Jayson Christopher Tatum's rise to NBA stardom began in St. Louis, Missouri. Tatum attended Chaminade College Preparatory School, just 30 minutes outside of St. Louis. Tatum's basketball abilities put the Chaminade Red Devils into the spotlight during his high school basketball career, capturing a state championship and countless individual accolades.
The most renowned college basketball programs from across the country recruited Jayson Tatum, ranked as a five-star recruit, and the 3rd overall prospect in the class of 2016. After selecting Duke University, Tatum helmed the Blue Devils to a 28-9 overall record, finishing as the 7th ranked team in the country.
After Tatum declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, NBA team front offices regarded him as a lottery pick, ultimately selected as the third overall pick by the Boston Celtics. Tatum impressed the Celtics in the 2017 NBA Summer League, earning him a spot in the starting rotation, where he has started in all 345 NBA games across his five-year career.
Now in his 5th season with the Celtics, Tatum is considered one of the most dominant young players in the league, exemplified by reaching three consecutive All-Star Game appearances. Considering his individual accolades, inclusive of the 2017-18 All-Rookie Team, 2019-20 All-NBA Third-Team, and three All-Star Game appearances in five seasons, the only thing missing from Tatum's resume is an NBA title.
Before making his NBA debut, basketball card collectors had a sense of Tatum's basketball proficiency, just waiting for his first NBA rookie cards to be released. Five years later, Tatum's rookie cards are one of the most coveted cards to collect. On that note, continue reading as we reveal the top 13 best Jayson Tatum rookie cards.
2017 Panini Select Jayson Tatum Orange Prizms RC #93 #'d/75
Recent sale: $1,525
Repping number 0 as a member of the Boston Celtics in his 2017-18 NBA rookie season, Jayson Tatum's Orange Prizms rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Select is encapsulated and graded a PSA 10, highlighting one of his most coveted rookie cards. Panini released 2017-18 Panini Select to collectors on March 9, 2018, containing 12 packs of five cards in each hobby box. Of the 60 cards in each hobby box, hobbyists can expect two Courtside Base SP cards, three autograph or memorabilia cards, 10 Premier Level Base SP cards, and 12 Prizm parallels. Jayson Tatum's Orange Prizms rookie card is limited to 75 copies, appearing in the set's Concourse checklist. Tatum’s Orange Prizms rookie card has a total PSA and BGS population of 51, including 23 PSA 10's. Overall, collectors have received a PSA or BGS 10 at a 45% rate, even though Beckett's highest awarded grade for Tatum's Orange Prizms rookie card is a BGS 9.5.
In his freshman season at Chaminade College Preparatory School in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Jayson Tatum averaged 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks, leading the Chaminade Red Devils in each category, en route to an 18-9 record. Tatum's performance in his freshman year earned him the Metro Catholic 2012-13 All-Conference Co-Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and the Metro Catholic 2012-13 All-Conference First-Team.
Although Tatum was just a freshman in high school, he was already a proven talent with tremendous promise. While his Orange Prizms rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Select is classified as his least valuable card on the list, it continuously fetches four figures and is one of Jayson Tatum's most worthy rookie cards.
2017 Panini Encased Jayson Tatum Rookie Scripted Signatures Green RC #162 #'d/5
Recent sale: $1,825
Jayson Tatum's Rookie Scripted Signatures Green parallel rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Encased embodies scarcity, serial-numbered to only five copies, tied for his most limited rookie card. While Panini Encased initially debuted with 2016 Panini Encased for football card collectors, 2017-18 Panini Encased is a landmark release from Panini, marking the product's debut in the NBA landscape. Panini issued 2017-18 Panini Encased in the summer of 2018 in one pack comprising five cards. Panini's extremely high-end product limited every card in the set to 99 cards or less, featuring NBA rookies, veterans, and Hall of Famers. The Rookie Scripted Signatures checklist is one of the set's highlights, featuring Red parallels limited to 25, Gold parallels limited to 10, Green parallels limited to 5, and a Platinum parallel limited to one-of-one.
