All-Star weekend approaching this coming weekend happened to coincide with a card purchase for my Tim Duncan collection, a memorabilia card from 2012-13 Timeless Treasures picturing Duncan in his Western Conference All-Star jersey. With that purchase, I started looking into other All-Star Duncan memorabilia cards in my collection. Turns out Duncan has a good number, especially from the early to mid 2000s, and the Timeless Treasures addition makes 4 in my collection.
The first is from 2003-04 Upper Deck Triple Dimensions. It’s a piece of warm-up used in an All-Star game, probably from between 2000 to 2002, when the players wore their own uniforms during the game and the Western Conference was the away team.
I appreciate the text specifying the warm-up was worn by Tim Duncan in an NBA All-Star game. If only cards today were that specific, and you’ll see in this post as time passes, the descriptions become less specific.
Looking back at the 2003-04 Triple Dimensions design, I would have preferred the color scheme being more tailored to the player, but the cards are kind of all-star color themed, whether intentional or not.
Another warm-up material, this one is from 2006-07 Topps Clutch City Relics, and Topps specifies the shooting shirt was worn during the 2006 All-Star game. It’s nice to know the specific game where the piece is from, a rarity in memorabilia cards.
Duncan went 6 for 7 from the floor, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of game action. A double-double machine, he carried it over into the All-Star game in 2006. LeBron ultimately won the MVP in a close 2 point win for the East. Tracy McGrady scored 36 for the West.
I opened a lot of 2006-07 Topps packs, and have a good many of the regular inserts, including the Clutch City Stars and Clutch City Prospects. The Prospects relic set has memorabilia cards from the Rookie game during 2006 All-Star weekend, another pretty rare instance for a relic set. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are in that Prospects Relic set.
Here we have a relic from 2007-08 Topps Trademark Moves, a red parallel numbered out of 50.
This one was from the 2007 All-Star Weekend. Duncan started in 2007 as well but only played 14 minutes. Kobe won MVP, scoring 31 in a big Western Conference win.
Here’s my pickup from this past week from 2012-13 Timeless Treasures, the All-Star Materials relic set. The card is serially numbered to 149, and a version exists out of 49 as well with swatches from part of the jersey ‘flair’, I’ll call it.
Unfortunately Panini doesn’t indicate if this relic swatch actually came from an All-Star game or even was worn by Tim Duncan. It does mention the swatch is game-worn, at least, and I’d like to think it’s from an All-Star weekend. Hopefully it’s at least worn by Duncan. What gives me hope is that the Prime version of this card /49 has jersey trim that looks like it is from the 2011 All-Star jerseys, the jersey pictured on the card. Below is a picture of the prime version I pulled off eBay.
What drew me to the Timeless Treasures card, outside of All-Star Weekend approaching, is the design. The red border with the jersey swatch with a star inside, it’s a beautiful card that I wanted in my collection. Add to that, it’s from a set where each box only contained 5 cards.
Looking at some earlier sets where I don’t own a Duncan, the #1 All-Star jersey on my want list is from 2000-01 Topps Reserve. The Duncan swatches from that set are from the 2000 All-Star game, where Duncan was the Co-MVP of the game along with Shaquille O’Neal.
Several sets from Topps 2002-03 contained relics that specify they were worn during the 2002 NBA All-Star Festivities. 2002-03 Stadium Club All-Star Coverage and 2002-03 Topps All-Star Relic Remnants are two of those sets, and I happen to own a Jermaine O’Neal from both. The Stadium Club cards are numbered out of 700, and both the Topps and Stadium club sets have an autographed version #’d out of 25.
2001-02 Heritage, 2001-02 Stadium Club, and 2001-02 Pristine have sets with swatches from the 2001 All-Star game, and 2002-03 Topps Chrome Franchise Fabrics relics has materials from the 2002 All-Star weekend as well. Upper Deck products starting in 2003-04 have All-Star memorabilia cards, too. And I haven’t even really researched the Panini era of cards.
I’ll be looking to pick up more of Duncan in the All-Star game, and if I’m lucky, some Finals cards too. Lots of options for where to go next, so I’ll just keep my eye out for some good deals.
Who are you most excited to see in the All-Star game this weekend? Personally I’m looking forward to seeing Dejounte Murray make his first appearance. Plus, LeMelo being in the game adds some excitement.