This kid is a BEAST bruh and so are Zion Williamson rookie cards… LeBron should be shaking in his sneakers as there is a new King on the block… IF he can avoid nagging injuries (and that’s a big IF).
Keep reading to learn more about Zion Williamson and his best rookie cards… below we provide a quick summary.
Best Zion Williamson Rookie Cards?
2019 Panini Prizm Rookie Card #248
2019 Contenders Cracked Ice Rookie Ticket Rookie AUTO #108
2019 Panini Optic Gold Prizm Holo ROOKIE RC #158
2019 Panini Donruss Signature Press Proof Gold Laser #201
2019 Panini National Treasures Logoman Rookie Card Autographs #LA-ZW
2019 National Treasures Collegiate Rookie Patch Auto #81
2019 Immaculate Rookie Cards #81
2019 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket #108
2019 Panini Flawless Rookie Card Autograph/Patch #101
2019 Crown Royale Silhouettes Auto Patch
2019 Panini Prizm Draft Picks #64
2019 Panini Revolution #101
2019 Panini Crown Royale Kaboom! Rookie Card #18
2019 NBA Hoops RC #258
2019 Panini Net Marvels Rookie Card #4
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Zion Williamson (6/6/00) was hype personified, coming in as the number one draft pick in 2019. He recently signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, and is like trying to guard a mack truck down-low… it simply can’t be done!
Zion Williamson Rookie Year Stats: 20 games | 23.1 PPG | 6.5 RPG | 2.1 APG
He has made an immediate impact taking the Pelicans from a down-and-out team to a potential playoff sleeper! We would bet a lot of money one of the last players LeBron James would want to see in the first round of the NBA playoffs is Zion… he might eat LeBron for lunch and ask for more!
Watch this kid RIP a one-of-one Zion Rookie Card! #sickzionrip
Plus the Pelicans aren’t that far off as they already have a pretty decent supporting cast surrounding Zion (Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and fellow Duke alumn JJ Redick).
The one issue that could hold Zion back from greatness is chronic injuries (which have already reared their ugly head early in the 2019 NBA season as Zion missed a large portion of the season).
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This kid is something very special… please PLEASE let his body hold up so we can be treated to years and years of spectacular dunks and blocks!
If he can avoid injuries his career will soar along with the value of his rookie cards.
Having said that buying Zion rookie cards can be exhausting simple due to the sheer number of cards available. Luckily we have created the list below to help you invest in Zion Williamson rookie cards based on return on investment (ROI).
We’ve listed the top Zion rookie cards for long-term investments with something to fit every collector’s budget.
Without further ado, let’s get that party started!
This is the most popular of all of the Zion RC and is a must for all collectors.
The Zion Willamson Prizm cards are available in all sorts of crazy styles to include Pink Ice, Blue, Purple, Orange Cracked Ice, and even one called Fast Break Disco?
The card is numbered 248 and reads “Following in the footsteps Art Heyman (1963), Elton Brand (1999) and Kyrie Irving (2011), Willamson became the fourth player from Duke to be taken first in the NBA Draft in 2019. And if you believe the hype he could be the best. Winning the NCAA Player of the Year Award as a freshman is just the beginning”.
2019 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
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BOOM goes the dynamite!
This card leaves us breathless and maybe the perfect basketball card!
The Zion Williamson Contenders Cracked Ice Rookie Ticket card is numbered 108 and only 25 of these bay boys were made.
We love LOVE the cracked ice look first of all and then when you pair it with the future of the NBA for the next 15 years (and he might just end up being one of the best NBA players of all-time) and you have something really special.
Holy smokes are this card a smoke show or what!
The odds of me or you owning this card are slim to none… BUT… in the unlikely event one of us gets our paws on this bad mama JAMA boy does it make a great investment.
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The 2019 Panini Optic Holo Gold Zion Williamson Prizm Rookie Card is a pure stunner. The card is numbered #158 and only 10 of them were produced.
If you find this card available be prepared to take out a second mortgage on your house if you desire to own it.
DRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP! This card is absolutely oozing with eye candy sauce and the price tag will reflect that.
