Anthony Edwards Rookie Card Guide (2023)

Anthony Edwards (08/05/01) was the first-round pick in the 2020 NBA draft, selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves after being named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Ridiculously talented, Edwards made his NBA debut in December 2020.

Here’s a roundup with three of the best Anthony Edwards rookie cards, including investment advice for the promising youngster. 

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Anthony Edwards Rookie Year Stats: 19.3 points per game | 4.7 total rebounds | 2.9 assists | 1.1 steals per game

Best Rookie Cards

Here are the top-rated Anthony Edwards basketball cards to consider when investing.

 

2020 Anthony Edwards Donruss Rated Rookie RC #201

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The 2020 Donruss Rated Rookie Anthony Edwards card is our top pick regarding ROI out of all the cards released. The Rated Rookie logo is tucked away in the top left corner, while his name and team name are centered at the bottom with the Donruss logo.

Plus, the Edwards Rated Rookie card has some gorgeous-looking high-end parallels like the one shown above.

 

2020 Anthony Edwards Panini Certified Freshman Fabrics Auto RC #FF-EDW

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You won’t find this card for sale very often, but if you do it may be worth the purchase. The 2020 Panini Certified Freshman Fabric Anthony Edwards rookie card shows him in a T-Wolves jersey, has his auto, and includes jersey fabric (we believe the fabric is game-used, but it might not be. Please comment below if you know for sure).

 

2020 Anthony Edwards NBA Hoops RC #216

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Next up is the 2020 NBA Hoops Anthony Edwards RC. Numbered #216, the card shows Edwards jogging with the ball upcourt while sporting a Minnesota Timberwolves dark color knit.

Pro-Tip: Be careful buying NBA Hoops cards raw as they don’t grade well in our experience. On a side note, Bowman Chrome baseball cards are the best to buy ungraded, as they grade very well in our experience.

His name is centered at the bottom, the words NBA Hoops are centered at the top, and the Panini rookie card logo is placed in the upper right corner. A sound card for collectors wanting a piece of Edwards at a low cost.

Anthony Edwards NBA Hoops Parrelles: Blue, Hyper Blue, Neon Green, Purple, Purple Explosion, Purple Winter, Red Backs, Teal Explosion, Winter, Yellow, Silver /199, Green /99, Hyper Red /99, Green Explosion /89, Red /75, Teal /70, Blue Explosion /59, Artist Proof /25, Hyper Green /25, Orange /25, Orange Explosion /25, Red Explosion /15, Artist Proof Gold /10, Hyper Gold /10, Artist Proof Black 1/1.

 

2020 Anthony Edwards Panini Downtown RC #4

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The final card on our list almost didn’t cut because it’s a college card (i.e., Edwards is sporting a Georgia Bulldogs jersey), BUT we love the looks of Downtown basketball cards, so we gave it the final spot.

Numbered #4, the card shows Edwards taking a soft jumper with the Georgia Bulldog mascot and a Georgia Peach in the backdrop. This will be the first card knocked off the list once better cards are released later this year but for now a decent buy for collectors who enjoy college cards.

 

2020 Anthony Edwards Contenders DP RC #51

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Edwards’ 2020 Contenders Draft Picks release is up next. It is a Prospect Ticket, but that hasn’t stopped prices from rising due to the hype surrounding the player. It has a simple ticket-style design, with an image of Edwards found on the left side. 

There are two base card image variations to be aware of and a Premium edition with two further variations. Confusingly, they’re all numbered #51. The on-card auto and the power of the brand make it another great investment piece.

2020 Panini Contenders Parallels: Stub (/55), Conference (/30), Cracked Ice (/23), Conference Finals (/20), Tournament (/10), Finals (/5), Draft (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1)

2020 Panini Contenders Premium Parallels: Green Shimmer, Blue Shimmer (/15), Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

 

2020 Anthony Edwards Panini Prizm DP #PAAE

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The final card is from the 2020 Panini Prizm set. Known for crazy parallels and great images, Edwards is featured as he powers along with the court in a great action shot. As always, most of the interest stems from rarer versions with a low print run, while there is an auto, even if it is of the stickered variety. 

