Zion Williamson (06/06/00) is a renowned power forward who ended the 2019 draft as the first pick overall. It was no surprise, as he was named the AP Player of the Year, Sporting News College Player of the Year, and won the Wayman Tisdale Award, along with other college accolades.
Williamson signed with the New Orlean Pelicans and was promptly named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2020.
As one of the few players who actually deserves the hype surrounding him, we’ve come up with a list containing seven of the best Zion Williamson autograph cards, the majority of which came out during the 2019-20 season.
Check out the best Zion Rookie Cards in the Video Below
Top 7 Zion Williamson Autograph Basketball Cards
As with many hyped rookies from recent years, Zion has received a number of premium releases from all of the major sets. The cards will contain NBA branding, while his 2019-20 options are also RCs.
2019 Zion Williamson National Treasures Auto RC #108 (buy on eBay)
The first card is quite possibly his most important and expensive signed option overall. The Zion Williamson National Treasures card is incredibly prestigious, with an ungraded copy recently selling for over $53,000.
As well as an image of a dunking Williamson, and a large trio-swatch, there’s a large on-card auto found at the bottom, filled in blue ink. The base card is numbered to just 99 copies, and it comes with silver chrome trim.
Parallels: Gold (/10), Emerald (/5), Logoman (1/1)
2019 Zion Williamson National Treasures FOTL Auto RC #108 (buy on eBay)
Next up are the FOTL (First Off The Line) parallels found within 2019-20 NT set. They feature a different image of Williamson located on the left, while the Stars & Stripes background helps to differentiate it from the card seen above.
Given the smaller print run which starts at just 30, they’re some of the most valuable Zion autos you’ll find on the market, so matter the condition. There’s also a blue parallel, with only three copies produced.
Parallels: Stars & Stripes (/30), Stars & Stripes Blue (/3)
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Prizm Auto RC #248 (buy on eBay)
Williamson’s 2019 Panini Prizm release is another strong option that comes with a signature attached. As with all Prizm cards, there’s a veritable rainbow of parallels to be on the lookout for, but the signed version is only available in the stock grey.
It has a unique border design and features an image of Williamson with a ball held behind his head. The bottom half is a lighter segment that leaves a lot of space for a stickered auto, filled in neatly by the man himself.
Prizm Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Red/White/Blue, White Sparkle, Red (/299), Blue (/199), Purple (/75), Orange (/49), Mojo (/25), Gold (/10), Black Gold (/5), Black (1/1)
2019 Zion Williamson/Ja Morant Spectra Prizm #RDP-ZJ (buy on eBay)
Next up is a card from the 2019 Spectra Rookie Dual Patch Autographs subset.
Related: Best Ja Morant Rookie Cards
Ja Morant joins Williamson for this RC, featuring signatures from both of the young stars. As the first two picks from the 2019 NBA draft, it’s easy to see how this card is already selling for a five-figure fee.
“Ja & Zion might be the best 1, 2 combo we have ever seen in the NBA draft… Zion was drafted #1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and Ja Morant was drafted #2 by the Memphis Grizzlies”
There are small images of both players found within the landscape design, with a stickered auto for Williamson and Morant respectively. The addition of player worn/used material is a nice touch, offering something slightly different for collectors. There’s also a trio of rare parallels, all of which are serial-numbered to 5 or under.
Parallels: Gold (/5), Marble (/3), Nebula (1/1)
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Noir Sneaker Spotlight #SNS-ZW (buy on eBay)
The 2019-20 Sneaker Spotlight set highlights what the top stars have on their feet. As well as a landscape version, there’s a portrait card that has a Zion auto found on the front.
“There are no parallels, but the card has a print run of just 99 copies, making it reasonably rare if you can find it in decent condition”
As you might’ve guessed, the first portion of the card is dedicated to his sneakers, with an on-card auto found at the bottom. The blue and gold trim matches his Pelicans uniform, and it’s given a chrome finish.
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Opulence Auto RC #RPA-ZWL (buy on eBay)
The 2019-20 Panini Opulence (buy the set here) set has a number of booklets, which are essentially double-sized cards. This is one such example, with a Zion auto on the left, and a premium player patch found on the other side.
Related: 2018 Panini Opulence Basketball Set Review
As an Opulence card, gold is the main theme, including the background, reverse, and even the RC logo itself. Despite getting twice as much card for your money, it goes for a similar price to options like the Noir and the Spectra.
2019 Zion Williamson Donruss Optic Premium Box Auto RC #158 (buy on eBay)
Last, but by no means least, we’d recommend checking out the Premium Box parallel found in the 2019 Donruss Optic set. It has a unique border and rainbow reflective surfaces, as well as a Zion auto found at the bottom.
There’s a range of traditional parallels which we’ll list below, but few can match the Premium Box in terms of rarity (/10), or aesthetic appeal.
Parallels: Holo, Purple, Blue (/49), Purple Stars FOTL (/49), Pink (/25), Gold (/10), Purple Velocity FOTL (/10), Green (/5), Black (1/1), Checkerboard (1/1), Gold Vinyl (1/1)
Zion Williamson Autograph Cards: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
Investment Rating: Cautious Buy (3.6 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: 2019 Prizm Auto RC #248 PSA 10
Best Zion Williamson Autograph Basketball Card: 2019 Zion Williamson Panini Prizm Auto RC #248 (especially high-end parallels)
The outlook on Zion Williamson cards is pretty straight forward… if you feel he has but his injuries in the rearview mirror BUY BUY & BUY some more… if you feel his career will be plagued with injuries pass.
We have a few Zion rookie cards but only now auto… having said that we are playing it safe and will sell half of our Zion cards a week or two before the next NBA season starts.
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