Tatum's 2013-14 sophomore season at Chaminade put him in the spotlight, registering an absurd 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Tatum's stellar performance led the Chaminade Red Devils to a 24-3 record to capture the 2014 Metro Catholic Conference. Tatum scored a season-high 33 points on two occasions. In his first 33-point performance, he shot 13 of 19 from the field, including 3 of 4 beyond the arc and 4 of 9 from the free-throw line. Two games later, Tatum amassed 33 points on 9 of 23 from the field, including 14 of 16 from the free-throw line.
Tatum's basketball skills were on full display in his first two seasons at Chaminade College Preparatory School, putting college recruiters on notice. Since Panini released Tatum's Rookie Scripted Signatures Green parallel rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Encased, all five of his Green parallel cards have surfaced, each meriting a BGS 9.5, cementing the long-term value of Tatum's rookie card.
2017 Panini Prizm Jayson Tatum Sensational Signatures Prizms Starburst RC #SS-JT #'d/10
Recent sale: $2,024
Two of Jayson Tatum's rookie cards appear on this list from 2017-18 Panini Prizm, the first one dubbed Sensational Signatures Prizms Starburst. Panini released the iconic 2017-18 Panini Prizm set in 12 packs of 12 cards as collectors pursued two autograph cards, 22 Prizms, and 10 inserts. Tatum's rookie card is the third card featured in the Sensational Signatures Prizms Starburst checklist, intentionally designed to illustrate him being selected as the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Tatum's Sensational Signatures Prizms Starburst rookie card is limited to 10 copies and is the only card graded by PSA. Not only that, but this copy of Tatum's Sensational Signatures Prizms Starburst is the only card to warrant a PSA or BGS 10.
While still in high school, Jayson Tatum competed for Team USA at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai. Averaging 17.1 minutes across seven games, Tatum registered 11.3 points per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Tatum led Team USA to a 7-0 record and capped off the tournament with 15 points on 7 of 14 shooting, and amassed five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocked shots in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship finals versus Team Australia.
Already highly desired by college basketball scouts, Tatum's performance at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Team USA solidified his long-term future in basketball and the inherent value of his Sensational Signatures Prizms Starburst rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Prizm.
2017 Panini Contenders Jayson Tatum Vertical Rookie Ticket Autograph RC #103 #'d/125
Recent sale: $2,175
2017-18 Panini Contenders showcases the top three picks from the 2017 NBA Draft on the front of each hobby box, including Jayson Tatum as a member of the Boston Celtics. Panini's 2017-18 Panini Contenders hobby box is configured in 12 packs of 10 cards, providing two autographs per box, none more valuable than the Rookie Season Ticket checklist. Panini features Tatum's blue ink on-card autograph on his Vertical Rookie Ticket Autograph rookie card, limited to only 125 copies. Beckett's condition report presents Tatum's Vertical Rookie Ticket Autograph rookie card with a 10 for centering, 9 for corners, 9.5 for edges, and 9.5 for surface, earning an overall BGS 9.5, and a BGS 10 for Tatum's autograph.
Tatum averaged 25.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in his junior year of high school and was honored as a Second-Team Naismith Trophy All-American and the MaxPreps National Junior of the Year. Tatum also competed with the St. Louis Eagles AAU team in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (NEYBL), averaging 26.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game across four games while going 48 of 53 from the free-throw line.
Tatum's ability to get to the free-throw line is unfathomable, and it goes without saying that his Vertical Rookie Ticket Autograph rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Contenders is one of his most sought-after rookie cards, particularly because only 3% received a higher grade.
2017 Panini National Treasures Jayson Tatum Hometown Heroes Bronze RC #HH-JTY #'d/25
Recent sale: $2,300
Panini released 2017-18 National Treasures on May 4, 2018, in one pack of 10 cards containing eight autograph or relic cards, one base or base parallel card, and either an autograph, memorabilia, or highly yearned printing plate. 2017-18 Panini National Treasures is hands down one of the most reputable basketball card releases in recent memory, and Tatum's Hometown Heroes Bronze rookie card is a significant cause for the release being so memorable. Tatum's Hometown Heroes Bronze rookie card is serial-numbered to 25 and pays homage to his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, depicting the Show-Me State on the card front. Tatum's Hometown Heroes Bronze rookie card is one of five copies to obtain a BGS 9.5, with no card graded higher from Beckett.
