Russell Westbrook was born on 11/12/1988 and was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 4th pick in the 1st Round of the 2008 NBA Draft (he played his first game on 10/28/2008).
Russell Westbrook Rookie Year: 82 games | 15.3 PPG | 5.3 AST | 4.9 TRB
It didn’t take long for Westbrook to find his way in the league as he averaged an earth-shattering 15.3 points and 5.3 assists per game during his rookie campaign.
On 7/16/2019 he was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2024 1st round draft pick, a 2025 1st round draft pick, and a 2026 1st round draft pick.
Best Russell Westbrook Rookie Cards
Here are the best Russell Westbrook rookie cards from an investment standpoint.
2008 Topps Chrome Russell Westbrook Thunder Rookie Card #184 (buy on eBay)
The 2008 Russell Westbrook Topps Chrome rookie card is the flagship Westbrook rookie card and pictures him laying the ball up to the hoop.
Numbered #184 this card is a must-have for Westbrook fanboys.
2008-09 SP Rookie Threads Russell Westbrook RC #67 Autographed Jersey #/599 (buy on eBay)
This is in our opinion the best looking Russell Westbrook rookie card.
The Russell Westbrook SP Threads Rookie Card is numbered #67 and has a very cool black and blue color theme to it.
The large print run makes the 2008-09 SP Rookie Threads card for Russell Westbrook one the most affordable options among his signed rookie cards.
2008-09 SP Authentic Russell Westbrook ROOKIE RC AUTO PATCH /299 (buy on eBay)
Another sick looking Westbrook rookie card with a patch and auto that will cost well into the 4 digits.
The card here has a rare retail version that replaces the jersey piece with red foil. The retail edition is not numbered.
2008-09 Exquisite Collection Russell Westbrook Rookie Patch Auto /225 #93 (buy on eBay)
The above card is his most expensive rookie card.
A print run of 225 sounds gargantuan for Exquisite Collection—and it is—but that did not keep the high-end Russell Westbrook rookie card out of the top spot.
2008-09 Bowman Russell Westbrook Rookie Card /499 #114 (buy on eBay)
This is the most affordable Westbrook rookie card on this list and comes in a variety of parallels.
2008 Russell Westbrook Hot Prospects RC #140 Auto Patch /199 #140 (buy on eBay)
This card is another great one from Westbrook’s rookie season and features a great jersey patch right in the middle of the card.
There is also a signature on this card, although it is a sticker instead of being on-card.
Add in the limited print run of under two-hundred copies and you have a card that is worth a strong look from investors who believe in the explosive guard.
Westbrook’s signature smile is on full display on this card as he is grinning from ear to ear.
While not quite on the level of the other cards, it’s still a fantastic option.
Russell Westbrook Rookie Card Checklist
Westbrook is one of the most polarizing players in the league but no one can deny how exciting he is to watch… check out all of his rookie cards below!
- 2008-09 Topps Chrome OK Thunder Rookie Card #184
- 2008-09 Bowman Chrome RC #114
- 2008-09 SP Rookie Threads RC #67 Autographed Jersey #/599
- 2008-09 Upper Deck Radiance Russell Westbrook RC #90RC Autograph #/99
- 2008-09 Hot Prospects RC #140 Autographed Jersey #/199
- 2008-09 SPx Russell Westbrook RC #114,124 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2008-09 Upper Deck Premier Russell Westbrook RC #104 Autographed Jersey #/199
- 2008-09 Ultimate Collection RC #127 Autographed Jersey #/150
- 2008-09 UD Black RC #46 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2008-09 SP Authentic RC #139 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2008-09 Exquisite Collection Russell Westbrook RC #93 Autographed Jersey #/225
Russell Westbrook Rookie Card Value
We don’t expect Westbrook RC values to rise faster vs other star player rookie cards… in fact, we expect them not to rise as quickly as other players (i.e. Lebron James Rookie Cards, Zion Williamson Rookie Cards).
We can describe how we fee about investing in Westbrook RCs’ on one word… MEH.
We are not buying Westbrook rookie cards and are not necessarily advising you to buy any either.
To us, Westbrook does not come off as a team player and feels like a ball hog. We don’t see him winning championships anytime soon.