2019 Panini Instant Draft Night Delivers First Official Zion Williamson NBA Cards

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The 2019-20 basketball card season is going to see a lot of Zion Williamson cards. But there can only be one first card. And it didn’t take long to get there. Shortly after the New Orleans Pelicans confirmed the obvious and Williamson shook hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Panini had a basketball card commemorating the moment ready for collectors to order through its website.

2019 Panini Instant Draft Night Zion Williamson

And Williamson wasn’t alone.

2019 Panini Instant Draft Night Basketball covered the entire night including cards of nine of the top 10 picks. Other highlights include Ja Morant (#2 overall), R.J. Barrett (#3 overall) and De’Andre Hunter (#4 overall).

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The checklist went beyond the first round with a card of Bol Bol, the 44th pick, who is expected to end up in Denver following a likely trade.

2019 Panini Instant Draft Night 44 Bol Bol

Zion Williamson and the rest of the 2019 Panini Instant Draft Night cards are available on the Panini website through Monday, July 1. The base versions have open-ended production runs that will match what’s ordered. There are also Green (/10) and Black (1/1) parallels.

Single copies of base cards cost $9.99 on Panini’s site, however there are discounts for bulk orders. For example, 25 copies of the same card runs $99.99, which works out to $4 per card. Cards can also be found on eBay through the secondary market.

2019 Panini Instant Draft Night Checklist

If you’re looking for a particular card, click on the link to see what’s listed on eBay.

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans – Pick #1
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies – Pick #2
R.J. Barrett, New York Knicks – Pick #3
De’Andre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks – Pick #4
Jarrett Culver, Minnesota Timberwolves – Pick #6
Coby White, Chicago Bulls – Pick #7
Jaxson Hayes, New Orleans Pelicans – Pick #8
Rui Hamchimura, Washington Wizards – Pick #9
Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks – Pick #10
P.J. Washington, Charlotte Hornets – Pick #12
Tyler Herro, Miami Heat – Pick #13
Romeo Langford, Boston Celtics – Pick #14
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Hornets – Pick #17
Brandon Clarke, Memphis Grizzlies – Pick #21
Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers – Pick #25
Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs – Pick #29
Bol Bol, Denver Nuggets – Pick #44

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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7 comments

    • Ryan Cracknell 9 July, 2019 at 13:39

      @Christopher – The secondary market is the only way now as the sales window is closed. There should be lots on places like eBay (linked in the article).

  1. Jason Harlan 2 August, 2019 at 09:14

    Hi Ryan,
    Do you happen to know which Zion card will be his “iconic” or “most valuable” rookie card?
    ….similar to what the 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James RC #111 is to LeBron James.

    Thx,

    • Ryan Cracknell 2 August, 2019 at 14:24

      @Jason — Way too early to tell. None of the full NBA sets have been announced yet. Prizm will likely be popular for Rookie Cards that are widely available. National Treasures tends to carry the biggest values.

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