After steering Team USA to the title at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai, Tatum once again led Team USA to a 7-0 record at the 2015 FIBA U10 World Championships in Greece, behind 13.9 points per game. In the championship game, Tatum recorded 13 points on 5 of 15 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, and tallied three assists en route to a 79-71 victory over Croatia.
Still in high school, Tatum continued to pile up his accolades, where Panini's rendition of Tatum's Hometown Heroes Bronze on-card bold blue ink autograph authenticated by Panini America is a remarkable tribute to his roots.
2017 Panini Immaculate Collection Jayson Tatum Jersey Autographed Patch RC #126 #'d/99
Recent sale: $3,200
Jayson Tatum's Rookie Patch Autograph card from Panini 2017-18 Immaculate Collection features his game-worn jersey and blue penned autograph in one of the finest copies that exists. Panini's 2017-18 Immaculate Collection limited each card in the set to 99 cards or less, with Tatum's Rookie Patch Autograph serial-numbered 54/99. Beckett graded Tatum's RPA an overall BGS 9, behind a 9.5 for centering, 9 for corners, 9 for edges, and 8.5 for surface, becoming one of 15 cards to merit a BGS 9 and just three cards from Beckett to grade higher.
Prior to beginning his senior season at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Jayson Tatum committed to Duke University to compete for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils in the ACC. Tatum proved he belongs on the most prominent stages in his senior year, recording 29.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game to lead the Chaminade Red Devils to the 2015-16 Missouri Class 5A state championship. Tatum earned a spot on the McDonald's All-American team, capturing the McDonald's All-American skills competition, and competed in the Jordan Brand Classic and 2016 Nike Hoop Summit for his efforts.
When all was said and done, Tatum was nominated Mr. Show-Me Basketball, honoring Missouri's most accomplished high school basketball player, and won the 2015-16 Gatorade Player of the Year. Tatum's high school accomplishments symbolize his path to NBA stardom, with his RPA 2017-18 Panini Immaculate Collection being one of his most treasured rookie cards.
2017 Panini Crown Royale Jayson Tatum Silhouettes Rookies Prime RC #229 #'d/25
Recent sale: $4,450
Panini released 2017-18 Panini Crown Royale on August 17, 2018, in one pack of 12 cards, offering one autograph and memorabilia card in each hobby box. One of the most coveted cards from 2017-18 Panini Crown Royale is yet another Rookie Patch Autograph featuring Jayson Tatum's Silhouettes Rookies Prime on-card autograph rookie card. Earning a BGS 9.5, this is the finest example of Tatum's Silhouettes Rookies Prime rookie card, featuring Panini's certificate of authenticity on the card's reverse. Tatum's limited edition rookie card emphasizes his jersey in the Celtic's iconic green and white colors, serial-numbered 7/25.
Tatum's high school basketball career was unparalleled, where he was considered a five-star recruit from Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. As the number three overall recruit in the class of 2016, Tatum contended with the Duke Blue Devils in the 2016-17 college basketball season, considered the AP preseason number one team in the country. Through 29 games, Tatum led the Blue Devils to a 28-9 record, including 11-7 in conference play, averaging 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks each time he took the floor.
Honored to the 2016-17 All-ACC, ACC All-Freshman, and 2017 All-ACC Tourney teams, Tatum more than lived up to the hype. After just one season at Duke, Jayson Tatum declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. As a one-and-done player, collectors were on high alert for his rookie cards to be issued, with his 2017-18 Panini Crown Royale Silhouettes Rookies Prime RPA ultimately becoming one of the best Jayson Tatum's rookie cards to collect.
2018 Panini Kaboom! Jayson Tatum RC #K-JT
Recent sale: $5,600
2018 Panini Kaboom! was issued on December 14, 2018, as a multi-sport release emphasizing insert cards of the most renowned athletes, both past and present. The 2018 Panini Kaboom! set was made available to customers through Panini Rewards Points and allocated two cards per collector. Even though it's his most populated rookie card on the list, Tatum's 2018 Panini Kaboom! Super Short Print insert rookie card is longed by collectors for its comic-style art. Graded a PSA 10, Tatum's SSP rookie card is one of 26 cards to convey a PSA 10.
