Luka Doncic Rookie Card Guide

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Looking for the right Luka Doncic Rookie Card for your collection or just curious what’s out there? Several have already been release with plenty more on the way in the months ahead. Whether you’re looking for something cheap and basic or rare and autographed, you’ve got options.

Doncic entered his first season as one of the year’s most intriguing rookies. Coming to the NBA from the international scene, some were unsure how his game would transfer over. So far, it has been just fine. The power forward is already one of the focal points of the Dallas Mavericks as they transition into a new, younger era with Dirk Nowitzki’s career in its twilight.

Through the first few months of the 2018-19 season, Luka Doncic Rookie Cards have become among the most chased of the year. All of his NBA cards come in Panini products they hold an exclusive basketball card deal with the league. Doncic has been featured heavily in all of their products starting with 2018-19 Contenders Draft Picks. That’s not going to slow down.

And while Luka Doncic Rookie Cards are in 2018-19 products, they’re not his first. That distinction goes to 2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. He’s got a couple of cards in the set including an autograph. Doncic also appears in the follow-up 2017-18 set.

Luka Doncic Rookie Card Checklist and Guide

This guide includes only Luka Doncic cards that have the RC tag in the Beckett basketball card database. Inserts and parallels are not listed here. A full list of Luka Doncic cards can be found here.

More cards will be added throughout the year as more sets are released.


2018-19 Absolute Memorabilia Luka Doncic RC #58

Don’t let the lack of serial number fool you. Like all base cards in the product, the 2018-19 Absolute Memorabilia Luka Doncic Rookie Card could prove to be a tough card to find down the line. Each pack has just one card from the main set and boxes have just two packs. So while not impossible, it’ll take more than fingers and toes to work out how many boxes it takes to find one.

The card also came in packs in “uncirculated” form, already packaged in a holder. Theoretically, this should help to keep them in top condition from the outside and out of hands over the long-term.

Parallels: 10th Anniversary (/10), Maroon (/7)

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2018-19 Panini Absolute Basketball Luka Doncic RC




2018-19 Certified Luka Doncic RC #153

The most notable feature for this Luka Doncic Rookie Card is its use of foil. Certified replaces Totally Certified on the year’s basketball card calendar. Card styles are largely the same, including the use of Mirror parallels. However, Totally Certified used etched foil. Certified goes with a more traditional flatter foil finish.

For those on a more limited budget but wanting something a little more fancy in a Luka Doncic RC, this is a choice that fits the criteria.

Parallels: Mirror, Mirror Red (/299), Mirror Blue (/199), Mirror Orange (/99), Mirror Purple (/49), Mirror Gold (/10), Mirror Green (/5), Mirror Black (1/1)

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2018-19 Certified Luka Doncic Rookie Card




2018-19 Crown Royale Luka Doncic RC #63

Doncic’s Rookie Card in 2018-19 Crown Royale Basketball gets its distinguishing mark from its shape. The  die-cut crown has been a central part of the brand since the mid-1990s when Pacific introduced it. And while the set has a lot of high-end elements, the base cards like this one aren’t so much.

For its parallels, Cracked Ice-esque crystal colors filled in the white space on the crown portion of the card.

Doncic also has a Silhouettes autograph jersey card in Crown Royale that’s part of the base set. Because the regular card is the more basic of the two, it gets the RC tag.

Parallels: Crystal (/99), Crystal Red (/49), Crystal Purple (/25), Crystal Gold (/10), Crystal Platinum (1/1)

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2018-19 Donruss Luka Doncic RC #177

Donruss is one of those brands that’s meant to be out there for the masses. Found at both the hobby and retail levels, it’s not a premium release. This card is part of the Rated Rookie subset, a nostalgic nod to the ’80s. The parallels are anything but traditional, coming with a variety of bold background patterns for many as well as some traditional colors and Press Proofs.