Your winning at life in a BIG way if you can get your hands on this puppy.
Numbered #201 the card shows the beast casually dribbling the rock up the court search for his next victim to dunk on.
A yellow border, with an autograph, and the classic rated rookie graphic in blue makes this our favorite Zion Rookie card by far and we suspect one of the top ROI gainers.
Were just going to let this card breathe and let the above photo do the talking…
Numbered #LA-ZW the back of the card partially reads “A pest in the passing lanes, Williamson loves giving his opponent space before using his speed to intercept the intended dish.”
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2019 Parallels: Emerald and Logoman editions
2019 Zion Williamson National Treasures Collegiate Rookie Patch Auto #81 (buy on eBay)
Choo Choo! All aboard the money train!
This card has made us some serious cash over the last year (bought low – sold high)
An extremely rare item, this card is another that goes for big bucks! Expect to pay somewhere in the 4 digits for this bad mana JAMA.
Numbered #81 the 2019 Zion Williamson National Treasures College Rookie Card (related: Top 5 Panini National Treasures Rookie Cards Ever Printed) has an RC logo in the top right next to a picture of Williamson receiving the ball.
Despite the cost, there’s little of interest located on the reverse, aside from the usual guarantees about the legitimacy of the patch and the autograph. However, if he lives up to the hype, each MVP award will only add to the potential profits in the future.
If you can get this card on eBay auctions at a decent price… BUY BUY BUY! (if you have a question about the value of the card please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you make a bid).
2019 Zion Williamson Immaculate Rookie Cards #81 (buy on eBay)
The Immaculate Zion Willaimson rookie cards are available in a variety of different versions and will set you back a mortgage payment or three.
The card is numbered 81 and reads “Those hops aren’t just to put to good use when Williamson takes off for a dunk. They also come in handy when he needs a big block. In the second half of a victory against Virginia on Feb. 9, 2019, the freshmen forward sprinted toward the 3 point arc. lifted up and sent a shot flying into the stands.”
This card is loaded for bear and ranks right up there with the best Zion patch/auto cards.
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket #108 (buy on eBay)
Another sick Zion rookie card that will cost you more than a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches but many will argue Zion is worth the price.
The 2019 Zion Panini Contenders feature him either going in for a layup or pulling up for a jump shot depending on which version of the card you have.
The back of the card reads “Duke was stacked in 2018-19 season, but even among a slew of blue-chippers, one Blue Devil stood above the rest.”
This is definitely a must-have early Zion Williamson rookie card.
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Flawless Rookie Card Autograph/Patch #101 (buy on eBay)
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“We have always been a fan of Flawless cards and the Zion Flawless rookie card is not an exception.”
Numbered #101 the card shows Zion dribbling the ball up court with a look on his face that seems to say “you want some? come get it buddy and I will break you!“.
The reverse of the card reads “Before putting on a Duke jersey, Williamson’s had the world’s attention. Rapper Drake supported his high school uniform, sports outlets around the country displayed his highlights, and hordes of people-packed gyms to watch him play. His celebrity grew at Duke as he earned 2018-19 Nasmith Player of the Year honors“.
Bottom line: If you see this card on auction… make a bid 🙂
2019 Zion Williamson Crown Royale Silhouettes Auto Patch (buy on eBay)
One of the most expensive Zion rookie cards on the market.
We had a bid on one of the redemption cards associated with this card but missed out on it within the last 30 seconds.
The card features Zion with the ball looking to for a teammate to pass the ball to… or is he just faking that look and about to charge towards the rim and destroy his opponent… either way he wins… Nuf said.
2019 Crown Royale Zion Williamson Silhouettes Parallels: Premium /11, Prime /10 and Super Prime 1/1
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Prizm Draft Picks #64 (buy on eBay)
We don’t like the Zion Prizm Draft Picks Card #64 as much as we like #248 but it is still a good investment nonetheless.
The card shows Zion grabbing the rock while looking for an open player down the court.
Numbered #64 the reverse of the card reads “Every now and then a phenomenon sweeps the sports world, captivating everyone’s attention and forcing onlookers to collectively lose their minds. In 2018-19, that roled was filled by Williamson, a brawny showstopper, who posses elite bounce, speed, instincts, and skills“.
