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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(3) Card Lot 1998-9 Topps Finest Rookie Cards Dirk Nowitzki RC's
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1998-99 Topps #154 and 2003 SPX Winning Materials Dirk Nowitzki Lot (2) MINT
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2009 10 PANINI CLASSICS DIRK NOWITZKI & TIM DUNCAN DUAL G W JERSEY CARD 101 199
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1998 Finest 234 Dirk Nowitzki NM-MT #D24095
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2015-16 National Treasures Dirk Nowitzki NBA Material 2 Color Patch (05 25)
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2015-16 National Treasures Dirk Nowitzki NBA Material 2 Color Patch (06 25)
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2015-16 National Treasures Dirk Nowitzki NBA Material Gold 3 Color Patch (03 10)
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2014-15 Panini Prestige Bonus Shots Blue Premium #128 Dirk Nowitzki 99 Card 2k5
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2013 Panini Intrigue #27 Dirk Nowitzki Dwyane Wade Tim Duncan 25 Miami Heat 0e0
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2015-16 Panini Prizm Dirk Nowitzki WHITE SPARKLE SSP Mavericks
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98 99 SHOWCASE DIRK NOWITZKI ROW 3 ROOKIE CARD BGS 9 MINT
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2013-14 Panini National Treasures Sneaker Swatches 29 Dirk Nowitzki 99 Card 4g3
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Dirk Nowitzki - (2) Memorabilia & Serial Numbered Cards
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Dirk Nowitzki - 2014-15 Donruss Gamers Jerseys #29
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2013 Panini Immaculate Collection #29 Dirk Nowitzki Paul Pierce Vince Carter 6f7
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2015-16 Panini Limited Team Trademarks 7 Dirk Nowitzki 149 Dallas Mavericks 5l1
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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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