One of the hottest items so far in the 2020-21 NBA season is, you guessed it, a LaMelo Ball rookie card. Why you ask? Because just like his name, the kid can flat out BALL. In his first and only season in the Australian National Basketball League, Ball averaged a crisp 17 points per game to go along with a jaw-dropping 6.8 assists. Add to that nearly 2 steals per game and you have yourself a performance that was good enough to earn the youngster NBL Rookie of the Year.
And now he finds himself pulling away from the field when it comes to winning a REAL Rookie of the Year award in the BIG BOY league. Right now LaMelo sits at the top of many of the sharps’ lists ahead of Anthony Edwards, Obi (Wan-Kenobi) Toppin, and James Wiseman. And if they end up being right, investors will be coming out of the woodwork to throw even more money at his best rookie cards. A beautiful sight indeed if you happen to own a couple. So to those of you who DON’T own any, let’s fix that!
Here are the LaMelo Ball rookie card options out there so far.
Speaking of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award: Check out last year’s winner’s Ja Morant Rookie Card Hot List!
LaMelo Ball Rookie Card: First to Market Investment Options
2020-21 Panini Contenders Draft Picks (Buy on eBay)
Easily one of the most valuable we’ve seen so far. The card features Ball breaking down the side of the court with his eyes focused on the hoop. There’s plenty of different “Ticket” options to choose from and the card comes available with an autograph and in various “Prizm” formats. In addition to the card shown above, there’s also one featuring Ball casually dripping down the court. Either way, the cards in this set are definitely winners. Just like Lamelo Ball.
2020-2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks (Buy it on eBay!)
Remember the card we just talked about with LeMelo casually dribbling down the court. Well look above and you’ll see the EXACT same photo. For some reason, Panini decided to use it in both the Contenders and Prizm Draft Picks sets. Weird. Were there not enough pictures of LaMelo Ball in the public domain?? At any rate, there’s something besides the picture that the Prizm Draft Picks set has in common with the Contenders. They both offer amazing LaMelo Ball rookie card options. Go get one!
2018 Leaf Metal Draft (Buy this LaMelo Ball rookie card on eBay)
While not a true rookie card, we’re always impressed by Leaf’s ability to be one of the first sets to capture the best up and coming talent. Whether you go with a Prizm parallel or a Prized Rookie insert, you’ve got yourself a card capable of commanding over$1,000 on the open market. Just think about what it’ll command if he wins Rookie of the Year!
2020-21 Panini Immaculate (Buy this card on eBay)
Our favorite in this set is the Rookie Patch card shown above. With very few LaMelo Ball rookie card options available so far, it’s nice to see one with the ole’ patchwork. If you’re looking for a more moderate investment, this is your card. Plenty should be available for under $500.
2020-21 Panini Flawless
Panini Flawless is always one of the last “collegiate” sets to be released before the regular sets start rolling out. And boy was is it worth the wait. Especially if you have a decent amount to spend. There are numerous higher-end LaMelo Ball rookie card options now available like the RPA Rookie Patch Logo 1/1 that sold for over $10,000 soon after some lucky collector pulled it out of a pack.
Don’t want to spend ten large? No problem, there are some less expensive options like the Gold Rookie Patch /10 that is hovering around the $2,500 price point at the moment. Heck, there are even some great options for just a couple hundred like the Jumbo Patch 17/20 shown above. If LaMelo continues his solid play it’s not about how much you can afford to spend anyways. It’s about how much you can stomach missing out on!
Lamelo Ball Rookie Card Autograph Availablity
All of the sets we’ve mentioned in this post are available with LaMelo’s signature. You’ll just have to buck up a bit if you want one. But you know what they say, the more you invest, the more you stand to make. 1 year from now those could be some true words of wisdom. Do your due diligence and choose wisely!
Speaking of Lamelo Ball’s autograph, it’s interesting. To say the least. Now, to be fair, you can easily tell the first name says LaMelo. But that last name? Sorry LaMelo, but it could really use some work. You’re a future NBA star, not a doctor. If you’re reading this please consider touching it up a bit for next year’s round of cards! You’ll thank us later.
Question of the day: Will you be satisfied if LaMelo Ball has a rookie season comparable to that of Kendrick Nunn?
Lamelo Ball Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
This is our preferred option. He’s the odds-on favorite to win rookie of the year and there’s no shortage of the hype factor. As the season approaches, we should see prices rise enough to where you can make an incredibly quick profit if you buy NOW. If you hang on and ride the wave of LaMelo’s rookie season there will be more risk but likely a much higher payoff. Either way, we’d surprise if if this strategy didn’t pan out brilliantly. 9.5/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
We’re slightly more cautious with this since you never really know what you have in a player until he faces the world’s top talent. While he should be just fine, there’s no reason to commit to anything more than a year at this point. If you like what you see towards the end of next season hold on for the ride. It’ll be hard turning down those profits though. 7/10
Long (5 years plus)
Nope. Along the same line of thought as the medium-term investment, there’s no sense in looking this far ahead. If he turns out to be one of the league’s top players it’s definitely something to consider. But there’s a long way to go before that will ever happen. N/A
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