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Nerlens Noel Visual Rookie Card Guide and Checklist

Nerlens Noel

Date of Birth: 4/10/1994
Rookie Card Year: 2013-14
Investment Rating: 7.0

A significant injury meant that Nerlens Noel had an exceptionally long wait before finally stepping foot on a court in an official NBA game. Now that he is all healed up, Nerlens Noel has made his league debut and his cards are starting to move again.

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Following his senior year of high school, Nerlens Noel was one of the top recruits in the country and elected to play basketball for the University of Kentucky. Although he put forth an impressive freshman year, Noel suffered a torn ACL near the end of the regular season. While it ended his season prematurely, his success was still recognized with multiple accolades, including First-team All-SEC, All-SEC Defensive Team, All-SEC Freshman Team, SEC Rookie of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. In spite of the injury, Noel still decided to leave school for the NBA after one year.

Widely considered the top overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft for most of his freshman year, the injury caused enough concern for teams that Nerlens Noel dropped to the sixth pick. While New Orleans was the team that selected Noel, he was soon dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jrue Holiday. Then came the waiting. The weeks turned into months, and he ultimately missed the entire 2013-14 season.

Fans and collectors hoped that the year off would allow Nerlens Noel ample healing time and that appears to have been worthwhile. As one of the few bright spots on a bad team, Noel has shown quick progression and already looks to be a future All-Star. Because he missed his entire first year, the league still considers him a rookie in the 2014-15 season and he is eligible to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, similar to Blake Griffin in 2010-11.

The following visual guide offers a look at all the Nerlens Noel rookie card options. Collectors should be aware that Noel signed an exclusive deal with Panini, so that is the only place to find his cards. The total checklist features a wide variety of options that will fit into any budget. The most popular cards are his signed rookies, with the National Treasures and Immaculate Collection cards commanding the most interest. His Gold Standard rookie looks to to be the best overall value when you consider the on-card signature and jersey piece. There are also many budget options and several numbered base cards.

Nerlens Noel Rookie Card Gallery

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2015-16 Select Swatches Prizms Purple 52 Nerlens Noel GU 30 75 76ers

2015-16 Panini Prizm Orange #39 Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Card

2015-16 Panini Prizm Orange #39 Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Card

2015-16 Panini Prizm Orange #39 Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Card

2016-17 Aficionado Nerlens Noel Opening Night Parallel SP #23

NERLENS NOEL 2013-14 Panini Court Kings #122 BGS MINT 9 Sixers RC

2013 Panini Titanium Nerlens Noel Rookie Jersey PSA 9

Nerlens Noel 16-17 Panini Prizm Gold 1 10 76ers

2016-17 Panini Noir #49 Nerlens Noel Black White 31 79

2015-16 Donruss Assists Nerlens Noel #188, SP 17, Philadelphia 76ers

2014-15 Panini Select Orange Prizm #56 Concourse Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers

2014-15 Panini Select Orange Prizm #56 Concourse Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers

2013-14 Panini Totally Certified Gold Nerlens Noel Rookie Patch 25 WOW! 76ers

Nerlens Noel 2015-16 Panini Excalibur Team 2020 #15 Gold Parallel 25 - 76ers

2013-14 Panini Crusade Apprentice Signatures #6 NERLENS NOEL Bgs 9 9 Look
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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 or Google+.

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