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2019 Zion Williamson Panini Revolution #101 (buy on eBay)
A great mid-level Zion Williamson basketball card that won’t cost the equivalent of two used BMWs. Numbered #101 the card shows Zion performing a mind-zapping under the leg slam dunk!… the kind of dunk that only Zion can deliver!
“Some have issues with the 2019 Panini Revolution and the artsy-fartsy backdrop but we absolutely love it!”
The back of the card reads “Williamson is such a popular figure in New Orleans, even the cities pro football team wanted him… in a joking manner, of course“.
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Crown Royale Kaboom! Rookie Card #18 (buy on eBay)
WOW! This card has the ZION DRIP! We want it BAD (on top of the 2019 KABOOM basketball cards look great!)
The Zion Williamson KABOOM card is numbered #18 and shows him running a train on the basketball hoop leaving it in shambles.
KABOOM cards are fairly new and are gaining steam with collectors and honestly, we find them quite appealing as well (we lost out on a Kaboom Luka Doncic rookie card just last week).
If you want this card in your portfolio you’re going to have to take out your Scrooge McDuck wallet as it comes with a hefty price tag.
2019 Zion Williamson NBA Hoops RC #258 (buy on eBay)
Here is an ideal Zion RC for small to moderate bankrolls as the 2019 NBA Hopps Zion RC will come reasonably priced even at high grades (i.e. PSA 10 or BGS 9.5).
Numbered #258 the card shows Zion with the ball in dunk mode on top of a beautiful dark blue backdrop.
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The rookie card (RC) logo is printed in the bottom left-hand corner of the card while his name can be found in the bottom right. The NBA Hoops wording is placed in the upper right-hand corner.
A gorgeous card with a gorgeous price tag.
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Net Marvels Rookie Card #4 (buy on eBay)
Here is a Zion card for the comic book fanboys out there.
Zion could 100% be a comic book hero so it only makes sense to make a basketball card designed around this idea.
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Numbered #4 the card shows Williamson grasping the basketball with both arms like he is attempting to squeeze the snot out of it… his face seems to shout “ahhhhhhhhh” as he transforms into the best basketball player on the planet!
Were not much into comic books but we must admit this is a pretty cool card and we might place a bid on it next time it is up on eBay auctions.
Zion Williamson Rookie Cards Honorable Mentions
Here is a couple of Zion RCs that barely missed making the buy list.
2019 Zion Williamson Select Premier Level RC #199
A good looking card showing Zion taking an incoming pass down low… we can on ly assume what the results were… hopefully the defender is OK.
2019 Zion Williamson Panini Mosaic RC #209
The Prizm Mosaic brand is out to a good start and this Zion RC barely missed our list. The 2019 Zion Williamson Prizm Mosaic RC shows Zion scanning the court for a pass or a violent bull rush to the rim.
