2014-15 NBA Rookie Card Collecting Guide

2014-15 NBA Rookie Card Collecting Guide

Top RCs

Fueling the most anticipation for basketball rookie collectors in recent memory, the 2014 NBA Draft class entered their inaugural season with much excitement and fanfare. While the early results were not as strong as expected, the final verdict may not come for many years. One sure thing is that the 2014-15 NBA rookie group is stacked with potential.

In addition to 2014-15 products, collectors have other places to obtain cards for the incoming rookie class. First, previous products, like 2013-14 Panini Signatures and 2013-14 Panini Intrigue, include redemption cards for players from the 2014 NBA Draft. Also, various cards have been trickling out for the top players in other limited releases.

Several players have been previously featured on SI Kids cards. 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball brought the first autographs for Doug McDermott and Shabazz Napier, and Dante Exum was included in the 2014 Panini Father's Day set. Also, several of the top picks were featured in a special Hoops promo giveaway at the 2014 NBA Summer League.

Collectors can also find many early options from the 2014 National Convention in Cleveland, including wrapper redemption cards, the NSCC VIP set and VIP gold party packs, which featured autographs. Additionally, Leaf released a special five-card set for first-overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. Limited Leaf autographed versions for Wiggins were also available.

It is important to note that while Nerlens Noel has rookie cards in previous 2013-14 products, he will be recognized as an NBA rookie for 2014-15 since it will be his first season in the league after missing the entire year with a knee injury. Check out all the Nerlens Noel rookie options here. Bojan Bogdanovic is another player who was drafted in a previous season and is making good impressions in his rookie season. However, there are currently no cards available for the Brooklyn Nets' shooting guard.

The list below features a detailed rank of the top ten 2014-15 NBA rookies for collectors, as well as a simple overview of the other notable rookie players on the tab above. Key injured players are also covered below the top ten list. It is important to note that although some of these players will be included in basketball releases from other brands like Leaf or Upper Deck, several of the top rookies, including the first three picks, are exclusive to Panini products.

2014-15 NBA Draft Rookie Card Collecting Guide

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1. Andrew Wiggins, SG - Minnesota Timberwolves

2014 Draft: 1st Overall
College: Kansas

After a tough start to his NBA career, including a trade that ended up taking a month to materialize, Andrew Wiggins is back on track to NBA greatness. His game is coming together nicely and he leads all rookies in points per game and minutes per game on a rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves squad. Wiggins is now the clear favorite for Rookie of the Year and remains the top option for collectors. View a detailed look at all the Andrew Wiggins rookie cards here.

2014-15 Prizm Base Andrew Wiggins

2. Elfrid Payton, PG - Orlando Magic

2014 Draft: 10th Overall
College: UL-Lafayette

Another player that is blossoming on a bad team, Elfrid Payton looks to be the point guard of the future for the Orlando Magic. Scoring, facilitating and defense, Payton can do it all and collectors are not overlooking the dynamic Ragin' Cajun.

2014-15 NBA Hoops Elfrid Payton RC

3. Nikola Mirotic, PF - Chicago Bulls

2011 Draft: 23rd Overall (Houston)
Former Team: Real Madrid

One of the biggest surprises of the 2014-15 rookie class, Nikola Mirotic was originally drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2011, but was traded twice on draft night and ended up with the Chicago Bulls. Mirotic remained with Real Madrid for a few more years before joining the Bulls in 2014-15. Although he put forth a strong start to his debut season, including an Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award in December, Mirotic has struggled to find minutes on a seasoned Bulls' roster. Collectors are more limited as well and his autographs are only found in 2013-14 Exquisite and 2014-15 UD Letterman.

2014-15 UD Letterman Nikola Mirotic Autograph

4. Zach LaVine, PG - Minnesota T-Wolves

2014 Draft: 13th Overall
College: UCLA

Although Andrew Wiggins is still the top rookie in Minnesota, Zach LaVine is surging up and his minutes got a nice bump thanks to the Ricky Rubio injury. Once Rubio returns, LaVine will likely return to his backup role, but he has shown enough to excite collectors about the future.

