Zion Williamson rookie cards are riding high following a strong start for the New Orleans Pelicans. While Zion has struggled with injuries throughout his short career, when healthy he has been virtually unstoppable.
The top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is the biggest rookie name since LeBron James and collectors have been pushing values way up for the many Zion Williamson rookie cards.
Those looking for official Zion rookies need to stick with 2019-20 basketball sets from Panini. The cardmaker has the exclusive license for NBA cards, NCAA cards and all Zion Williamson cards, including those for the Pelicans and Duke Blue Devils.
While the guide below covers the many notable rookie cards for Zion, check out our custom real-time Zion Williamson hot list to see the most popular card auctions currently on eBay.
Top Zion Williamson Rookie Cards Base / Inserts
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2019-20 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Zion Williamson RC #158
One of the best base rookies for Zion comes in 2019-20 Donruss Optic NBA. The shiny set is very popular thanks to the many Prizm parallels. This assortment involves multiple exclusives, such as the Fanatics factory set version.
2019-20 NBA Hoops Zion Williamson RC #258
Hoops might not seem like a likely candidate for top base rookie card, but the low-end set is still worth a shoutout for a few reasons. First, 2019-20 NBA Hoops is the earliest official Zion Williamson rookie card to showcases his NBA uniform and logos. It is also one of his most affordable cards and the retro style is a nice contrast to most of the other cards out there.
2019-20 Panini Flawless Collegiate Zion Williamson RC #100 Diamond #/20
A little something for the high-end Duke collectors, 2019-20 Flawless Collegiate Basketball provides a rare diamond base card for Zion with only 20 copies. The hard-signed Rookie Gems Signatures version (#/25) is actually more common.
2019-20 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson RC #248
Once you account for all the different Prizms parallels, 2019-20 Prizm NBA is home to arguably the top base card for Williamson.
He also has a Prizm image variation that is found in retail hanger packs.
And Fast Break boxes hold the same variation with a unique background design.
2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Zion Williamson RC #1/#64
The Duke version from 2019-20 Prizm Draft Picks Basketball is also popular if you prefer the college image. These can be found for much cheaper than the NBA card. He has two base cards in the main set, plus Crusade (#51) and All-Americans (#100) subset cards.
2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Zion Williamson RC #19
When it comes to distinct designs in basketball sets, it is hard to match 2019-20 Crown Royale Basketball. The base card for Zion showcases the classic die-cut crown shape and adds several Crystal parallels.
2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Kaboom Zion Williamson RC #18
Speaking of Crown, those looking for tough Zion Williamson inserts should check out Kaboom! The bold design, comic-book stylings and rarity make it especially intriguing if you want something a little different.
2019-20 Panini Origins Zion Williamson RC #15
Searching for a quality base rookie card that is still affordable? Try 2019-20 Origins NBA for a nice Zion rookie and parallels.
Another option is the Origins image variation, which has no parallels.
2019-20 Panini Revolution Zion Williamson RC #101
2019-20 Revolution Basketball might have the craziest design among Zion Willamson rookie cards, and that's saying something. Parallels, like the Groove below, change the background design and the elusive Galactic version adds a huge chase factor.
Top Zion Williamson Rookie Cards Autographs
Let's be real here. So far, Zion Williamson rookie cards are booming. And the Zion Williamson autographs enjoy extra attention and value.
2019-20 Donruss Rated Rookie Signatures Zion Williamson RC #201
Collectors can find an early sticker autograph for Zion in the Rated Rookie Signatures line from 2019-20 Donruss Basketball.
Another sticker autograph card is from the Rookie Dominators insert. The hard-signed Next Day Autograph card is also very popular.
2019-20 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Signatures Zion Williamson RC #158 (Redemption)
This Zion Williamson card in 2019-20 Donruss Optic NBA takes the Donruss Rated Rookie card up a notch. That means Prizm technology and an on-card signature. Unfortunately, it appears that collectors will have to wait as the Rated Rookie autograph card comes via redemption.
Zion does have a live Signature Series card that uses a sticker autograph.
2019-20 NBA Hoops Zion Williamson Autographs
Panini did not skimp on the Zion autograph selection in his first NBA set. 2019-20 NBA Hoops offers multiple choices, including cards in Great Significance, Hot Signatures and Rookie Ink.
