Panini is the exclusive maker of official NBA licensed trading cards. Therefore the Panini Instant Zion Williamson card is his first official NBA Rookie card after being drafted #1 by the New Orleans Pelicans.
- Card Has A Print Run of: 17,281
- Card #DN-ZW
The card was available for sale on Panini’s website for nearly two weeks after Zion was drafted.
Pricing for the card varied based on how many you purchased. Panini Instant is an on-demand offering from the card maker, meaning the company printed the cards based on how many people bought them.
Ultimately 17,281 of the base version #DN-ZW were made by Panini. When we reached out to a sports card dealer, his comments were:
That number (17,281) surprised me. I thought 25,000+ was possible. Given the lack of other Zion cards hitting the market over the summer, I expect values to rise.
The card features Zion in his signature white suit shaking hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver moments after being drafted. Zion is also sporting a beautiful diamond-studded Rolex Day-Date President watch.
The cards were shipped to the original buyers on the Panini Instant website on July 26th.