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Michael Jordan Rookie Cards vs. LeBron James Rookie Cards (Who Are Best and Guide)



Michael Jordan Rookie Cards vs. LeBron James Rookie Cards

Here is an argument that may never have a winner and will always be based on if you’re a Jordan FANBOY vs a LeBron James rookie card FANOY but was are here to give or take (for better or worse).

Let me start by saying that we feel both are outstanding players and are #1, #2 in the all-time rankings of best NBA players… in other words, you can’t go wrong owning either of their rookie cards (although Zion Williamson may be better than both of them… combined!).

Michael Jordan Rookie Card

First, let’s go over the best Michael Jordan rookie card in our opinion.

The 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls RC Rookie Card is by far his most coveted rookie card and with good reason.

It was his first true rookie card and it shows Jordan dunking the ball over his opponent.

The card is made by Fleer and has doubled in value in the last year or so alone (for high grades i.e. PSA 10)… this is a true beast of a card.


LeBron James Rookie Card

Now onto James. Our pick for the best Lebron James rookie card is the 2003-04 Topps Chrome Lebron James rookie card #111.

This card has exploded in recent months and is currently selling at around all-time highs. The card shows Lebron taking a fadeaway jumper in what we can easily assume will be a swoosh.

It should be noted James is much skinnier in the photo and has a full head of hair.

Jordan vs James Rookie Cards

By just a razors edge we give the win to the 1986 Michael Jordan Fleer rookie card.

We feel Jordan will be judged to be the better player over timer when it all shakes out and LeBron has been known to be a not so great teammate at times (some say he is even a cry baby if he doesn’t get his way). PLUS we don’t have much respect for a guy who goes on national TV to tell his hometown fans he is leaving them for Miami, FL.


We recommend buying Jordan rookie cards over LeBron for the long term.


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Zion Williamson Rookie Card – #1 Card and Investment Report



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Shop For Professionally Graded Zion Williamson Rookie Cards on eBay

Zion Williamson was drafted with the number one overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. and his rookie cards have been on fire ever since.

Even missing the first half of the season due to injury didn’t slow down Zion rookie cards as they continually top the eBay most bid charts.

Zion aka Zanos was born on July 6, 2000, and attended Duke Unviseriuty under Mike Krzyzewski.

He only played one year as it was almost a slam dunk that he would be drafted with the 1st pick and he had no reason to play another year at Duke and risk injury. Zion Williamson rookie cards are more popular than hotcakes at the moment but are a high-risk investment in our opinion due to injury risk.

Having said that it is probably a good idea to own at least a couple of his rookie cards. Here are the best Zion Williamson rookie cards for investment purposes…


Zion Williamson Rookie Cards

Here are some of the better Zion RC you will want to add to your investment portfolio.


2019 Zion Williamson Panini Prizm New Orleans Pelicans Rookie Card #248 – Buy on eBay

Zion Williamson Prizm Rookie Card

The Prizm rookie cards are the standard for a moderate risk investor.

They are extremely popular and are available in a variety of beautiful parallels.

The 2019 Zion Prizm rookie card is numbered #248 and reads “Following in the footsteps Art Heyman (1963), Elton Brand (1999) and Kyrie Irving (2011), Willamson became the fourth player from Duke to be taken first in the NBA Draft in 2019. And if you believe the hype he could be the best. Winning the NCAA Player of the Year Award as a freshman is just the beginning“.

Our favorite version of the Zion Prizm rookie card is the Blue Ice.

We own around a dozen different Zion Prizm rookie cards and are always looking to add more when the price is right!


2019-20 Zion Williamson Donruss Optic Rookie Card #158 – Buy on eBay

Zion Williamson Donruss Optic

The Zion Optic rookie card is numbered #158 and shows Williamson holding the rock in what appears to be an off the court photo.

These cards will also come in the form of a redemption card…. more on this card later.


2019 Panini Donruss Zion Williamson Rookie Card #201 – Buy on eBay

Zion Williams Donruss Gold Press Proof Rookie

We love the rated rookie Zion rookie card as it screams old school with that classic “rated rookie” icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the card.


