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Top 15 Best Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie cards

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Born and bred in Athens, Greece, Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo has become one of the most renowned basketball players of all time. From arising in the semi-pro Greek B Basket League for Filathlitikos to representing the Greek national team at the FIBA World Cup and the European Basketball Championship, Giannis has consistently enhanced his level of play each step of the way.

Now in his 9th NBA season as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, there is very little Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn't accomplished. As a brief timeline, Giannis is a member of the 2013-14 All-Rookie Team, the 2016-17 Most Improved Player, six-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA MVP, NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, and recently honored as a member of the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is arguably the greatest international basketball player in NBA history and one of the most dominant players to ever play the game, and the value of his rookie basketball cards reflects that. That being said, let's reveal the top 15 best Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie cards.

#15

2013 Panini Signatures Giannis Antetokounmpo Film Rookie Autographs RC #15 #'d/199

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2013 Panini Signatures Giannis Antetokounmpo Film Rookie Autographs RC #15 #'d/199

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We introduce the list with Giannis Antetokounmpo's Film Rookie Autograph rookie card from Panini America's 2013-14 Panini Signatures. Issued in two packs of two cards, collectors can expect two autographs, one Film card, one Chase card, and one 2014 NBA Draft Exchange card. Each Film Rookie Autographs card is serial-numbered to 249 or less, with Giannis' rookie card limited to 199 copies. Antetokounmpo's Film Rookie Autographs card merited quad 9.5's from Beckett, earning an overall BGS 9.5 and a BGS 10 for Giannis' vivid blue autograph. Giannis' remarkable rookie card is one of 57 cards to fetch a BGS 9.5, with just a single card graded higher by Beckett.

Known as the Greek Freak for his heritage, size, and athletic ability, Giannis began his professional basketball career in 2011-12 as a member of Filathlitikos in the semi-pro Greek B Basket League. In the 2012-13 season, he moved up to Greece's second division, known as the Greek A2 League. In the Greek A2 League, Giannis had a remarkable 62.1% two-point field-goal percentage and averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists while leading Filathlitikos to a 21-5 record.

At only 18 years old, Giannis earned a spot on the 2013 Greek All-Star team, quickly becoming an international superstar. Although the most affordable Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card on the list, his Film Rookie Autograph rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Signatures conveys four figures.

#14

2013 Panini Spectra Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Jerseys Autographs RC #120

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2013 Panini Spectra Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Jerseys Autographs RC #120

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Panini distributed 2013-14 Panini Spectra to hobbyists on July 16, 2014, in a hobby box containing one pack of eight cards. The Rookie Jersey Autographs checklist illustrates 25 NBA rookies, showcasing Giannis' Rookie Jersey Autographs card as the set's highlight. One of three cards not serial-numbered on the list, Giannis' RPA is one of his most condition-sensitive cards, as only 8% obtained a PSA or BGS 10. Graded a BGS 9.5, only one of Giannis' Rookie Jersey Autographs rookie cards received a higher grade from Beckett.

Giannis commanded a lot of attention when he competed for Filathlitikos, ultimately signing a four-year contract worth $325,000 with CAI Zaragoza in the Liga ACB. Although Antetokounmpo had a clause in his contract that allowed him to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft after each season, he never ended up playing with Zaragoza and became NBA-bound.

As a result of 63% of Giannis' Rookie Jersey Autographs already graded by PSA and BGS, with just a single card earning a BGS 10, the Greek Freak's RPA from 2013-14 Panini Spectra has an abundance of potential.

#13

2013 Panini Signatures Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Signatures RC #2 #'d/199

Recent sale: $3,750

2013 Panini Signatures Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Signatures RC #2 #'d/199

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Traveling back to 2013-14 Panini Signatures, offered to collectors on May 28, 2014, we’re presented to Giannis’ Rookie Signatures rookie card. Like his Film Rookie Autographs card from the set, Antetokounmpo’s Rookie Signatures rookie card is limited to 199 copies. 2013-14 Panini Signatures features Giannis as the second player in the Rookie Signatures checklist. The 6’11” budding phenom is featured going up for a two-handed slam, characterizing one of his most significant assets. Graded a PSA 10, Giannis’ Rookie Signatures rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Signatures is one of only 25 cards to merit a PSA 10.

