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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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Top eBay Listings

Nerlens Noel 15-16 Panini Excalibur Team 2020 Gold Parallel #'d 17 25 76ers
$6.49

NERLENS NOEL 2013-14 Panini Select #174 PSA GEM MINT 10 RC 76ers
$17.99

2013 Nerlens Noel Prizm Red White And Blue Refractor RC BGS 9.5
$69.99

NERLENS NOEL 2013-14 PANINI ELITE ROOKIE RC #243 999
$7.78

2016-17 Panini Noir Materials Color Patches MC-NNO Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks
$17.50

2016-17 Panini Noir Materials Color Patches MC-NNO Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks
$17.50

2016-17 Panini Prizm Purple #7 Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Card
$15.25

2016-17 Panini Prizm Purple #7 Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Card
$15.25

2014-15 Panini Prestige Bonus Shots Blue Plus #9 Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers
$9.25

NERLENS NOEL 2013 FLAWLESS RUBY GEM 15 PANINI FLAWLESS SEALED RC
$55.00

NERLENS NOEL 2013-14 PANINI INNOVATION VIEW ROOKIE RC #80 199
$9.99

NERLENS NOEL 2013-14 PANINI INNOVATION STAINED GLASS ROOKIE RC #15
$14.99

NERLENS NOEL 2013-14 PANINI INNOVATION STAINED GLASS GOLD ROOKIE RC #15 SP
$24.99

2013-14 Panini Hoops - Blue - Victor Oladipo & Nerlens Noel Rookie Cards
$5.00

Nerlens Noel 15 16 Panini Flawless Sealed Gems Sapphire #88 03 10 76ers
$79.99

NERLENS NOEL 13 14 PANINI SELECT PRIZM REFRACTOR ROOKIE KENTUCKY 76
$5.52
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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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