Ben Simmons Rookie Card Countdown

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The Ben Simmons Rookie Card portfolio has no shortage of valuable entries. But when it comes to the modern hobby that’s filled with autographs and memorabilia, it’s a very different picture. And for some, it might even feel like a throwback.

More than 20 Ben Simmons Rookie Cards exist with him in a Philadelphia uniform. Some are readily available and not particularly fancy. Others have extremely limited print runs and higher quality production. When you get to Flawless, there’s even a diamond.

But what you won’t find on a of the NBA Ben Simmons Rookie Card is a signature. That’s because the point guard signed an exclusive autograph deal with Upper Deck, joining the likes of Michael Jordan and LeBron James. With Panini holding exclusive rights to NBA cards, it made for an interesting situation. Panini could still make Ben Simmons Rookie Cards but they could only do so without signatures. As a result, most of his early cards are found mixed in with veterans on the various 2016-17 basketball checklists.

Despite this, Ben Simmons Rookie Cards were still a driving force, even when he ended up missing the season due to injury. Now that’s he’s healthy and The Process has been set in motion in Philadelphia, things are heating up again.

For those looking for Ben Simmons autograph cards, Upper Deck has produced some but not a lot. Besides some special edition promo cards, two of the top options are 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions and a 2016-17 Exquisite Ben Simmons autograph. This insert is numbered to 99 and was included in 2017 Goodwin Champions.

Both of these — as well as Upper Deck’s other Ben Simmons autographs — are inserts and don’t fit traditional Rookie Card definitions. But that hasn’t stopped them from soaring in prices and commanding big prices. The fact that there aren’t many to go around has certainly helped, too.

If you’re curious about the Ben Simmons Rookie Card lineup, want to know what’s worth the most or just want to see them all in one place, they’re waiting for you in the list below.

Most Valuable Ben Simmons Rookie Card Rankings

The following list included only Ben Simmons Rookie Cards marked with the RC tag in the Beckett Basketball Card Database and Price Guide. Inserts, parallels and some other cards are not. Rankings are based on their value in the price guide.


24. 2016-17 Panini Complete Ben Simmons RC #4

Parallels: Gold, No Back, Silver

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2016-17 Panini Complete Ben Simmons Rookie Card



23. 2016-17 Donruss Ben Simmons RC #151

Parallels: Holo Green and Yellow Laser, Holo Orange Laser, Press Proofs Silver (/299), Press Proofs Purple (/199), Holo Green Laser (/99), Holo Red Laser (/99), Press Proofs Red (/75), Holo Blue Laser (/49), Holo Yellow Laser (/25), Press Proofs Blue (/25), Holo Purple Laser (/15), Holo Red and Blue Laser (/15), Press Proofs Gold (/10), Press Proofs Black (1/1)

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2016-17 Donruss Ben Simmons RC



22. 2016-17 Select Ben Simmons RC #60

Parallels: Prizms Silver, Prizms Tri-Color, Prizms Blue (/299), Prizms Maroon (/175), Prizms White (/149), Prizms Orange (/60), Prizms Tie-Dye (/25), Prizms National Convention Pink (/15), Prizms Gold (/10), Prizms Green (/5), Prizms Black (1/1)

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21. 2016-17 Panini Threads Ben Simmons RC #156

Parallels: Century Proof Dazzle, Century Proof Holo, Century Proof Red (/199), Century Proof Dazzle Orange (/25), Century Proof Dazzle Green (/15), Century Proof Dazzle Purple (/15), Century Proof Gold (/10), Century Proof Platinum (1/1)

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20. 2016-17 Hoops Ben Simmons RC #261

Parallels: Blue, Red Backs, Teal Explosion, Green (/149), Silver (/99), Blue Checkerboard (/75), Orange Explosion (/75), Red (/49), Teal (/49), Artist Proof (/25), Orange (/25), Red Checkerboard (/15), Gold (/10), Artist Proof Black (1/1)

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2016-17 Hoops Ben Simmons Rookie Card



19. 2016-17 Panini Excalibur Ben Simmons RC #134

Parallels: Baron, Count, Lord, Viscount, Marquis (/199), Prince (/149), Duke (/49), King (/10), Emperor (1/1)

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18. 2016-17 Panini Aficionado Ben Simmons RC #35

