Luka Doncic Rookie Year Stats: 72 games | 21.2 ppg | 6.0 assists per game | 7.8 total rebounds
Luka was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and then traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the drama that was the 2018 NBA draft… Luka’s nicknames include The Matador, El Matador, The Don, Wonder Boy, El Nino Maravilla, Luka Legend, and Too Easy (lame).
Luka Doncic Strengths
- A+ basketball comprehension and floor vision
- A+ pick and roll skills
- Tall enough to see over the defense
- Can shoot off the dribble, post up smaller players, attack gaps and get to the basket
- Great vision with the ball of the glass
- Super young and his best is still to come
Not only did he win the 2018 NBA rookie of the year but he averaged slightly more than 21 points per game! (insert mic drop).
All this being said you will want to add some Luka Doncic Rookie Cards to your sportscard investment portfolio sooner rather than later!
Top-Rated Luka Doncic Rookie Cards
If we could only invest in one rookie card for the next 10 years Luka Doncic might be the card we pick!
His rookie cards have been an absolute gold mine in terms of ROI… keep reading to learn which Luka rookie cards you should be buying.
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Opulence RPA Gold /10 #145 (buy on eBay)
This Luka card is the definition of sports card investing.
The only other card on earth we would rather have is the 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Card #144 Autograph.
The Panini Opulence Luka Doncic Rookie Patch Auto Gold rookie card features Luka nailing one of his classic 3 point jump shots.
Only ten of these are in existence.
The card is numbered 145 and the back of the card reads “Being down by 3 with 0.6 seconds left on the clock was no problem for Doncic. Facing the Trail Blazers on Dec. 23, 2019, the rookie caught the inbound pass and nailed the fadeaway, game-tying 3 pointer in the corner. His 23 points and big shots further established himself as a player who is never intimidated.”
This card has a huge upside.
2018 Panini Opulence Parallels: Gold #/25, Holo Gold #/10, Platinum 1/1
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Contenders Rookie Card #122 (buy on eBay)
BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!
The 2018 Panini Contenders Cracked Ice Luka Doncic is a must-have card for the high-end Luka investor.
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Not only does this card look absolutely filthy but there are only 20 of them made.
If you are looking to buy this card be prepared to spend a pretty penny as one sold in Feb 2020 for $18,100… YIKES! But they are worth the high price tag as this kid is bound for greatness.
2018 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs Parallels: Cracked Ice (#/25), Premium Edition Gold (#/10), Championship (1/1)
2018 Luka Doncic Contenders Optic Variation Rookie Ticket Autograph RC #128 (buy on eBay)
We are in love with this card.
Back in July of 2019 we bought two of these redemptions and received them both back earlier this month and all we can say is WOW.
The Luka Doncic Contenders Optic Orange Variation Rookie Ticket Autograph has a certain mystic surrounding the card we can’t describe and only reveals itself when you’re holding the card… maybe it’s the orange color we like so much.
Whatever the reason we strongly recommend you add this to your Luka collection if given the opportunity.
The card is numbered 128 and reads “Doncic’s nationwide tour made its first stop at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 30 2019. With fans crammed into the arena expecting a show, the rookie made it his mission to deliver. While hitting a host of miracles buckets, including a one-handed 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, the guard tailed 16 points.”
2018 Rookie Ticket Autograph Parallel Cards: Red #/149, Blue #/99, Orange #/25, Gold #/10, Gold Vinyl 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Prizm Rookie Card #280 (buy on eBay)
Most of the Prizm Luka cards are great for the beginner collector as they come at a low-cost point.
The card features Luka Doncic shooting the ball which resulted in most likely a swoosh two.
The Luka Doncic 2018 Panini Prizm is available in Silver, Hyper, Ruby Wave, Red, Blue, Purple Ice, Blue Ice, Pink Ice, Red White Blue, Purple, Orange, Mojo, Gold, Blue Shimmer, Light Blue Shimmer, Red Shimmer, Black, Gold Black, and Black.
