Giannis Antetokounmpo is a rare breed of NBA player (update: we added a 6th card to the list).
The Greek Freak’s combination of size (6’11”, 242 lbs.), athleticism, grit, determination, and versatility is something NBA fans have never seen.
He’s the type of player which comes along just once in a lifetime.
The Milwaukee Bucks are fortunate to have the 2019 NBA MVP on their roster.
The Bucks made the unknown 17-year-old Antetokounmpo the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Some draft experts questioned the move. However, several years later, Antetokounmpo has been playing at a different level. He has increased his scoring and rebounding averages in each of his first six NBA seasons.
He averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds during his MVP campaign in 2018-19. Antetokounmpo is also no slouch on defense. His long arms and gangly frame make him an efficient shot blocker and intimidator.
He is an elite two-way player who will dominate the NBA for years to come.
Let’s check out some of his best rookie cards from an investment standpoint.
2013 Giannis Antetokounmpo Panini Prizm Rookie Card #290 (buy on eBay)
The Prizm Giannis Antetokounmpo RC is most likely his most popular rookie card and is a great investment in the short and long term.
If you’re seeking a high-end Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card in the four-digit range, the 2013 Panini Prizm Rookie Autograph Card #290 could be right up your alley.
One of these will cost you roughly $2,000 to $2,500. The front of the card shows a boyish-looking Greek Freak with a basketball.
His autograph is scribbled below his image.
The back of the card reads, “With the ball-handling and court vision of a point guard and the body of an athletic power forward, Antetokounmpo has the ability to play just about any position on the court.
Aptly called the ‘Greek Freak,’ it won’t be long before fans in Milwaukee will be chanting Antetokounmpo’s name on a nightly basis.”
2013 Panini Gold Standard Giannis Antetokounmpo ROOKIE PATCH AUTO (buy on eBay)
Another auto/patch Giannis rookie card that will cost you a small fortune… assuming it is a high grade.
The card is numbered #231 and will age like a fine wine :).
In addition to the impressive design, the wide and thin jersey piece is unique. Parallels are simple here with only Platinum (#/10) and Black (1/1).
2013-14 Panini Flawless Giannis Antetokounmpo RC #99 (buy on eBay)
If you’re a high-end card collector, the 2013-14 Panini Flawless Giannis Antetokounmpo RC #99 /20 is a good option.
One of these can cost you between $20,000 to $25,000. T
here are several reasons why this card is pricey.
First off, it’s rare. There are only 20 copies of the base diamond version on the market.
The other versions (Ruby: /15, Sapphire: /10, Emerald: /5, Platinum: 1/1) also have limited supplies.
Second, the manufacturer embedded a diamond in the card.
It’s a true gem in every sense of the word.
2013-14 Immaculate Collection Giannis Antetokounmpo RC #131 Auto Patch /99 (buy on eBay)
This card has most of the intangibles you want: an autograph, a game-used patch, popular brand, and scarcity (99 copies on the market).
The card’s layout and the photo caught our eye, too. They design is slick, to say the least.
This one doesn’t come cheap, either: it is in the same price range as the previously-mentioned 2013-14 Panini Flawless Giannis Antetokounmpo RC #99 /20.
Despite the hefty price tag, you should get a nice return on your investment in the next few years.
2013-14 Panini National Treasures Giannis Antetokounmpo RC #130 Auto Patch /99 (buy on eBay)
This is the mother of all Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie cards.
It also boasts of a popular brand, a game-used patch, autograph, and low supply.
The big game-used patch sets it apart from other Giannis rookie cards.
Everything comes together.
One of these will cost between $30,000 to $100,000.
We won’t act surprised if the value increases significantly in three years or so.
By then, Giannis would’ve lifted another NBA MVP Trophy and perhaps the second NBA title in Bucks franchise history.
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2013-14 NBA Hoops Gold Border Rookie Card
This card won’t come along very often but when it does snatch it up!
The card features the Greek Freak dunking the ball and is encased in a gold border.
This is one sick looking card!
The back of the card reads “The Greek Freak is still considered a man of mystery as he enters the NBA. Joining the Milwaukee at the age of 18, the jury is still out on whether or not Antetokounmpo can actually compete at the pro level. The draft usually has a few spots where teams can gamble, so the Bucks rolled the dice on his raw talent“.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Card Checklist
- 2013-14 Panini Prizm RC #290
- 2013-14 Panini Spectra RC #120 Autograph
- 2013-14 Timeless Treasures RC #129 Autograph Jersey
- 2013-14 Gold Standard RC #231 Autograph Jersey
- 2013-14 Panini Court Kings Next Day Autographs #GA
- 2013-14 Preferred RC Autograph #116 Panini’s Choice #/60, #246 Crown Royale #/49, #380 Silhouettes #/99
- 2012-13 / 2013-14 Exquisite Collection
- Panini Flawless RC #99 Diamond #/20
- 2013-14 Immaculate Collection Giannis Antetokounmpo RC #131 Autograph Jersey #/99
- 2013-14 National Treasures RC #130 Autograph Jersey #/99
Giannis Rookie Card Value
Very hard to predict as it will be based on a variety of factors.
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We stand pat on our claim: Giannis Antetokounmpo is the next NBA icon.
He is a legitimate proverbial NBA MVP candidate who plays for a playoff contender.
Barring any unforeseen injury, this 24-year-old stud will dominate the league for years on end.
VERY STRONG BUY