Looking for the top 2021-22 NBA rookie cards? This guide highlights some of the most popular names available for basketball fans.
While the 2021 NBA Draft class is not on quite the same level as prior years, at least on paper, there are still a few potential superstars that deserve a deeper look.
Where to Find 2021-22 Basketball Rookie Cards
Panini remains the only option for licensed NBA/NCAA rookie cards. However, there are some other choices, including Onyx Vintage Basketball.
All announced options can be viewed in the 2021-22 Basketball Card Guide.
Best 2021-22 Basketball Rookie Cards Sets to Collect
Due to the overall production backlog, set releases are very late compared to normal. The initial products are 2021-22 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks Basketball and 2021-22 Immaculate Collection Collegiate Basketball, which are both college-themed sets.
There are other collegiate sets, as well, but many collectors are waiting on the NBA cards.
An early look at the players in their NBA uniforms came with the print-to-order 2021-22 Panini Instant Year One Basketball.
From there, 2021-22 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball should be the first traditional NBA release for rookie cards.
Other highly-anticipated releases include 2021-22 Panini Prizm Basketball (TBA) and 2021-22 National Treasures Basketball (TBA).
For a regularly-updated look at when to expect each set, view the New Release Calendar.
The guide below highlights some of the best 2021-22 NBA rookies to collect. There is also a tab featuring the hottest 2021-22 NBA rookie card auctions.
Top 2021-22 NBA Rookie Cards To Collect
Although it might take a few seasons to get a true sense of the 2021 NBA Draft class, collectors are already working to grab the top 2021-22 NBA rookie cards.
At this point, these are the rookie names garnering the most attention. Over time, the list might change.
Cade Cunningham - Detroit Pistons
2021 Draft: 1st Overall / College: Oklahoma St.
Jalen Green - Houston Rockets
2021 Draft: 2nd Overall / College: N/A (G League)
Evan Mobley - Cleveland Cavaliers
2021 Draft: 3rd Overall / College: USC
Scottie Barnes - Toronto Raptors
2021 Draft: 4th Overall / College: Florida St.
Jalen Suggs - Orlando Magic
2021 Draft: 5th Overall / College: Gonzaga
Josh Giddey - Oklahoma City Thunder
2021 Draft: 6th Overall / College: N/A (Australia)
Franz Wagner - Orlando Magic
2021 Draft: 8th Overall / College: Michigan
Chris Duarte - Indiana Pacers
2021 Draft: 13th Overall / College: Oregon
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Most-Watched 2021-22 Basketball Rookie Cards Hot List
Keep tabs on some of the most popular names with the real-time 2021-22 NBA rookie cards hot list. Check back often to see the latest cards to surface.