Luka Doncic (02/28/99) is a Slovenian international small forward who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic made his name as a youth player for Real Madrid in Spain, before declaring himself available to be selected in the NBA Draft in 2018.
The Atlanta Hawks duly obliged as he was their first-round pick (3rd overall), but they quickly traded Doncic to the Mavericks in exchange for the draft rights to Trae Young and a protected future first-round pick in 2019.
They quickly learned that they’d let a genuine talent slip through their fingers, as Doncic was named as the Rookie of the Year in 2019, and went on to break numerous NBA scoring records as he lit up the league and made his first All-Star appearance a year later.
Luka Doncic Rookie Stats: 72 games – 21.2 points per game – 7.8 rebounds – 6.0 assists… based on those numbers it is easy to see why he is already a legend in the making.
Are his various rookie cards worth the outlay, especially considering the amount of interest they’ve garnered as he continues to hit new heights? Here’s a list with three top Doncic RC options, along with investment advice looking at the next few years.
The Top 5 Luka Doncic Rookie Cards
He does have a number of prospect cards from his time in Spain, but they’re often disregarded in favor of more recent RC options. The majority of the focus is on Doncic’s cards from the 2018-19 season, as that’s when he first joined the NBA as a teenager.
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Opulence Gold/Auto Patch /10 RC #145 (buy on eBay)
The first card to make our list is the 2018 Panini Opulence. As the name suggests, it’s a luxury option, and the Holo Gold background and finish only help to highlight the fact. There’s an image of Doncic primed to shoot on the left-hand side, with a gold and white RC logo located beneath his feet.
The player patch takes pride of place on the middle of the card, while the on-card auto is given its own segment near the bottom.
An exceedingly rare set, the base cards are serial-numbered (79), while there are only 10 copies of the Holo Gold version. If you do manage to snag a copy, it’s only likely to increase in value, and supply doesn’t have a chance of meeting demand.
Parallels: Gold (/25), Holo Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1) (we would do a lot of things for that Platinum lol)
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Prizm Rookie Card #280 (buy on eBay)
The 2018-19 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic RC #280 is one of the best investments in the hobby for those looking for a great ROI without breaking the bank.
The base edition is the most affordable, mainly due to the lack of an autograph or a serial number.
Regardless, it’s still one of the better Doncic RC’s on the market, and there’s a ridiculous number of parallels, prizms, and exclusives if you’re hoping to pick up something special. We’ll list them out below.
As well as an RC logo, it features an action shot of the player preparing to hit a three-pointer in typical fashion. Despite being unsigned, recognition for the Panini brand has helped to drive up prices, making it another solid investment piece. Some of the parallels are exceedingly rare, and they can sell for exceptionally high fees.
Parallels: Silver, Green, Hyper, Pink Ice, Purple Wave, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, White Sparkle, Red (/299), Blue (/199), Purple Ice (/149), Blue Ice (/99), Purple (/75), Orange (/49), Pink Pulsar(/42), Purple Pulsar (/35), Green Pulsar (/25), Mojo (/25), Gold (/10), Black Gold (/5), Black (1/1)
Shimmer Prizms: Blue Shimmer (/7), Light Blue Shimmer (/7), Red Shimmer (/7)
FB Prizms: Base, Blue (/175), Red (/125), Purple (/75), Pink (/50), Bronze (/20), Neon Green (/5), Blue/Yellow/Green, Tiger Stripe, Red (/88), Green (/8), Nebula (1/1)
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2018 Luka Doncic National Treasures Patch/Auto RC #127 (buy on eBay)
Doncic’s 2018 National Treasures is another premium option that manages to make the list. NT cards are always prestigious, with a typical blue and white design that works well with the color of the player patch and his Mavericks jersey.
It’s a serial-numbered card, and you’ll be able to check which number you have as it’s displayed on the lower right-hand side. He’s featured doing what he does best, preparing to shoot with one foot in the air.
The card already commands a hefty price tag, but if you want an even rarer version, there’s also a horizontal NT card with just 49 copies overall. It’s easy to see why they make the list of Doncic’s very best RC cards.
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2018 Luka Doncic Panini Select Silver Prizm Rookie Card #229 (buy on eBay)
The 2018 Panini Select Luka rookie card is a somewhat overlooked card but has had a great ROI over the last year or so and is a great option for moderate level investors.
The card shows Luka puling up for one of his classic jump shots… swoosh… a great looking photo with the fans in the background thanking their lucky stars they get to see this kid in actions… he will be a legend in 15 years and this card will make you money 🙂
2018 Luka Doncic Donruss Rated Rookie RC #177 (buy on eBay)
A solid Luka rookie card that has a wide range of value depending on which parallel you select. The 2018 Panini Optic base Rated Rookie card is ideal for collectors looking to spend as little coin as possible while the card shown above (Shock Parallel) is a great option for moderate to high-level spenders.
