Michael Carter-Williams Rookie Card Checklist and Guide
Lottery picks do not normally sneak up on the NBA or basketball card collectors, but Michael Carter-Williams was definitely under-the-radar at the onset of the 2013-14 season. However, Carter-Williams made it clear from the beginning of his rookie season that he was a considerable talent. Everyone has taken notice of the young guard and Michael Carter-Williams rookie cards are on fire.
MCW played college basketball at Syracuse, logging significant minutes as a starter during his Sophomore season. After being named an AP All-American (honorable mention) and All-Big East Second Team in 2013, Carter-Williams declared for the NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers took MCW with the 11th overall pick. The 76ers also obtained the 6th overall pick, Nerlens Noel, in a trade for Jrue Holiday.
Michael Carter-Williams got off to a fast NBA start and immediately became the favorite for Rookie of the Year. MCW was recognized as the NBA Player of the Week award in his first week, the first rookie to do so since Shaquille O'Neal. He has since racked up several Rookie of the Month Awards. Although he had his ups and downs throughout his debut season and was part of an incredible 76ers' losing streak, Carter-Williams is a player to keep an eye on and one of the hottest rookies of the 2013-14 class. After his impressive season, Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year.
The following list features all Michael Carter-Williams rookie cards that are currently available.
Michael Carter-Williams Rookie Card Guide
Please note that this list will be updated as new 2013-14 NBA products are released. Click on the card name to shop for singles on eBay.
They don't get more simple than this. The large action image offers one of the better budget cards for MCW. Also, the text box feels a little crowded, but the foil and color add a splash of personality.
Court Kings takes an artistic look at the rookie class with four different cards for each rookie in the base set. Progressively more rare, the first two cards (#114 & #139) for Michael Carter-Williams feature a similar look, while card #164 has a more abstract background. The final card is the rarest and completely removes the art and color and instead focuses solely on a black-and-white image of MCW.
Going with a more classic look, Elite offers a nice budget Michael Carter-Williams rookie card. The higher print run of 999 does not add much, but bumps it over other low-end options. The cards are very condition sensitive.
Based on the live versions of other rookies from 2013-14 Gold Standard, it is safe to assume that the currently unseen Michael Carter-Williams rookie will look as equally appealing. Although not numbered, the on-card autograph and jersey piece will make a it a solid mid-level option and likely a great value.
The very first Michael Carter-Williams rookie cards available to collectors, 2013-14 Hoops is a great budget option. As the only major card option for the first few weeks of the NBA season, values were pushed higher than normal. They will level out as more products are released. Collectors have also shown special attention to the rookie autograph for MCW. Rookie autographs in Hoops are considerably less common than previous seasons, resulting in huge autograph sales for this low-end product.
Despite the Pinnacle reputation built on nostalgia and innovation, the rookie design is largely plain. MCW is shown with a heavily-blurred background and all text on a an angle to accommodate the large triangle boarders in the corners. While this budget rookie will not among the favorites, the many various parallels add more excitement and appeal.
Another staple of the the Panini lineup, 2013-14 Prestige offers collects a budget rookie card for Michael Carter-Williams. A multitude of Bonus Shot parallels offers more rookie card depth. Again, an autograph insert is the top option for Michael Carter-Williams collectors in this early product.
With a textured design, metallic look and many colorful Prizm Refractors, 2013-14 Prizm includes some of the most Michael Carter-Williams cards in any one product. Given the popularity of the inaugural Prizm release last year, it is safe to assume that this will be on the top low-end Michael Carter-Williams rookie cards.
The layout is a little more forced than previous years, with two pictures of MCW pushed onto the same card. However, the target audience remains the same, appealing to budget collectors and youth collectors.
Autographs drive sales and are usually the preferred option for rookie collectors. 2013-14 Timeless Treasures includes the first official Michael Carter-Williams autographed rookie card. Although the base version is not numbered, Prime (#/49) and Prime Ruby (#/25) parallels feature limited print runs.
2013-14 Panini Titanium utilizes an offbeat system for the rookie cards. The most plentiful card is the retail-exclusive rookie, numbered to 149. Collectors looking at hobby boxes have MCW rookie options, but they are much more rare. These include 22 (#/22), which is in honor of the atomic number for Titanium, as well as Draft Year (#/13), Draft Position (#/11), Blue (#/5), Platinum (1/1) and a Jersey Number card (1/1).
Like Prizm, 2013-14 Totally Certified brings collectors a shiny, mid-level card for a budget price. Parallels, especially Totally Gold (#/25) and Totally Green (#/5) have proven to be very popular.