2019-20 Zion Williamson Prizm Gold Contenders Auto Rookie Card #108 – Buy on eBay

Zion Williamson Gold Prizm

This is one of our favorite Zion rookie card to date and most expensive.

It is a beautiful autograph card and is numbered #108.

The only problem is it will cost more than most monthly mortgage payments! 😉

If you can afford this card it is an excellent buy for those who think Zion is for real and can avoid nagging injuries throughout his career.


2019 Zion Williamson Panini Contenders Cracked Ice Rookie Card #108 – Buy on eBay

zion williamson cracked ice

Cracked Ice cards are some of our favorite looking cards in the game and this Zion rookie card is no exception.

Numbered #108 the card shows Zion with the rock and has the classic cracked ice look with his autograph.. super nice card that shows up in our dreams a few times per month.


Best Zion Williamson Rookie Card?

A few notes… this card is available in a variety of parallels… this is not based on which card sold for the most or which card is most popular…  it is based on ROI.

It would be easy to list a variety of cards to be “the best” and it wouldn’t be wrong to do so as Zion rookie cards are great investments right now… BUT… if we had a pistol to our head and had to pick just one…

In terms of return on investment, we would pick… The 2019 Zion Williamson Donruss Optic Rookie Card #158!

best zion williamson rookie card

No auto? No patch? How in the world is this card number one your asking?

Well, we love this card for a variety of reasons…

  1. Photo: The image of Zion holding the basketball like it is his world speaks volumes about his life, where he came from and where he is going… you can literally see it in his eyes… its a piece of art not a rookie card.
  2. Rated Rookie Donruss: This holds a lot of weight with us as like most collectors we fondly look back on these “Rated Rookie” cards as better days gone past when the air was hot, the water was cold, and the gum was stale.
  3. Availability and Price: We didn’t want to list a card that our loyal readers had little or no chance of ever adding to their collection. The 2019 Panini Donruss Optic Zion Williamson rookie card is available in a variety of parallels and prices… you can literally spend a few hundred or a few thousand… this means the average joe can afford one but it also means the CEO on Wall Street can drop his daily salary on it as well 🙂

If you have any questions about the value or buying this card PLEASE do not hesitate to email us at


Best Zion Williamson Rookie Card Autograph Cards

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Zion rookie card prices are already out of this world. When you add an autograph to the mix be prepared for the value of the card to really take off!

Here are some of the better Zion Williamson Autograph cards for your investment portfolio.


2019 Zion Williamson National Treasures Collegiate College Autograph #81

zion williamson autograph rookie card

A somewhat affordable option for collectors who have a medium-size to large bankroll.


2019-20 Select Black Finite Zion Williamson RPA RC Nike Tag Patch AUTO 1/1 #RJA-ZWL

zion williamson nike rookie card auto

Good luck on getting your hands on this bad boy but if you do please email us or DM us a pic on our FB Page (Rookie Card Ramblings on Facebook).


2019 Zion Willaimson Panini Prizm Cracked Ice Autograph #RPZWL

Zion Williamson Prizm Cracked Ice Autograph


Panini Prizm basketball cards are one of the best sets out there in the first place… but when you add cracked ice with an auto you have a magical card that most collectors only dream about.

We have made a couple on cracked ice Zion Williamson Prizm Autograph Rookie Cards but have come up short both time. Some day with a little luck and prayer we hope to win one!


2019 Panini Contenders Zion Williamson Ball/Front Autograph #108

zion williamson contenders auto rookie card

Another high-end Zion autograph card that will cost you an arm and a leg 🙂


Zion Williamson Rookie Card Checklist

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  • 2019-20 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson RC #248
  • 2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Zion Williamson RC Autograph #51
  • 2019-20 Hoops Zion Williamson Rookie Card #258
  • 2019-20 Donruss Zion Williamson RC #201
  • 2019-20 Certified Zion Williamson Rookie Card #151
  • 2019-20 Panini Origins Zion Williamson RC #15
  • 2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Rookie Kaboom #18
  • 2019-20 Absolute Memorabilia Zion Williamson Rookie Card #16
  • 2019-20 Panini Contenders Zion Williamson RC Autograph #108
  • 2019-20 Zion Williamson Select Black Finite  RPA RC Nike Tag Patch #RJA-ZWL
  • 2019-20 Donruss Optic gold fast-break Prizm Rookie Card
  • 2019-20 Zion Williamson Prizm Rookie Signatures #ZWL


Investment Rating and Advice

We would be very selective in regards to which Zion rookie cards we are buying as the market is currently flooded with them.