2014-15 Totally Certified Zach LaVine RC

5. Marcus Smart, PG - Boston Celtics

2014 Draft: 6th Overall
College: Oklahoma State

With Rajon Rondo gone, it appeared that Marcus Smart was about to inherit the starting point guard role, but that has not been the case so far. While Smart has still seen good minutes, his production has been uneven. Nevertheless, the Celtics have a strong collecting base and Marcus Smart is one of the top overall rookies in the hobby.

2014-15 Prestige Marcus Smart RC

6. Doug McDermott, SF - Chicago Bulls

2014 Draft: 11th Overall
College: Creighton

Arguably the best shooter in the rookie group, Doug McDermott's production has suffered as he has not received much playing time. Despite this, the Creighton grad is a player to keep a close eye on from a collecting perspective and his hobby interest remains strong.

2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball Freshman Phenoms Doug McDermott

7. Shabazz Napier, PG - Miami Heat

2014 Draft: 24th Overall
College: Connecticut

Shabazz Napier has seen highs and lows since he made his debut. Basically picked by LeBron James before he left Miami for Cleveland, Napier followed up a good December with a demotion to the D-League. Now back with the Miami Heat, he has been productive with his minutes and collectors are taking notice.

2014-15 Court Kings Shabazz Napier RC

8. Dante Exum, SG - Utah Jazz

2014 Draft: 5th Overall
Former Team: Australia HS

Although he was an early favorite for collectors, Dante Exum has had a disappointing rookie season thus far. However, his collecting market is still solid and many are hoping he can get things going in the second half of the year.

2014-15 Prizm Red Autographs Dante Exum

9. K.J. McDaniels, SG - Philadelphia 76ers

2014 Draft: 32nd Overall (2nd Round)
College: Clemson

While his rookie season has been plagued by inconsistency,  K.J. McDaniels looks to be one of the steals of the draft based on his overall athleticism and defensive intensity. Collecting interest has certainly picked up for the second-round pick.

2014-15 Totally Certified Rookie Roll Call Autographs K.J. McDaniels

10. Aaron Gordon, PF - Orlando Magic

2014 Draft: 4th Overall
College: Arizona

While the high pick insured that Aaron Gordon would get plenty of interest from collectors, many felt his transition would be slow.  This was even more so the case after a foot injury kept him out for two months. Still, the athletic forward remains popular with collectors.

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures Aaron Gordon

*Jabari Parker, SF - Milwaukee Bucks*

2014 Draft: 2nd Overall
College: Duke

The early favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year, Jabari Parker still seemed like the frontrunner after November where he earned the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, but injury struck and his season is now over. This has not deterred collectors and Parker is still one of the top rookie card options with the hope that he will return next year ready to build on his success. View a detailed look at all the Jabari Parker rookie cards here.

2014-15 Panini Paramount Jabari Parker RC #27

*Joel Embiid, C - Philadelphia 76ers*

2014 Draft: 3rd Overall
College: Kansas

Joel Embiid has already built a sizable following based on his enormous potential and humorous and occasionally bizarre Twitter interactions. Similar to his teammate Nerlens Noel, Embiid is expected to miss most of his first season and possibly all of it. Regardless, he will stay popular in the hobby during the year, but will likely not see substantial gains or losses until more is known about his availability.

2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball Joel Embiid RC

*Julius Randle, PF - LA Lakers*

2014 Draft: 7th Overall
College: Kentucky

Another victim of the injury bug, Julius Randle did not make it through his first NBA game before tragedy struck. A broken leg and the surgery that followed has resulted in an early end to a promising rookie season. As a top pick for the Lakers from a prestigious basketball college, Julius Randle will remain on the hobby radar.