The Milwaukee Bucks drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Before he played his first NBA game, Giannis represented the junior Greek National Team at the 2013 FIBA U20 European Championship in Estonia from July 9 to July 21, 2013. Across eight games, Giannis tallied 8.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks to lead the Greek national team to an 8-2 record and a fifth-place finish at the 2013 FIBA U20 European Championship. Antetokounmpo's 7.6 rebounds per game ranked as the 2nd most in the tournament, and his 1.4 blocks were good for the 7th highest total at the 2013 FIBA U20 European Championship.

Although still evolving his game, Antetokounmpo showed promise at the 2013 FIBA U20 European Championship for the Greek national team. Giannis’ international professional basketball career may have been short-lived, but it conditioned him for the NBA. This card represents the finest example of Giannis’ Rookie Signatures card from 2013-14 Panini Signatures, which commands a lot of attention from collectors, and consistently conveys four figures.

#12

2013 Upper Deck Fleer Retro Giannis Antetokounmpo 97-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Red RC #252 #'d/150

Recent sale: $3,838

2013 Upper Deck Fleer Retro Giannis Antetokounmpo 97-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Red RC #252 #'d/150

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Antetokounmpo's only rookie card to make the list not issued by Panini appears from 2013-14 Upper Deck Fleer Retro. Upper Deck released the set on April 23, 2014, showcasing Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and future Hall of Famer LeBron James on the front of each hobby box, comprising 18 packs of five cards. The nostalgic release pays homage to the 90s, introducing Antetokounmpo's '97-98 Precious Metal Gems rookie card. Graded a BGS 8.5, Giannis' rookie card may not be the highest awarded card from Beckett, as 45% received a higher grade. However, only 5% of Antetokounmpo's '97-98 Precious Metal Gems rookie card obtained a PSA or BGS 10.

On October 30, 2013, Giannis Antetokounmpo made his highly anticipated NBA debut for the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis only received four minutes of playing time in his debut, which was the trend in his first two months of the season, averaging just 15 minutes per game. By December of his rookie season, Giannis became an everyday starter, averaging 26 minutes per game. Giannis only averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in his rookie season, though he totaled 61 remarkable dunks through 77 games, only 23 of them as a starter.

Giannis registered a season-high 16 points on five of 12 from the field on December 27, 2013, versus the Brooklyn Nets. However, he didn't play a significant factor in his rookie season, as the Milwaukee Bucks went 15-67, recording the league's worst record. Although the Bucks didn't perform well, Giannis earned a spot on the 2013-14 All-Rookie Second-Team, putting him and his '97-98 Precious Metal Gems rookie card from 2013-14 Upper Deck Fleer Retro in sight.

#11

2013 Panini Elite Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Essentials Autograph Jerseys Prime RC #RE-GA #'d/25

Recent sale: $3,927

2013 Panini Elite Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Essentials Autograph Jerseys Prime RC #RE-GA #'d/25

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2013-14 Panini Elite configured hobby boxes in 20 packs of five cards that offer two autograph cards, two memorabilia cards, two serial-numbered rookie cards, and two serial-numbered legends cards. One of the most prestigious cards from 2013-14 Panini Elite is Giannis' Rookie Essentials Autograph Jerseys Prime rookie card, serial-numbered to 25. Graded a BGS 9 for the card's condition and Antetokounmpo's vivid blue autograph, this is the finest example of Giannis' Rookie Essentials Autograph Jerseys Prime rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Elite.

At the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, Antetokounmpo competed with the Greek National Team. Giannis' guided Greece past Senegal, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Croatia, and Argentina, en route to a 5-0 record in the group stage, behind 6.3 points on 45.8% shooting and 4.3 rebounds per game. Although Greece fell to Serbia in the knockout stage, Giannis performed well at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

In his second appearance at the FIBA World Cup, this time as a member of the Greek Senior national team, Giannis Antetokounmpo continued to improve both offensively and defensively. He offered glimpses of his physicality to Milwaukee Bucks fans, giving them hope for the future. All things considered, Giannis' Rookie Essentials Autograph Jerseys Prime rookie card is his second most sought-after card from 2013-14 Panini Elite due to its scarcity and condition sensitivity.

