major brand before playing their rookie season.

This card employs a white border around the outside of the card’s front. With Robinson’s name centered at the top. “NBA Hoops” and the Spurs team name listed at the bottom left, and Robinson’s position listed at the bottom right.

A red border, directly inside of the white border, outlies the photo of Robinson shooting a free throw. While the photo itself is presented in a rounded entryway shape, instead of the typical rectangular design on most sports cards of the day.

1989-1990 Hoops Rookie Card #310 back of card

The rear of the card contains a somewhat brief player biography. 

9. 1988-1989 Diamond Shamrock “Rookie Card”

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $300

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $75

1988-1989 David Robinson Diamond Shamrock Basketball Rookie Card
Tabbed version of the card

Although not a traditional sports card. The 1988-1989 Diamond Shamrock featuring Robinson is technically the first sports card to ever feature his likeness. It is sometimes referred to in gradings as with tab W/TAB, or No TAB.

The card was issued as a part of a promotional contest, where individuals would enter their name, address, and other relevant information on the bottom of the card to win one of 4 different prizes.

The card itself is elongated, with the bottom portion of the card containing a removable section where the person’s information would be filled out.

1988-1989 David Robinson Diamond Shamrock Basketball Rookie Card No tab
No Tab version

This lower section is often missing. To find a complete card in good condition therefore has great potential for long term growth.

The front of the card employs a nice frontal design. Featuring a black background with white horizontal stripes. A picture of Robinson holding a basketball in his Spurs jersey, his name and number at the bottom, and the Spurs logo at the card’s top.

1988-1989 Diamond Shamrock Rookie Card - back of card including tab

The rear of the card mostly contains contest information, along with a little player information. 

8. 1992-1993 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Card #20

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $315

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $85

1992-1993 David Robinson Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Basketball Card #20

The Stadium Club series by Topps was a higher-quality card set produced in response to Upper Deck’s groundbreaking upscale design that had been a huge hit with collectors.

The 1992-1993 Stadium Club Beam Team #20 card showcases a great action photo of Robinson in the middle of a pump fake. With a hapless John Starks jumping in the air, attempting to stop him.

The right and left sides of the card’s front display a shiny, metallic design, with “Beam Team” written in green font on the top left and the Topps Stadium Club logo and Robinson’s name centered at the bottom.

1992-1993 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Card #20 back of card

The rear of the card lists many of Robinson’s impressive career accomplishments to date. 

7. 1989-1990 Hoops Rookie Card #138

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $375

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $27.50

1989-1990 Hoops Rookie Card #138

The 1989-1990 Hoops #138 rookie card featuring Robinson is the other, more valuable rookie card from this set.

Instead of displaying an in-game action shot of Robinson. The card shows Robinson in a suit, smiling and holding up his Spurs jersey. Presumably at his introductory press conference with the Spurs.

1989-1990 Hoops Rookie Card #138 back of card

It contains the same basic design as the #310 version. Except that “NBA Hoops” is listed on the bottom left of the card’s front, instead of the bottom right. 

6. 1990-1991 Fleer Rookie Sensation Card #1

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $380

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $22.50

1990-1991 David Robinson Fleer Rookie Sensation basketball Card #1

Showcasing a very colorful design for its era. The #1 1990-1991 Fleer Rookie Sensation card presents a picture of Robinson about to pass the ball from the post.

The front of the card has a distinct blue border. Contains the words “Fleer ’90” on the top left, lists “Rookie Sensation” in yellow font on top of a basketball logo on the bottom left. And lists Robinson’s name and position in white font on a red background at the card’s bottom.

1990-1991 Fleer Rookie Sensation Card #1 back of card

The rear of the card lists one of the lengthiest player summaries that you will ever see on a sports card. Talking in great detail about Robinson’s accomplishments during his first year in the league. 

5. 1993-1994 Fleer Ultra Scoring Kings Card #9

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $850

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $275

1993-1994 Fleer Ultra Scoring Kings Card #9

The 1993-1994 Fleer Ultra Scoring Kings #9 card has by far, the coolest design of any card on this list,. Picturing Robinson shooting a basketball amid a purple-hued background full of massive lightning bolts.

The top left of the card’s front contains the Fleer Ultra logo. With Robinson’s name at the bottom, and a Scoring Kings graphic in the bottom right.

1993-1994 Fleer Ultra Scoring Kings Card #9 back of card

The back of the card notes Robinson’s tremendous offensive accomplishments during the 1992-1993 season. Noting his 23.4 PPG average and career-high 52-point performance against the Charlotte Hornets. 