Prizm Update: We came across the Luka Doncic White Sparkle Panini Prizm card (pictured below) the other day and rate it as the highest among all the Prizm in terms of looks… “its a beauty Clark” and is a must-have for a Luka collection.
Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Purple Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, White Sparkle, Red /299, Blue /199, Purple Ice /149, Blue Ice /99, Purple /75, Orange /49, Pink Pulsar/42, Purple Pulsar /35, Green Pulsar /25, Mojo /25, Gold (/10), Black Gold /5, Black 1/1
FB Prizms: Base, Blue /175, Red /125, Purple /75, Pink /50, Bronze /20, Neon Green /5, Blue/Yellow/Green, Tiger Stripe, Red /88, Green /8, Nebula 1/1
Shimmer Prizms: Blue Shimmer /7, Light Blue Shimmer /7, Red Shimmer /7
2018 Luka Doncic Rookie Card Panini Threads RC Dallas Mavericks #141 (buy on eBay)
We do not personally own this Luka card but it is super popular with collectors.
The card is numbered #141 and shows Luka dribbling the pall while looking to pass.
It has a gorgeous mosaic backdrop that looks eerily similar to something you would see on HGTV on Saturday mornings, but cool nonetheless.
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Impeccable Patch AUTO /99 Rookie Card (buy on eBay)
The 2019 Panini Impeccable Doncic rookie card is a must for the high-end collector.
This card will go into the 4 digits but should be worth the investment a few years from now when Luka is lifting up MULTIPLE NBA MVP Awards.
The card features Doncic with the ball looking for someone to pass it to or possibly go to the hoop for a layup… either way this card is eye candy.
The card comes with his autograph and a game-used patch.
The back of the card reads “Tigers are known to be mighty, powerful, and dynamic, a dominant presence in the jungle. Doncic has the same reputation on the hardwood, which could explain his Bengal tattoo on the rookie’s left forearm. The guard will spend the 2018-19 season extending his territory and making his mark all over the country”
This card is a true must-own for high-end collectors.
2018 Panini Impeccable Parallels: Silver #/49, Gold #/35, Holo Silver #/25, Holo Gold #/10, Platinum 1/1
2018 Luka Doncic Court King’s Heir Apparent (buy on eBay)
This is most likely our favorite Luka rookie card.
Despite the lack of a patch we just love the artwork of this card (plus the autograph).
The Luka Doncic 2018 Court Kings Heir Apparent is numbered No. HA-LDC and simply reads the autograph is guaranteed by Panini American Inc.
Again this card will come with a hefty price tag. Good luck with adding this bad boy to your collection as it rarely appears on eBay auctions at high grades.
2018 Luka Doncic Panini National Treasures RPA /99 RC Patch Auto #127 (buy on eBay)
Drip… drip… drip… another sick high-end RPA Luka Doncic card.
Another card that will set ya back more than you would like but again well worth it.
The card features Luka Doncic taking a one-handed shoot and is /99.
The 2018-19 Luka Doncic Panini National Treasure card is numbered 127 and reads “Became the second teenager to start a season opener with the Mavericks (Dennis Smith Jr.)… tallied 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in his NBA debut vs Phoneix on Oct. 17 2018… First player from Slovenia to be drafted in the first round since Beno Udrih and Sasha Vujacic in 2004.”
Your bank account better is loaded for POLAR BEAR if you want this Luka rookie card (and we’re not talking Pete Alonso).
2018 Panini National Treasures Parallels: FOTL #/20, Gold #/10, Emerald #/5, Blue FOTL #/3, Logoman 1/1
2018 Luka Doncic Status RC #122 (buy on eBay)
This Doncic rookie card often goes overlooked and is super affordable at even the best grades. A PSA 10 Orange in the photo above sells for right around $500 as of Nov 2020… that’s insanely low for a great looking Luka RC.
Numbered #122 the Luka Doncic Panini Status rookie card shows Luka going up for a tough lay-up while battling a defender to his right (not shown in the photo).
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His name appears in the bottom left corner while the Panini RC logo appears in the bottom right… both corners have modern graphics that add a unique look to the card you won’t find with other sets.