#10

2013 Panini Select Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Jersey Autographs Purple RC #1 #'d/99

Recent sale: $3,995

2013 Panini Select Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Jersey Autographs Purple RC #1 #'d/99

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Gianni's next rookie card emerged from 2013-14 Panini Select on June 25, 2014, which has retained its value, illustrated by hobby boxes today fetching nearly five figures. Antetokounmpo's Rookie Jersey Autographs Prizms Purple rookie card is the first of three Giannis cards that appear from 2013-14 Panini Select, limited to 99 copies. The Rookie Jersey Autographs Prizms Purple checklist is the most sought-after of the set, emphasizing Giannis' as the first player in the checklist. As of writing, only four cards earned a PSA 10, while none of the 49 cards analyzed by Beckett warranted higher than a BGS 9.5.

The momentum began to shift in Antetokounmpo's favor in his sophomore campaign with the Milwaukee Bucks, starting in 71 of the team's 81 games. With Giannis' playing time increasing an average of five minutes per game, he raised his counting stats across the board, tallying 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 blocks. Not only that, but Antetokounmpo also boosted his field-goal percentage from 41.4% to 49.1%, and his free-throw percentage elevated from 68.3% to 74.1%.

After recording the worst record in the NBA as a rookie, the Milwaukee Bucks went 41-41 in the 2014-15 season, earning the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Although Giannis and the Bucks fell to the Chicago Bulls in the first round, he performed well in the series, recording 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 blocked shots per game. In his first taste of the NBA Playoffs, the Greek Freak guided the Bucks to their first playoff victory since the 2009-10 season, proving his doubters wrong and articulating to collectors that his rookie cards demand attention, hence the worth of Giannis Antetokounmpo's Rookie Jersey Autographs Prizms Purple rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Select.

#9

2013 Panini Elite Giannis Antetokounmpo New Breed Autograph Jerseys RC #NB-GA #'d/299

Recent sale: $4,600

2013 Panini Elite Giannis Antetokounmpo New Breed Autograph Jerseys RC #NB-GA #'d/299

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The only Giannis rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Elite more valuable than his Rookie Essentials Autograph Jerseys Prime rookie card is his New Breed Autograph Jersey, serial-numbered to 299. Although his New Breed Autograph Jersey rookie card holds a significantly higher print run, it's one of his most cherished rookie cards ever produced. Hobbyists have fared well having their Giannis New Breed Autograph Jersey rookie card graded by PSA, as eight of 25 warranted a PSA 10. Conversely, none of the 60 cards graded by Beckett received higher than a BGS 9.5.

Vying for the 2015 EuroBasket Championship during the 39th international tournament, Giannis and the Greek national team went 5-0 in the group stage, advanced past the Belgium national team, before falling to Spain the Quarterfinals, the eventual 2015 EuroBasket champions. Across eight games, including the consolation game versus Latvia, Giannis averaged 9.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists, while draining 57.1% of his two-point field-goal attempts.

Giannis and the Greek national team had a strong showing at the 2015 EuroBasket Championship. Throughout the tournament, they held their own and nearly escaped past the Spain national team in the Quarterfinals, ultimately losing by two. Striving to improve, Antetokounmpo did just that at the 2015 EuroBasket Championship, and hobbyists took notice, with Giannis' New Breed Autograph Jersey rookie card soaring in value.

#8

2013 Panini Crusade Giannis Antetokounmpo Crusade Gold RC #61 #'d/10

Recent sale: $7,603

2013 Panini Crusade Giannis Antetokounmpo Crusade Gold RC #61 #'d/10

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2013-14 Panini Crusade was released to hobbyists on May 21, 2014, offering six packs of five cards in each hobby box. Giannis' rookie card from the set emerged from the Crusade Gold checklist, serial-numbered to only 10 copies in existence. Beckett awarded Giannis' Crusade Gold rookie card with a BGS 10 for centering, BGS 9 for corners, BGS 9.5 for edges, and a BGS 9.5 for the card's surface, deserving an all-around BGS 9.5. Antetokounmpo's card is one of seven cards to achieve a BGS 9.5, the highest grade ever received for his Crusade Gold rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Crusade.