Parallels: Opening Night Preview, Tip-Off, Artist’s Proof Purple (/99), Artist’s Proof, Artist’s Proof Gold (1/1)

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17. 2016-17 Panini Prestige Ben Simmons RC #151

Parallels: Crystal, Horizon, Metallized, Rain, Bonus Shots Red (/75), Bonus Shots Gold (/10), Bonus Shots Green (/5), Bonus Shots Platinum (1/1)

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16. 2016-17 Studio Ben Simmons RC #84

Parallels: Teal (/15), Gold (1/1)

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15. 2016-17 Totally Certified Ben Simmons RC #140

Parallels: Red (/199), Blue (/99), Orange (/60), Camo (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Holo Blue (1/1)

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14. 2016-17 Court Kings Ben Simmons RC #101

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13. 2016-17 Donruss Optic Ben Simmons RC #151

Parallels: Checkerboard, Holo, Purple, White Sparkle, Orange (/199), Red (/99), Blue (/49), Aqua (/25), Pink (/25), Gold (/10), Black (1/1), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2016-17 Donruss Optic Ben Simmons RC



12. 2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve Ben Simmons RC #1

Parallels: Vintage

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11. 2016-17 Panini Revolution Ben Simmons RC #143

Parallels: Astro, Fractal, Galactic, Infinite, Cosmic (/100), Sunburst (/75), Futura (/25)

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10. 2016-17 Absolute Ben Simmons RC #200 /999

Parallels: Spectrum Gold (/10), Spectrum Black (1/1)

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9. 2016-17 Panini Prizm Ben Simmons RC #1

Parallels: Prizms Green, Prizms Ruby Wave, Prizms Silver, Prizms Starburst, Prizms Blue Wave (/99), Prizms Purple (/75), Prizms Orange (/49), Prizms Mojo (/25), Prizms Orange Wave (/25), Prizms Teal Wave (/25), Prizms Gold (/10), Prizms 5th Anniversary (/5), Prizms Black (1/1)

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8. 2016-17 Panini Spectra Ben Simmons RC #60

Parallels: Neon Blue (/60), Pink (/49), Neon Green (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Nebula (1/1)

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7. 2016-17 Limited Ben Simmons RC #145 SP

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2016-17 Limited Ben Simmons Rookie Card



5 (tie). 2016-17 Panini Noir Black and White Ben Simmons RC #72 /79

Parallels: Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1)

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2016-17 Panini Noir Ben Simmons Rookie Card Black and White



5 (tie). 2016-17 Panini Noir Color Ben Simmons RC #202 /79

Parallels: Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1)

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2016-17 Panini Noir Ben Simmons RC Color



4. 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Ben Simmons RC #67 /99

Parallels: Holo Silver (/25), Holo Gold (/10), Holo Platinum (1/1)

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2016-17 Panini Impeccable Ben Simmons Rookie Card



3. 2016-17 Immaculate Collection Ben Simmons RC #8 /99

Parallels: Blue (/35), Red (/25), Gold (/10), Emerald (/5), Platinum (1/1)

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2016-17 Immaculate Collection Ben Simmons Rookie Card



2. 2016-17 Panini National Treasures Ben Simmons RC #53 /99

Parallels: Bronze (/25), Gold (/10), Emerald (/5), Platinum (1/1)

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2016-17 Panini National Treasures Ben Simmons Rookie Card



1. 2016-17 Panini Flawless Ben Simmons RC #6 /25

Parallels: Double Diamond (/10), Triple Diamond (/5), Bronze (/2), Platinum (1/1)

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2016-17 Panini Flawless Basketball Triple Diamond Ben Simmons


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4 comments

  1. Alan 17 November, 2017 at 22:18

    Thanks for the list! I believe Immaculate Collection and Impeccable should definitely be on this list as well.

  2. Hoddie Will Collectibles 16 August, 2018 at 13:58

    Ben Simmons RC Gold Standard Solid Gold 1/1 #31 that sold for $110,000 should be number 1

    • Ryan Cracknell 17 August, 2018 at 18:26

      Awesome card no doubt, but this list is strictly base cards with the RC tag in the database, not inserts.

  3. Hoddie Will Collectibles 28 August, 2018 at 19:08

    Most definitely but at the same time since it sold for that price there should at least some recognition just like the upper deck card where recognized at the top that didn’t have any RC badge.

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