Each year, basketball collectors try to identify the next superstar. The top 2020-21 NBA rookie cards feature several key names worth checking out.
Although the 2020-21 NBA Draft class is not as deep as the talent-filled 2019-20 group—led by Zion Williamson and Ja Morant—the potential is still there. Headlined by LaMelo Ball, the Rookie of the Year, there are already several players receiving attention from the hobby.
Where to Find 2020-21 Basketball Rookie Cards
As has been the case for years, Panini has the only official rookie cards with NBA and/or NCAA licensing.
The selection starts with collegiate sets in fall/winter 2020 and runs until fall/winter 2021 with a variety of NBA sets. Keep tabs on all the releases by using the comprehensive 2020-21 basketball cards guide, which contains full details on every announced set.
Best 2020-21 Basketball Rookie Cards Sets to Collect
While every collector has a preference, oftentimes, the top products for NBA rookie cards are the same every year. Early favorites include college-themed 2020-21 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Basketball and 2020-21 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball.
Like nearly all releases, the newest cards tend to receive the most attention, at least in the short term.
Using the tabs below, view the top 2020-21 NBA rookies to collect and the hottest 2020-21 NBA rookie cards available.
Top 2020-21 NBA Rookie Cards To Collect
Early on in the season, these are the 2020-21 NBA rookies making the most noise. Of course, nothing is set in stone and the top players could be much different by the end of the year or in a few years. The players are listed in order of their draft selection.
Anthony Edwards - Minnesota Timberwolves
2020 Draft: 1st Overall / College: Georgia
James Wiseman - Golden State Warriors
2020 Draft: 2nd Overall / College: Memphis
LaMelo Ball - Charlotte Hornets
2020 Draft: 3rd Overall / College: N/A (International - Australia)
Patrick Williams - Chicago Bulls
2020 Draft: 4th Overall / College: Florida State
Tyrese Haliburton - Sacramento Kings
2020 Draft: 12th Overall / College: Iowa State
Cole Anthony - Orlando Magic
2020 Draft: 15th Overall / College: North Carolina
Tyrese Maxey - Philadelphia 76ers
2020 Draft: 21st Overall / College: Kentucky
Immanuel Quickley - New York Knicks
2020 Draft: 25th Overall / College: Kentucky
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Most-Watched 2020-21 Basketball Rookie Cards Hot List
Another way to find out which first-year players are trending up is to view the real-time 2020-21 NBA rookie cards hot list. This guide is always updating to display the current eBay auctions with the most fans and collectors watching.