The Dallas Mavericks logo is placed in the top left corner. A true beauty of a card that is available in a variety of parallels that are more beautiful than the next.
We feel the Luka Panini Status RC is extremely undervalued at current prices… BUY BUY BUY.
2018 Panini Status Parallels: Aqua, Green, Orange, Pursuit SSP, Gold /10, Kaleido 1/1
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Noir RPA RC Rookie Patch AUTO /99 #303 (buy on eBay)
The Luka Doncic Noir card is numbered 303 and features Donici in black and white.
Luka is scanning the court looking for a player to pass the ball to (Luka consistently has his head up… the true sign of a great player).
Pro-Tip: Never buy raw cards on eBay with the expectation of getting them graded
The back of the 2018-19 Panini Noir Luka Doncic RPA RC Rookie Patch card only shows the Dallas Mavericks logo and reads “THE ENCLOSED PLAYER-WORN MATERIAL AND AUTOGRAPH ARE GUARANTEED BY PANINI AMERICA INC.”
2016 Luka Doncic Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rainbow #23 (buy on eBay)
One of the earliest Luka Doncic rookie cards.
We actually love this card as a long-term investment and best of all it is super cheap!
The auto version is our white whale but we will settle for the base as well.
Update! We had a chance to buy the autograph version of the 2016 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rainbow Luka Doncic but passed as the seller wanted about twice the value of the card (now we don’t mind paying more based on increasing ROI but not twice as much).
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Donruss Rated Rookie RC #177 (buy on eBay)
Tired of all of these Luka cards that cost as much as your monthly house mortgage?
Well here is a Luka Doncic rookie card that can be had for under $100 (for now).
The 2018 Luka Doncic Panini Donruss rookie card is numbered 177 and is a solid investment for the budget-conscious collector.
This card is super sharp and we personally like how you can get a great view of his tattoo on his left forearm.
The back of this Luka Doncic rookie card reads “For some time, NBA scouts have gushed over a budding sensation on the European basketball circuit. In 2018, that sensation, Doncic, made his way to North America and joined the Mavericks. In Dallas, the guard will instantly become a fan favorite as he is tasked with turning a rebuilding franchise back into a contender.”
Fast Break Parallels: Holo, Purple /95, Red /85, Blue /50, Pink /20, Gold /10, Black 1/1.
Parallels: Holo, Blue Velocity, Hyper Pink, Purple, Shock (Target Mega Box), Orange /199, Lime Green /149, Red /99, Pink Velocity /79, Blue /49, Black Velocity /39, Pink #/25, Purple Stars FOTL /13, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, Gold Vinyl 1/1. Dragon, Red /88, Black Gold /8, Nebula 1/1.
Panini Rewards: White Sparkle (our favorite)
Luka Doncic Rookie Card Checklist
- 2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rainbow Luka Doncic #23
- 2018-19 Panini Impeccable Luka Doncic RC Auto Patch #113 /99
- 2018-19 Absolute Memorabilia #58
- 2018-19 Certified Luka Doncic RC #153
- 2018-19 Panini Status Luka Doncic RC #122
- 2018-19 Select Luka Doncic RC #25
- 2018-19 Panini Cornerstones Luka Doncic RC Auto Quad Mem #153 /199
- 2018-19 Court Kings Luka Doncic RC #117
- 2018-19 Panini Opulence Rookie Card
- 2018-19 Panini Threads Rookie Card #101
- 2018-19 Panini Encased Luka Doncic RC Autograph #108 /75
- 2018-19 Crown Royale Luka Doncic RC #63
- 2018-19 Immaculate Collection Luka Doncic RC Auto Patch #124 /99
- 2018-19 Luka Doncic Donruss RC #177
- 2018-19 Panini Contenders Luka Doncic RC Autograph #122
- 2018-19 Panini Chronicles Luka Doncic RC #71
- 2018-19 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic RC #280 (MUST HAVE)
- 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic RC Auto Patch #127 /99 (most expensive)
- 2018-19 Panini Flawless Luka Doncic RC #81 /20
- 2018-19 Panini Dominion Luka Doncic RC #126 /199
