Top WNBA Rookie Cards

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On this page you will find a list of the top WNBA rookie cards ranked. The cards in the list below are ranked by a number based on a number of factors including print runs, market demand, previous sales prices, and future growth potential. This is not an exact science, so use this as a list of top WNBA cards as a guide and do your own research before making any purchases.


Top 20 WNBA Rookie Cards

20.

1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA Yolanda Griffith Rookie Card

Kicking off our list top WNBA rookie cards is recent Hall of Fame inductee Yolanda Griffith. In 1999 she took the league by storm, winning both rookie of the year and league MVP. While it took her and the Monarch’s a few years, she finally took home a title, solidifying her legacy as one of the league’s greats. Expect to pay $5 – $15 for this card in raw form, but beware that finding one of these in mint condition is nearly impossible – there are no PSA 10s at the time of writing.

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19.

2011 Rittenhouse WNBA Courtney Vandersloot Rookie Card

The league’s all-time assists leader is next on the list. Although she has yet to win a title or be a league MVP, her impact on the league can’t be overlooked. Vandersloot’s 2011 rookie card is part of the lowest print run year for WNBA cards, which adds to the desirability and value of this card. Expect to pay $200 for this card in raw condition and over $1,000 for a PSA 10.

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18.

1999 Fleer Ultra Dawn Staley Rookie Card

One of the game’s most accomplished individuals, Dawn Staley has been a winner at every level. The current head coach of both the South Carolina Gamecocks and Team USA, her contributions to the game can’t be understated. Often overlooked by collectors and investors, this card is one that is set to rise over time. Get in while the prices are still affordable; raw can be found for $5-$10, while a PSA 10 recently sold for less than $100.

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17.

1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA Chamique Holdsclaw Rookie Card

Oh what could’ve been! Unfortunately for Chamique Holdsclaw, injuries prevented her from ever realizing the meteoric hype and potential she came into the league with. Still known as one of the games greats, and a hall of famer, her 1999 Fleer Ultra rookie card is the most sought after of the class. Expect to pay $15-$25 for this card in raw condition, with PSA 10s selling for more than $200.

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16.

2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Sylvia Fowles Rookie Card

We go from Sue’s first year to her 18th year for our next card, the 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA Sue Bird Black Gold Prizm. Numbered to just five, this card (and the next) is a bit on the edge in terms of being realistic for most collectors and investors. That said, with the popularity of the Prizm line and it still being new, there is time to get in on this card. If you can afford it and find it, you should pick it up.

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15.

1997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Tina Thompson Rookie Card

The WNBA’s 2nd all time leading scorer, 4x champion, and member of the original big 3, this card is one of the most overlooked and undervalued. Part of the inaugural set, Thompson’s 97 rookie card is one of four cards that every collector and investor should have from the year. Look to pay $5-10 for the card in raw condition, with PSA 10’s selling for $150 or more.

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14.

1999 Fleer Ultra WNBA Katie Smith Rookie Card

The all time leading score in professional women’s basketball history (ABL and WNBA), Katie Smith lands at #14 on our list of top WNBA rookie cards. Smith won 4 championships as a pro, including 2 WNBA championships as a member of the Detroit Shock. The former NY Liberty Head Coach, and current Minnesota Lynx head coach Smith is often overlooked by collectors, but you shouldn’t.

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13.

2001 Fleer Tradition WNBA Tamika Catchings Rookie Card

Over 15 seasons in the WNBA Tamika Catchings pretty much did it all. Even today, she continues to check off accomplishments as the General Manager of the Indiana Fever, the same team she played for every year of her career. A fan favorite, Tamika’s 2001 Fleer Tradition Rookie card can be found for $75 to $100 in mint condition, with a PSA 9 of the card recently selling for over $300. With Catching recently being named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, this card is one to watch!

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12.

2002 Fleer Authentix WNBA Swin Cash Rookie Card

The UConn great and former #2 overall pick Swin Cash checks in at number 12 on the list. The 3 time WNBA champion and 4 time All Star revitalized a down trodden Detroit Shock franchise. The current Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, Cash was recently named to the 2020 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. One of the games more popular players, her 2002 Fleer Authentix WNBA Rookie Card can be found for $50-$75 in mint condition raw, with the card in PSA 10 commanding close to $400.

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11.

1997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Cynthia Cooper Rookie Card

Cynthia Cooper was arguably the game’s most dominant player during the first four seasons of the WNBA. The 4 time finals MVP, Cooper was part of the original Houston Comets big three that took the league by storm. Currently the Head Coach at Texas Southern, Cooper’s legacy in the women’s game spans over four decades. Her 1997 Pinnacle Inside Rookie Card is fairly easy to come by raw, while this card in PSA 10 condition continues to steadily rise over $200.

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10.

