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Blake Griffin rookie card auctioning for $14,999

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers grabs a rebound against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on January 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 106-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Blake Griffin

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You were just thinking: Should I buy a new car or a Blake Griffin rookie card? We know you were.

Because it turns out they are about the same price, as The Rookie Wall reports.

Panini, who manufactures the trading cards for the NBA, blogged about the rising value of Blake’s rookie cards. The National Treasures card has a few variations with the “base” version, which is limited to 99 copies, that features a picture of Griffin, a swatch of his jersey, and his signature. Currently the “base” version is valued at $2,500 in Beckett, which is the industry standard for basketball card pricing. Copies of the “base” version are selling for more than $3,000 on eBay.

The version listed for $14,999 is limited to just FIVE copies and features the same picture, same signature, and a “premium” jersey swatch, which is usually from the number, name, or logo with multiple colors.

I like basketball cards as much as the next guy (I have an old Dr. J in the ABA card when his afro was the size of a small island nation). I’m a Blake Griffin fan like everyone else on the planet (save Timofey Mozgov). But $15K?

Even though I certainly have that kind of pocket change lying around — because we bloggers are paid handsomely — I can think of one or two better uses for that money. Such as a two waterproof pool tables.