Kenner Basketball Starting Lineup Fugures Guide and Checklist

It was in 1988 that Kenner released their first NBA Starting Lineup figures. Unlike the figures that you can buy today these figures only had a very crude likeness of the stars they were supposed to be of, but at the time they were all that was available, and they filled a gap in the market.

The figures were 4-inches in height and were articulated at the neck, shoulders and waist with a base that resembled a basketball court. These figures also came with a trading card of the player.

The NBA Starting Lineup figures quickly became a huge success. Originally the figures were targeted at the mass market and were sold purely through the large retail stores such as Toys R Us but Kenner soon came to realize that they were actually selling more to hobby dealers.

What Are the Rarest NBA Kenner Starting Lineup Figures?

According to the 2007 Online Tuff Stuff SPORTS FIGURES PRICE GUIDE these were the rarest and highest valued figures at the time.

Please note that the Starting Lineup action figure prices are highly volatile so are like to differ from this considerably, however it still acts as a good guide to which were the more valuable and harder to find figures.

Please also bear in mind that these prices are based on MIB figures. For a more up to date price listing check out: KennerStartingLineup


Karl Malone . . . . . . . . . . 1,000.00

John Stockton . . . . . . . . . . 650.00

Mark Eaton . . . . . . . . . . . . 400.00+

Reggie Miller . . . . . . . . . . . 350.00+

Thurl Bailey . . . . . . . . . . . . 325.00+

Each figure listed year, license, manufacturer, title, set and character. For example, 1989 >> Toy Biz >> Spider-man >> The New Animated Series >> Series 8: Spider Wars >> Hydro-Man.

Other information includes accessories, rarity, product number (if available) and a “value”.


Please note that all prices are for informational purposes only and are NOT a solicitation or offer to buy any of the items quoted.

When researching for these articles I used many different online and offline retailers and auction sites to get an average value AT THE TIME of writing the article.

As such they will almost definitely be incorrect as prices and values are in constant flux and change, much like the stock exchange.

Please check my articles and videos on how to grade and value your action figures for up to date prices.

If you see any errors or omissions please Contact Me.

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