LaMelo Ball Rookie Cards – Value, Best Cards, and Checklist

6

Buy Professionally Graded LaMelo Ball Rookie Cards on eBay

LaMelo Ball Rookie Cards

LaMelo Ball (8/22/2001) was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 3rd overall pick in the 1st round of the 2020 NBA Draft. He is a right-handed assassin who stands a lanky 6-8 and weighing in at 180lb (203cm, 81kg).

LaMelo Ball Rookie Year Stats To Date: 11 games | 12.4 ppg | 7 total rebounds per game | 6 assists per game (12-7-6) and those numbers should only get better… looking like a SOLID bet for rookie of the year to us.
Let’s compare stats to Luka Doncic’s rookie year:  72 games | 21.2 ppg | 6.0 assists per game | 7.8 total rebounds per game (21-6-8).

*12-7-6 (LeMelo) vs 21-6-8 (Luka) we will update this as the season moves on

LaMelo Ball (8/22/2001) opted to play for NBL Australia rather than playing college ball in the US… that’s already a red flag in our book (justified or not). He has done fairly well, however, averaging 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game.

Top-Rated Investment: Kobe Bryant Rookie Cards

LaMelo Ball is our pick to win the NBA rookie of the year award but we will update this after the season.

Top-Rated LaMelo Ball Rookie Cards

Let’s take a look at the early LaMelo Ball RC on the market for those who can’t wait for the bigger companies to release their Ball rookie cards.

 

2020 LaMelo Ball Panini Prizm DP Silver Prizm RC #3

Buy on eBay

LaMelo Ball Prizm Rookie

The 2020 Panini Prizm LaMelo Ball DP RC is a SOLID option if you’re looking to invest in Mr. Ball (and you should be!).

The base LaMelo Ball card from the 2020 Draft Picks set is a popular choice for a number of reasons. It features a crisp action shot of the player in a plain black jersey, while there’s a wealth of chrome parallels to choose from.

Must Read: Why Investing In Sports Cards is a Smart Move

It’s one of the more affordable RCs to make the list, while parallels will change the color of the tab located on the right-hand side.

Of the many Prizms and parallels on offer, Silver versions offer the perfect mix of affordability and rarity. They could make for a solid investment option.

Prizms Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Purple Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, Red /299, Blue /199, Purple Ice /149, Blue Ice /99, Purple /75, Orange Pulsar /49, Green Pulsar /25, Mojo /25, Blue Shimmer FOTL /13, Gold /10, Black Gold /5, Black (1/1) 

Choice Prizms Parallels: Blue/Yellow/Green, Tiger Stripe, Red /88, Green /8, Nebula (1/1) 

Fast Break Parallels: Fast Break, Blue /175, Red /125, Purple /49, Pink /25, Neon Green /5

 

2020 LaMelo Ball Panini Prizm DP Auto RC #PALB

Buy on eBay

LaMelo Ball Auto Rookie Cards

Another high-end LaMelo Prizm RC is a great pick for BIG ROI hunters. If a normal Ball RC isn’t enough, what about a signed edition from the same set as the card seen above?

This prospect release is another that has no NBA logos, but the addition of a stickered signature at the bottom should be enough for the Draft Picks Auto to command your attention. Ball is featured in a red kit, while the signature is located on a section at the bottom. 

Prizms Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Red Ice, Red /199, Blue /149, Purple Ice /99, Blue Ice /75, Orange Pulsar /49, Green Pulsar /25, Mojo /25, Blue Shimmer /13, Gold /10, Black Gold /5, Black 1/1

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

Fast Break Parallels: Pink /25, Neon Green /5

 

2020 LaMelo Ball Panini Prizm Draft Picks RC #43

Buy on eBay

best LaMelo Ball rookie cards

Yet another RC from the 2020 Draft Picks set, don’t let the lack of a signature fool you into thinking this option isn’t valuable when looking at the rarest parallels. The action shot sees Ball dribbling down the court, with his head up. 

Once again, there’s no signature or NBA logos, so there’s a small USA flag located near the bottom instead.

Prizms Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Purple Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, Red /299, Blue /199, Purple Ice /149, Blue Ice /99, Purple /75, Orange Pulsar /49, Green Pulsar /25, Mojo /25, Blue Shimmer FOTL /13, Gold /10, Black Gold /5, Black 1/1

Choice Prizms Parallels: Blue/Yellow/Green, Tiger Stripe, Red /88, Green /8, Nebula 1/1 

Fast Break Parallels: Fast Break, Blue /175, Red /125, Purple /49, Pink /25, Neon Green /5

 

2020 LaMelo Ball Panini Prizm DP Prizm RC #98

Buy on eBay

LaMelo Ball Panini Prizm Draft Picks Red Wave Prizm rookie card

From the Global Prospects subset of the 2020 Prizm Draft Picks release, this card features LaMelo in an unbranded international jersey. With a clear focus on the USA, there’s a large flag located in the middle of the card, setting the scene behind a large action shot of the player with a ball in his left hand. 

