With a lot of folks asking if he’s the next Luka Doncic, it comes as no surprise there’s quite a bit of interest in the Deni Avdija rookie card market. The question is whether or not it’s warranted? Unlike teammate and former first-round pick Rui Hachimura, Avdija didn’t have the normal amount of time to prepare for his first season. Therefore it’s reasonable to expect some growing pains along the way.
But as the name indicates, growing pains are often just minor inconveniences on the way to much greener pastures. He’s been called the greatest talent in Israeli Basketball history and is currently a top 10 favorite to win this year’s NBA Rookie of the Year. Point is, there is PLENTY of upside here. And if you’re one of the many who think that upside will be fulfilled you’ll probably want to take a look at the following Deni Avdija rookie cards!
Questions of the day: Who will have the better rookie season Killian Hayes or Deni Avdija?
Top 5 Deni Avdija Rookie Card So Far
2020 National Treasures Collegiate (Buy it on eBay)
The RPA Booklet from this set has already sold for over $5,000 recently on eBay. WOW. Of course, that was one that had a print run of only 5 so more common cards won’t be worth quite that much. At any rate, this set has no problem turning the heads of plenty of collectors. For instance, the card shown above is a normal “non-booklet” RPA with a print run of just 15 that can bring in close to $1,000.
2020 Panini Immaculate Collegiate (Buy this Deni Avdija rookie card on eBay)
A set where you can snag a patch and an autograph for an affordable price. There are plenty of great Deni Avdija rookie card options in here that include BOTH of these features in that moderate $250-$500 price range.
2020-21 Panini Prizm Draft Picks (Buy on eBay)
When it comes to variety and BIG values, Panini Prizm Draft Picks is the set to turn to for the early jump on the league’s best rookies. There are all kinds of Deni Avdija options to choose from that sit around that $1,000 price point. Looking to invest more? Prices go even higher than. Much higher. Just take a look at the 1/1 Nebula Prizm that sold for $5,000 in December 2020. Is that enough skin in the game for you?
2020-21 Panini Contenders Draft Picks (Buy on eBay)
Just like the Prizm set we just discussed, the Contenders Draft is on the forefront of BIG VALUE early season rookie cards. There’s all kind of “Ticket” options available, many of which have no trouble surpassing $1,000 in value. Additionally, you’ll see the occasional Campus ID or “Printing Press” card pop out of a pack. With so many great options, deciding on which one to go with can be the hardest part.
2020 Upper Deck (Buy this card on eBay)
The Goodwin Champions card shown above is one of the most popular and valuable from the set. A simple card with a focused Deni about to swish a free throw. As far as value goes, some versions of the card can break the $500 barrier. Not too shabby. Great set for moderate investors.
Note on the Previous Deni Avdija Rookie Card Options:
Due to the sets above just recently being released, there hasn’t been a whole lot of cards graded yet. Once more start rolling back from Beckett and PSA we will start to see the TRUE potential of what some of these cards can be worth.
Until then, all of the values discussed above refer NON-GRADED cards. Once updates start to become available we will certainly be on top of it!
Random thought: If Avdija does turn out to be the next Doncic, how much will that Panini Prizm Nebula we talked about earlier be worth two years from now??
Deni Avdija Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (1 year or less)
He’s getting plenty of minutes so there’s no doubt about whether Deni’s gonna get a shot to show what he can do this season. But what will that look like? It’s hard to say at this point but we’d expect him to get better as the season progresses. As noted earlier, he didn’t have much time to prepare for the season so a choppy ride at the beginning isn’t the end of the world. Don’t be surprised to see the ride get MUCH smoother as the season progresses. 8/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
Let’s see what he does NEXT WEEK before we start thinking about next year. However, if he does string together a few good weeks that turn into a few good months, watch out. A longer-term approach may start becoming a credible option. N/A
Long (5 years plus)
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