Top Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Cards of All-Time

Top Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Cards of All-Time

Top Vintage RCs

To say the Philadelphia 76ers have been struggling lately is an understatement, but few franchises can match the overall player quality found in the history of the Syracuse Nationals and 76ers. Boasting some of the biggest names in NBA history, the 76ers have three titles and plenty of elite options for rookie collectors. Check out the top 76ers vintage and modern rookie cards of all-time in our detailed guide.

In order to account for the changes in the hobby, the list is split between vintage and modern cards. The vintage list includes anything before 1980 and the modern list covers everything after 1980. The ranking for the vintage list is based largely on actual card value, but overall significance is taken into account when values are close.

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Top Philadelphia 76ers Vintage Rookie Cards

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17. 1974-75 Topps Caldwell Jones RC #187

While he made his way around the ABA and NBA, Caldwell Jones is best remembered for his time with the 76ers during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Strong on the boards and a top defender, the colorful rookie card for Caldwell Jones is found in 1974-75 Topps.

1974-75 Topps Caldwell Jones RC #187

16. 1970-71 Topps Fred Carter RC #129

A good player on some bad teams, Fred Carter was one of the only bright spots for Philadelphia in the mid-1970s, leaving just before Dr. J arrived. His 1970-71 Topps tall boy rookie card is a cheap 76ers collectible.

1970-71 Topps Fred Carter RC #129

15. 1974-75 Topps Doug Collins RC #129

The former coach for several NBA teams, including Philadelphia, Doug Collins honed his skills with a strong NBA career for the 76ers. A four-time All-Star, the budget rookie for Collins is part of 1974-75 Topps.

1974-75 Topps Doug Collins RC #129

14. 1972-73 Topps George McGinnis RC #183

Despite spending a short time with the 76ers, George McGinnis was strong part of the team for three seasons and helped them reach the 1976-77 NBA Finals. McGinnis was a two-time All-Star with the 76ers and collectors can find his rookie card in 1972-73 Topps.

1972-73 Topps George McGinnis RC #183

13. 1977-78 Topps Darryl Dawkins RC #132

The man known by many as "Chocolate Thunder" started his NBA career with the 76ers and was one of the most dynamic dunkers in NBA history. His 1977-78 Topps rookie is an appealing budget options for collectors of the 76ers.

1977-78 Topps Darryl Dawkins RC #132

12. 1975-76 Topps Bobby Jones RC #298

One of the greatest defenders in the history of the 76ers, Bobby Jones won a title with the team and added two NBA All-Star appearances and six All-Defensive First Team selections. His strong play led the 76ers to retire his number after he retired. His pink-themed rookie card is found in 1975-76 Topps.

1975-76 Topps Bobby Jones RC #298

11. 1969-70 Topps Luke Jackson RC #67

Lucious "Luke" Jackson spent his entire career with the 76ers, helping the team win their first NBA title and adding one All-Star appearance. While his rookie is part of 1969-70 Topps, one of the top vintage basketball releases, prices remain low.

1969-70 Topps Luke Jackson RC #67

10. 1975-76 Topps Moses Malone RC #254

Also found in 1975-76 Topps, Moses Malone may be one of the most underrated players in league history. Although he played for seven teams during his NBA career, the Hall of Fame player was very productive during his four seasons in Philadelphia. Malone was an All-Star each season, as well as the regular season MVP and Finals MVP for the Sixers in 1982-83. His 1975-76 is a top option among budget HOF cards.

1975-76 Topps Moses Malone RC

9. 1969-70 Topps Chet Walker RC #91

An important player for two franchises, Chet Walker began his career with the Nationals and 76ers and ended his career with the Chicago Bulls. Walker was a three-time All-Star in Philadelphia and part of the 1966-67 title team. His 1969-70 Topps rookie is another budget Hall of Fame option.

1969 Topps Chet Walker RC #91

8. 1969-70 Topps Billy Cunningham RC #40

Nicknamed the "Kangaroo Kid," Billy Cunningham played the bulk of his career for the 76ers, with a short ABA stint sandwiched in the middle. Cunningham was an important part of the 1966-67 title squad and was a four-time All-Star selection. His 1969-70 Topps rookie is a nice budget option for HOF collectors.

1969-70 Topps Billy Cunningham RC

7. 1957-58 Topps Larry Costello RC #33

Part of the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers, Larry Costello was a six-time NBA All-Star with the franchise and one of the top point guards in team history. While the 1957-58 Topps set can get pricey, Costello's rookie is normally found for reasonable amounts.

1957-58 Topps Larry Costello RC #33

6. 1961-62 Fleer Hal Greer RC #16

Hal Greer spent his entire career with the Nationals/76ers, adding ten All-Star appearances and one NBA title. The Hall of Fame guard is consider to be one of the best of his era and his rookie in 1961-62 Fleer marks the point where values begin to pick up.

