The NBA will soon have another massive guard patrolling the courts. One that has been described as a human energy drink. That alone seems like a decent enough reason to pick up a Scottie Barnes rookie card. In addition to the Red Bull-like energy on the court, the Raptors first-rounder is also a front runner to win the 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year award. Oh, and it also seems all but certain that Barnes will be starting from day one of the regular season. These are all good things. For both Raptor fans and anyone who owns one of Barnes’ first-year cards. Speaking of those, let’s see which ones are available so far.
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Scottie Barnes Rookie Card Top Releases
2021-22 Panini Instant (Check Price)
Panini’s first to market rookie collection delivers an “instant” look at the best players in the 2021 NBA Draft. And of course, Barnes is one of them. This is far from the best collection that Panini has to offer but it is the first. They’re also much more affordable than the cards that will be released over the following months so if you’re looking for an early-season low-risk play, hone in on one of these.
2021-22 Panini Chronicles (Check Price)
Easily the best Scottie Barnes rookie card to be released so far. If you’re confused as to why we’re showing a picture of a Donruss Optic card even though we listed Panini Chronicles it’s because Chronicles is an early release every year that previews all of the big-name collections that are on the way. So in addition to that sweet Optics card above, you’ll find a variety of other Panini brands. Talk about covering all the bases! Anyways, prices are still cheap with many of the top-selling cards so far going for less than $100. Just imagine what those prices turn into if he makes a run at ROY.
2021 Onyx Authenticated (Check Price)
Anyone with a flair for retro can thank their lucky stars that Onyx Authenticated remains steadfast in their efforts to provide a card that shies away from the modern glitz and glam we often see in their modern card collecting industry. In addition to the throw back vibe, Onyx also provides a set that is incredibly affordable. For instance, even ungraded Scottie Barnes rookie cards from this collection are available for well under $100. Looking to spend even less? No problem! Grab one of the base cards for just a few bucks. A clear no-brainer for the thrifty collector with a taste for that classic card look.
Scott Barnes College Basketball Performance
If you’re thinking about buying a Scottie Barnes rookie card, it helps to be aware of how the kid did in college. While he was a classic one and done at Flordia State, Barnes did show some flashes of the player he could become. Just take a look at this highlight reel!
As far as the numbers go, Barnes averaged just over 10 points and 4 assists per game with an average of exactly 4 rebounds. Nothing eye-popping. However, his mixed set of tools had scouts drooling all season long so it’d be a mistake to dismiss the Raptors first-round pick based on his lone college season. We have a feeling you’ll see why in the upcoming months.
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Scottie Barnes Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
We love this idea as Barnes will be overshadowed by bigger names such as first overall pick Cade Cunningham. That means lower prices. And with first-round talent and a starting role in 2021, we could see Scottie stepping out of the shadows sooner than you’d expect. If so you’ll do quite well on your short-term investment. 7/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
The Raptors are on the rebuild and plan to make Barnes the focus of their efforts. If he is indeed the one who leads them back to the playoffs you’ll be glad you held onto your card and passed up on short-term profits. The question is can he do it in just a few years? It’s a riskier strategy but it could pay off BIG. 6/10
Long (3 years plus)