2014-15 NBA Hoops Julius Randle RC

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2014-15 JAMES ENNIS PRIZM BLUE MOJO REFRACTOR PATCH & GREEN REFRACTOR RC #96-274
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2014-15 Hoops Gold #262 Jabari Parker - NM-MT
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2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Newly Minted Patch Dante Exum Marcus Smart 02 25
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Other Notable RCs

Other Notable 2014-15 NBA Rookies

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Nik Stauskas, SG - Sacramento Kings
2014 Draft: 8th Overall
College: Michigan

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures Nik Stauskas

Noah Vonleh, PF - Charlotte Hornets
2014 Draft: 9th Overall
College: Indiana

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures Noah Vonleh

T.J. Warren, SF - Phoenix Suns
2014 Draft: 14th Overall
College: NC State

2014-15 NBA Hoops T.J. Warren RC

Adreian Payne, PF - Atlanta Hawks
2014 Draft: 15th Overall
College: Michigan State

2014-15 NBA Hoops Adreian Payne RC

Jusuf Nurkic, C - Denver Nuggets
2014 Draft: 16th Overall (Chicago)
Previous Team: Cedevita (Croatia)

2014-15 Prizm Jusuf Nurkic RC

James Young, SG - Boston Celtics
2014 Draft: 17th Overall
College: Kentucky

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures James Young

Tyler Ennis, PG - Phoenix Suns
2014 Draft: 18th Overall
College: Syracuse

2014-15 NBA Hoops Tyler Ennis RC

Gary Harris, SG - Denver Nuggets
2014 Draft: 19th Overall
College: Michigan State

2014-15 NBA Hoops Gary Harris RC

Bruno Caboclo, SF - Toronto Raptors
2014 Draft: 20th Overall
Previous Team: Esporte Clube Pinheiros (Brazil)

2014-15 Prizm Gold Autographs Bruno Caboclo

Mitch McGary, PF - OKC Thunder
2014 Draft: 21st Overall
College: Michigan

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures Mitch McGary

Rodney Hood, SG - Utah Jazz
2014 Draft: 23rd Overall
College: Duke

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures Rodney Hood

P.J. Hairston, SG - Charlotte Hornets
2014 Draft: 26th Overall
Former Team: Texas Legends (D-League)

2014-15 NBA Hoops P.J. Hairston RC

C.J. Wilcox, SG - Los Angeles Clippers
2014 Draft: 28th Overall
College: Washington

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures C.J. Wilcox

Kyle Anderson, PF - San Antonio Spurs
2014 Draft: 30th Overall
College: UCLA

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures Kyle Anderson

Cleanthony Early, SF - New York Knicks
2014 Draft: 34th Overall (2nd Round)
College: Wichita State

2014-15 NBA Hoops Cleanthony Early RC

Glenn Robinson III, SG - Minn. T-Wolves
2014 Draft: 40th Overall (2nd Round)
College: Michigan

2014-15 NBA Hoops Hot Signatures Glenn Robinson III

Jordan Clarkson, PG - LA Lakers
2014 Draft: 46th Overall (2nd Round)
College: Missouri/Tulsa

2014-15 Prizm Jordan Clarkson RC

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2014-15 Select Prizm #100 ANDREW WIGGINS Refractor RC
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2014-15 BOJAN BOGOANOVIC PRIZM BLUE WAVE & 2-GREEN REFRACTORS RC #293
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2014-15 SPENCER DINWIDDIE BLUE MOJO PATCH& GREEN REFRACTOR & RED, WHITE, BLUE RC
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Joel Embiid RC 2014-15 Prizm Blue 99 & Yellow Red Mosaic Refractor Rookie
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14-15 Select Rookie Swatches DAMIEN INGLIS Patch Mosaic Gold Refractor RC 08 10
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2014-15 Select AARON GORDON Jersey Patch Tie Dye Prizm Refractor RC 10 25
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2014-15 PANINI PRESTIGE RC AARON GORDON 18 99 THICK REF FOIL
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2014-15 Select Prizm #10 DANTE EXUM Blue Refractor Jersey RC #56 99 Jazz
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2014-15 Panini Select Concourse Refractor #99 Jabari Parker Milwaukee Bucks RC!
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2014-15 Panini Courts Kings Andrew Wiggins RC 1 Of 1 Black Portraits True 1 1
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2014-15 Panini Select Jabari Parker Die Cut Tie Dye Prizm Refractor Card 25 RC
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2014-15 Panini Threads #375 Erick Green WOOD RC ROOKIE
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Trey Treutel

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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