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Panini America Presents a Must-See Gallery Honoring NBA ROY Damian Lillard

May 2, 2013

Panini America Damian Lillard ROY Gallery (17)

The NBA made official earlier today what most of the league and its millions of fans around the world have known for months: Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard is the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2012-2013 season. The sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Lillard led all rookies in scoring (19 ppg) while playing in all 82 games this season.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Lillard said after receiving the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy earlier today. Panini America collectors who’ve pulled his officially licensed NBA trading cards this season know exactly how he feels.

Lillard has been a mainstay in Panini America’s NBA trading card sets all season long. In fact, the only place you can find his 12 officially licensed Rookie Cards from the 2012-13 season is inside Panini America products. While Lillard’s base RCs range in value from $6 to $50, his best insert cards from Panini America — including gems from Totally Certified, Prizm and Select, to name three — are valued at more than $300.

But the scarcest of Lillard’s best Panini America cards have routinely changed hands on the secondary market for more than $2,000. Like the man himself, Lillard’s officially licensed NBA trading cards from Panini America are quite the phenomenon — a phenomenon that will only intensify with the release of Lillard’s 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball RC later this year.

As our way of saying “Congratulations, Damian,” we present a must-see gallery of some of the coolest officially licensed NBA trading cards from his historic rookie season.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin permalink
    May 2, 2013 1:35 pm

    Hope you can still include some Prime on his NT cards, even if it won’t contain an Auto.

  2. Chris L permalink
    May 2, 2013 2:13 pm

    Those Brilliance cards are looking sweet!(Card 6) Been looking into Brilliance and looks like its going to be a cool product when it launches.

  3. May 2, 2013 3:05 pm

    Awesome

  4. hudsonfan15 permalink
    May 2, 2013 3:37 pm

    I guess I should find out who this guy is, every time I see the name I think of Matthew Lillard and his “I’ll be right back” rant from Scream. Thanks Tracy!

  5. deloreanfan81 permalink
    May 2, 2013 6:55 pm

    cool array of cards and inserts, looks like he’s someone to watch

  6. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    May 3, 2013 4:41 am

    Easy ROY pick and some great Panini rookie cards!

  7. May 3, 2013 2:33 pm

    As a Blazers fan, I don’t have nearly enough of these.

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