As a 21-year-old in his third NBA season, Giannis drastically improved, recording 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocked shots per game, setting new career highs in all five categories. On February 22, 2016, Giannis' guided the Bucks to a 108-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and recorded his first career triple-double behind 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Giannis would record five triple-doubles in the 2015-16 season, in addition to 21 double-doubles. He also became one of the most aggressive defenders in the NBA, amassing 258 personal fouls, the most in the league.

Although the Milwaukee Bucks went 33-49 to finish 12th in the Eastern Conference and miss the NBA playoffs, Giannis took his game to an entirely different level, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. It goes without saying that the 2015-16 season was a turning point in Antetokounmpo's NBA career and marked the final season that collectors could get their hands on Giannis' Crusade Gold rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Crusade, or any rookie card for that matter, at a reasonable price before skyrocketing and becoming one of the hobby's most respected players to collect.

#7

2013 Panini Select Giannis Antetokounmpo Red Hot Prizms Green RC #34 #'d/5

Recent sale: $8,700

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's second most expensive card from 2013-14 Panini Select is his Red Hot Green Prizm rookie card. Antetokounmpo's Red Hot Green Prizm rookie card is serial-numbered to 5, emphasizing his most limited rookie card on the list. Since Panini introduced 2013-14 Panini Select, four of the five Giannis' Red Hot Green Prizm rookie cards have emerged, with this copy the only card graded by PSA.

Antetokounmpo performed on an entirely different level in the 2016-17 season, registering new career-highs in points (22.9), rebounds (8.8), assists (5.4), steals (1.6), and blocks (1.9). Giannis also improved his shooting efficiency, draining 52.1% from the field, and 77% from the free-throw line. Led by Giannis, the Milwaukee Bucks went 42-40, recording their best record since the 2009-10 season, earning the Bucks the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. While the Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors in the first round, Giannis averaged 24.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.7 blocks in the series.

Giannis had a breakout year in the 2016-17 season, earning the NBA Most Improved Player award, NBA All-Defensive Second-Team, and his first All-Star Game appearance. Although Giannis' rookie card doesn't feature an autograph, memorabilia, or relic, it's his most scarce rookie card, making it extremely challenging for collectors to acquire.

#6

2013 Panini Gold Standard Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Autographed Patch RC #231

Recent sale: $13,322

2013 Panini Gold Standard Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Autographed Patch RC #231

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In recent years, one of the most memorable basketball card releases is the 2013-14 Panini Gold Standard set, released on February 19, 2014. In each 2013-14 Panini Gold Standard hobby box, collectors can anticipate one pack of 10 cards featuring four autographed cards and one memorabilia card while longing for the set's 14-karat gold cards. Giannis Antetokounmpo's most priceless card from 2013-14 Panini Gold Standard is his Rookie Autograph Jerseys rookie card. Antetokounmpo's RPA is the most populated card on the list, showcasing 92 PSA graded cards and 241 BGS graded cards. All things considered, 37 cards merited a PSA 10 for Antetokounmpo's RPA, while just one card received a BGS 10 and one card warranting the highly coveted BGS 10 Black Label.

In the 2017-18 season, Giannis posted new career-highs in points (26.9), rebounds (10.0), and field-goal percentage (52.9%). As such, Giannis earned his second-consecutive NBA All-Star Game appearance and All-NBA Second-Team. Giannis led the Bucks to a 44-38 record and captured their second straight playoff appearance. Unfortunately for the Bucks, they lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the first round of the playoffs, though Giannis' talents were on full display, recording 25.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in the series.

While the Bucks, at this point, have yet to make a run in the NBA playoffs, they consistently were a threat in the Eastern Conference and were on the brink of a breakthrough. Giannis Antetokounmpo's Rookie Autograph Jerseys rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Gold Standard carries the highest population of any of his rookie cards previously mentioned. Despite this fact, only 12% obtained a PSA or BGS 10, solidifying this copy as one of Giannis' most prized rookie cards in existence, and the price echoes that.