4. 1997-1998 Upper Deck Game Jersey Card #GJ12

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $4,000

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $1,750

1997-1998 David Robinson Upper Deck Game Jersey Basketball Card #GJ12

Although the price for the #GJ12 1997-1998 Upper Deck Game Jersey card may seem pretty high, even for a relic card. It is important to note that jersey cards were at this point, a recent addition to the market, having been introduced in 1996.

They were produced in far fewer numbers than they are now two-and-a-half decades later. Also, finding early jersey cards from this era in a PSA 9 or 10 condition is nearly impossible, and would be a great find for any collector.

This early jersey card possesses a unique design. With a horizontal layout and rounded corners. The jersey patch is displayed on the left of the card’s front. With a picture of Robinson on the right. The Spurs team logo is printed in the upper left of the card’s front, with Robinson’s name centered at the bottom.

1997-1998 Upper Deck Game Jersey Card #GJ12 back of card

The rear of the card contains another photo of Robinson and notes that he was the 1994-1995 NBA MVP. And named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. 

3. 1994-1995 SkyBox Premium Olajuwon/Robinson Autograph, No Number

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $5,000

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $1,850

1994-1995 SkyBox Premium Olajuwon:Robinson Autograph No number

The 1994-1995 SkyBox Premium Olajuwon/Robinson double autograph card is one of the rarest cards on this list.

It was originally a redemption card and produced in very limited numbers.

Collectors who are fortunate enough to gain possession of one of these cards should immediately get it graded, which will greatly enhance its potential value.

The front of the card is presented in a horizontal layout, with the left side containing Olajuwon’s and Robinson’s names listed in white font on a blue background, with their signatures written over their names.

The right side of the card’s front shows Robinson guarding Olajuwon in the post.

2. 1998-1999 David Robinson SkyBox Premium Autographics Blue Ink, No Number

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $5,000

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $2,000

david robinson 1998-1999 SkyBox Premium Autographics Black Ink, David Robinson
Black Ink version

Many collectors and memorabilia professionals consider the 1998-1999 SkyBox Premium Autographics card one of the most valuable, if not the most valuable, David Robinson cards on the market.

Two different versions, a black-ink and a limited-edition blue-ink version, were produced. With the more valuable version being the blue-ink version, which only produced 50 copies.

1998-1999 SkyBox Premium Autographics Blue Ink, David Robinson Basketball card No Number
Blue ink version

The card’s front pictures Robinson palming the ball, about to make a move in the post, with fans and an official in the background presented in a faded-out format meant to highlight Robinson.

The word “SkyBox” is listed diagonally across the middle of the card from left to right, with the signature near the bottom.

david robinson 1998-1999 SkyBox Premium Autographics Blue Ink, No Number rear of card

The back of the card lists his career stats through the 1997-1998 season and little else. 

1. 2013-2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Enshrinement Duos Russell/Robinson Autograph, Card #EE2-RR

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $6,000

Approximate PSA 10 Value – $2,400

2013-2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Enshrinement Duos David Robinson and Bill Russell

Before Panini began to dominate the luxury card market, Upper Deck’s Exquisite series was the industry leader in high-end relic cards.

The 2013-2014 Enshrinement Duos autograph card featuring both Bill Russell’s and David Robinson’s signatures is simply an all-time great card that does not get the recognition in the marketplace it deserves.

With Russell’s recent passing, this card will probably continue to increase in value for the foreseeable future.

The front of the card is designed in a horizontal layout, with the center portion containing pictures of both Russell and Robinson in their collegiate jerseys, inside a golden border.

The signatures of both players are listed separately on the right and left sides of the card.

The back of the card doesn’t contain any player information, simply noting that the card is an authenticated signature card. If anyone has a photo of this, I would be very grateful and will upload it to the post.

David Robinson Sports Memorabilia Items

David Robinson has many great memorabilia items featuring his likeness available on sportsmemorabilia.com.

Several different autographed basketballs featuring Robinson’s signature range in price from $239.99 to $523.99. A Spalding basketball with both Robinson’s and Duncan’s signatures, another great high-end collectible, can be purchased for $3,556.79.

David Robinson signed basketball

For collectors looking for a more affordable photograph option. There is an autographed 8-inch by 10-inch picture of Robinson dunking the basketball against the Los Angeles Lakers is available for $103.99.

One final autographed photo, with by far the best action shot of Robinson, is a 16-inch by 20-inch picture of him shooting the basketball over Hakeem Olajuwon, selling for $183.99.

david robinson autographed-photo hakeem olajuwon

Another top memorabilia item, probably more suited for high-end collectors, is a Sports Illustrated issue commemorating Robinson and Duncan as Sportsmen of the year. This was autographed by both players, with a price tag of $3,491.19.

Sports Illustrated issue commemorating David Robinson and Duncan
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