However, the most valuable options come from the Hoops Art Signatures line that offers on-card Zion autographs. There is a single-player edition and pairings with Kobe Bryant, Ja Morant or RJ Barrett.
2019-20 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Zion Williamson Autographs
Zion has two main autographs in 2019-20 Absolute Memorabilia. The on-card Rookie Autographs insert works in two different versions and multiple parallels.
The variation shows him in a white jersey.
And don't forget the Tools of the Trade set with three different relic totals (3-swatch, 4-swatch or 6-swatch) and multiple levels of rarity.
2019-20 Panini Certified Rookie Roll Call Zion Williamson Autograph
In 2019-20 Certified Basketball, the top choice is the hard-signed Rookie Roll Call insert.
Certified features signed Freshman Fabric auto relics and Fresh Faces cards, as well.
2019-20 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Zion Williamson RC #108 Autograph
Another top Zion Williamson rookie card is from 2019-20 Contenders NBA. The hard-signed Rookie Ticket subset sees big values, especially the parallels.
It appears that the image with Zion holding the ball with both hands is the variation.
He also has a Rookie Ticket Swatches autograph card.
2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Zion Williamson RC #Autograph
Any Duke fans out there? Take a look at 2019-20 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball, which has the first pack-pulled Zion Williamson RC autographs available. In fact, there are four different hard-signed College Ticket autograph versions for Zion, including three image variations that are denoted by notches on the back of the card.
2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Rookie Silhouettes Zion Williamson RC #131 Autograph #/49 (Redemption)
The main Zion Williamson rookie card in 2019-20 Crown Royale NBA comes in the Rookie Silhouettes set as a redemption. Unlike the rest of the rookie subset that is numbered to 199, Zion has only 49 base copies. The redeemed card should have an on-card signature and a large patch.
However, Williamson does have live autographs available in the product. Given that we are talking about Crown, it is only appropriate that at least one signed card carries the familiar die-cut design. The Crown Rookie Autograph card is numbered to 99 with multiple parallels.
Another choice is Lineage Scripts (#/49), which is also issued as a redemption.
2019-20 Panini Flawless Collegiate Zion Williamson RC #101/#140 Autograph #/25
A very expensive college set from early in the collecting season, 2019-20 Flawless Collegiate Basketball boasts low print runs and hard-signed cards for Zion. This includes two different RPA cards, plus a Rookie Gems Signatures card and dual autograph with RJ Barrett.
2019-20 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Zion Williamson RC #81 Autograph Patch #/99
Similar premium cards exist in Panini's online-only 2019-20 Immaculate Collegiate Basketball. Unlike Flawless, the base RPA print run checks in a little higher at 99 copies.
Zion also signed three-player and four-player autographs featuring notable Duke teammates.
2019-20 Panini National Treasures College Materials Signatures Zion Williamson RC #81 #/99
Yet another high-end college set, 2019-20 National Treasures Collegiate Basketball works with a few on-card autographs for Zion in the base lineup. His main College Materials Signatures card is numbered to 99 and joined by the College Silhouettes Signatures (#/25) card.
2019-20 Panini Origins Zion Williamson RC #109 Autograph, #143 Auto Relic
There are multiple Zion Williamson rookie autographs in 2019-20 Origins Basketball, as well.
Naturally, the on-card base autograph sees the most attention, but he has a sticker autograph jersey card in the main set.
It's worth noting that Zion signed with silver and gold ink in the Origins Autographs insert and he is also included on several booklet cards.
2019-20 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson Rookie Signatures Autograph
Even with a sticker autograph, the signed Zion Williamson card in 2019-20 Prizm NBA is a force. Alongside multiple parallels, he has autographs in the Rookie Penmanship insert.
2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Zion Williamson RC #1/#61 Autograph
Collectors can head back to school once more with 2019-20 Prizm Draft Picks Basketball. Zion has two sticker autograph cards in the Draft Picks Prizms Silver set, including a white uniform image and a blue uniform image.
2019-20 Panini Revolution Zion Williamson Autograph (Redemption)
Autographs are much less common in 2019-20 Revolution Basketball with only an average of six per case. The sole Zion Williamson autograph is a redemption and it is slated to be on-card.