Rookie Card Year: 2010-11
Investment Rating: 7.0
As a result of his early success, Wall's top rookie cards and autographed items are quite popular with basketball card and memorabilia collectors. While it may take a while for his collectible values to attain the level of top-tier players, the investment potential of his collectibles is fairly high. Winning breeds collectibles success more than individual accolades, so it will be important for the Wizards to develop additional talent for Wall to reach the next level.
1. 2010-11 Limited #175 John Wall JSY AU /249 RC($200-$250)
Limited is a hit or miss product, with 2010-11 being an on year for Panini's one pack product. The high flying card picture and print run of 249 (currently lowest printed Wall rookie) make the Limited Phenoms RC the king of currently available John Wall rookie cards.
People either love or hate this years evolution of the tried and true Playoff Contenders formula. 2010-11 marked the addition of the "patches" theme to Panini's go to product. The result was pretty cool in my opinion. John Wall has two rookie manufactured patch autographs in Contenders Patches. #101 is an exchange, while #151 is a variation featuring a different patch. At this time, the print run for each is unknown. Card #151 is listed as an SP, but that hasn't yet been confirmed.
3. 2010-11 Panini Threads #25 John Wall AU /399 RC($125-$175)
Panini took the Threads rookie auto in a fresh direction during the early portion of the 2010-11 basketball card season. Instead of using standard cardboard stock, they decided to use actual wood in its stead. The result delivered one of the coolest looking rookie cards of the season.
4. 2010-11 Rookies and Stars #170 John Wall AU/454 RC($125-$150)
This year's Rookies & Stars delivered one of the sharpest rookie card designs in the product's history. R&S might not have a sky high ceiling in terms of value, but at the same time it's affordable, appealing and a safe brand to buy into. Just don't expect a drastic book boom.
5. 2010-11 Timeless Treasures #101 John Wall AU/299 RC($125-$150)
Timeless Treasures is a brand that is all about the laundry tag and logoman relics, so it's fair to say this isn't the greatest John Wall rookie card, as the card design isn't very appealing. Though, the card does carry a print run of 299, which makes it the second shortest printed John Wall rookie card currently on the market.
John Wall Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia #151 (/499, autographed, double jersey, ball)
- 2010-11 Panini Classics #155 (/199, autographed)
- 2010-11 Limited #175 (/249, autographed, jersey)
- 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard (/299, autographed)
- 2010-11 Playoff National Treasures #201 (/99, autographed jersey)
- 2010-11 Timeless Treasures #101 (/299, autographed)
John Wall, a 6'4", 195-pound point guard out of the University of Kentucky, was selected as the first overall pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft. An immediate contributor to a team undergoing a rebuilding process, Wall's relentless work ethic, charismatic personality and media savvy made him the instant face for the franchise and a cornerstone to build around. Coming out of a Kentucky, a school known for producing top talent, made the transition to the NBA relatively easy for this mild-mannered player.
A gifted two-way athlete, Wall is comfortable on either end of the floor. Defensively, he has a prowess for chasing down perimeter rebounds and stealing entry passes. On the offensive end of the court, his points per game average and assists per game both exceed the league average. In his first full season at the NBA level, he averaged just over 37 minutes per game, a testament to the commitment and faith the Wizards have in the young guard. Wall earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors and was awarded the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP. Interesting to note, on November 10th of 2010, Wall recorded a triple-double, his career first, and became the third youngest player to accomplish the feat and only the second rookie. The other rookie: Magic Johnson, lofty company indeed.