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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1998 Finest Dirk Nowitzki W Coating #234 PSA 9 Mint
$24.00
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1998 Upper Deck Dirk Nowitzki #320 PSA 9 Mint Rookie Watch
$18.75
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DIRK NOWITZKI RC 1998-99 BGS 9 UD BLACK DIAMOND TRIPLE ROOKIE CARD 161 1000 MAVS
$39.99
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1998-99 sp authentic #99 DIRK NOWITZKI rookie BGS 10 9 9.5 9.5
$150.00
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2013 14 National Treasures DIRK NOWITZKI Jersey #ED 21 25 3 CLR PATCH Game-Worn
$13.50
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DIRK NOWITZKI 2005-06 Topps Chrome BLACK REFRACTOR #72 SP #D 399 MAVERICKS
$11.95
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1998-99 CARD #9 FLAIR SHOWCASE CLASS OF '98 DIRK NOWITZKI BCCG MINT+ 10.0 BGS
$49.50
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Dirk Nowitzki 1998-99 Upper Deck #320 Rookie Card
$14.95
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Dirk Nowitzki 1998-99 Upper Deck Ovation #79 Rookie Card
$9.95
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DIRK NOWITZKI 2013-14 National Treasures 1 1 Black Printing Plate IMMACULATE
$13.50
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1998-99 UPPER DECK #320 DIRK NOWITZKI ROOKIE RC
$6.49
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2013-14 National Treasures Signatures DIRK NOWITZKI AUTO AUTOGRAPH 48 49 MAVS
$51.03
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Dirk Nowitzki Tim Duncan Kevin Love Frye Davis Thomas Young Jersey Booklet 199
$30.00
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Dirk Nowitzki 1998-99 Skybox Molten Metal Xplosion Rookie #35 Dallas Mavericks
$15.00
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Dirk Nowitzki 2009-10 Absolute Marks of Fame Jersey (17 100) Dallas Mavericks #7
$15.00
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Dirk Nowitzki 1998-99 Upper Deck Encore Rookie #122 Dallas Mavericks Watch
$10.00
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