#5

2013 Panini Select Giannis Antetokounmpo Prizms Blue RC #178 #'d/49

Recent sale: $15,000

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's fifth most valuable rookie card is also his most pricey from 2013-14 Panini Select. Panini issued 2013-14 Panini Select in 14 packs of six cards, catered to collectors seeking autographs and Prizm parallels. On that note, Giannis Antetokounmpo's Blue Prizms rookie card emerged from the Rookies set checklist, serial-numbered to 49 copies. The Blue Prizms parallel made its Panini debut with the set, limiting cards to 49 copies or less. Graded a PSA 10, Antetokounmpo's Blue Prizms rookie card is a true gem and represents one of 11 cards to attain a PSA 10.

Giannis somehow took his game to an even higher level in the 2018-19 NBA season, tallying new career highs in points (27.7), rebounds (12.5), and assists (5.9). Antetokounmpo also improved his shooting efficiency, draining 57.8% of his shot attempts. The Milwaukee Bucks went 60-22 and clinched the number one seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2018-19 NBA season, recording their most wins since the 1980-81 season. Behind 25.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.0 blocks, Giannis led the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals, their deepest playoff run since the 2000-01 season.

Finishing with 78% of the first-place votes, Giannis Antetokounmpo captured the 2018-19 NBA Most Valuable Player award, capping off his remarkable season. Giannis also earned his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance and was nominated to his first NBA All-Defensive First-Team and the All-NBA First-Team. As a result, Antetokounmpo's Blue Prizms rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Select became one of the hobby's most coveted cards.

#4

2013 Panini Flawless Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Autographs Gold RC #RA-GA #'d/10

Recent sale: $15,171

2013 Panini Flawless Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Autographs Gold RC #RA-GA #'d/10

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Presented to basketball card collectors in a briefcase, 2013-14 Panini Flawless embodies a premium basketball card product. Panini issued the set in one pack of 10 cards, containing six autographed cards, two Jumbo Prime memorabilia cards, and two base cards. Giannis Antetokounmpo's iconic rookie card appears in the Rookie Autographs checklist as a Gold parallel, limited to 10 copies. Since its release, only four of Antetokounmpo's cards have surfaced, with this distinct copy warranting the card's highest grade with a BGS 9.

Giannis once again represented the Greek national team at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. At this point in his basketball career, Giannis was an NBA superstar. Giannis averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game through five games. Antetokounmpo's 8.8 rebounds were good for 5th most in the tournament. Giannis Antetokounmpo has represented the Greek national team several times throughout his professional basketball career, and despite emphatic performances from the Greek Freak, the club has consistently had little support around him.

As of writing, the Greek national team is the 10th ranked country in the FIBA World Rankings, thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo. Panini's Flawless product from 2013-14 is one of the most respected in the hobby, hence why Giannis' rookie card fetches five figures.

#3

2013 Panini Court Kings Giannis Antetokounmpo Next Day Autographs RC #GA

Recent sale: $25,877

2013 Panini Court Kings Giannis Antetokounmpo Next Day Autographs RC #GA

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2013-14 Panini Court Kings was released on March 26, 2014, in one pack of 10 cards. Hobbyists can anticipate one autograph card, one memorabilia card, one rookie card, and three inserts. Giannis Antetokounmpo's rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Court Kings is an insert from the Next Day Autographs checklist featuring 35 NBA players. Although Giannis' Next Day Autographs rookie card isn't serial-numbered, it merited a BGS 10 Black Label, one of only three copies that deserved Beckett's ultimate grade.

