In the blink of an eye, all the attention that was being placed on the LaMelo Ball rookie card market has begun to shift over towards the Anthony Edwards rookie card market. And for good reason. Ever since play resumed after the All-Star break, Edwards has been LIGHTS OUT averaging nearly 27 points per contest, including a masterful 42 point barrage against the suns on March 18th. On top of that, Ball is now unfortunately out indefinitely after fracturing his wrist in a recent matchup with the Clippers.
So while we’ve basically all but given Ball Rookie of the Year honors, guess who’s now the favorite to take hope that prestigious award? Yep, none other than Anthony Edwards. The Anthony Edwards rookie card market has been generating a decent amount of attention throughout the 2021 NBA season. However, the accelerated play on the court combined with the exit of the guy everyone was chasing has suddenly made it all eyes on Anthony. And as you know, attention is usually a very positive thing if you happen to own one of the cards it’s focused on. Therefore, we expect to see many investors rushing to snag Anthony Edwards rookie card or two. Should you be one of them?
We think so. Edwards was the first overall pick in the draft and is one of the favorites to win NBA Rookie of the Year in 2021. And if you watch this insane slam dunk you’ll be reminded of exactly WHY he was the number 1 pick. These facts, along with all that’s transpired over the past 2 weeks suggest there’s still be plenty of chances to profit off an investment in one of Edward’s first-year cards. Now let’s see what’s available so far!
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Anthony Edwards Rookie Card Market:
2020-21 Panini Contenders Draft Picks (Buy on eBay)
Just like in our LaMelo Ball rookie card review, Panini Contenders leads the way as far as value is concerned. The most valuable cards in the set are autographed and feature various parallels of one of the “Ticket” options. So far we’ve seen these breach the $1,000 threshold with ease. Expect that number to rise.
2020-2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks (Buy on eBay)
The Color Blast insert shown above is our favorite of the set. It’s rare, valuable, and is a marvel to look at. While this is our favorite option, there are plenty of others we like. The most popular of which shows Edwards on a fast break with a look of sheer determination in his eyes. There’s a wide array of values depending on which Prizm but some of the less common ones are approaching $1,000.
2020 Panini Immaculate (Buy this Anthony Edwards rookie card on eBay)
Such a great set for investors looking to make a low-value investment. There’s plenty of options to choose from with patches, autographs, and even multiple-player mashups. The best part? You can get many of these for just a couple of hundred bucks right now. Not bad for someone who only wants a beginner’s taste of the Anthony Edwards rookie card market.
Anthony Edwards Rookie Card Prizm: Crusade and Downtown
We’ve already covered the Panini Prizm Draft Picks set but we need to draw attention to these two inserts. While we don’t like them as much as the Color Blast, both deserve some individual attention.
Crusade (Buy this card on eBay)
The Crusade insert shows Edwards standing with the ball while reading the defense. The backgrounds vary depending on which card you’re looking at but all will have no problem capturing your attention. Short print runs as well. A must-have card.
Downtown (Buy it on eBay)
Meanwhile, the Downtown insert is one that we ALMOST like as much as the Color Blast. These have a super short print run and feature Edwards popping a jump shot while in front of an animated background that includes some sort of run-down shed and a Georgia peach. A fun card to look at with a low to mid-range price tag.
Read our 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball review for the release date and a preview of what cards you can expect!
Anthony Edwards Rookie Card Vs. James Wiseman Rookie Card
For whatever reason, there isn’t nearly as much interest in the Anthony Edwards rookie card market as that of James Wiseman’s. While there isn’t a whole lot separating how effective either have been in their first seasons, there sure is a lot separating the value of their rookie cards. For instance, Wiseman’s Panini Prizm Gold Auto /10 currently seems to be at least TWICE as much as Edwards. That doesn’t seem fair to us. Perhaps this only illustrates a buying opportunity.
As we just eluded to, the low price of Edwards’ rookie cards in comparison to Wiseman’s could signal a decent buying opportunity. Edwards is scoring points and with more playing time he should touch up some of his early-season weaknesses. The athleticism and talent are obviously real. And so is the opportunity. This category goes to Edwards.
Long Term Profitability
Hard call. Both have what it takes to make themselves a staple in the league for many years to come. We’ll give the slight edge to Edwards here. If both players live up to their full potential, the highlight reel moments from Edwards might be the difference on which player’s cards are more valuable years from now.
Anthony Edwards NBA Rookie Cards
2020-21 Panini Hoops (Buy on eBay)
Until this point, we’ve featured only prospect cards. However, there are now a few true Anthony Edwards cards from Panini Hoops on the market featuring the RC logo. The one shown above is a rare parallel of the base card with a print run of just 10. While this is usually one of the first sets to hit the shelves, it certainly is not the best. However, it certainly meets the challenge of holding us over until some of the big-name releases start showing up. In addition to the regular rookie card, Panini Hoops also offers are rare “Rookie Ink” insert that includes Edwards’ autograph (hence the ink part of the name).
2020-21 Donruss (Buy on eBay)
The latest set from Donruss Basketball has finally arrived on the scene and it’s loaded with plenty of viable Anthony Edwards rookie card investment options. For instance, the Rated Rookie card shown above comes in an insane amount of parallels and is available with or without Edward’s autograph. Prices vary with some of the more common cards going for just a couple hundred bucks and the ultra-rare exceeding $3,000.
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Anthony Edwards Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (1 year or less)
You can feel good investing in a number 1 pick in ANY type of professional sports draft if you’re taking a short-term approach. Especially with the way Edwards has been playing as of late. If you bought early enough you’re sitting pretty on your investment so far. Expect a strong finish and an unexcepted Rookie of the Year trophy to put the icing on the cake of a strong rookie season. 9/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
Taking the recent hype factor out of it, Edwards now seems poised to take his game to the next level by establishing himself as an elite talent over the next couple of years. And if your Anthony Edwards rookie card is a sought-after item at this time next season you’re gonna have a tough decision to make. Take what is sure to be nice profits or keeping holding? If you do decide to hold and make it a medium-term investment, a year-by-year approach makes the most sense. If he keeps delivering the goods, keep holding. At the end of the day, it could be well worth it! 9/10
Long (5 years plus)
Let’s see how it goes over in 2022 before we go here. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if he turns in a 2nd-year performance that makes us start thinking an Anthony Edwards rookie card may be worth holding onto for the long haul.
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