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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2002-03 FLEER PREMIUM PRIME TIME , DIRK NOWITZKI , DALLAS !! BOX 46
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1998 - 1999 Topps Finest DIRK NOWITZKI DALLAS MAVERICKS #234 Graded 10!!!!
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2007-08 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB DIRK NOWITZKI "BEAM TEAM" JERSEY - DALLAS MAVERICKS
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1998-99 Topps Draft Redemption Dirk Nowitzki BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Rookie
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1998-99 topps chrome #154 DIRK NOWITZKI mavericks rookie BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5
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2002-03 Upper Deck Finite Elements Jersey #DNJ Dirk Nowitzki Jsy
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2002-03 Fleer Platinum Portraits Game Worn Jersey #DN Dirk Nowitzki Jsy
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2003-04 SP Game Used #16 Dirk Nowitzki JSY Jersey
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2002-03 Fleer Platinum Nameplates #DN Dirk Nowitzki Jersey PATCH 14 255
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2003-04 Upper Deck Sweet Shot Jersey #DNJ Dirk Nowitzki Jsy
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2013 14 Panini Intriguing Pairs DIRK NOWITZKI Dejuan Blair #43 25 Prime Jersey
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2000-01 Topps Reserve Game Jerseys #TAS26 Dirk Nowitzki B Jsy
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DIRK NOWITZKI ROOKIES KEVIN DURANT TIM DUNCAN UPPER DECK ROOKIE RC BELINELLI
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1998-99 Finest Dirk Nowitzki NO PROTECTOR Rookie RC #234 Mavericks *A1XO
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2012-13 National Treasures DIRK NOWITZKI #14 49 COLOSSAL JERSEY RELIC "41"
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2013-14 Select Dirk Nowitzki SSP GOLD Prizm Skills Insert 8 10 Dallas Mavericks
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