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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(T246) 07-08 Brandan Wright Topps Echelon #53 RED PARALLEL RC #D 19 25
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(T242) 07-08 Brandan Wright Topps Chrome #158 BLACK XFRACTOR RC #D 27 50
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(T241) 07-08 Brandan Wright Bowman Chrome #160 XFRACTOR RC #D 7 50
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(T240) 07-08 Brandan Wright Bowman Chrome #160 GOLD REFRACTOR RC #D 13 99
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(T254) 07-08 Brandan Wright Bowman Chrome #160 BLACK REFRACTOR AUTO RC #D75 99
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(T249) 07-08 Brandan Wright Topps Stadium Club #108 GOLD REFRACTOR RC #D 72 99
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(T248) 07-08 Brandan Wright Topps Stadium Club #108 GOLD REFRACTOR RC
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Dirk Nowitzki - GU jersey card
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1998-99 Upper Deck Dirk Nowitzki Rookie Encore #RE7
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2001-02 Upper Deck Michael Finley Dirk Nowitzki Dual Game Jersey Combo MF DN
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2002-03 Stadium Club Dirk Nowitzki Frequent Flyers Mavs Jersey #233 700 FF DN
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2003-04 Topps Jersey Edition Dirk Nowitzki Mavs Road Jersey #264 299 jeDN
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2002-03 Fleer Platinum Dirk Nowitzki Platinum Portraits Mavs Jersey PP DN
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1998-99 Upper Deck Black Diamond Dirk Nowitzki Rookie Diamond Futures RC #92
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