1961-62 Fleer Hal Greer RC

5. 1957-58 Topps Paul Seymour RC #72

A three-time All-Star with the Syracuse Nationals, Paul Seymour's spot on the list is due to the value of his short-printed rookie card in 1957-58 Topps.

1957-58 Topps Paul Seymour RC #72

4. 1957-58 Topps Dolph Schayes RC #13

A 12-time All-Star with the Nationals and 76ers, Dolph Schayes played his entire Hall of Fame career with the franchise and led them to their first title. His rookie is also found in 1957-58 Topps.

1957-58 Topps Dolph Schayes RC

3. 1957-58 Topps John Kerr RC #32

I wonder why they called him Red? Johnny Kerr was a three-time All-Star and one-time NBA champion with the Nationals/76ers. Like Paul Seymour, his rookie card values are boosted by the rarity in relation to other cards in the 1957-58 set.

1957-58 Topps Red Kerr RC #32

2. 1972-73 Topps Julius Erving RC #195

One of the greatest NBA players, Julius Erving is arguably the top player in team history. With one MVP, one title and 11 All-Star appearances, Erving is one of the most decorated Sixers of all-time. His 1972-73 Topps rookie is a collecting icon and the prices reflect that. View a full collecting guide here.

1972-73 Topps Julius Erving RC

1. 1961-62 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain RC #8

Even with less than four seasons playing for the 76ers, Wilt Chamberlain put forth a memorable run with team. He was a three-time All-Star and regular season MVP with the Sixers and helped them win the 1966-67 title. Wilt Chamberlain's 1961-62 rookie is one of the most valuable vintage basketball rookies and high grades can reach five figures. View a full collecting guide here.

1961-62 Fleer Basketball Wilt Chamberlain RC

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Julius Erving 1976 Topps & David Thompson 1976 Topps RC
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1961 Fleer Hal Greer Rookie card #16. Syracuse Nationals
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1974-75 TOPPS #129 DOUG COLLINS 76ers ROOKIE
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BILLY CUNNINGHAM 1969 70 TOPPS ROOKIE RC CARD #40!
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2014 Lebron James Carmelo Anthony Wilt Chamberlain rookie jersey auto 12 cards!!
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2002-03 Upper Deck Inspirations #140 Sam Clancy AU RC Julius Erving Auto 1600
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1969 TOPPS BASKETBALL LUKE JACKSON ROOKIE CARD #67 EXMT-NM NO CREASES
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2001-02 UD Inspirations #124 Samuel Dalembert JSY RC Moses Malone 1500
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1974 Topps 76ers Doug Collins RC Rookie #129 EX
$5.99

1972 TOPPS JULIUS ERVING #195 ROOKIE CARD...VERY SHARP COLOR AND CORNERS (CM)
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1969-70 Topps #67 Luke Jackson RC b 76ers EX NM
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1974 75 254 MOSES MALONE ROOKIE UTAH STARS BASKETBALL
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1972 Topps basketball #195 Julius Erving Virginia Squires RC
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1978 79 RC Cola Can Royal Crown Dr J Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers UMass
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1969 70 Topps Chet Walker ROOKIE Tall Boy Basketball Card Chicago Ex Nm # 91
$13.97

1957 TOPPS #72 PAUL SEYMOUR ROOKIE RC EX-MT D6241
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Top Modern RCs

While the vintage list is clearly the stronger of the two, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson are among top players in league history and both fall into the modern category. Outside of those two names, there are still plenty of options for collectors. While they have not yet earned a place on the list, an influx of young talent, like Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Michael Carter-Williams, might eventually push the 76ers back to the top of the NBA. Given the differences in the hobby from the 1980s until now, the overall ranking is based largely on overall player significance.

Top Philadelphia 76ers Modern Rookie Cards

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10. 1989-90 Hoops Hersey Hawkins RC #137

One of the top players on the team during the 1990s, Hersey Hawkins logged one All-Star appearance with the 76ers. Rookie collectors have two choices for Hawkins with 1989-90 Fleer and Hoops, and both are cheap.

1989-90 Hoops Hersey Hawkins RC #137

9. 2007-08 UD Chronology Thaddeus Young RC #249 #/99

A consistent scorer for multiple seasons in Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young was part of the three-team trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland and Young and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota. He has quite a few rookies available and his Chronology card is one of the rarest.

2007-08 UD Chronology Thaddeus Young RC #249

8. 1996-97 Collector’s Choice Eric Snow RC #337

A popular point guard during the Allen Iverson era, Eric Snow's passing mindset and defensive ability made him a great complement to Iverson. With only one rookie card, Eric Snow collectors have just a Collector's Choice card to chase, but there was also a signed Autographics insert released during his rookie year.

