Anthony Davis Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide
Being the first overall pick in an NBA draft gives you instant recognition within the hobby. Playing for Team USA at the Summer Olympics gets you even more. Benefiting from both, Anthony Davis rookie cards are moving extremely well. Going forward, though, it's how he and his trademark brow match-up against the rest of the league that will determine his long-term place among collectors.
Davis entered the draft after just one season with the University of Kentucky Wildcats, leading the team to a National Championship. Davis won numerous honors including The Sporting News National Player of the Year and Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year. Still a teenager, the New Orleans Hornets shocked nobody by taking him first overall.
Anthony Davis rookie cards are found in 2012-13 NBA products produced by Panini. They are available at all price points, depending on your budget and collecting preferences. Below you will find details and images of all Davis' rookies. As sets will be released throughout the season and even into the off-season, we'll continue to add to it.
Anthony Davis Rookie Card Guide
Please note that this list will be updated as new sets are released. Click on the card name to shop for singles on eBay.
Another low-end option for collectors, the 2012-13 Panini Anthony Davis has a simple but attractive base card design. There are no major additions, letting the card stand on its own. Like NBA Hoops, this card should remain readily affordable for collectors on all budgets.
Once it's ready, the 2012-13 Panini Absolute Anthony Davis rookie card will have an on-card autograph. It's small print run of 199 should make it one of his more valuable rookie cards over the long-term. The card is inserted in packs as a redemption.
In case you can't tell from the image, 2012-13 Panini Brilliance loves embossed foil. It gives the card an unmistakable look (and feel) that helps separate it from the long list of Anthony Davis rookie cards. This is also one of his more affordable rookies.
2012-13 Panini Contenders Basketball has a wild liquid design for its rookie autographs. It's a big departure from the Rookie Ticket concept they have used extensively with the brand in the past. One aspect that remains the same is the fact that the rookie signatures are not serial numbered.
With a lot of collectors hunting for the Crusades inserts, the base set might be somewhat overlooked. The card is definitely one of the cheaper Anthony Davis rookie cards.
Sticking with the brand's tradition, 2012-13 Panini Elite rookies come with a foil design. This year's has a fresh feel with a simple design. The major selling point is the serial number, which limits the card to 599 copies. But without an autograph, the card sould remain relatively affordable.
The Anthony Davis Elite Series rookie card is top base option for collectors. The lower print run and elegant design make for an appealing alternative to traditional base rookie cards. Watch out for fingerprints.
An obvious play on the diamond inclusion, 2012-13 Flawless showed that there is really no amount too high for basketball collectors. This base rookie card for Anthony Davis includes the aforementioned diamond and a print run of 20.
An on-card autograph and rectangle jersey piece offer collectors an appealing Anthony Davis rookie card. Coming as no surprise, the design is heavy on gold.
The Innovation rookie card for Anthony Davis features a bizarre image choice. The open-mouthed stare of a man contemplating a free throw shot does not do justice to the beast within Antony Davis. The acetate material and lower print run make this a great budget option that will be harder to track down as time goes by.
While low numbered rookie cards are nothing new, a sticker autograph for the number one pick and print run of 25 seems a little crazy. Unremarkable as it is, the print run alone will keeps this card's value higher.
Rookie cards in 2012-13 Panini Limited come with a very distinct look. All are autographed and come on die-cut acetate. Davis is numbered to 199, making it one of his rarer cards. Should the design connect with collectors, this card could garner a lot of attention.
2012-13 Panini Marquee went big with its rookie cards, both in quantity and style. Anthony Davis has five different base cards in the set, all of which use a drastically different style. Swirlorama (#152) is a foil effect. #232 uses something called Black Holoboard. The Laser Cut #312 has "Rookie" etched down the side of the card. The Leather card (#392) is the rarest and most valuable. The final Anthony Davis rookie in the set is #462, which is done with acetate.
For those who like minimal designs, 2012-13 Panini Momentum isn't a bad choice. It comes from a high-end set that's more focused on hits and inserts than the base set. As a result, the card is somewhat rare despite not being serial numbered.
A large jersey patch and on-card signature combine with the brand recognition of National Treasures to form one of the best Anthony Davis rookie cards of the year. Although the higher than normal print run may hurt values slightly, it gives more collectors a shot at obtaining this nice card.
The 2012-13 NBA Hoops Anthony Davis rookie comes from a set that aims for wide appeal. It's a low-end card designed to kick off the new season. The card features a posed portrait that looks like it's primed for the NBA yearbook. Davis' suit almost disappears into the background. Because it comes from an entry-level release, there are plenty of cards to go around. The price should also remain modest when compared to other high-end options.
This is a card for collectors who like the old school. For some, the best part about the bright retro vibe is the price tag. This is one of the center's cheapest rookies.
2012-13 Panini Preferred Anthony Davis RC #325 Autographed Jersey #/99 RS, #407 Autograph #/25 CR, #507 Autograph #/25 PC
Merging multiple designs in to the same base set, 2012-13 Preferred has three different autographed Anthony Davis cards. The Rookie Silhouettes, especially the prime parallel, have been the most popular of the group, but all three offer a limited print run and on-card signature.
Another cheaper option, the 2012-13 Panini Prestige Anthony Davis was the first rookie card on the market to show him in his Hornets gear. The design is clean, offering both lots of white space and a pair of photos.
The 2012-13 Panini Prizm Anthony Davis rookie card is a great option for those without the funds for an autograph or extremely low numbered card. The card has a chromium look, something that has been missing from the basketball card market for several years. Prizms parallels are also popular. Besides the base set, Davis is also featured in the USA Basketball insert set.
Anthony Davis has two high-end rookie cards in 2012-13 Select Basketball. Both come with on-card autographs and are numbered to 149. The second card (#270) also includes a jersey piece. Given the popularity of Select, these should be some of the most popular Anthony Davis rookie cards.
Panini Signatures does not have a typical product format. While there is no true base set, the Chase Rookies basically assumes that role. Each player highlighted has ten cards, all featuring different images, and each card is numbered to 25. This large quantity of low numbered cards makes it easier for collectors to snag the rookie of an elite player like Anthony Davis.
Simple and to the point, there is no fluff with Panini's line of sticker cards. It may not be the top choice, but it is a great way to keep young collectors involved with top NBA players for a fraction of the cost.
Although Panini featured Anthony Davis' signature heavily in earlier products, 2012-13 Panini Threads has his first autographed rookie card. While that makes it notable in its own right, it's also printed on wood card stock, giving it an even more distinct look and feel.
2012-13 Panini Timeless Treasures rookie cards have autographs that have a see-through look that gives the appearance it's floating. Numbered to just 188, Anthony Davis is by far the toughest to find in the subset. Most are numbered to 399 or 499.
The 2012-13 Panini Totally Certified Anthony Davis rookie card arrives with the subtlety of an elephant in an elevator. Loud and proud, the etched foil design is unmistakable. Among unnumbered rookies, this should be one of the more valuable options. Still, prices should remain within reach for most.
Other Notable Early Anthony Davis Cards
As a part of the final three 2011-12 NBA products, Panini inserted redemption cards for 2012 draft picks. Numbers were paired with their draft position. As the first overall pick, Anthony Davis is redemption card #1 in each of the three sets. These should not be confused with the 2011 draft redemptions, which also have autographs.