Viewed as a lottery pick, the Boston Celtics drafted Jayson Tatum with the 3rd overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. In the 2017 NBA Summer League, Tatum averaged 32 minutes per game, recording 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists while shooting 42.2% from the field. Expectations were high for Tatum, who made his NBA debut on October 17, 2017, versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although a losing effort, Tatum shined, recording a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 36 minutes of action.
Tatum posted an impressive stat line in his 2017-18 rookie season, recording 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game to attain the 2017-18 All-Rookie team. As one of the 19% of his cards to earn a PSA or BGS 10, Tatum's 2018 Panini Kaboom! Super Short Print insert rookie card is one of the most memorable pieces starring the budding NBA phenom.
2017 Panini Select Jayson Tatum Zebra Prizms RC #256
Recent sale: $5,989
Tatum's second rookie card appearing from 2017-18 Panini Select is his Courtside Zebra Prizm rookie card. Although not serial-numbered, Tatum's Courtside Zebra Prizm rookie card currently has one of the lowest populations on the list, capped at 17 cards. Tatum's Courtside Zebra Prizm rookie card is encapsulated and graded a PSA 10, one of only three copies acquiring PSA's ultimate grade.
In his sophomore campaign, Tatum's playing time increased from 30.5 to 31.1 minutes per game, leading to an increase of production across the board, registering 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Tatum guided the Boston Celtics to a 49-33 record, finishing 4th in the Eastern Conference. After sweeping the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, the Celtics succumbed to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Through nine games in the 2019 NBA Playoffs, Tatum recorded 15.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 steals.
Tatum showed flashes of NBA stardom in his second NBA season, particularly in his 34-point performance on January 14, 2019, versus the Brooklyn Nets, shooting 12 of 19 from the field, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. While Tatum's Zebra Prizm rookie card is neither serial-numbered nor autographed, Jayson Tatum's captivating card from 2017-18 Panini Select continues to fetch significant value.
2017 Panini Flawless Jayson Tatum Signature Prime Materials Green RC #SM-JT #'d/5
Recent sale: $12,300
The 2017-18 Panini Flawless set is a premium product, issued to collectors on October 21, 2018, comprised of one pack of 10 cards. Each hobby box includes seven autographs, one memorabilia card, one Diamond card, and one autograph or relic card. Tatum's 2017-18 Panini Flawless rookie card emerged from the Signature Prime Materials Gold checklist as a Green parallel card, serial-numbered to five copies. Tied for his most limited rookie card on the list, this is the only copy of Tatum's Signature Prime Materials Green parallel card ever to surface. Beckett's condition report provided Tatum's iconic rookie card with a BGS 10 for centering, 9.5 for corners, 9.5 for edges, and 9 for surface, obtaining an all-around BGS 9.5 for condition, and a BGS 10 for Tatum's bold blue penned autograph.
Tatum significantly improved his already stellar play in the 2019-20 season, erupting for 23.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, setting new career highs in each category. Posting a 48-24 record, Tatum and the Celtics finished 3rd in the Eastern Conference to appear in their third straight postseason. Tatum's performance in the 2020 NBA Playoff was phenomenal, guiding the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, behind 25.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game.
Tatum reached new heights in his third NBA season, earning his first NBA All-Star Game appearance, and being honored to the All-NBA Third-Team. Tatum later signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Jordan Brand as one of the NBA's most influential players. Through three NBA seasons, Jayson Tatum's rookie cards soared in price, and his lone rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Flawless reigns as one of his most treasured rookie cards.
2017 Panini Prizm Jayson Tatum Prizms Orange RC #16 #'d/49
Recent sale: $13,852
Jayson Tatum's third most expensive rookie card and the most cherished card from 2017-18 Panini Prizm is his Prizms Orange rookie card. Nearly capturing a BGS 10 Black Label, Tatum's Prizms Orange rookie card merited a BGS 10 for three of the four sub-grades and a 9.5 for centering. PSA awarded 13 PSA 10's out of the 24 cards graded, a 54% success rate of meriting a PSA 10. In contrast, only three of 28 cards received a BGS 10, roughly 11% of cards graded by Beckett. All in all, Tatum's Prizms Orange rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Prizm obtained a PSA or BGS 10 at a 31% clip.
