Jayson Tatum Rookie Card Rankings


At first, it seemed kind of strange that the Celtics would trade away the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Things have worked out just fine on both the court for Boston and in the hobby. Part of a deep first-year class, the Jayson Tatum Rookie Card list has no shortage of options.

Curious about what Jayson Tatum cards are out there? We’ve highlighted his Rookie Cards and ranked them according to their value.

Most Valuable Jayson Tatum Rookie Card Rankings

This list includes cards with the RC tag in the Beckett Basketball Database and Price Guide. Ranks are determined primarily by book value. Inserts and parallels are not taken into account on this list, just base cards.

30. 2017-18 Donruss Jayson Tatum RC #198

Donruss might not have a long history in basketball like it does in baseball, but that blue Rated Rookie logo is still likely to conjure up some nostalgia for a lot of collectors. 2017-18 Donruss Basketball doesn’t try to be something high-end. Rather, its themes look to the past while a lot of the designs (particularly many of the parallel patterns) opt for something more modern.

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

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29. 2017-18 Panini Chronicles Jayson Tatum RC #137

The big draw for 2017-18 Panini Chronicles is the inclusion of several brands not getting their own release this season. That said, Chronicles does have a main set and it’s somewhat overlooked. The angle the cards take, like Tatum’s Rookie, is something of a newspaper approach with a headline to go with a small accomplishment story.

Parallels: Red (/299), Blue (/199), Purple (/149), Pink (/99), Gold (/10), Holo Gold (1/1)

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28. 2017-18 Hoops Jayson Tatum RC #253

2017-18 Hoops has the first mainstream Jayson Tatum Rookie Card of him in a Boston Celtics uniform. Another entry-level release, the base set is largely no-frills in its approach. As far as basketball cards go, it’s widely available and targets a broad collecting base. So it might not carry a ton of value, but it’s popular in other ways.

Parallels: Blue, Red Backs, Teal Explosion, Premium Box Set (/199), Silver (/199), Teal (/125), Green (/99), Blue Checkerboard (/75), Orange Explosion (/75), Red (/49), Artist Proof (/25), Orange (/25), Red Checkerboard (/15), Gold (/10), Artist Proof Black (1/1)

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2017-18 Hoops Jayson Tatum Rookie Card

27. 2017-18 Prestige Jayson Tatum RC #153

2017-18 Prestige offers a Jayson Tatum Rookie Card that’s straightforward in its approach and boasts a full action shot. Parallels are largely based on the types of packs you open, putting a different sort of spin on the chase. Widely available at retail and complimented by a hobby version, tracking a copy down isn’t hard or expensive.

Parallels: Horizon, Mist, Rain, Crystal Cracked Ice (/199), Crystal Gold Cracked Ice (/10), Crystal Blue Cracked Ice (1/1)

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26. 2017-18 Panini Essentials Jayson Tatum RC #129

A pair of photos highlight the 2017-18 Essentials Jayson Tatum RC. The foil front is reminiscent of Flair Showcase in that regard but the additional lines make it something of its own. Available on both the hobby and retail fronts, it’s an affordable choice for those looking for a modern design.

Parallels: Green, Orange, Platinum, Red, Retail, Spiral, Silver (/99), Purple (1/1)

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25. 2017-18 Status Jayson Tatum RC #128

The debut release of Status Basketball stems out of the Elite line. While there are some similarities — like the use of foil for base cards — the colorful look is definitely different. Not a high-end card, it’s likely to be most appreciated by those looking for something affordable and modern.

Parallels: Aqua, Foundations, Orange, Pursuit Die-Cut, Red (/299), Blue (/199), Purple (/149), Green (/75), Status (/45), Aspirations (/55), Gold (/10), Kaleido (1/1)

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24. 2017-18 Revolution Jayson Tatum RC #121

2017-18 Revolution Basketball is a bit of a modern throwback. Going back about 20 years to the brand’s early days, then with Pacific, it’s about patterned foil backgrounds. And that’s done with additional foil accents. It’s busy, it’s bright and it might not be for everyone. But there are a segment of collectors, particularly on the basketball side, that love the different approach.

Parallels: Astro, Chinese New Year, Fractal, Galactic, Groove, Impact, Cosmic (/100), Sunburst (/75), Cubic (/50), Lava (/1)

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23. 2017-18 Donruss Optic Jayson Tatum RC #198

The 2017-18 Donruss Optic Jayson Tatum Rookie Card puts a chromium spin on his regular Donruss card. So while it’s a little more premium to touch, it’s the shine that’s the big draw. And, like Prizm and Select, there’s a sizeable parallel rainbow to go with it, mixing both colors and background patterns.