- 2018-19 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Luka Doncic RC Autograph #126
- 2018-19 Panini Contenders Optic Luka Doncic RC Autograph #128
- 2018-19 Panini Impeccable Luka Doncic RC Auto Patch #113 /99
- 2018-19 Panini Noir Luka Doncic RC #169 /85
- 2018-19 Luka Doncic rookie card NBA Hoops #268
- 2018-19 Panini Obsidian Luka Doncic RC #91
- 2018-19 Panini Opulence Luka Doncic RC #88 /39
- 2018-19 Panini Prizm Mosaic Luka Doncic RC #68 (Parallels: Blue, Green, Red, Orange (/99), Purple (/49), Camo (/25), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)
- 2018-19 Panini Revolution #128
- 2018-19 Panini Spectra Luka Doncic RC Auto #6 /175
Luka Doncic Basketball Cards (Key Cards – Non-Rookie Cards)
- 2019-20 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic Far Out Silver #21
- 2019-20 Luka Panini Contenders #CA-LDC
- 2019-20 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic #75
- 2019-20 Luka Panini Select Courtside #281 or Tie-Dye Prizm #25
- 2019-20 Panini Impeccable LUKA DONCIC #43
- 2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Luka Doncic Gold Crown Die-Cut #95
We love the 2019 Luka Doncic Blue Ice Prizm basketball card and the 2019 Luka Doncic Panini The National VIP Purple Ice basketball cards.
Don’t go crazy spending money on non-rookie Luka basketball cards but at the same time its OK to have a few in your collection to prove you are a true Doncic FANBOY 🙂
Top Luka Doncic Rookie Cards (Long Term)
Some cards are better than others when it comes to long term investing.
Here are the Luka cards we are holding in our safety deposit box for the next 20 years…
- 2018 Panini Opulence Gold Auto/Patch RPA #145
- 2018 Prizm White Sparkle #280
- 2018 National Treasure Auto/Patch RPA #177
- 2018 Optic White Sparkle Rated Rookie #127
- 2016 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rainbow #23
Best Luka Doncic Autograph Cards
- 2018 Luka Doncic Panini Opulence Rookie Patch Auto Gold #145
- 2018 Luka Doncic National Treasures Autograph Rookie Card #127
- 2018 Panini Contenders Luka Doncic Premium Gold RC #122
All of the above cards are absolute drool-worthy but we love, LOVE the Panini Opulence as it drips from head to toe in GOLD!
Pro Tip: Attempt to only purchase Luka Doncic rookie cards via eBay auctions as eBay buy now purchases will usually overcharge the buyer.
If you have an autograph Luka card and are considering selling it please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (we are big buyers).
Luka Doncic Rookie Card: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
Investment Rating: Strong Buy (4.9 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: Two (2) 2018 Panini Prizm Rookie Card
Best Luka Doncic Rookie Card: 2018 Panini Opulence Rookie Patch Auto Gold /10 #145 (high bankrolls) and 2018 Panini Prizm RC #280 (moderate bankrolls) and the 2018 Luka Doncic Status RC #122 (for investors just starting out and looking to spend as little money as possbile but still receive a good ROI)
As you may have already gathered GoldCardAuctions are extremely high on Luka Doncic and have purchased a number of his high-end cards for our portfolio.
Not only do we think that Luka will lay claim to multiple MVP awards over his career but feel he can also bring Dallas an NBA championship or two.
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The only thing that could hold him back is if he started putting on weight and lost his quick first step… now we don’t think this will happen but watching him live (and we did a few times already) he is a pretty big boy for his age and we think he will have to work somewhat hard at keeping off the extra LB’s as he gets older (which shouldn’t be a problem… and in fact the extra weight can actually benefit him from the pounding of the NBA season… just as long as it’s not too much).
We feel Luka Doncic will be able to hold court with Mike Trout rookie cards in the sports card investment world in the near future and we have loaded up on more than 2 dozen of his rookie cards.