The sports card industry has dramatically grown in popularity over the last few years, as many Americans seek the recreate their childhood days of collecting and trading sports cards.
The recent deaths of several major sports stars such as Bill Russell, Tom Seaver, Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Elgin Baylor, and Kobe Bryant have also fueled the increased focus on sports memorabilia, including sports cards.
The growing attention on the sports cards industry has exponentially increased the value of huge numbers of individual cards, making them a good investment for the future. Reggie Miller, one of the best shooting guards in the NBA during the 1990s, has seen a recent uptick in card value in conjunction with the recent market increases.
While Miller may have not reached the stardom of some of the other top 90s players such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, or Charles Barkley, at his height, he was one of the most dangerous offensive players in the game.
Miller was one of Michael Jordan’s greatest rivals during the 90s, most famously clashing with him in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals that ended up being a classic, 7-game series. Though they often clashed during games, Miller and Jordan shared mutual respect for each other, evidenced by them famously shaking hands at center court after the bitterly contested 1998 Eastern Conference Finals.
Below are 7 of the most valuable Reggie Miller cards available that would be great additions to any individual’s collection, as well as a couple of bonus non-card memorabilia items.
7. 1989-1990 Fleer, Card #65
Approximate PSA 10 Value – $80
Approximate PSA 9 Value – $11.50
Although this isn’t one of the most valuable Reggie Miller cards on this list, the 1989-1990 Fleer card is the most valuable non-rookie, non-specialty card of Reggie Miller. The card is from the 1988-1989 NBA regular season, Miller’s 2nd season in the league.
It features Miller crouched over with his hands on his knees during a regular season game wearing the classic, late-80s Indiana Pacers uniform. It is a pretty easy find on the market, widely available on almost any website that sells sports memorabilia.
During the 1988-1989 season, Miller’s first as a consistent starter, he averaged a solid 16 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, and 1.3 SPG, all while shooting 40.2% from 3-point range and 84.4% from the free throw line. However, his breakout season wouldn’t come until the following season, when he showcased the impressive hall of fame offensive talent that would catapult him into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
6. 1992-1993 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team, Card #7
Approximate PSA 10 Value – $300
Approximate PSA 9 Value – $55
The 1992-1993 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team shows Miller in his patented high release jump shot, which he patterned after one of his idols, fellow NBA hall of fame member Alex English.
The card itself is widely available, though still valuable, and was originally included as one of 21 specialty cards in the Beam Team series. Finding this card professionally graded in a PSA 9 or PSA 10 is not easy, as many of the cards available are ungraded.
The back of the card includes a summary of Miller’s playing style and lists his accomplishments, all written in black lettering with a basketball as the background.
Although Miller himself was already an established star, the Pacers themselves were still a mediocre team in the Eastern Conference and still hadn’t developed yet into the elite team that would eventually get to 4 conference finals and an NBA Finals.
Miller himself averaged 20.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, and shot 37.8% from beyond the arc and 85.8% from the free throw line during the 1991-1992 season.
5. 1997-1998 Metal Universe, Card #98
Approximate PSA 10 Value – $380
Approximate PSA 9 Value – $45
The 1997-1998 Metal Universe card is the perfect option for collectors who love the classic 90s metallic sports card look. Although the Kobe Bryant rookie card is the creme de la creme of this series, the Reggie Miller version is still a nice addition for most collectors, especially for Pacers fans.
The front of the card shows Miller in a computer-generated comic book type image/drawing, going up for a layup with a cleverly crafted silver background. The back of the card has a more traditional look, featuring a smaller, live game image of Miller shooting a free throw, something he did better than almost any other player in NBA history.
It lists Miller’s season stats for the 1996-1997 season, where he averaged 21.6 points per game and shot 42.7% from 3-point range.
4. 2003-2004 Topps Chrome (Gold Refractor), Card #31
Approximate PSA 10 Value – $500
Approximate PSA 9 Value – $150
The Topps Chrome Gold Refractor cards are some of the rarest and most valuable cards on the market, and the 2003-2004 Reggie Miller version of this card is no exception.
It is one of the few Reggie Miller cards from the 21st Century that holds a lot of value in the sports card market, partly because it is very difficult to find in the market. With a stylish gold border and a great action shot of Reggie Miller driving for a contested layout against the Phoenix Suns, the card on its own is a great piece of art. The back of the card displays the statistics for all 16 years of Miller’s career up to that point, along with other relevant player information.
The bottom of the back of the card lauds Miller’s accomplishment of being the all-time leader in most 3-point field goals made at that point in NBA history, with more than 700 than the next closest player.
He would go on to play 2 more years in the NBA after the 2002-2003 season, transitioning into a successful role player for the Indiana Pacers.
3. 1993-1994 Topps Finest (Refractor), Card #11
Approximate PSA 10 Value – $750+
Approximate PSA 9 Value – $150
Although the base version of the 1993-1994 Topps Finest card is a nice product in its own right, the refractor version is the true target for most collectors.
The card features a close-up shot of Miller shooting his patented high release jump shot, all amid a unique rainbow-colored collage background.
The card is from the 1992-1993 season, where Miller averaged an impressive 21.2 PPG and shot just under 40% from 3-point range and 88% from the free throw line. It was the final season before the Pacers would hire Larry Brown as head coach, which marked a major turning point for the franchise.
From the 1993-1994 to 1990-2000 seasons under Coach Brown and eventually Coach Larry Bird, the Pacers would become one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, making several deep runs in the playoffs.
2. 1988-1989 Fleer Rookie, Card #57
Approximate PSA 10 Value – $1800
Approximate PSA 9 Value – $150
The most sought-after Reggie Miller sports card is the 1988-1989 Fleer rookie card, the only rookie card of him in existence.
Unfortunately, the card itself has a rather drab appearance, with unattractive borders, a subpar picture of Miller, and pretty ugly lettering fonts. It also is a little overshadowed by some of the other big-name rookie cards in the 1988-1989 class including Scottie Pippen and John Stockton.
However, the fact that it is the only rookie card of Reggie Miller makes it a highly collectible and highly lucrative card that is a must-buy for card collectors of all ages.
The back of the card lists Miller’s rookie season stats, which included a modest 10 ppg scoring average which gave little indication of the great offensive play that would eventually define his career.
1. 1996-1997 Skybox E-X2000 (Credentials), Card #27
Approximate PSA 10 Value – $2,500
Approximate PSA 9 Value – $1000
The most valuable Reggie Miller basketball card is the 1996-1997 Skybox E-X2000 Credentials card, just slightly outpacing the 1988-1989 Fleer rookie card in overall price.
The highly popular E-X2000 series printed a limited-edition Credentials card for different players in the E-X2000 series. The card itself showcases a 90s-centric shiny, metallic background, with an image of Miller driving to the basket. These cards are very valuable, very difficult to find and are the holy grail of Reggie Miller memorabilia.
The 1995-1996 season saw Miller in the prime of his career at the height of his offensive prowess. He averaged 21.1 PPG that season, while also shooing 41% from 3-point range and 86.3% from the free throw line.
The Pacers would win 52 games that season, matching their win total from the previous season, which was their most wins in franchise history as a part of the NBA.
Bonus Reggie Miller Memorabilia Items
Despite being one of the most popular NBA players from the 1990s, Reggie Miller has surprisingly few authentic autographed or sports memorabilia items. A limited number of signed jerseys and basketball cards are available for purchase on sights such as eBay and Amazon.
Currently, the top 2 Reggie Miller Memorabilia items on the market would be a signed 1988-1989 Fleer rookie card. One of which is currently available on eBay, and a signed Team USA Miller jersey, also available on eBay.