Parallels: Blue Velocity, Checkerboard, Fast Break Holo, Holo, Purple, White Sparkle, Premium (/249), Orange (/199), Fast Break Orange (/193), Lime Green (/175), Fast Break Purple (/155), Red (/99), Fast Break Red (/85), Pink Velocity (/79), Fast Break Blue (/50), Blue (/49), Black Velocity (/39), Aqua (/25), Pink (25), Fast Break Pink (/20), Purple Stars (/13), Fast Break Gold (/10), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Black (1/1), Fast Break Black (1/1), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2017-18 Donruss Optic Jayson Tatum Rookie Card

22. 2017-18 Panini Threads Jayson Tatum RC #78

At a glance, the 2017-18 Panini Threads Jayson Tatum isn’t a fancy card. And it’s not. However, as part of an online-exclusive release, it’s not the easiest card to come by. It’s not rare, but it may be a little tougher to track down that a lot of Tatum’s similar RCs.

Parallels: Dazzle (/199), Dazzle Red (/99), Dazzle Blue (/25), Dazzle Gold (/10), Dazzle Black (1/1)

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21. 2017-18 Select Jayson Tatum RC #93

2017-18 Select is one of a handful of chrome-styled sets released over the course of the season. One of the ways it sets itself apart is through a tiered base set. So while Tatum has three different cards, it’s this one that’s the most common and, therefore, the RC.

Parallels: Prizms Scope, Prizms Silver, Prizms Tri-Color, Prizms Zebra, Prizms Blue (/299), Prizms Maroon (/199), Prizms White (/149), Prizms Orange (/75), Prizms Tie-Dye (/25), Prizms Gold (/10), Prizms Neon Orange Pulsar (/9), Prizms Green (/5), Prizms Black (1/1)

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20. 2017-18 Crown Royale Jayson Tatum RC #28

The defining feature of this card is its shape. As has been the case for the brand since Pacific introduced it in the 1990s, 2017-18 Crown Royale comes with a die-cut design. Part of a high-end set that doesn’t have a lot of base cards, it’s not the easiest card to find in any quantity. It’s also overlooked to a certain extent in favor of the product’s many autographs. Tatum also has a Rookie Silhouettes autograph memorabilia card in the base set.

Parallels: Crystal (/99), Crystal Purple (/25), Crystal Gold (/10), Crystal Black (1/1)

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19. 2017-18 Court Kings Jayson Tatum RC #121

2017-18 Court Kings has one of the busiest looks of any Jayson Tatum Rookie Card. Going to back to the early days of baseball’s Diamond Kings, art is the theme. And that’s readily apparent with the background. Tatum actually has four different cards in the base set. The other three are short prints that have different photos and entirely different designs. It’s a tiered approach with the final one being especially tough. Because card #121 is the most common, it’s considered to be the RC.

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2017-18 Court Kings Jayson Tatum RC

18. 2017-18 Panini Ascension Jayson Tatum RC #130

2017-18 Panini Ascension has a pair of Jayson Tatum Rookie Cards. All 40 rookies in the set, a new addition to Panini’s portfolio, have two different cards. Both have the same number and are available in equal numbers. As a result, both get the RC tag. As for the card itself, it’s full of color, but in a subtle way. Ascension is in that middle-ground where it’s not an entry-level release but it’s not exactly high-end either.

Parallels: Blue (/129), Red (/75), Purple (/50), Green (/25), Black (1/1)

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17. 2017-18 Totally Certified Jayson Tatum RC #103 /299

Etched foil rules on the 2017-18 Totally Certified Jayson Tatum Rookie Card. As far as designs go, this has to be one of the most modern looking of the bunch. The lines, colors and textures are somewhat reminiscent of a pair of sneakers in an abstract way. This card does have the distinction of being the first serial-numbered Jayson Tatum RC. At 299 copies, it’s not scarce but as time goes by, it could get fairly tough to track down.

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

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16. 2017-18 Panini Mosaic Prizm Jayson Tatum RC #20

The 2017-18 Panini Mosaic Prizm Jayson Tatum Rookie Card has a few things going for it. First, there’s the look. The added background gives it plenty of flash. Like other Prizm sets, there’s some color with the parallels but not a ton. Beyond the product’s physical attributes, Mosaic Prizm was Panini’s first full release done as an online exclusive. That cut down on availability somewhat. It also meant a relatively small print run, making the card a rarer than other similar Tatum cards.