In the 2019-20 NBA season, Giannis recorded career-highs in points (29.5 points) and rebounds (13.6), both of which remain his highest totals in each category. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks went 56-17, recording their second consecutive number one seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Giannis recorded double-digit rebounds in the first eight games of the 2020 Playoffs, including a 20-rebound performance. However, Giannis suffered an ankle injury in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, limiting his playing time, and missed the final game of the season when the Bucks were eliminated.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's 2019-20 campaign is arguably his greatest year since entering the league in the 2013-14 season, where he received 85% of the first-place votes, earning his second-consecutive MVP award. Antetokounmpo's performance on the defensive side of the ball was also spectacular, receiving 75% of the first-place votes to capture the 2019-20 Defensive Player of the Year award. Giannis' individual accolades continued to pile up, yet he was still missing an NBA title on his resume. As one of the NBA's greatest players, along with earning a BGS 10 Black Label, Giannis' 2013-14 Panini Court Kings Next Day Autographs rookie card is a true masterpiece.

#2

2013 Panini Prizm Giannis Antetokounmpo Autographs Prizms Blue RC #33 #'d/99

Recent sale: $29,000

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's second most valuable cards emerged from 2013-14 Panini Prizm, marking the second year for the Panini Prizm brand. The set is configured in 20 packs of six cards, containing two autographed cards and five Prizm parallel cards in each hobby box. 2013-14 Panini Prizm features a 300-card base set and numerous parallel cards to collect, including Autograph Blue Prizms that collectors can exclusively discover at Walmart. On that note, Giannis Antetokounmpo's Autograph Blue Prizm rookie card is his second most coveted rookie card, limited to 99 copies. Graded a PSA 10 for condition and PSA 10 for Antetokounmpo's blue penned autograph, this copy is one of four cards to merit a PSA 10.

After recording the Eastern Conference's best record two years in a row, the Bucks had nothing to show for it as their season ended prematurely in the playoffs. In the 2020-21 season, the Bucks went 46-26 to clinch the third seed in the Eastern Conference, though this time around, the Milwaukee Bucks weren't going to be denied. After defeating the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, and Atlanta Hawks, the Bucks proceeded to their first NBA finals since the 1973-74 season. After losing their first two games versus the Phoenix Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks won four straight games to become NBA champions, including a 50-point performance by Giannis in the series-clinching Game 6.

In the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Giannis recorded 30.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 5.1 assists en route to becoming the 2021 NBA Finals MVP. Although the Bucks only missed the playoffs twice since Giannis has been a member of the franchise, they had little to show for it until now. The NBA title also cemented the inherent value of Giannis' Autograph Blue Prizm rookie card from the highly reputable 2013-14 Panini Prizm set.

#1

2013 Panini Prizm Giannis Antetokounmpo Prizms Red White and Blue Mosaic RC #290

Recent sale: $45,000

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The most valuable Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card is from the iconic 2013-14 Panini Prizm set dubbed Prizms Red White and Blue Mosaic. Although Giannis' Prizms Red White and Blue Mosaic rookie card is not serial-numbered and doesn't feature Giannis' signature, it obtained a BGS 10 Black Label, the most coveted grade in the sports card hobby. Collectors can only discover Giannis' Prizms Red White and Blue Mosaic rookie card in retail packs of the 2013-14 Panini Prizm set. Of the 143 graded cards by Beckett, Antetokounmpo’s Prizms Red White and Blue Mosaic rookie card has only received four BGS 10 Black Labels, representing about 2% of collectors.

After capturing the 2021 NBA title, the Milwaukee Bucks were one of the favorites to repeat as NBA champions in the 2021-22 season. Through 60 games, the Bucks are 36-24, good for 4th in the Eastern Conference, and just three games back of the Miami Heat, who hold the number one seed. In the 2021-22 season, Giannis' is averaging a remarkable 29.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game.

If Antetokounmpo can remain healthy, there is no reason why the Milwaukee Bucks cannot defend their NBA title from last year. If Giannis and the Bucks can repeat as NBA champions, the value of Giannis' Prizms Red White and Blue Mosaic rookie card will reach unprecedented heights.

The Greek Freak's Legacy Has Only Begun

As you can see, Giannis is one of the most revolutionary basketball players of our generation, and the top 15 best Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie cards value mirrors that fact. At just 27 years old, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest player on the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team. Giannis has over a decade to prove he is one of the most talented basketball players in league history and guaranteed to become enshrined into the James Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame when he ultimately decides to hang up his size 16 sneakers.

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