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Luka Doncic, the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2018 of the Dallas Mavericks, has become the face of the modern-day sports card market with many collectors wanting to add a Luka Doncic rookie card to their personal collection.
Why? This generational player known for his versatility and playmaking ability can also handle the ball, shoot from beyond the arc, and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. Just check out the myriad of highlights on YouTube.
In addition to his on-court skills, Doncic has also proven to be a leader and a key player for the Mavericks. Since winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award, he has continued to improve each year, being named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2021.
Luka Doncic cards have also caused quite a stir in the basketball card hobby, with high demand due to his impressive rookie year from his Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket and 2018-19 Panini Crown Royal Kaboom cards to the high-end Panini National Treasures.
But for Doncic card collectors, we say start with his 2018-19 Panini Prizm trading card (see below). There are other options for collectors and investors looking to invest in Luka Doncic rookie cards, with varying rarity and values.
Here are the three Luka Doncic basketball cards we like best that are available on eBay.
1. 2018-19 Panini Prizm Rookie Card #280 (SHOP ON EBAY)
It could be the iconic card of the modern basketball card era.
The Luka Doncic Silver prizm (and other rare prizms) should hold decent value and as Luka continues to play at a high level throughout his career, this card might be the one to add as a collector and an investor.
- SHOP ON EBAY FOR LUKA DONCIC PRIZM (PSA GRADED CARDS)
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2. 2018-19 Optic Rookie Card #177 (SHOP ON EBAY)
Another clean card with arguably a better design than the aforementioned Panini Prizm, the Optic rookie card is another great option.
It was issued by Panini as part of the 2018-19 Donruss Optic basketball card set.
It also has its share of parallels and often costs less than the Prizm for those who are more budget conscious.
- SHOP ON EBAY FOR LUKA DONCIC OPTIC (PSA GRADED CARDS)
- SHOP ON EBAY FOR LUKA DONCIC OPTIC (BGS GRADED CARDS)
- SHOP ON EBAY FOR LUKA DONCIC OPTIC (SGC GRADED CARDS)
3. 2018-19 Panini Prizm Sensational Signatures Autograph Card #SS-LDC (SHOP ON EBAY)
This won’t cost as much as either of the Panini Contender rookie or draft pick autograph cards mentioned previously.
But it’s still a nice, clean card with his autograph.
And it features Doncic in his Mavericks uniform. (If you’re looking for the popular non-autograph Panini Prizms, you might want to see this post here.
- SHOP ON EBAY FOR LUKA DONCIC SENSATIONAL SIGNATURES (PSA GRADED CARDS)
- SHOP ON EBAY FOR LUKA DONCIC SENSATIONAL SIGNATURES (BGS GRADED CARDS)
BONUS: 2018-19 Panini Contenders Rookie Autograph Card
Another great choice for those looking for on-card autographs of Luka Doncic basketball cards is from the 2018-19 Panini Contenders set.
There are parallels to chase but there are also image variations that you can search for at varying price points.
MORE INFO ABOUT LUKA DONCIC: Born in Slovenia in 1999, Luka Doncic made his professional debut at just 16 years old, playing several seasons in Europe.
In 2018, Doncic was selected by the Dallas Mavericks as the third overall pick in the NBA Draft and made an impact in his rookie season, averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game.
In just a few years, Doncic has already accomplished a lot including being named an All-Star, a member of the All-NBA First Team, and the NBA Rookie of the Year.
On the hobby front, a rare Luka Doncic rookie card was sold for $3.12 million in 2022, making it the most expensive basketball card ever sold at a public auction at the time.
The 2018-19 National Treasures Logoman card features an on-card autograph and a NBA logoman. The same card had sold for $4.6 million in a private sale in March 2021, which was the most expensive basketball card ever sold at the time.
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