Parallels: Blue, Green, Orange, Red, Purple (/99), Camo (/25), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)

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15. 2017-18 Panini Spectra Jayson Tatum RC #3

2017-18 Panini Spectra is the card maker’s high-end chromium offering. While that’s seen on a lot of the checklist, Jayson Tatum’s RC in the set is a regular base card. It has a modern design that stands out against Prizm and Select. Like virtually every chrome set, it also has several colorful parallels that make the bold look pop even more.

Parallels: Silver, White Sparkle, Neon Blue (/99), Red (/75), Neon Green (/49), Neon Pink (/25), Gold (/10), Wave (/9), Neon Orange (/5), Nebula (1/1)

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2017-18 Panini Spectra Jayson Tatum Rookie Card

14. 2017-18 Immaculate Collection Jayson Tatum RC #17 /75

Traditionally, Immaculate gives RCs the autograph patch treatment. 2017-18 Immaculate Collection Basketball has rookie patch autographs, but Jayson Tatum and the rest of the year’s freshmen also have regular base cards. So while the high-end elements aren’t on the base version, it has rarity and the brand inclusion to add value.

Parallels: Red (/35), Blue (/25), Gold (/10), Emerald (/8), Platinum (1/1)

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13. 2017-18 Panini Vanguard Jayson Tatum RC #25 /49

Panini dug into the Pacific portfolio for 2017-18 Vanguard. While much of the premium release centers on autographs, there is a base set. The Tatum stands out for a couple of reasons. It’s appearance has a lot more white space than most of his other RCs. When it comes to price and availability, it’s the print run that’s the bigger influence. The base version has just 49 copies.

Parallels: Sample, Purple (/25), Gold (/10), Red (1/1)

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12. 2017-18 Panini Dominion Jayson Tatum RC #120 /199

The 2017-18 Panini Dominion Jayson Tatum Rookie Card goes heavy metal — literally. Done on metal stock, it has a look and feel unlike any of the forward’s other RCs. Its 199 copies certainly put it on the rare side, but it’s not terribly tough to come by.

Parallels: Bronze (/49), Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1)

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11. 2017-18 Absolute Memorabilia Jayson Tatum RC #68

Unless you buy it professionally graded, you’re likely to find the 2017-18 Absolute Memorabilia Jayson Tatum Rookie Card in a sealed magnetic holder. That’s because Panini opted for an uncirculated approach to the product’s base cards. Although not numbered, they’re not likely to have a massive print run. Absolute Memorabilia isn’t a cheap product to start with and there are only a pair of base cards (or scarce Maroon parallels) in each master box.

Parallels: Maroon (/7)

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10. 2017-18 Panini Prizm Jayson Tatum RC #16

2017-18 Panini Prizm Basketball is one of the hottest releases of the year. While the Prizms parallels are leading the charge, the Rookie Cards like this one, are hanging tough as well. For a product that’s available at both the hobby and retail levels, this card is still fetching some premium numbers and proving the staying power of chromium. It helps that Prizm has been around for a few years now and established itself as one of the cornerstone basketball releases.

Parallels: Fast Break, Green, Hyper, Red/White/Blue, Ruby Wave, Silver, White Sparkle, Blue (/199), Fast Break Blue (/175), Fast Break Red (/125), Blue Ice (/99), Fast Break Purple (/75), Purple (/75), Fast Break Pink (/50), Orange (/49), Pink Pulsar (/42), Green Pulsar (/25), Mojo (/25), Red Pulsar (/25), Fast Break Bronze (/20), Gold (/10), Red Shimmer (/8), Fast Break Neon Green (/5), Black (1/1), Fast Break Black (1/1)

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2017-18 Panini Prizm Jayson Tatum Rookie Card

9. 2017-18 Panini Noir Jayson Tatum RC #99, 199 /79

2017-18 Panini Noir has two different Jayson Tatum Rookie Cards — Home and Away. Each are numbered to 79 so they both have the RC tag. Besides the black design and high-end roots, these stand out thanks to how they fit together to form a mini puzzle with matching halves of the Celtics logo.

Parallels: Gold (/25), Platinum (1/1)

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8. 2017-18 Panini Impeccable Jayson Tatum RC #45 /99

2017-18 Panini Impeccable was one of the season’s most high-end releases. That comes through primarily in the set’s autographs but there’s also evidence of that in the base set. This Jayson Tatum RC comes on canvas stock, giving it a textured feel. Rarity is also a key factor with just 99 copies.

Parallels: Holo Silver (/49), Holo Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1)

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7. 2017-18 Panini Opulence Jayson Tatum RC #26 /79

If you’re a fan of gold, the 2017-18 Panini Opulence Jayson Tatum Rookie Card will be a standout. Hailing from an extremely pricey product, the base RC has a variety of gold foil giving it a prominent bright and textured look. Tatum has two other cards in the Opulence base set — an autograph and an autographed memorabilia cards — however this one gets the RC tag for being the most basic of the three.