Tatum represented Team USA at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and served as a crucial part of the team's success at the summer games. Tatum averaged 15.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists through six games and shot 49.3% from the field, 44.7% beyond the arc, and 72.7% from the free-throw line. Led by Tatum, Team USA went 5-1 through six games to capture an Olympic gold medal.
At this point in Tatum's career, he already earned the 2017-18 All-Rookie Team, 2019-20 All-NBA Third-Team, an All-Star Game appearance, and now an Olympic gold medal. It's safe to say that Tatum's Prizms Orange rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Prizm is a remarkable collector's item that will hold its weight as Tatum persists in his rise to NBA stardom.
2017 Panini Flawless Jayson Tatum Horizontal Patch Auto Green RC #HP-JT #'d/5
Recent sale: $13,877
Tatum's Horizontal Patch Autograph Green rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Flawless, graded a BGS 9.5, is his most cherished card from the set. Tatum penned the Horizontal RPA in blue ink on the card's front, with a certificate of authenticity from Panini on the reverse, guaranteeing Tatum's jersey is game-used and his signature is authentic. Tatum's limited-edition Horizontal Green RPA is serial-numbered to just five copies, two of which have surfaced, both earning a BGS 9.5.
Before the 2020-21 NBA season, the Boston Celtics offered Jayson Tatum a massive five-year, $195 million contract, essentially locking up the phenom until after the 2025-26 NBA season. In his fourth NBA season, Tatum continued to turn heads, registering 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, setting new career-highs in each category. Tatum led the Celtics to a 36-36 record to finish 7th in the Eastern Conference and ultimately lost in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. However, Tatum's talents were on full display in their series versus the Brooklyn Nets, recording a 40-point and 50-point performance, averaging a whopping 30.6 points.
Tatum made history in his 50-point performance versus the Nets, becoming the third-youngest player to amass 50 points in the NBA playoffs. Earning his second consecutive nod as a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team, Tatum officially emerged as one of the game's most prominent young players, influencing the significance of his Horizontal Patch Autograph Green rookie card from 2017-18 Panini Flawless.
2017 Panini National Treasures Jayson Tatum Rookie Patch Autographs Limited Edition RC #103 #'d/15
Recent sale: $58,100
Without further ado, Jayson Tatum's most valuable rookie card is none other than his Rookie Patch Autographs rookie card from 2017-18 Panini National Treasures that collectors can only discover in Panini's 1st Off The Line limited-edition releases. Tatum's RPA is his most desirable rookie card to date due to its scarcity, condition sensitivity, and sheer desirability. Tatum's remarkable RPA subgrades received a BGS 10 for centering, BGS 9 for corners, BGS 9.5 for edges, and BGS 9.5 for the card's surface, meriting an overall BGS 9.5. Tatum's most alluring rookie card is one of eight copies to receive a BGS 9.5, with no copies earning a higher grade.
Through his first 56 games in the 2021-22 NBA season, Tatum is recording 25.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game, leading the Celtics to a 34-26 record, good for 6th in the Eastern Conference. Tatum recently recorded his third-straight All-Star Game appearance, ultimately starting for the injured Kevin Durant.
Since debuting in the 2017-18 NBA season, Tatum has carried the Boston Celtics to the playoffs each year, twice reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. If Tatum can carry the Celtics to another deep run in the playoffs and earn the Celtics their first NBA Championship since the 2007-08 season, the value of his Rookie Patch Autographs card from 2017-18 Panini National Treasures will approach six figures.
Jayson Tatum Strives for Greatness
From his high school basketball career at Chaminade College Preparatory School and contending for Team USA at multiple FIBA World Championships to his remarkable year at Duke University and his first four-plus seasons in the NBA, Jayson Tatum's resume speaks for itself.
The 6'8" 23-year-old is undoubtedly the face of the franchise and remains under contract with the Boston Celtics until after the 2025-26 NBA season, where he will vie for an NBA title. Although too soon to tell if he will be an all-time great, Tatum's early NBA success suggests that he has the tools to achieve greatness in his NBA career, and the worth of his rookie cards already indicates their timeless value.