Parallels: Green Flood, Green and Yellow Laser Holo, Orange Laser Holo, Yellow Flood, Press Proof Silver (/349), Press Proof Purple (/199), Green Laser Holo (/99), Press Proof Red Laser (/99), Pink Laser Holo (/79), Press Proof Blue Laser (/49), Yellow Laser Holo (/25), Purple Laser Holo (/15), Red and Blue Laser Holo (/15), Press Proof Gold Laser (/10), Purple and Green Laser Holo (/10), Press Proof Black Laser (1/1)

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2018-19 Donruss Optic Luka Doncic RC #177

The 2018-19 Donruss Optic Luka Doncic Rookie Card offers a chromium version of the regular Donruss line. That means a lot of colorful Holo parallels. It’s not quite as many as Prizm, but it’s close. Many of these come from different configurations. Doncic also has a popular Rated Rookie Autograph in the product that comes with an on-card signature.

Parallels: Holo, Blue Velocity, Checkerboard, Choice, Choice Dragon, Fast Break Holo, Hyper Pink, Purple, Shock, Premium Box Set (/249), Orange (/199), Lime Green (/149), Red (/99), Fast Break Purple (/95), Choice Red (/88), Fast Break Red (/85), Pink Velocity (/79), Fast Break Blue (/50), Blue (/49), Black Velocity (/39), Pink (/25), Fast Break Pink (/20), Purple Stars FOTL (/13), Fast Break Gold (/10), Gold (/10), Choice Black Gold (/8), Green (/5), Black (1/1), Choice Nebula (1/1), Fast Break Black (1/1), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2018-19 Donruss Optic Basketball Luka Doncic RC




2018-19 Hoops Luka Doncic RC #268

2018-19 Hoops has the distinction of being the first traditional Luka Doncic Rookie Card to picture him in a Dallas Mavericks uniform. Widely available, it’s not hard to find and the price tag should remain on the low side no matter where Doncic’s popularity goes.

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

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2018-19 Hoops Luca Doncic RC




2018-19 Panini Contenders Luka Doncic RC Autograph #122

The 2018-19 Panini Contenders Luka Doncic is his first autographed Rookie Card to have him in a Mavericks uniform. Several autographs came before it, but those were inserts or, in the case of Contenders Draft, he’s in other threads. Contenders is popular for its iconic Rookie Ticket Autographs subset. This should be one of the most popular Luka Doncic Rookie Cards and the on-card signature will add to its price tag.

Besides the regular parallels, there’s a variation version that has the same general design and its own group of parallels. The biggest difference between it and the Rookie Card is the photo.

Parallels: Premium Edition, Playoff Ticket (/65), The Finals Ticket (/49), Cracked Ice (/25), Premium Edition Gold (/10), 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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2018-19 Panini Contenders Luka Doncic RC




2018-19 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Luka Doncic RC Autograph #126

The first Luka Doncic Rookie Card to hit the market is also his first autograph. While most of 2018-19 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball cards show players in their college uniforms, that’s kind of tough here. But those more generic looking threads haven’t stopped this one from taking off on the secondary market.

It’s part of the International Ticket subset. This means that unlike a lot of other key rookies in the set, Doncic doesn’t have additional variations to track down. There are, however, several parallels.

Parallels: Draft Ticket (/99), Cracked Ice Ticket (/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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2018-19 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Luca Doncic




2018-19 Panini Dominion Luka Doncic RC #126 /199

2018-19 Panini Dominion Basketball takes a different approach for its Luka Doncic Rookie Card. It skips tradition stock entirely, opting instead for a metal card. Numbered to 199, there’s a bit of a throwback to the 1990s with the protective film that’s on top. This is intended to protect the card’s surface.

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

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2018-19 Panini Impeccable Luka Doncic RC Auto Patch #113 /99

2018-19 Panini Impeccable has one of the more high-end Luka Doncic Rookie Cards. This means both an autograph (that’s on-card) and a patch swatch as well as a print run that’s on the low side with just 99 copies. The design has a modern backdrop but still lives up to the Elegance name of the subset with lots of white space.

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

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2018-19 Panini Impeccable Luka Doncic RC




2018-19 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic RC #280

Prizm is one of the most popular brands in basketball. It brings a standalone chromium design and lots of color and patterns when you delve into the parallels. And while the base 2018-19 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic Rookie Card isn’t particularly rare, it holds its own much like Upper Deck Young Guns in hockey and flagship Topps cards for baseball.