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

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6. 2017-18 Panini Flawless Jayson Tatum RC #78 /20

While the 2017-18 Panini Flawless briefcases are mainly about on-card autographs and patches, the Jayson Tatum Rookie Card has a diamond instead. That and the fact that it has just 20 copies makes it a top-level RC. The biggest challenge here might not be the price but simply finding one.

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

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2017-18 Panini Flawless Jayson Tatum Rookie Card

5. 2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Jayson Tatum RC #54 Autograph

2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks takes its name to heart, taking a largely college approach. Vets are in their NBA uniforms for the base set, but this set isn’t really about them. It’s the first packed out basketball product with the year’s rookie crop. In Contenders tradition, the Jayson Tatum Rookie Card is a Rookie Ticket Autograph — and on-card to boot. Obviously, that adds a lot of value.

In addition to the main card, there are three different variations with different photos plus several parallels.

Parallels: Blue Foil, Red Foil, Draft Ticket (/99), Cracked Ice (/23), Playoff Ticket (/15), Championship Ticket (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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4. 2017-18 Panini Cornerstones Jayson Tatum RC Auto Quad Jersey #153 /199

Combining an on-card autograph with four memorabilia swatches, the four corners approach gives the 2017-18 Panini Cornerstones Jayson Tatum Rookie Card is one of his most distinct. And with 199 copies, it’s one of his easier autographed RCs to find.

Parallels: Crystal (/75), Quartz (/49), Granite (/25), Marble (/10), Onyx (1/1)

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3. 2017-18 Panini Encased Jayson Tatum RC Autograph #126, 162, 171 /99

Jayson Tatus has three different RCs in 2017-18 Panini Encased Basketball. All are autographs (with on-card signatures) and they’re all numbered to 99. Sticking with the set’s theme, many came graded by BGS straight from the box.

Parallels: Red (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Platinum (1/1)

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2. 2017-18 Panini Contenders Jayson Tatum RC Autograph #103 /125

Contenders is one of the cornerstone lines in the Panini portfolio. While it’s biggest in football, the Rookie Ticket Autograph popularity transfers to other sports. Jayson Tatum’s RC in 2017-18 Contenders comes with an on-card autograph, but it’s numbered to 125 copies. Also of note, among the parallels are Premium Edition versions done on chromium stock, a first for the line in basketball.

Parallels: Premium Edition, Playoff Ticket (/65), The Finals Ticket (/25), Cracked Ice Ticket (/20), Premium Edition Gold (/20), Championship Ticket (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2017-18 Panini Contenders Jayson Tatum Rookie Card

1. 2017-18 Panini National Treasures Jayson Tatum RC Auto Patch #103 /99

2017-18 Panini National Treasures is the grand-daddy of all Jayson Tatum Rookie Cards. Since Panini landed the NBA exclusive, the line has become synonymous with valuable Rookies. But it doesn’t just rely on history. The card’s construction backs it up with an on-card autograph, huge patch piece and a low print run of 99 copies. Basically, it’s the complete package as far as a super-premium card goes.

Parallels: Horizontal (/49), Horizontal Bronze (/25), 1st Off the Line Limited Edition (/15), Gold (/10), Emerald (/5), Logoman (1/1)

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2017-18 Panini National Treasures Jayson Tatum Rookie Card


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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    • Ryan Cracknell 8 January, 2018 at 02:58

      @John — For this list, we stuck (no pun intended) to cards with the RC tag in the database. Stickers are just that. It’s not a knock against them or their desirability, but they’re stickers, not Rookie Cards.

  1. John 8 January, 2018 at 04:23

    I get all that, but they are issued in packs and the RCs have a “rookie” inscription in the background. It seems they act as base cards as long as they’re kept intact. Beckett even grades them. At least give them a mention even if they’re not part of the actual rankings.

    • Ryan Cracknell 8 January, 2018 at 10:12

      @John – Panini uses their rookie logo for every card they issue, including inserts. This list is according to what Beckett has as a database. It’s not intended to deny a card’s existence or say it’s not worth collecting. Rather, articles like this are intended to provide some clarity. And making one exception means opening it up to other exceptions. Then you end up with a list of a few hundred cards versus one that has a specific focus and 30 or so cards in the end.

  2. Rick 10 May, 2018 at 13:33

    You mentioned that the Tatum Optic RC card is not yet priced. This product has been out for awhile. Do you know when Optic will be priced? Thanks!

    • Ryan Cracknell 10 May, 2018 at 20:45

      @Rick — I don’t know their exact schedule. I imagine it should be pretty soon, though.

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