For high-end collectors, we would focus on autograph cards (with a patch if possible). For collectors with a moderate bankroll, we would focus on Zion Williamson Prizm Rookie Cards.

Zion rookie cards should be one of the best investments in the hobby in terms of ROI for the next 2 years.

Investment Rating: 8.8 out of 10


Zion Williamson Rookie Card Values

Zion rookie cards can starts as low as $50 and go well over $10k at high grades (these are usually rare auto/patch cards).

The average value of Zion Williamson rookie cards based on the last 40 sales at eBay auctions is $1829.29.

The exact amount of any Zion RC is very hard to calculate and will be based on a variety of factors to include card grade and how Zion is playing at any week/month in time.

If you would like us to provide an estimated value of any of your Zion rookie cards please email us pictures of the card to

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Jaren Jackson Jr. Rookie Card – Best 3 Cards and Investment Advice (Checklist and Guide)



National Treasures Jaren Jackson Jr. RPA RC Rookie Patch

Jaren Jackson Jr. was born on 9/15/1999 and was drafted 4th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2018 NBA Draft.

He placed 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting in 2019 finishing behind future superstars Luka Doncic and Trae Young (Luka Doncic rookie cards are a STRONG BUY right now).

The best 3 Jaren Jackson Jr. rookie cards for investment purposes.

2018-19 Jaren Jackson Jr. Panini Prizm RC #66

This is his best rookie card to invest in for moderate spenders.

The card features Jackson Jr. jumping in order to save the rock from going out of bounds.


The card is numbered #66 and reads “It took just five summer league games in 2018 for Jackson to exhibit his wide gambit of skills. The first rd pick started with a bang, draining eight treys in the opener. Next, he opened eyes on defense, pacing the Grizzlies with 8.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks”

2018-19 National Treasures Jaren Jackson Jr. RPA RC Rookie Patch AUTO /99

National Treasures Jaren Jackson Jr. RPA RC Rookie Patch

Here is the card for investors with a larger bankroll and a higher degree of risk.

This card will cost you a pretty penny (hundreds ungraded) but will increase in value drastically if Jackson Jr can become of the best players in the league.

The card is numbered #104 and reads “Recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds, three steals, and a block coming off the bench in his debit in Indiana in his NBA debut on Oct. 17, 2018.

2018-19 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Jaren Jackson Jr. RC AUTO RC

The Jaren Jackson Jr. Panini Contenders rookie card is a mix between the two cards mentioned above.

It is not as cheap as the Prizm but not as expensive as the National Treasures card.

The card is numbered #132 and reads “Jackson was ready to produce on the defensive end from the moment he entered the league. He showcased his shot-swatting chops in a Summer League tilt vs. Utah when he registered seven rejections in a 92-86 win.

Jaren Jackson Jr. Rookie Card Checklist

  • 2018-19 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket RC AUTO
  • 2018-19 Panini Prizm RC #66
  • 2018-19 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket RC AUTO #132
  • 2018-19 Panini Noir
  • 2018-19 Panini Opulence – [Base] – Holo Gold #84
  • 2018-19 Panini Donruss Optic
  • 2018-19 Panini Opulence (base)
  • 2018-19 Panini Spectra – [Base] #123


Investment Advice

Wait and see.

Right now we are not recommending buying Jaren Jackson Jr. Rookie Cards (but that could change quickly).

Sit back and monitor is game to game stats.

If you see a break out coming buy his National Treasure card if you have the bank.


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