2000 Fleer Ultra WNBA Becky Hammon Rookie Card

The first woman to ever coach an NBA game, Becky Hammon continues to soar to new heights in the game. While she never won a championship or league MVP, her success as a coach in the mens has catapulted her to the upper echelon of WNBA cards.  Extremely popular with collectors and investors who are just waiting for her to become a head coach, her 2000 Fleer Ultra can be found for $35 – $50 in raw mint condition, with her PSA 10 going for almost $500.

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9.

2013 Rittenhouse WNBA Elena Delle Donne Rookie Card

Elena Delle Donne is the first of two modern era players to appear on our list of top WNBA rookie cards. The former University of Delaware star, EDD claimed Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and just a couple of years later in 2019 won her first title and league MVP. While she sat out the 2020 season for personal reasons, Delle Donne will be one of the league’s top players for years to come. As a result, her 2013 Rittenhouse WNBA Rookie Card has already begun to soar, with her raw condition card going for over $300 and a PSA 10 condition commanding well over $1,000.

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8.

2001 Fleer Ultra WNBA Lauren Jackson Rookie Card

The only foreign born player to make the list, Australia’s Lauren Jackson was a dominant player for nearly a decade, teaming with Sue Bird to win a championship in 2004 and 2010. The 7 time All-Star and 3 time MVP is also a 2020 inductee into Women’s basketball hall of fame. Her 2001 Fleer Ultra Rookie Card is in high demand, so if one does become available it won’t stay for sale for long.

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7.

2008 Rittenhouse WNBA Candace Parker Rookie Card

Candace Parker entered the league as one of the most celebrated and decorated players in college basketball history, and she did not disappoint. Named MVP in just her first season, it would take Parker another 8 before she could add a WNBA championship to her name and cement her legacy as one of the games best ever. The 5 time All-Star is no slouch off the court either, appearing as an analyst on a variety of national programs. Thanks to her performance and celebrity, Parker’s Rittenhouse WNBA Rookie Card sells for around $400 in raw mint condition, with PSA 10’s fetching over $1,200.

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6.

1997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Lisa Leslie Rookie Card

Next on our list of top WNBA rookie cards is the iconic Lisa Leslie. The first woman to ever dunk in a professional game, Leslie played all 12 seasons with LA Sparks, winning two WNBA championships and three league MVP trophies. Similar to the others of the rookie class of 97, her raw condition cards are not hard to find, but are condition sensitive due to age. PSA 10’s are continuing to rise in value, with recent sales in the $250 range.

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5.

1997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Sheryl Swoopes Rookie Card

Checking in first on our list is her “airness” herself, Sheryl Swoopes. It’s only fitting, as she was the first player signed to the WNBA. Her rookie card, part of the inaugural 97 Pinnacle Inside set, is iconic as her game and a must have for any WNBA  card collector. You can find her raw cards in mint condition for $15 – $25, while a PSA 10 will run you north of $200 (and climbing).

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4.

2002 Fleer Ultra WNBA Sue Bird Rookie Card

Sue Bird comes in at number four on our list. The 20 year veteran, two time WNBA champion, and social icon, is by far the league’s most popular player. A highly decorated collegiate, olympic, and professional player, Bird is often referred to as the GOAT, although this likely due to impact off the court, as much as it has been on it. That makes her 2002 Fleer Ultra WNBA Rookie Card a highly sought after piece. This card in raw condition goes for over $300 and a PSA 10 recently sold for over $1,000.

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3.

2016 Rittenhouse WNBA Breanna Stewart Rookie Card

Arguably the games top player right now, Breanna’s card prices have been as hot as her game the past year. A print run of only 500 makes this rookie card of the 2x MVP hard to find…and expensive when you do. The game’s second most popular player by sales volumes, Breanna is expected to dominate the league for the next decade. For that you’ll be paying north of $800 to own this card raw, with a PSA 10 likely to set you back more than $2,000.

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2.

2011 Rittenhouse WNBA Maya Moore Rookie Card

Although Maya Moore hasn’t officially retired from the WNBA, she hasn’t played in three years. That hasn’t stalled collector and investor interest in her 2011 Rittenhouse rookie card. When you combine this with a tiny print run of just 233, this card will be desirable for years to come. Expect to pay over $800 for this card raw, with a PSA 10 easily commanding over $2,000.

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1.

2004 Fleer Ultra WNBA Diana Taurasi Rookie Card

Coming in at number 1 on the list of top WNBA rookie cards is THE GOAT, Diana Taurasi. Her 2004 Fleer Ultra rookie card doesn’t tout the same low print runs as other cards on this list, however actually finding a raw one in gem mint condition is quite a challenge. That makes this card in a PSA 9 or PSA 10 highly coveted by collectors and investors alike. Expect to pay over $500 for a clean raw card and more than $2,500+ for this card in PSA 10 condition. Although they don’t come up for sale too often. 

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