Trending: Best Baseball Card Packs Worth Buying Now

Parallels are extensive, although it’s not as popular as the others from the set in terms of overall interest. It could be a sleeper, and it’s a great entry-level piece.

Prizms Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Purple Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, Red /299, Blue /199, Purple Ice /149, Blue Ice /99, Purple /75, Orange Pulsar /49, Green Pulsar /25, Mojo /25, Blue Shimmer FOTL /13, Gold /10, Black Gold /5, Black 1/1

Choice Prizms Parallels: Blue/Yellow/Green, Tiger Stripe, Red (/88), Green (/8), Nebula 1/1

Fast Break Parallels: Fast Break, Blue /175, Red /125, Purple /49, Pink /25, Neon Green /5

 

2020 LaMelo Ball Panini Prizm DP Downtown RC #D2

Buy on eBay

LaMelo Ball Downtown Rookie Card

The Panini Downtown brand of cards is surging across all sports and the LaMelo Ball Downtown rookie card is no different.

Another LaMelo card from the 2020 Draft Picks set, the Downtown subset features a number of great illustrations for some of the biggest NBA stars of today and tomorrow. Nature is a theme for this one, with a tree and animals making up the background behind the player.

There’s a traditional Downtown logo in the top left corner, while Ball is listed as an ‘international’ player. If you’re on the lookout for something different, this could be the answer.

 

2020 LaMelo Ball Contenders Draft Picks Draft Ticket Auto RC #54

Buy on eBay

2020 Contenders Draft Lamelo Ball Rookie Card

For some of the most valuable options on the market right now, look no further than Ball’s 2020 Contenders cards. Numbered #54 and #54A, there’s an image variation, which features the player in a red and white kit rather than the all-red version. 

2020 editions continue with a traditional Rookie Ticket design, so the player is found on the left, the ticket info is on the right, and there’s a large on-card auto at the bottom. A rare, signed card with a host of parallels and low print runs, it’s nearly always a viable choice from an investment perspective.

Ticket Parallels: Stub /55, Conference /30, Cracked Ice /23, Conference Finals /20, Tournament /10, Finals /5, Draft 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

 

Early LaMelo Ball Rookie Cards

Here are some of the LaMelo rookie cards that were released before the start of the 2020-21 NBA season. These cards can have a decent ROI but if you have the bankroll you would be better off buying one of the cards listed above vs below.

 

2018 LaMelo Ball Leaf Metal Prizm Prized Rookie Card #PR18-12 

Buy on eBay

LAMELO BALL Leaf Metal PRIZED ROOKIE PRIZM

The Leaf LaMelo Ball Prized rookie card is our favorite of all the cards released to date. The card is by far the best looking of them all and has a pretty cool backdrop. Numbered #PR18-12 the card is available in blue, green, and pink backdrops.

 

2018 LaMelo Ball Leaf Metal Draft Autograph RC #BK-LMB 

Buy on eBay

LAMELO BALL 2018 LEAF METAL DRAFT AUTO

Here is one for the autograph fanboys if you would rather invest less money in Ball vs the LaMelo Ball Prizm DP Auto (which will cost twice or three times as much depending on the grade).

Trending: Best Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Card

The 2018 Leaf Metal Draft Auto LaMelo rookie card shows him primed to shot a free throw (and most likely miss). The card is Numbered BK-LMB and only 50 autograph cards were produced.

 

2018 LaMelo Ball Leaf Best of Basketball BB-11

Buy on eBay

Leaf best of basketball lamelo ball

Here is the final card in what was a rough search for any legit LaMelo Ball rookie cards. The 2018 LaMelo Leaf Best of Basketball card shows him getting ready to inbound the ball? Knowing him he makes a sloppy, lazy in-bound pass and the other team picks it off for a steal.

Numbered BB-11 the card has at least a pretty cool backdrop consisting of what appears to be a dirty basketball court.