Zion Willamson Rookie Card Checklist
- 2019-20 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson RC #248
- 2019-20 Panini Origins Zion Williamson RC #15
- 2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Zion Williamson RC Autograph #51
- 2019-20 Panini Contenders Zion Williamson RC Autograph #108
- 2019-20 NBA Hoops Zion Williamson Rookie Card #258
- 2019-20 Donruss Zion Williamson RC #201
- 2019-20 Panini Revolution #101
- 2019-20 Panini Mosaic Zion Williamson RC #209
- 2019-20 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson Rookie Signatures Autograph
- 2019-20 Certified Zion Williamson Rookie Card #151
- 2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Rookie Kaboom #18
- 2019-20 Panini Select Zion Williamson Autographs
- 2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Zion Williamson RC Autograph #61
- 2019-20 Absolute Memorabilia Zion Williamson Rookie Card #16
- 2019-20 Zion Williamson Panini Net Marvels Rookie Card #4
- 2019-20 Donruss Rated Rookie Card #201
- 2019-20 Panini Impeccable Zion Williamson RC Autograph /49 #108, Auto Patch /75 #143
- 2019-20 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Zion Williamson RC Autograph Patch /99 #81
- 2019-20 Absolute Memorabilia Zion Williamson Rookie Card #16
- 2019-20 Crown Royale Zion Williamson Rookie Card #9
- 2019-20 Donruss Optic Zion Williamson Rookie Card #158
- 2019-20 Panini Flawless Collegiate Zion Williamson RC Diamond /20 #100
- 2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Zion Williamson RC /64 #1
- 2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Zion Williamson RC #19
- 2019-20 NBA Hoops Zion Williamson Autographs
- 2019-20 Panini Impeccable Zion Williamson RC /99 #88
- 2019-20 Panini Select Zion Williamson RC #1 Concourse, #199 Premier Level, #297 Courtside
- 2019-20 Panini Certified Rookie Roll Call Zion Williamson Autograph
- 2019-20 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Zion Williamson Autographs
Early Zion Rookie Cards (not as valuable)
- 2019 Panini National Convention Black Box Gems Zion Williamson #ZW /3
- 2019 Panini National Convention VIP Gold Zion Williamson #94
- 2019 Panini National Convention VIP Zion Williamson #ZW
- 2019 Panini National Convention Case Breaker Zion Williamson #ZW
- 2019 Panini National Convention Basketball Prospects Zion Williamson #BK25
- 2019 Panini Instant RPS First Look Zion Williamson
- 2019 Panini Instant Draft Night Zion Williamson #DN-ZW2
- 2019 Panini Instant Draft Night Zion Williamson #DN-ZW
Top 3 Zion Williamson Rookie Cards
If we were only allowed three (3) Zion rookie cards for our investment portfolio here are the three we would pick…
- 2019 Zion Williamson Panini Donruss Signature Press Proof Gold Laser #201
- 2019 Zion Williamson National Treasures Logoman Rookie Card Autographs #LA-ZW
- 2019 Zion Williamson Panini Contenders Gold Vinyl Auto Rookie #108
Zion Williamson Autograph Cards (Best 3)
We have a buddy who will not buy a card unless it has the player’s autograph on it… if you are of this ilk here are the best Zion Auto Cards to add to your fanboy collection! 🙂
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Were going to pick three other cards from the ones listed above in the best 3 card options.
- 2019 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson Rookie Card Auto #38
- 2019 Crown Royale Rookie Silhouettes Premium, Prime, and Super Prime
- 2019 Zion Williamson Immaculate Rookie Cards #81
Being an autograph hunter is not for the weak as you have to spend money and wait around hoping the rare card comes up for auction on eBay.
But autographs are also extremely lucrative and you should be rewarded down the road with a juicy ROI.
Zion Williamson Rookie Cards on eBay
BY FAR the best place to shop for Zion RCs is on eBay auctions… don’t even bother with Amazon… Good luck!
The most popular Zion RC found on eBay auctions at any given time is his Prizm rookie card #248.
We advise only buying Zion cards that are up for auction as the BUY NOW prices are usually overpriced.
Zion Williamson Rookie Card Worth?
The value of a Zion rookie card will have an insanely high variance over the next few years due to a variety of reasons.
Please email us at email@example.com to get an estimate of how much any Zion card is worth (include a picture of the card if possible along with the seller’s URL).
Zion Williamson Rookie Card: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
Investment Rating: BUY with some injury risk (4.0 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: One (1) 2019 Zion Panini Prizm Rookie Card #248
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Williamson is one of the hottest players in the NBA, and that’s reflected in the average price of his rookie cards (it seems some people think he will be greater than Lebron James and Michael Jordan already!).
If he can stay healthy he will own the league and his rookie card values will soar. On the flip side, if his body gives out unexpectedly, his card prices are likely to implode accordingly.
We have bought a variety of Zion rookie cards over the last 12 months and have sold about half of them.
Williamson is a somewhat gamble due to injury risk and the fact his card prices are already sky-high. Having said that we are cautiously buying via eBay auctions if we find a Zion rookie card that fits our investing metrics.
Like we said please feel free to email us if you find a Zion Williamson rookie card on eBay auctions and are thinking about making a bid. We will attempt to provide you advice with the max amount you should pay… godspeed 🙂