2014-15 NBA Rookie Card Collecting Guide

2014-15 NBA Rookie Card Collecting Guide

Fueling the most anticipation for basketball rookie collectors in recent memory, the 2014 NBA Draft class enters their inaugural season with much excitement and fanfare. Although their first official pack-pulled cards in 2014-15 NBA products are still a few months away, collectors can find cards for most of top draft picks now and those numbers will continue to grow.

While the final verdict may not come for many years, one sure thing is that the 2014 NBA Draft is stacked with potential. Drawing comparisons to the last big NBA Draft season, 2003-04, which included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and many others, fans and collectors have considerable expectations for this newest group of NBA players.

Unfortunately for collectors caught up in the excitement of these impressive rookies, the NBA season does not start until October 28th. The first official NBA product, 2014-15 NBA Hoops, will not release until a week or two before that. Whetting the appetite for collectors, Panini revealed virtual cards from Hoops in real-time as the players were drafted.

Despite this apparent cardboard void, this does not mean that collectors will have to wait to track down cards for top players in the 2014-15 rookie class. First, current products like 2013-14 Panini Signatures and 2013-14 Panini Intrigue include redemption cards for players from the 2014 NBA Draft. Also, live cards have been trickling out for the top players. 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.

But the biggest early release came at the 2014 National Convention in Cleveland. Between the wrapper redemption, NSCC VIP set and VIP gold party packs, Panini produced cards for many of the top 40 picks, including some autographs. Additionally, Leaf released a special five-card set for first-overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. Limited Leaf autographed versions for Wiggins are also available.

More information will certainly be revealed about the 2014-15 products in the next few months, but for now, check out the options currently available for each player by clicking on the listing below. It is important to note that there are no official rookie cards available at this point and nearly all the cards shown below were originally found in promotional packs. Because of this, they will mostly be found as singles.

Check back once the season nears, as we will break down the best collecting options among the 2014-15 NBA rookies. Although some of these players will be included in Leaf basketball releases, several of the top rookies, including the first three picks, are exclusive to Panini products. In the meantime, check out our guide to the top 2013-14 NBA rookies.

2014-15 NBA Draft Rookie Card Collecting Guide

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Andrew Wiggins, SG - Cleveland Cavs
2014 Draft: 1st Overall
College: Kansas

2014 Panini National Convention Refractor Andrew Wiggins 215x300 Image

Joel Embiid, C - Philadelphia 76ers
2014 Draft: 3rd Overall
College: Kansas

2014 Panini National Convention Joel Embiid 213x300 Image

Dante Exum, SG - Utah Jazz
2014 Draft: 5th Overall
Former Team: Australia HS

2014 Panini National Convention Refractor Autograph Dante Exum 212x300 Image

Julius Randle, PF - LA Lakers
2014 Draft: 7th Overall
College: Kentucky

2014 Panini National Convention Julius Randle 215x300 Image

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

Doug McDermott, SF - Chicago Bulls
2014 Draft: 11th Overall
College: Creighton

2014 Topps Allen Ginter Baseball Autographs McDermott1 211x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic TJ Warren 209x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic James Young 212x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Lava Gary Harris 211x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Lava Rodney Hood 210x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic P.J. Hairston 212x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Kyle Anderson 216x300 Image

DeAndre Daniels, SF - Toronto Raptors
2014 Draft: 37th Overall (2nd Round)
College: Connecticut

2014 Panini National Convention Relic DeAndre Daniels 212x300 Image

Jabari Parker, SF - Milwaukee Bucks
2014 Draft: 2nd Overall
College: Duke

2014 Panini National Convention Jabari Parker 215x300 Image

Aaron Gordon, PF - Orlando Magic
2014 Draft: 4th Overall
College: Arizona

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Aaron Gordon 214x300 Image

Marcus Smart, PG - Boston Celtics
2014 Draft: 6th Overall
College: Oklahoma State

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Marcus Smart 211x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Lava Nik Stauskas 210x300 Image

Elfrid Payton, PG - Orlando Magic
2014 Draft: 10th Overall
College: UL-Lafayette

Zach LaVine, PG - Minnesota T-Wolves
2014 Draft: 13th Overall
College: UCLA

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Zach LaVine 213x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Adreian Payne 212x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Tyler Ennis 214x300 Image

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

2013 SI Kids Mitch McGary 295 222x300 Image

Shabazz Napier, PG - Miami Heat
2014 Draft: 24th Overall
College: Connecticut

2014 Topps Allen Ginter Non Baseball Autographs Shabazz Napier 214x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Lava C.J. Wilcox 212x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Cleathony Early 205x300 Image

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

2014 Panini National Convention Relic Lava Glenn Robinson III 215x300 Image

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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. As an adult, 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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