Kyrie Irving Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide

Kyrie Irving Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide

It was a long time coming for official Kyrie Irving rookie cards. With the lockout shortening the 2011-12 NBA season, Panini opted to go with a double-rookie class in their 2012-13 products. That meant an extra year for the first Kyrie Irving rookies to hit the market.

And now they're here.

The first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Irving was the league's Rookie of the Year. In his first season, the guard averaged 18.5 points per game. He's the Cavaliers' cornerstone as they look to rebuild following the free agent departure of LeBron James.

Collectors can expect to see  Duke alumnus as a centerpiece in all of Panini's 2012-13 products. By season's end, there will likely be Kyrie Irving rookie cards at all price points, including autographs and memorabilia cards. Irving does have a couple of cards produced in 2011-12, although they are not considered official rookies. These are highlighted below along with all of the official Kyrie Irving rookie cards.

We will continue to update this page as more Kyrie Irving rookie cards are released.

Kyrie Irving Rookie Card Guide

Please note, this is an ongoing list that will be added to as more 2012-13 basketball card sets are released and Kyrie Irving has more rookie cards.

2012-13 Panini Kyrie Irving RC #227

Like NBA Hoops, 2012-13 Panini offers a straight-forward option for collectors. Although printed with a little higher quality than the Hoops card, prices should remain fairly low.

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2012-13 Panini Absolute Kyrie Irving RC #151 Autograph #/199 - Redemption

Headlined by an on-card signature and a low print run, the 2012-13 Panini Absolute Kyrie Irving rookie card is one of his most popular. Like several of his rookie cards, it was originally available via redemption.

2012 13 Panini Absolute Kyrie Irving RC 151 Autograph 220x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Brilliance Kyrie Irving RC #260

Similar to Kyrie Irving's Prizm rookie card, 2012-13 Panini Brilliance Basketball offers collectors a mid-level look for a budget price. Collectors who enjoy foil or embossing will be especially impressed by this rookie card.

2012 13 Panini Brilliance Kyrie Irving RC 260 213x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Contenders Kyrie Irving RC #250 Autograph - Redemption

Although 2012-13 Panini Contenders Basketball abandoned the Rookie Ticket concept, one of the set's highlights remain the abundant rookie autographs. Although inserted in packs as a redemption, it didn't take too long for redeemed cards to surface.

2012 13 Panini Contenders Kyrie Irving RC 212x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Crusade Kyrie Irving RC #98

The Crusade rookie card for Kyire Irving does not offer much to collectors. A large white background includes a light sketch of wings behind an image of Irving. Although it is not a true rookie, the Crusade insert and additional color parallels have emerged as a more popular alternative.

2012 13 Panini Crusade Kyrie Irving RC 98 213x300 Image2012 13 Panini Crusade Insert Kyrie Irving  212x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Elite Kyrie Irving RC #201 #/599

The main draw on the 2012-13 Panini Elite Kyrie Irving is its serial number. Limited to 599 copies, it hovers in that nice area of being available but not too readily so. The lack of autograph should keep the price reasonable over the long-term. It's one of the better options for those who don't have the budget or desire to chase after high-end rookie cards.

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2012-13 Panini Elite Series Kyrie Irving RC #203 #/249

Arguably the most refined design, Elite Series offers collectors a Kyrie Irving rookie card with class. The limited print run of 249 should keep values strong.

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2012-13 Panini Flawless Kyrie Irving RC #96 Diamond #/20

Flawless took the collecting world by storm and even the non-signed base cards produced big values. This Kyrie Irving rookie card is limited to 20 and features an embedded diamond.

2012 13 Panini Flawless Kyrie Irving RC 96 Diamond 211x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Gold Standard Kyrie Irving RC #227 Autographed Jersey

While the 2012-13 Gold Standard rookie for Kyrie Irving includes both a an on-card signature and jersey piece, the lack of numbering might be a blessing for budget collectors and a curse for high-end collectors. Either way, the ornate card is an appealing option for collectors.

2012 13 Panini Gold Standard Kyrie Irving RC 227 Autographed Jersey 214x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Innovation Kyrie Irving RC #161 #/349

At this point, acetate is hardly innovative, but the 202-13 Panini Innovation Kyrie Irving rookie does present a nice alternative. Adding to the this, a lower print run insures that values will remain solid.