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The card shows Luka dribbling the ball while looking for passing options or lanes to abuse… a SOLID card with a great ROI… there are a ton of parallel options… incoming… below…
PARALLEL CARDS: Holo, Blue Velocity, Hyper Pink, Purple, Shock, Orange /199, Lime Green /149, Red /99, Pink Velocity /79, Blue /49, Black Velocity /39, Pink /25, Purple Stars FOTL /13, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, Gold Vinyl 1/1
CHOICE PARALLELS: Dragon, Red /88, Black Gold /8, Nebula 1/1
FAST BREAK PARALLELS: Holo, Purple /95, Red /85, Blue /50, Pink /20, Gold /10, Black 1/1.
PANINI REWARDS PRIZMS: White Sparkle
Luka Doncic Rookie Card Checklist
- 2016 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rainbow #23
- 2018 Panini Prizm #280
- 2018 National Treasures #127
- 2018 Panini Opulence #145
- 2018 Panini Select Silver Prizm #229
- 2018 Donruss Rated Rookie #177
- 2018 Absolute Memorabilia #58
- 2018 Court Kings #117
- 2018 Panini Threads #101
- 2018 Panini Chronicles #71
- 2018 Immaculate Collection Auto Patch #124
- 2018 Panini Status #122
- 2018 Panini Impeccable Auto Patch #113
- 2018 Panini Encased Autograph #108
- 2018 Crown Royale #63
- 2018 Panini Flawless #81
- 2018 Panini Revolution #128
- 2018 Panini Noir #169
- 2018 Panini Dominion Luka Doncic RC #126 /199
- 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Auto #126
- 2018 Panini Contenders Optic Auto #128
- 2018 Panini Impeccable Auto Patch #113
- 2018 Luka Doncic Rookie Card NBA Hoops #268
- 2018 Panini Obsidian #91
- 2018 Panini Prizm Mosaic #68
- 2018 Panini Spectra Auto #6
Best Luka Doncic Rookie Card Autographed (Top 5)
Please note we will not include the Panini Opulence or National Treasures on this list since they were already included on the best RC list above.
Here are the top 5 Luka Doncic signature cards for all you autograph hounds out there…
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Contenders Optic Auto #128 (buy on eBay)
A solid card with an image of Luka laying up the rock… available in a variety of parallels… we love the red and blue.
Parallels include Red /149, Blue /99, and Orange /25.
2018 Luka Doncic Contenders Cracked Ice Autograph #122 (buy on eBay)
Another solid Luka rookie card option for autograph hounds… the photo could be better as it shows a boring image of Luka shooting up a free throw… again available in a variety of parallels.
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2018 Luka Doncic Panini Prizm Mosaic #MOLD (buy on eBay)
The Prizm Mosaic cards are fairly new to the scene but boy do we like them… the card shows Luka moving the ball down the court while looking for possible passing options.
A great card for moderate to high-level investors.
2018 Luka Doncic Panini Flawless Auto #25 (buy on eBay)
This or the Contenders Optic are our favorite Doncic rookie card autograph cards… this one has a very cool image of Luka taking a one-hand shot with the image blending into the background of the card… #DRIPWORTHY.
2018 Luka Doncic Impeccable Auto Rookie Card #113 (buy on eBay)
Another solid Luka autograph rookie card that shows Luka dribbling the rock while looking for options… love the artsy backdrop… plus it comes with a patch… what’s not to like here?
Luka Doncic Rookie Card Value
The most expensive Luka Doncic is his 2018 National Treasures rookie card #127 which is somewhat odd as the 2018 Panini Opulence Gold/Auto Patch rookie card is a MUCH better-looking card AND not as many were printed.
We expect Luka rookie cards to be one of the best investments in terms of ROI for the next 10 years as he amasses titles and awards.
Buyers Guide and Investment Advice
Investment Rating: 9.9 out of 10
Card Ownership: Two (2) Panini Prizm RC and One (1) Donruss Rated Rookie
Our Top Pick: 2018 Panini Opulence Gold/Auto Patch rookie card by far is our favorite in potential ROI and looks… this card is expensive but not as much as the Luka National Treasures RC and should have a great ROI moving forward.
Best Card for Smaller Bankrolls: For collectors who don’t have a ton of money to spend but are still looking to get in on Luka as a long-term investment try the 2018 Luka Doncic Panini Prizm Base Rookie Card #280… this card will not break the bank and should have a great ROI over the next 10 years.
Doncic was always going to be a star, and he’s been ripping up the form books with no regard for the quality of his opposition.
He’s already breaking records, whether it be NBA or franchise-related. For example, he is the youngest player in NBA history to record 20 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a game, and the first teenager to record a 30-point triple-double. He knows how to find the net.
A true prodigy, Doncic is projected to keep up his incredible form heading into 2020 and beyond. If he does, the only direction the prices of his rookie cards will go is up.
His RCs were already making waves with collectors when he originally joined the NBA, while the Rookie of the Year award only served to increase prices further. The All-Star appearance helped to cement him as a bonafide star.
Of course, the majority of his rookie cards are already sought after, making it difficult to find a real bargain when they already sell for four or five-figure fees.
However, a few more All-Star appearances (or even a few NBA Titles) would inevitably see values rising once more, so there’s no time like the present if you want to add Luka Doncic RCs to your personal collection for investment purposes before he climbs the ladder to NBA all-time greatness… his rookie cards are one of the best investments in the hobby if not the best… #LUKA