As for the Prizms, they’re spread over several different pack types and configurations. Hobby have some, others are in retail and special Fast Break boxes. Choice versions are exclusive to an international configuration.

Prizms Parallels: Choice Blue Yellow Green, Choice Tiger Stripe, Fast Break, Green, Hyper, Purple Wave, Red Ice, Red White Blue, Ruby Wave, Silver, Red (/299), Blue (/199), Fast Break Blue (/175), Purple Ice (/149), Fast Break Red (/125), Blue Ice (/199), Choice Red (/88), Fast Break Purple (/75), Purple (/75), Fast Break Pink (/50), Orange (/49), Pink Pulsar (/42), Green Pulsar (/25), Mojo (/25), Fast Break Bronze (/20), Gold (/10), Choice Green (/8), Blue Shimmer FOTL (/7), Light Blue Shimmer (/7), Red Shimmer FOTL (/7), Black Gold (/5), Fast Break Neon Green (/5), Black (1/1), Choice Nebula (1/1)

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2018-19 Panini Prizm Luca Doncic Rookie Card




2018-19 Panini Revolution Luka Doncic RC #128

The 2018-19 Revolution Luka Doncic Rookie comes with a big design. Multiple colors and lines combine with a bright background pattern. These continue with the parallels that take a pattern approach versus traditional colors. Chinese New Year parallels are exclusive to international packs.

While the design is wild, the card isn’t overly rare and should be among Doncic’s more affordable RCs.

Parallels: Astro, Chinese New Year, Fractal, Galactic, Groove, Impact, Cosmic (/100), Chinese New Year Emerald (/88), Sunburst (/75), Cubic (/50), Lava (/10), Chinese New Year Holo Gold (/8)

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2018-19 Panini Revolution Luka Doncic Rookie Card




2018-19 Select Luka Doncic RC #25

In a lot of ways, this is another chromium option for Luka Doncic Rookie Card collectors. But 2018-19 Select Basketball does things a little different overall. Yes, there’s the familiar style of card stock. And there are lots of Prizms that parallel it. But the set also takes a tiered approach with three different Doncic cards in the base set. The Concourse version is the most common so it gets the RC tag. Premier Level and Courtside are the other two.

Parallels: Prizms Scope, Prizms Silver, Prizms Tri Color, Prizms Zebra, Prizms Light Blue (/299), Prizms Red (/199), Prizms White (/149), Prizms Neon Green (/75), Prizms Tie-Dye (/25), Prizms Neon Orange Pulsar (/13), Prizms Gold (/10), Prizms Green (/5), Prizms Black (1/1)

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The First Luka Doncic Cards


2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rainbow Luka Doncic #23

The first Luka Doncic cards are part of 2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Exclusive to Upper Deck’s e-Pack platform, it came in digital packs that yeilded physical cards. But not for everything. Regular base cards are digital-only. However, the Rainbow parallels, that are 1:2 packs, are physical cards. Also, those who amassed ten copies of the digital base card could exchange them for a Patterned Rainbow parallel that’s also physical.

In essence, there are two versions you can buy: Rainbow and Patterned Rainbow.

While they may not be mainstream NBA cards, they’re still popular. Both the early nature and relatively limited availability have contributed to this.

Doncic also has more cards in the follow-up 2017-18 Upper Deck EuroLeague Basketball set.

Parallels: Patterned Rainbow

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2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rainbow Luka Doncic




2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Autograph Luka Doncic #23

There’s also a Luka Doncic autograph in 2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Basketball. All autographs combine to land 1:12 e-Packs, or two per “box.” Not surprisingly, Doncic is the most valuable of them all.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Autograph Luka Doncic



 

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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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4 comments

  1. Arville J Champey 16 January, 2019 at 13:02

    We have a Lula doncik rookie card misprint, with. Frank mason 3 on the back any value here

  2. Trav 25 March, 2019 at 23:56

    Could you tell me how many 2018-19 Contenders “Draft Ticket” Red Foils and or Blue Foils were produced. I know they are ssp and are missing from your list.

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