2012 13 Panini Innovation Kyrie Irving RC 161 219x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Intrigue Kyrie Irving RC #113 Autographed Jersey #/199 - Redemption

Another redemption, Irving's 2012-13 Panini Intrigue rookie does not feature the best design. The card features a horizontal layout, sticker autograph and small circle jersey piece. Also, the decision to include the first name and last name  in different font size and spacing seems bizarre.

2012-13 Panini Limited Kyrie Irving RC #155 Autograph #/199 - Redemption

The 2012-13 Panini Limited Kyrie Irving rookie card comes in packs as a redemption. The actual card features a die-cut acetate design meant to look like the NBA's Rookie of the Year trophy. The unique design, on-card autograph and low numbering combine to make one of Irving's top rookies.

2012 13 Panini Limited Kyrie Irving RC 155 Autograph 210x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Marquee Kyrie Irving RC #161, 241, 321, 401, 471

2012-13 Panini Marquee Basketball has no shortage of rookie cards. Kyrie Irving has five different base cards in the set, all of which are distinct from one another. Card #161 uses an effect Panini dubbed Swirlorama. #241 is done on Black Holoboard. Die-cut lettering is the highlight of #321. The most popular cards in the set are the Leather rookies. Irving is #401. Finally, there's #471, which uses a plastic card stock.

2012 13 Panini Marquee Kyrie Irving RC 161 214x300 Image 2012 13 Panini Marquee Kyrie Irving RC 241 213x300 Image

2012 13 Panini Marquee Kyrie Irving RC 321 215x300 Image 2012 13 Panini Marquee Kyrie Irving RC 401 215x300 Image

2012 13 Panini Marquee Kyrie Irving RC 471 215x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Momentum Kyrie Irving RC #45

With a plain design and low price, the 2012-13 Panini Momentum rookie card for Kyrie Irving is great card for base collectors. It would be an ideal option for in-person autographs.

2012 13 Panini Momentum Kyrie Irving RC 45 215x300 Image

2012-13 Panini National Treasures Kyrie Irving RC #101 Autographed Jersey #/199

National Treasures is consistently among the top high-end cards and the 2012-13 Kyrie Irving rookie card is no exception. Numbered to 199, the Irving cards features one of the largest print runs of any NT rookie cards in their short basketball existence. The simple design, large patch and on-card signature make this a clear winner.

2012 13 Panini National Treasures Kyrie Irving RC 101 Autographed Jersey Image

2012-13 Panini NBA Hoops Kyrie Irving RC #223

The first official Kyrie Irving rookie card on the market, it will also be one of the most affordable. 2012-13 NBA Hoops is an entry-level brand aimed at broad audiences. While the card may never bring huge dollars, it still boasts an attractive design with a nice action photo. For those looking for a chase, the 2012-13 NBA Hoops Kyrie Irving autograph parallel moves very well on the secondary market.

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2012-13 Panini Past & Present Kyrie Irving RC #160

As the name suggests, 2012-13 Panini Past & Present gives off a retro vibe. For Kyrie Irving collectors, that means his rookie card is about as straightforward as it comes. As a result, it's a sharp-looking but very affordable option.

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2012-13 Panini Preferred Kyrie Irving RC #327 Autographed Jersey #/99, #409 Autograph #/79 CR, #509 Autograph #/25 PC

Collectors are treated to multiple autographed Kyrie Irving rookie cards in 2012-13 Panini Preferred. The  different versions include Rookie Silhouettes (#/99), Crown Royale Die-Cut (#/79), and Panini's Choice Red (#/25). While any of the group would make a great addition, the first card, Rookie Silhouettes, have emerged as a top card and the prime version has yielded some impressive sales.

2012 13 Panini Preferred Kyrie Irving RC 327 Autographed Jersey 214x300 Image2012 13 Panini Preferred Kyrie Irving RC 409 Autograph 211x300 Image

2012 13 Panini Preferred Kyrie Irving RC Paninis Choice 212x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Prestige Kyrie Irving RC #151

The 2012-13 Panini Prestige Kyrie Irving rookie card is another simple but attractive option. It doesn't rely on numbering, an autograph, memorabilia swatch or other selling points. Rather, it's all about the clean design and popularity of the set itself. It will likely never command huge sums, making it accessible to collectors with any budget. Like NBA Hoops, autographs and rare parallels provide the chase.