It’s the most affordable entry to make a list, but it’s still worth adding to your collection.

2020 Panini Prizm Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Red Ice, Red (/199), Blue (/149), Purple Ice (/99), Blue Ice (/75), Orange Pulsar (/25), Green Pulsar (/25), Mojo (/25), Blue Shimmer (/13), Gold (/10), Black Gold (/5), Black (1/1) 

Choice Prizm Parallels: Red (/88), Green (/8), Nebula (1/1) 

Fast Break Prizms: Pink (/25), Neon Green (/5)

 

2020 Anthony Edwards Panini Flawless RC #1

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Limited to just 15 copies, this is an exceedingly rare card that has to be seen as the option with the most significant potential for profit in regard to his “college rookie cards.”

Given the scarcity, expect to pay a premium price for this Flawless RC, especially if you’re looking at one of the rarer parallels listed below.

2020 Panini Flawless Parallels: Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1), Brand Logo (1/1), Conference Logo (1/1), Team Logo (1/1)

 

Checklist

  • 2020 Panini Certified Freshman Fabrics Auto RC #FF-EDW
  • 2020 Panini Downtown RC #4
  • 2020 Panini National Treasurers Rookie Patch Auto #31
  • 2020 NBA Hoops RC #216
  • 2020 Prizm Draft Picks Prospect RC #PA-AE
  • 2020 Panini Certified Basketball RC #200
  • 2020 Panini Certified Fresh Faces RC #FS-EDW
  • 2020 Panini Prizm Draft Picks RC #81
  • 2020 NBA Hoops We Got Next Holo RC #1
  • 2020 Chronicles Collegiate Downtown RC #D-4 J26
  • 2020 NBA Hoops RC Arriving Now Insert RC #SS-19
  • 2020 NBA Hoops Art Signatures Anthony Edwards/Stephen Curry Dual Auto
  • 2020 Panini Hoops Anthony Edwards Rookie Ink RC
  • 2020 Panini Certified Graffiti Holo Foil Insert RC #30
  • 2020 Panini NBA Hoops Anthony Edwards Rise n Shine Jersey Patch RC #RNS-AED
  • 2020-21 PANINI CERTIFIED ROOKIE GOLD TEAM RC SP TIMBERWOLVES
  • 2020 Panini Certified Rookie Gold Team SP RC #1

 

Anthony Edwards Rookie Card Value?

The most expensive Anthony Edwards rookie card sold to date is the 2020 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball RC. However, we do not advise buying these, as they are college cards, and we feel that if you spend thousands of dollars, there are better options ROI-wise.

Most popular Anthony Edwards RC? For now, his NBA Hoops RC is the most seen on eBay auctions but that will most likely change with the release of Panini Prizm Basketball Cards in March of 2021 (view our card release dates).

 

Buyers Rating and Investment Outlook

As a first-overall draft pick, Edwards’ releases were always going to be more popular than the average rookie card. His team might be struggling to find their footing in the league, but that’s not a fair representation of his performances in the NBA.

  • Investment Rating: Buy (3.4 out of 5)
  • Ownership Disclosure: None
  • Best Anthony Edwards RC: 2021 NBA Hoops RC #216

Edwards ranks in the top 10 for all three major statistical categories amongst rookies, currently second in points per game (14.8), fifth in assists per game (2.5), and ninth in rebounds per game (4.0). Edwards also leads all rookies in minutes (1015), while he ranks second in total points (517), third in total three-pointers made (67), and sixth in total rebounds (139).

However, given the emergence of LaMelo Ball, Edwards is unlikely to win the Rookie of the Year award this season. It has put a slight dampener on prices, especially compared to the likes of Melo’s Flawless RC.

This means that it’s a great time to buy, given the lower values, although there’s always a chance that they could drop further if his team can’t keep up with his talent.

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