You don't have to look very far to see Zion-mania taking hold of the NBA and the collecting world. Although his pro career with the New Orleans Pelicans is still in its infancy, Zion Williamson rookie cards are already selling as though he is a once-in-a-generation talent, with multiple cards going for thousands.
In addition to the high values, a market has sprung up for custom, unlicensed and/or counterfeit Zion Williamson cards. Panini holds the exclusive rights for all NBA and NCAA trading cards, plus an exclusive deal with Zion Williamson himself, so they have the only official cards out there.
Although these knockoff cards were popping up even while he was still playing for the Duke Blue Devils, the first licensed Zion Williamson basketball cards came after he was drafted via the print-to-order Panini Instant. The first pack-pulled cards are part of Panini's multi-sport sets for the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention.
Following several college-themed sets, 2019-20 Hoops is the initial NBA product. From there, the 2019-20 Basketball Card lineup expanded quickly and continued to release new rookie cards for over a year.
Naturally, any certified autographs are in high demand, especially on-card editions, as well as Zion's low-numbered cards and SSP inserts.
The guide below keeps it simple by showcasing the most-watched Zion Williamson cards on eBay. It only shows auctions, so it is a great way to keep track of his cards that won't be around for very long.
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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. In more recent years, 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.