The Toronto Raptors selected Scottie Barnes as the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft. He quickly proved himself as a worthy pick by becoming the second rookie in 25 years to record 100 points in his first six games in Raptors franchise history.
He also joined Shaquille O’Neal as the only other player who scored 170+ points and 85+ rebounds, shooting 50 percent or better in his first ten career games since 1985-86.
Barnes is known as a versatile player who uses his large frame to be a physical and disruptive presence to his opponents. He also has a solid mid-range shot and has a good nose for the ball enabling him to come up with steals and beat a defender off the dribble.
In his college days, playing for Florida State, hereceived ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC Sixth Man of the Year and Third Team All-ACC honours. ESPN considered Barnes to be amongst the top players in the 2020 recruiting class and the most highly ranked power forward in his class.
Here are some of his top rookie cards worth looking into (while we wait for the releases with their pro uniforms on).
1. 2021 Immaculate Collegiate Rookie Patch Autograph Card
Looking for a nice autograph along with a sick relic patch?
The Immaculate Collegiate patch autograph cards are pretty sweet with a couple of image variations and several rare parallels.
2. 2021-22 Panini Instant Rookie Card #4
Ok, if we’re being technical, this is one of the first releases of Barnes in his Raptors uniform.
The Panini Instant is an on-demand printed card (so it’s not released in regular retail or hobby box) but those looking to add a card for their personal collection, this one is fairly affordable.
3. 2021 National Treasures Booklet Patch Autograph Card
Another high-end set with some great patch autograph cards is from National Treasures.
There are plenty of variations in this set including this one that comes in a booklet.