 

LaMelo Ball Rookie Card Checklist

LaMelo Ball Rookie Card Checklist

  • 2018 Leaf Greatest Hits Lamelo Ball Valiant Auto RC #LMB
  • 2018 Leaf Metal Draft RC
  • 2018 Leaf Ultimate Draft Lamelo Ball Chino Hills RC #BG-LMB
  • 2018 Leaf Metal Prizm Prized Rookie
  • 2020 Panini Prizm DP Auto RC #PALB
  • 2020 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Wave Prizm RC #98
  • 2020 Prizm Draft Picks Downtown RC #DP
  • 2020 Emerald National Treasures RC
  • 2020 Contenders Draft Picks Prospect Ticket Auto RC #54
  • 2020 Panini Prizm DP Silver Prizm RC #3
  • 2020 Flawless Collegiate RPA RC Rookie Patch Auto #114
  • 2020 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Red White Blue RC #3
  • 2020 Panini Prizm DP Choice Blue Yellow Green #3
  • 2020 National Treasures LaMelo Ball James Wiseman Dual Jersey Relic /25 #DM-LB
  • 2020 Contenders Draft Picks 2020 Draft Class RC
  • 2020 Deni Avdija, Onyeka Okongwu, Lamelo Ball National Treasures Patches /5 RC
  • 2020 LaMelo Ball/RJ Hampton Dual Auto National Treasures Collegiate /10 #DS-LB
  • 2020 Panini Immaculate LaMelo Ball/Lonzo Ball 2x Auto /10 RC
  • 2020 LaMelo Ball 1986 Custom card Fleer Style Top 10 Prospects Rookie
  • 2020 LaMelo Ball Auto Draft Graffiti X Rookie Mirror

 

Best LaMelo Ball Rookie Card Autographs

2020 LaMelo Ball Panini Prizm DP Auto RC #PALB

2020 LaMelo Ball Contenders Draft Picks Draft Ticket Auto RC #54

2020 National Treasures Anthony Edwards LaMelo Ball Dual Auto #DS-AE

 

LaMelo Ball Rookie Card Value

LaMelo Ball Rookie Card Value
Pictured above is a stunning 2020 Panini Prizm DP Lamelo Ball Tiger Stripe Choice Rookie Card graded PSA 10 Gem Mint

The most expensive LaMelo Ball rookie card is the 2020 LaMelo Ball Flawless Collegiate RPA RC, 2020 LeMelo Ball Emerald National Treasures RC, and the 2020 Prizm DP Autograph RC all of which should have an easy double-digit return between now and the end of the 2020-21 NBA season.

High-end, high grade, LaMelo Ball rookie cards should have an easy double-digit ROI between now (mid-January 2021) and the end of the NBA season (May/June 2021).

Most LaMelo rookie cards will go for under $500 but this price will likely increase as high-end cards are released.

Top-Rated Football Card Investment: Best Tom Brady RCs

Please email us at value@goldcardauctions.com (if you want an estimated value of your LaMelp card) or advice@goldcarductions.com (if you want advice before buying one of his cards) or join us at the Gold Card Auctions Facebook Page.

 

LaMelo Ball Rookie Card: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook

lamelo ball rookie card prizm

As you may guess via the tone of this article we were not huge LaMelo fans… in fact, we’re not big fans of anyone in the family BUT we must eat our words as we were NOT buying the hype… that has reversed big time!

Investment Rating: Buy (4.2 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: None
Best LaMelo Ball Rookie Card: 2020 Panini Prizm DP Auto RC

Our tune has obviously changed after watching him play and now are picking LaMelo Ball to win the NBA rookie of the year award and be the best rookie since Luka Doncic (we believe LaMelo will have a MUCH better career vs Zion).

So are we buying his rookie cards? Yes!

Are we buying LaMelo high-end rookie cards? Yes!

…and only because of the ROI, as we still are not a fan of his dad and the way he treats people he disagrees with. But yes we do not hold grudges when it comes to making money!

 

What is the best LaMelo Ball rookie card?

The best LaMelo Ball rookie card is the 2020 Panini Prizm DP Auto RC at high-end parallels (i.e. 2020 LaMelo Ball Prizm Choice Red Autograph RC).

What is the most valuable LaMelo Ball rookie card worth?

The most expensive LaMelo Ball rookie card sold to date is the 2020-21 Flawless Collegiate LaMelo Ball RPA RC (sold for a mind-blowing $11,400 on 1/6/2021 via eBay auctions).

How much is a Lonzo Ball rookie card worth?

A Lonzo Ball rookie card worth will depend on a variety of items to include brand and condition/grade. Please email us at value@goldcardauctions.com and include a photo of your Lonzo Ball rookie card for an estimated price/value.

Will LaMelo Ball Win NBA Rookie Of The Year?

Yes! We predict LaMelo Ball win easily win the 2020-21 NBA ROY award and by a good margin. We feel LaMelo will challenge Luka Doncic as one of the best rookies in the last 10 years.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
6 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
george
george
1 month ago

well this aged pretty well 😂😂 actually turned out to be decent so far

michael
michael
25 days ago

I think you were right the first time, lol. But we’ll see what happens. LaMelo Ball reminds me of, a young Penny Hardaway, long way to go before he’s on that level though.

brandon martinez
brandon martinez
6 days ago

What do you think about the lamelo ball 2020 prizm pink ice rookie card I got one but I don’t know much about the whole card thing