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The Washington Wizards drafted Hachimura ninth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft and he’s showing that he’s been worthy of a top 10 pick.
And now that he got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2023, Hachimura is sure to get even more attention, which should be good for his sports card values.
For those looking to invest in Rui Hachimura rookie cards, here’s our selection for his top 3.
1. 2019-20 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph Card
A go-to set for many basketball card collectors, the 2019-20 Panini Contenders has its popular Rookie Ticket autograph subset featuring the top rookies including Hachimura.
There are plenty of variations and parallels to the card with some more rare than others.
Look for the one you like best at your price range.
2. 2019-20 Panini Prizm Rookie Card #255
Arguably an even more popular set for basketball collectors is the Panini Prizm set.
Although there’s no autograph on these Prizms, there are many parallels (some numbered) that still hold great value.
3. 2019-20 Panini Select Rookie Card #55
A more affordable option is to go for Hachimura’s Panini Select rookie cards.
You’ll have your typical parallels to chase in this set as well.
MORE INFORMATION ON HACHIMURA: Rui Hachimura was born in Toyama, Japan in 1998 and grew up playing basketball from a young age.
He attended Gonzaga University in Washington State, where he quickly established himself as one of the top college basketball players in the country, averaging more than 20 points per game. He was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in his final season.
After being selected ninth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, he made his NBA debut in October 2019. In his rookie season, Hachimura averaged more than 13 points and 6 rebounds per game, and was subsequently named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Hachimura is also popular off the court, particularly in his home country of Japan. That’s to be expected when you’re the first Japanese-born player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
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