Stephen “Steph” Curry (03/14/88) is a point guard and six-time NBA All-Star who began his career with the Golden State Warriors in 2009. He was the seventh pick in the draft, and soon went on to revolutionise the league with his shooting ability.
Steph’s three-shot skills make him a danger across the court, and he caused teams to adapt by using smaller, more mobile players to track his runs. Otherwise, he’ll destroy a side in single-minded fashion, and there’s never been another like him in the NBA. He’s currently third in the all-time 3-point list with 2285, trailing only Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.
He’ll likely take the top spot before long, although he is starting to slow down ever so slightly. After five straight seasons where he played in at least 78 games, Curry has failed to reach 70 for the last two years. Injuries are one thing, but Father Time is undefeated when it comes to claiming the careers of every athlete.
On the other hand, he’s only 31, while he was an NBA champion in 2015, 2017 and 2018. He still has an opportunity to further cement his legacy, and he’s always going to be able to net his shots from distance.
Curry is one of the current faces of the NBA along with LeBron James, making his rookie cards some of the most popular available. We’ve prepared a checklist with all of his 2009 rookie options, as well as going into detail about three of the best below.
Stephen Curry Rookie Card Checklist
Curry has an extensive list of rookie cards, with a total of 28 recognised as official options. (2009 was the last year which saw official rookie cards from multiple manufacturers after the NBA Draft.)
Here’s a rundown in alphabetical order;
- 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia #144 Autographed Jersey #/499
- 2009-10 Bowman ’48 #106 #/2009
- 2009-10 Certified #176 Autographed Jersey #/399
- 2009-10 Classics #166 Autograph #/499
- 2009-10 Contenders #106 Autograph SP (PR=649 or less)
- 2009-10 Court Kings #129 Autograph #/649
- 2009-10 Crown Royale #103 Autograph #/399
- 2009-10 Donruss Elite #166 Autograph #/499
- 2009-10 Exquisite Collection #64 Autograph #/225
- 2009-10 Exquisite Collection #72 Autograph #/225
- 2009-10 Limited #156 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2009-10 National Treasures #206 Autographed Patch #/99
- 2009-10 Panini #307
- 2009-10 Panini #357
- 2009-10 Panini Adrenalyn XL #67
- 2009-10 Prestige #157
- 2009-10 Prestige #207
- 2009-10 Prestige #230
- 2009-10 Rookies & Stars #136 Autograph #/449
- 2009-10 SP Game Used #133 #/399
- 2009-10 Studio #129
- 2009-10 Threads #107 Autograph #/625 (5 letters)
- 2009-10 Timeless Treasures #106 Autograph #/299
- 2009-10 Topps #321
- 2009-10 Topps Chrome #101 #/999
- 2009-10 Upper Deck #234 SP
- 2009-10 Upper Deck First Edition #196
- 2009-10 Threads Stephen Curry RC Autographed Letters Set
The Best 3 Steph Curry Rookie Cards
Curry’s cards can go for big bucks, and they’re certainly worth more than the average RC from the late 2000’s. Here are three of the very best you’ll be able to find at auction.
2009 Stephen Curry Exquisite Collection Rookie Card #72 Autograph #/225
This dynamic card features Curry mid-dribble, with ball in hand and a crisp black and white portrait layout. There’s a massive autograph across the bottom, with large writing on the top confirming it’s an “Exquisite Rookie Autograph”.
The back has a monochrome version of the image on the front, although there’s no quote other than confirming the legitimacy of the autograph.
A PSA 10 version will go for anywhere from $18,000 to $20,000, depending on the quality and the size of the signature. A nine was sold for $2,777 in January 2020, so it’s a decent option if you’re operating with a smaller budget.
It’s fair to say that it’s expensive, but that’s likely due to the on-card signature and the popularity of the player.
2009 Stephen Curry Topps Chrome Rookie Card #101 #/999
The Topps Chrome edition is numbered #101, while the quote on the back says;
“A superb shooter like his father, longtime NBA marksman Dell Curry, Stephen knocked down 414 3-pointers to become Davidson’s all-time career scorer in three seasons. However, it was another aspect of his game that stood out to Bobcats coach Larry Brown in a pre-draft workout. “The thing that most impressed me is that he passes the ball,” said Brown. “He’s a great passer. He knows how to play”.”
A simple card when all things are considered, it features a large portrait image of a startlingly young-looking Curry. There’s no signature, but there is a rookie card logo located on the top-right edge.
As with many Topps Chrome cards, there’s a refractor version which causes prices to increase drastically. For example, a couple of base PSA 10’s recently sold for $2,800 and $3,351 apiece. A gem mint refractor card went for $13,433, so it’s a significant jump if you’re aiming to pick up the very best version available.
It’s numbered to 999 so it’s not the rarest, but it’s always popular with collectors.
2009-10 Playoff National Treasures Stephen Curry RC #206 Patch Autograph /99
Undoubtedly his most valuable rookie card by a wide margin, a PSA 10 version of Curry’s 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures is currently available to purchase for $124,990. A BGS 9.5 is also available for a cut-price of $99,999.
The price blows the others out of the water, thanks to a couple of reasons. It’s only numbered to 99 making it the rarest option by far, while there are a large player patch and an autograph located on the front. He’s also featured in his Warriors shirt rather than his Davidson jersey, making it even more desirable for the average collector.
Curry is starting out in an image which looks vaguely religious, while the reverse quote reads;
“Curry’s 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds on Feb. 10, 2010 against the Clippers made him the sixth rookie to post a triple-double and first since Jason Kidd in 1995. Two games later, he dished out 15 assists, the most by a Warriors rookie since Tim Hardaway’s 16 in 1990”.
The highest of the high-end, you could get a mortgage in almost any city in the world for the price of the 9.5 version, while a 10 is also eye-wateringly expensive. On the other hand, you won’t find better if you want the rarest Curry RC card that money can buy.