The most-hyped NBA rookie since LeBron James, Victor Wembanyama has the attention of many collectors. While the official Victor Wembanyama rookie cards moved slowly, there are still multiple cards available for fans to grab.
Considered a generational talent by many experts, the lanky seven-footer can seemingly do it all. As a result, he has collectors salivating about his potential greatness.
The French star honed his skills with a few pro teams in his home country before making the jump to the NBA where he was the first-overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2023 draft.
When all is said and done, there should be no shortage of licensed Victor Wembanyama rookie cards. Panini, the current holder of the NBA card exclusive, has not announced when the first 2023-24 basketball sets will arrive.
The are also many unlicensed customs that generally have no collecting value.
Top Victor Wembanyama Rookie Cards and Other Early Cards
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2023 Panini National Silver Packs Victor Wembanyama #VW
Collectors must turn to the 2023 Panini National Silver Packs wrapper redemption set for the very first NBA-licensed Victor Wembanyama card sporting the RC logo and showcasing his Spurs uniform.
The Prizm-enhanced card features Wemby with a Refractor finish. The main design element is the large Panini logo in the background and a stylized effect that resembles ice or water.
Noted only as "Marketing Insert" by Panini, the rarity of this pack-pulled card is not known, but it seems there aren't very many available.
2023 Sports Illustrated for Kids Victor Wembanyama #1053
Hardly a secret, Sports Illustrated for Kids has emerged as a viable spot to find early cards for young talent, especially international stars and sports where card sets aren't issued as consistently. In the case of Victor Wembanyama, this 2023 card jumped ahead of his NBA career by featuring him with Metropolitans 92.
The card comes in a perforated sheet issued in the magazine. However, the perforated edges can make it difficult to extract the card without causing damage.
Fans can still find intact magazines with relative ease. If Gritty on the cover does not make it obvious enough to identify, the card is in the January/February 2023 edition (Vol. 35 | No. 1).
The early Wembanyama card is on a full sheet where he shares space with eight other players.
2023 Slam Deck Team France Victor Wembanyama
The 2023 Slam Deck Team France set is home to another non-traditional Victor Wembanyama card. Part of the Equipes de France card game, the rounded card might not appeal to everyone. But it's a distinct early card given that the rest are for Metropolitans 92.
2022-23 Bowman University Inception Autographs Victor Wembanyama #BIA-VW (Redemption)
If you prefer standard releases, the multi-sport 2022-23 Bowman University Inception Multi-Sport product might interest you. The basketball/football set has his first card from Topps and Wembanyama is only in the autograph lineup.
The card is issued as a redemption but the mockup image shows what the colorful card looks like.
2022-23 Bowman University Chrome Victor Wembanyama #101 SP
2022-23 Bowman University Chrome Basketball came a few weeks later, packing a base card and an autograph (redemption).
This early Victor Wembanyama card carries the popular "1st Bowman" designation. It's also part of the Base Extended Set (#101), making it a short print, and there are no parallels.
Despite being another redemption, the autograph is hard-signed. In fact, the Fanatics CEO (Michael Rubin) Tweeted out an image of the first card that Wembanyama autographed.
2022-23 Bowman University Best Victor Wembanyama #51
Not too long after Bowman U Chrome, the first standard base card for Wemby was released in 2022-23 Bowman University Best Basketball. Refractor parallels naturally give the card a little more pop.
The sticker autograph cards are also live in the product.
2023 Topps Now Victor Wembanyama #472 Jersey Relic #/499
Even MLB fans can get in on the Wemby mania. 2023 Topps Now Baseball celebrates the phenom's first pitch for the Yankees with a base card (PR=48,654) for $9.99 and an event-worn jersey relic card (#/499 or less) for $199.99. Shipping for the relic card takes place 16-20 weeks after June 22.
The massive print run will likely keep values in check for the base card, but the relic could see some lasting demand, especially the limited parallels.
2023 Topps Now Autographs Victor Wembanyama #D-1 #/199
Another Topps Now offering of note came in the 2023 Topps Now Basketball set dedicated to the draft. The base card is joined by an on-card autograph. Showing Wembanyama on draft night, the hard-signed cards were sold via "Dutch Auction" pricing that opened at $4,000 and ended before reaching $1,000.
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