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One bright spot in the Magic’s otherwise abysmal season it that their first rounder is already showing why he was worthy of being a top 10 pick overall. With plenty of minutes on the court and a start in every game of the season, Wagner has emerged as an early threat to take home the 2021-22 Rookie of the Year honors. Therefore it goes without saying that there’s a fair amount of interest in the early Franz Wagner rookie card releases. While there aren’t many options out there yet, there are a couple of collections from Panini that are certainly worth considering in the early going.
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Franz Wagner College Performance
While he hails from Germany, Wagner played his college ball for the Michigan Wolverines. In his 2nd and final college season Wagner average more than 12 points and 6 rebounds per game. Nothing off the charts, but Wagner’s play was definitely a factor in getting the Wolverines back to the Elite eight in 2021. His solid performance and ability to help out in many ways was also a factor in why he was drafted at 8 overall by Orlando. He’s also only 20 years old so look for these attributes to only get better with age.
Franz Wagner Rookie Card First Releases
2021-22 Panini Chronicles (Check eBay Listings)
The card above shows off the upcoming Gold Standard release and makes for a great speculative investment for under $100. If you’re a fan of Panini (and if you’re a fan of basketball cards you likely are), you’ll love the variety in the Chronicles collection as it provides a glimpse at what we can expect to see in many of the Panini brands slated for upcoming release. There’s plenty of autographed cards available and at the moment they are quite affordable.
2021 Panini Instant (Check eBay Listings)
Perfect for anyone looking to pick up multiple cards on the cheap as many of the Franz Wagner rookie cards from this collection are well under $20. Panini Instant delivers a first look at the game’s top rookies and offers a crisp, clean design. The card above is the RPS First Look edition but there is also a Draft Night card that can be picked up at around the same price point. You just have to ask yourself whether you want your card to feature Franz in his new uniform or his draft night suit.
Early Franz Wagner Rookie Card to Target
2021-22 Donruss Optic Gold (Check eBay Listings)
A stunning card from the Chronicles collection that gives us a sneak preview of what we can expect from this season’s highly anticipated Donruss Optic set. with only 10 in existence, this is one of the more valuable Franz Wagner rookie cards out there at the moment. That as it may be, it’s still surprisingly attainable as recent pricing suggests a value of less than $300. If you’re lucky to come across one of the 10 jump on the golden opportunity.
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Franz Wagner Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
While it’s hard to imagine that Wagner will be an instant star player, he’s shown that he’s more than capable of keeping up the solid all around play that is making him one of most talked about rookies of 2021-22. With the Franz Wagner rookie card market being incredibly affordable at the moment, a solid performance throughout the course of the season should reward card owners with some small to moderate gains. However, if you have to choose between Wagner and one of the other first round picks, there are some other players that deserve more of your attention.
Medium (1 to 3 years)
The Magic have plenty of work to do before they are a viewed as a serious threat. To say the least. While Wagner should help the team improve, he isn’t going to be the player that propels the rebuilding team back to the playoffs. That said, Franz we’d look at this one as a short term play that could make some decent profits THIS YEAR. Simply put, there are better options to tie up your bankroll when it comes to this year’s rookie crop.