2012 13 Panini Prestige Kyrie Irving RC 215x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Prizm Kyrie Irving RC #201

Most are likening 2012-13 Panini Prizm as the company's spin on Topps Chrome. The chromium design is the star here. This should be one of the top Kyrie Irving rookie card options outside of the high-end autographs and low-numbered cards. Refractor-like Prizms parallels are also popular.

2012 13 Panini Prizm Kyrie Irving RC 213x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Select Kyrie Irving #151 Autograph, #236 Autographed Jersey #/149

2012-13 Select Basketball has a pair of high-end Kyrie Irving rookie cards. One is an autograph. The other has an autograph and a jersey swatch. Both are numbered to 149.

2012 13 Select Kyrie Irving Autograph RC 210x300 Image 2012 13 Select Kyrie Irving Autographed Jersey RC 213x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Signatures Rookies Kyrie Irving RC #11-20 (each #/25)

2012 13 Panini Signatures Rookies Kyrie Irving RC 212x300 Image

With a name like Panini Signatures, it may seem bizarre that rookie players are featured on ten cards, and none of those are autographs. Although the design for each card is the same, the images of Kyrie Irving are different and each version is numbered to 25.

2012-13 Panini Stickers Kyrie Irving RC #49

A great option for new collectors or kids, the rookie card in Panini NBA Stickers includes a simple design with a large image of Kyrie Irving.

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2012-13 Panini Threads Kyrie Irving RC #151

The 2012-13 Panini Threads Kyrie Irving rookie card comes autographed. What makes it more unique is that it's printed on wood card stock. The result is a striking look unlike any of the guard's other first cards.

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2012-13 Panini Timeless Treasures Kyrie Irving RC #212 Autograph #/399

Part of the Glass Rookies subset in 2012-13 Panini Timeless Treasures, Kyrie Irving's rookie comes numbered to 399. Although it's a bit of a short print, it's still one of his more plentiful autographed rookies. The autographed sticker is displayed with a clear window, making it visible from both the front and back.

2012 13 Panini Timeless Treasures Kyrie Irving 213x300 Image

2012-13 Panini Totally Certified Kyrie Irving RC #12

Totally Certified's etched foil design is definitely one of the hobby's most distinct. It might not be for everyone, but it has a strong following. Without the inclusion of a signature, memorabilia swatch or serial number, the card should remain affordable for the foreseeable future.

2012 13 Panini Totally Certified Kyrie Irving 213x300 Image

Other Early Kyrie Irving Cards of Note

2011 Panini National Convention VIP Promo Kyrie Irving #VIP5

Because Panini opted not to include rookies in their 2011-12 products because of the lockout-shortened season, Kyrie Irving's only somewhat widely available card from his first season was a promo. Given to attendees at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention, it was part of Panini's VIP set. The sets were included in goodie bags given to those who paid for the premium admission. Usually, these convention promos are met with mixed results on the secondary market. But because of the lack of rookie options in 2011-12, this Irving card has really caught on.

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2011 Panini Rated Rookie Kyrie Irving #K1

The 2011 Panini Rated Rookie Kyrie Irving wasn't available to the general public. Rather, it was handed out at an Ohio basketball camp the guard hosted in November, 2011. The card is extremely rare and will likely be considered one of Irving's most important cards.

2011 Panini Rated Rookie Kyrie Irving K1 209x300 Image

2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Gold Futures Autograph Redemption Kyrie Irving #XRCO

Autographed rookie redemptions came inserted in boxes of 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Basketball. The redemption cards were not assigned a name until a random draft was held. Those lucky collectors who had pulled the Irving redemption had a decent wait, but the XRC Kyrie Irving cards are now live and include a an on-card signature and iridescent finish.

2011 12 Panini Gold Standard Gold Futures Autograph Redemption Kyrie Irving 215x300 Image

2011-12 Panini Limited 2011 Draft Class Autograph Redemption Kyrie Irving #XRCO

Like the Gold Standard card, 2011-12 Panini Limited autograph redemptions randomly assigned at the start of the 2012-13 NBA campaign.

2011 12 Panini Limited Kyrie Irving Autograph Redemption 213x300 Image

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Ryan's 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. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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