It might not be the case in his NBA career yet, but Kemba Walker knows how to win. The young point guard is raising his game and collectors may want to turn their attention to Kemba Walker rookie cards. They're still relatively inexpensive, even high-end options that come with autographed or with a low serial number.
Because Walker debuted during the shortened 2011-12 NBA season, his rookie cards were held back until 2012-13. Panini, who holds the exclusive card license for the league, has options available at several price levels.
Walker won a National Championship in 2011 playing for the University of Connecticut. A few months later, he was drafted by Charlotte at the 2011 NBA Draft with the ninth-overall pick.
Playing for the small-market Charlotte Bobcats should keep Kemba Walker cards out of the hobby spotlight a little longer. But if his game continues to improve and the Bobcats find a way to win some games, there is a lot of room for movement. And right now, there's not much risk.
Although Kemba Walker rookie cards are found in 2012-13 products, Panini did release a trio of autograph redemptions in 2011-12 Panini Past & Present, 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard and 2011-12 Panini Limited. The first Kemba Walker cards date back to 2008 Topps McDonald's All-American. Topps produced cards of those appearing in the game. These were then handed out to players and copies made their way to the secondary market. Collectors can look for autographed and unsigned versions.
Top 5 Kemba Walker Rookie Cards
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The combination of an autograph and low print run of 199 numbered copies make this one of the top Kemba Walker rookie cards. The posed photo shows a lot of detail, giving it a more intense feel. One negative is that the autograph is signed on a sticker.
Distributed via redemption, the 2012-13 Panini Limted Kemba Walker rookie card comes printed on die-cut acetate. The card is shaped like the NBA's Rookie of the Year Trophy and includes an on-card signature. This unique look makes it stand out among his other rookies.
When basketball collectors want the top rookie card available, more often than not, they turn to National Treasures. Although Panini has added more high-end products to their lineup, the on-card autograph and large patch make this a top Kemba Walker rookie card.
Sharing similar qualities to the National Treasure card, Kemba Walker's Preferred Rookie Silhouettes includes a more limited print run of 99 and much cheaper price tag. This card is one of the best values among Kemba Walker rookie cards.
Although there is another rookie card for Kemba Walker in Select that includes a signature and jersey piece (#244), the base autograph is the better choice because it features an on-card autograph.