1996-97 Collector’s Choice Eric Snow RC #337

7. 2009-10 National Treasures Jrue Holiday RC #216 Autographed Patch #/99

While his career with the 76ers ended just as he was making the transition to a higher level of play, Jrue Holiday was still a good point guard during his four-year stay in Philadelphia. Holiday was traded after his first All-Star season. There are plenty of 2009-10 rookie options for Jrue Holiday, but the clear favorite is his National Treasures card. View a detailed collecting guide here.

2009-10 National Treasures Jrue Holiday RC

6. 1992-93 Ultra Clarence Weatherspoon RC #335

Although Clarence Weatherspoon's career started off strong, the 76ers struggled as a team during his best years. Despite this, he is still remembered fondly by the fan base and was a consistent producer for the team until he was traded. All seven of his 1992-93 rookie cards are inexpensive, but his Ultra is notable because he is shown battling Shaquille O'Neal, a fellow rookie.

1992-93 Ultra Clarence Weatherspoon RC #335

5. 2004-05 Exquisite Collection Andre Iguodala RC #85 Autographed Patch #/99

One of the top players for the 76ers since Allen Iverson, Andre Iguodala was an elite scoring option and a one-time All-Star. Although he helped the team reach several playoff appearances, Iguodala was eventually traded. 2004-05 Exquisite Collection is the most popular rookie card option for Andre Iguodala.

2004-05 Exquisite Collection Andre Iguodala RC #85 Autographed Patch

4. 1986-87 Fleer Andrew Toney RC #114

Very popular with fan base, Andrew Toney played his entire career in Philadelphia. The two-time All-Star also won a title with the Sixers, but was somewhat overshadowed by his Hall of Fame teammates. While his official rookie did not come until 1986-87 Fleer, there are several Star releases that pre-date the Fleer card.

1986-87 Fleer Andrew Toney RC #114

3. 1980-81 Topps Maurice Cheeks RC (4 cards)

Part of the 76ers teams that also included Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone, Mo Cheeks was a somewhat unheralded player during his time in Philadelphia. Despite this, the four-time All-Star is a fan favorite and his number was retired by the team. Cheeks has four cards in 1980-81 Topps, but the cards that pair him with Magic Johnson and George Gervin are his most popular rookie options.

1980-81 Topps Basketball #178 Maurice Cheeks, #18 Magic Johnson, #237 Ron Boone1980-81 Topps Maurice Cheeks RC Gervin Chones

2. 1986-87 Fleer Charles Barkley RC #7

Although Charles Barkley only spent about half his career with the Sixers, he still managed to put forth some terrific numbers. The only thing the six-time All-Star was unable to do was bring a another title to Philadelphia. His 1986-87 Fleer rookie is very popular, but earlier Star cards carry weight in the hobby as well. View a detailed collecting guide here.

1986-87 Fleer Charles Barkley RC #82

1. 1996-97 Topps Chrome Allen Iverson RC #171

The greatest Sixer of the modern era, Allen Iverson ultimately suffered the same fate as Charles Barkley and was unable to bring home a title. A seven-time All-Star with the 76ers and Hall of Fame lock, Allen Iverson remains popular with collectors. His 1996-97 Topps Chrome rookie checks in at the top spot. View a detailed collecting guide here.

1996-97 Topps Chrome Allen Iverson RC #171

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K18) 2014-15 Prizm JOEL EMBIID Red Pulsar Auto RC 41 99 *Philadelphia 76ers
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2014-15 Panini Prizm TYLER ENNIS Auto Blue Prismatic 37 249 Rookie RC 76ers
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2013 14 13 Panini Crusade NERLENS NOEL TEAL RC ROOKIE 76ERS 249 K7311
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1996-97 Topps Chrome Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers RC Rookie
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JERAMI GRANT 2014-15 PANINI PRIZM ROOKIE RED PULSAR RC # 25 1 1 SP 76ERS
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1996-97 TOPPS FINEST ROOKIE CARD RC #69: ALLEN IVERSON - PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
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2013-14 PRIZM #HRX14 MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS ROOKIE RC - 76ERS 020914 (A)
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2013-14 PRIZM #HRX14 MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS ROOKIE RC - 76ERS 020914 (B)
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2013-14 PRESTIGE #166 NERLENS NOEL "BONUS SHOTS" ROOKIE CARD RC, 76ERS, 020415
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12-13 Panini Momentum Momentous Rookies Autograph Auto #43 Lavoy Allen RC 76ers
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1998 Upper Deck SP Basketball Matt Harpring Autograph RC Utah Jazz 76ers GT MH
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JOEL EMBIID 14-15 Panini Prestige AUTO RC Prestigious Premieres 76ers MINT!
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2014 Panini Father's Day Michael Carter Williams 76ers RC Thick Card Variation
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2012-13 Threads #193 LAVOY ALLEN rc wood on card auto 76ers
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2013-14 NERLENS NOEL SELECT GREEN EMERALD REFRACTOR ROOKIE 4 5 RC 76ERS
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Nerlens Noel Rookie 2013-14 Select PRIZM Wildcats 76ers RC
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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