Dirk Nowitzki Basketball Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Buying Guide

Dirk Nowitzki Basketball Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Buying Guide

Since entering the NBA more than a decade ago, Dirk Nowitzki has been one of basketball's top stars. However, he's done so without being overly flashy or controversial. He's been somewhat overlooked by many basketball collectors as well when compared with other stars performing at similar levels. Until recently, several of his rookie cards could be bought for less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks. And I'm not talking some fancy frothy thing either. That's changing quickly, though, with Nowitzki leading a Mavericks march for an NBA Championship.

The German-born Nowitzki was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the ninth-overall pick in the 1998 draft. He was quickly traded to Dallas alongside Pat Garrity for the late Robert "Tractor" Traylor. Garrity was then traded to Phoenix for Steve Nash, giving Dallas a hot pairing that would lead the team to prominence. When Nash headed back to the Suns following the 2003-04 season, Nowitzki became the undisputed leader of the team, taking them to the 2006 NBA Finals. Nowitzki has continued to be a superstar for the Mavericks, emerging as one of the game's elite.

Nowitzki had 18 rookie cards in 1998-99, none of which were autographed or featured memorabilia pieces. Only two cards were serial numbered: SP Authentic (/3500) and SPx Finite (2500). His Stadium Club rookie card was a redemption, making it one of his most desirable cards. It is important to note that the Stadium Club rookie is #109 in the set. Card #202 isn't his first card in the set, so it's not generally regarded as a true rookie card and is valued as such. For those wanting more of a challenge beyond Nowitzki's basic rookie cards, most of these have much tougher parallels.

Dirk Nowitzki Rookie Card Checklist

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NG) 6x 2012-13 Panini Limited BASE LOT Dirk Nowitzki GAY TEAGUE Jamison
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1998-99 SkyBox Molten Metal Basketball #35 Dirk Nowitzki RC
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2006-07 Topps Luxury Box Mezzanine Relics #DN Dirk Nowitzki Jersey 349
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2012-13 PANINI SIGNATURES STARS #69 DIRK NOWITZKI #6 25
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2002-03 Upper Deck Honor Roll Dual Warm-ups #DNSN Dirk Nowitzki Steve Nash
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2015 16 Panini Preferred Stat Line Booklet Dirk Nowitzki 076 149 MAVERICKS
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1998-99 Stadium Club First Day Issue 200 Dirk Nowitzki RC RARE Mavs 90's Insert
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2013-14 Panini Select Swatches #26 Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks Card 0k8
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2015-16 Preferred Stat Line Jersey Booklet Dirk Nowitzki 021 149 Mavericks
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Dirk Nowitzki 14 15 Panini Excalibur Knight Court Red Foil #15 99
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2014-15 Panini Spectra Top Tier Threads Prizm #TT-DN Dirk Nowitzki 35 Card 3g3
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Dirk Nowitzki 09 10 Absolute Memorabilia Game Used Jersey #50 100
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2015-16 Limited Trophy Case Jersey #2 Dirk Nowitzki 061 149 Dallas Mavericks
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1998-99 Skybox Premium 255 Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks RC Basketball Card 3g6
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2013-14 PANINI INTRIGUE DIRK NOWITZKI TOP FLIGHT UNIS 013 199
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2013-14 PANINI INTRIGUE DIRK NOWITZKI TOP FLIGHT UNIS 120 199
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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