Dirk Nowitzki was one of basketball's top stars during his long NBA career. However, he's done so without being overly flashy or controversial. While somewhat overlooked by basketball collectors when compared to other stars performing at similar levels, Dirk Nowitzki rookie cards have picked up in recent years.
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 was a superstar for the Mavericks, emerging as one of the game's elite.
There are a total of 18 Dirk Nowitzki rookie cards in 1998-99 sets, 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 checklist, 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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Budget Dirk Nowitzki Rookie Cards
- 1998-99 SkyBox Molten Metal #35
- 1998-99 SkyBox Premium #225
- 1998-99 Topps #154
- 1998-99 Upper Deck #320
- 1998-99 Upper Deck Encore #122
Mid-Range Dirk Nowitzki Rookie Cards
- 1998-99 Black Diamond #92
- 1998-99 Bowman's Best #109
- 1998-99 Finest #234
- 1998-99 Flair Showcase Row 3 #16
- 1998-99 Fleer Brilliants #109
- 1998-99 Ultra #118
- 1998-99 Upper Deck Ionix #69
- 1998-99 Upper Deck Ovation #79
Dirk Nowitzki Premium Rookie Cards
- 1998-99 E-X Century #68
- 1998-99 SP Authentic #99 #/3500
- 1998-99 SPx Finite #219 #/2500
- 1998-99 Stadium Club #109
- 1998-99 Topps Chrome #154