Carter-Williams vs. Oladipo: Examining the Value Impact of Epic Rookie Showdown
Two of this season’s most high-profile NBA rookies — the 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, both Panini America exclusives — staged a performance for the ages Tuesday night in Philadelphia, a spectacular double-overtime thriller during which both players posted triple-doubles and, in the process, delivered a massive boost to the perceived collectible value of the entire 2013-14 NBA Draft Class. In the end, Carter-Williams’ Sixers outlasted Oladipo’s Magic in instant-classic fashion, 126-125. But in the world of licensed NBA trading cards, no one lost Tuesday night.
Last night marked the first time in NBA history that two rookies produced triple-doubles in the same game. For Carter-Williams (who finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists), the scintillating effort simply continued the string of early-season hits that have made him the front-runner for Rookie of the Year honors. Meanwhile, Oladipo served notice (with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) that MCW’s ROY candidacy will absolutely not be unopposed.
How much value, exactly, Tuesday’s Herculean performance instantly injected into every one of Panini America’s 2013-14 NBA products is hard to gauge? What’s not, however, is how it impacted the rising secondary market values of Carter-Williams’ and Oladipo’s top Panini America cards to date.
In the spirit of last night’s epic showdown, here’s a quick scorecard comparing current top selling prices for each player’s key Rookie Cards, memorabilia cards and autographs from 2013-14 NBA Hoops, 2013-14 Prestige, 2013-14 Totally Certified and 2013 Black Friday. Click on each image to see the full comparison.